Believe it or not, it’s nearly Christmas and that means its panto season once again! Oh yes it is! This year, New Brighton's Floral Pavilion festive offering is Aladdin, and this was a wonderful festive treat.
There’s no denying that at Christmas time the finest form of entertainment is that of a fun-filled family Pantomime! This year’s helping ‘Aladdin’ at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford epitomises the very reason families return in their droves year on year!
Christmas just isn’t Christmas without the annual Buxton family pantomime. An institution in the town, I myself have been coming to this festive show for over 20 years and have never found any other show to match the sheer fun, excitement and wit of a Buxton panto at Christmas time!
Beauty and the Beast is a love story between beauty also known as Belle and the big scary Beast who lives in a castle. But in this magical adventure of a storyline they will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions that everybody needs to see. Pantomimes are for kids? Not this one! This is the show you need to drag everyone out to see! Even the grandparents, especially the grandads as they were short of a few tonight for a special performance involving sharks.
A tale as old as time, we all know the story of how Belle meets the Beast and they fall in love. However, the Christmas show at the Unity Theatre this year, is a retelling of the well-known story.
Drops of Light CIC are back and this time they will take you on an adventure to Old Peking with the Christmas classic Aladdin. Following the success of their critically acclaimed 2017 production Beauty & the Beast, Drops of Light have relocated to Liverpool’s newest venue The Hope Street Theatre for a Christmas show that promises immersive fun for the whole family in writer Jessica Lea’s very Scouse take on affairs in this classic tale directed by Sam Donovan.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with pantomimes up and down the country either in rehearsal or having their opening weekends. Not so for the Oldham Coliseum, who have been presenting Cinderella for nearly three weeks already, and once again proves to be a stunning production.
Fairy lights and decorations are appearing on lampposts and in shop windows in and around town and that means it’s nearly time for the most wonderful time of the year; and it wouldn’t be complete without a spot of panto to bring in the festive cheer good and proper.
If you are looking for something a little different this Christmas, Liverpool’s Royal Court present “The Scouse Cinderella” with the tagline ‘deffo not for kids’ and this couldn’t be more true as they twist the well-known fairy tale into something a bit more vulgar and ludicrous to delight lots of Scousers during this merry season.
With a title such as 'Snow White and the Seven Ugly B*****ds' and an over 18 only warning you would be extremely naive not to expect a very adult Pantomime. With profanities a plenty, this show was definitely lewd, crude and monstrously rude! Written by the Principal Director of Cattle Productions Tommy Hardon (you spotting a theme here?), states his goal in life as ' touring the world, bringing affordable laughter and enjoyment to all that want it because if we can't have a laugh, when what's the point in life?'
Remember, pantomime is for anytime... not just for Christmas! Treating us to an Easter production, written by Liam Mellor for Trio Entertainment Limited, The Wizard of Oz is a firm family favourite as confirmed by a packed auditorium this evening.
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