13 shows and pantomimes to see in Norfolk and Waveney this Christmas
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If Christmas is all about sparkle, songs and a sprinkling of magic, then make sure you get your tickets for some of the best shows in the area.
November 8 – December 23
If a Christmas show means singers, dancers, glittering costumes, music and a good dose of comedy and variety, the largest Christmas show in the country is definitely for you. Set in the enchanting, if rather unusual surroundings of the Thursford mechanical organs and fairground carousels, this Christmas bonanza has a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians.
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A trip to the Christmas Spectacular is the best way to get into the spirit of Christmas for thousands of people, with masses of festive feel good songs to singalong with too including old favourites, carols and chart toppers.
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Cromer Pier Christmas Show
November 25 – December 30
A fabulous family show with lots of laughs, variety and plenty of twinkle and sparkle. Expect entertainment for everyone, with laugh out loud moments, fabulous dancers and plenty of Christmas cheer.
The Corn Hall
December 16 – 26
Comedy, music, adventure, groan-worthy jokes and a good dose of magic, puppets and a magical lamp brings this much loved tale of a poor boy who wants to make good to life. With a full cast of professional actors and dancers, it's a show of traditional pantomime family fun.
The Marina Theatre
December 13 – 1 January 1 2018
Find out if former politician turned Strictly Come Dancing darling Ann Widdecombe will be putting on her dancing shoes – and sequins – for this year's sparkling Marina Theatre pantomime. A1 boyband member Mark Read and resident funny man Terry Gleed join Ann to head the cast for 32 performances full of eastern promise as soap sud silliness lands Widow Twankey and her sons Aladdin and Wishee-Washee in a right lather. It's packed with plenty of surprises, songs, and a lamp full of audience participation
The Wizard of Oz
Sherigham Little Theatre
December 9 – January 1
Follow the yellow brick road and join those crazy characters all hunting something essential this Christmas. In the safe hands of the creative team who took the happy audiences to Neverland in last year's smash hit Peter Pan, the show is packed with songs, dances, a sprinkling of magic and some fantastic special effects.
December 6 - 30
Des Barritt of Midsomer Murders and Thomas Howes of Downton Abbey are the classy Ugly Sisters in this much loved pantomime suitable for all the family. A full supporting cast of actors and dancers brings lots of laughs, some super duper songs and plenty of opportunities to get involved.
Aladdin The Adult Panto
December 15 - December 23
Panto isn't just for children and families, and this production is very definitely not for the little ones. Aimed at those aged 18 and over, the adult panto will have you chortling and chuckling all the way through with cheeky jokes and fun.
Robin Hood And The Babes in the Wood
January 19, 20, 26, 27.
Well known and loved for brilliant pantomimes packed with songs, dance, slapstick fun, plenty of audience participation and lots of laugh out load moments, the Thetford Players have been working hard to make the next panto even better than their last panto, Snow White, which many people said was the best ever.
Beauty and the Beast
Dereham Memorial Hall
December 27 - January 1
The classic fairy tale, brought to magnificent pantomime life. The sweet natured Belle is so desperate to save her father she faces imprisonment by the hideous Beast in a magnificent castle. But is the beast really that hideous?
December 2 - January 1
If you can just keep believing, your wishes do come true – especially if you have a Fairy Godmother to lend a hand. This high energy show of singing, dancing and comedy and a rather magical carriage brings the traditional Cinderella tale to life.
Jack and the Beanstalk
King's Lynn Corn Exchange
December 8 - 31
What will he be wearing this year? Applauding Ian Marr's increasingly outrageous dame outfits is one of the traditional delights of the King's Lynn panto, and this year he'll be going to town with the frocks as pantomime darling Dame Trott. Get your boos and hisses ready too, as Tricky Dicky Ian Reddington's character Fleshcreep looks set be worthy of your best hissing.
St Georges Theatre
December 16 – January 7
Breathing fresh life, colour, songs and a good sprinkling of magic into the traditional rags to riches tale of the Dick Whittington, it's full of song, laughter and slapstick comedy.
A Christmas Circus Carol
The Oak Circus Centre
The phenomenal performers from Lost in Translation and the Oak Circus Centre students take Christmas to new heights with this all new family show, packed full of with circus fun.
• Further shows in the New Year include two chances to catch Aladdin. Once at The Lecture Hall, George Lane, Loddon with the Loddon Players January 12-14 and 19-20, 25-27, see www.loddonplayers.com and again with the Attleborough Players at the Connaught Hall in Attleborough January 26-27. Find Attleborough Players on Facebook.