19 of the best pantomimes coming to Norfolk this Christmas
- Credit: Mark Bullimore
From Cinderella at Norwich Theatre Royal to the return of the Thursford Christmas Spectacular, you're in for a ball with these brilliant festive shows and pantomimes.
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1. DICK WHITTINGTON
Beccles Public Hall & Theatre
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December 20 - January 1
Fantastic special effects, dazzling costumes and outrageous comedy will bring this rags to riches story to life, as Dick Whittington sets out to seek fame and fortune in the Big Smoke. Daniel Hanton returns, by popular demand, to play Sarah the Cook, while Beccles favourite Ross Chenery takes on the role of idle Jack - it's certainly bound to be a festive favourite.
2. CROMER PIER CHRISTMAS SHOW
November 23 - December 30
Norfolk superstar Olly Day returns to the stage in Cromer for his 11th year, reunited with The Modern Magician, Mark James, in this stunning, must-see variety show which will warm your heart as you get ready for the big day. There will be laugh-out-loud comedy, amazing dance routines and glitzy costumes aplenty in this festive showstopper. dEREHAM
Dereham Memorial Hall
December 27 - January 1
Will wicked Abanazar finally get his hands on the magic lamp? Grab your magic carpet and find out at this panto classic from Dereham Theatre Company.
4. ROBIN HOOD
Diss Corn Hall
December 20 - December 30
This is set to be the Corn Hall's biggest, boldest and funniest pantomime yet, featuring the nefarious Sheriff of Nottingham, a rabble of Merry Men and the one and only Robin Hood. As the Sheriff attempts to rule supreme over Sherwood Forest, he develops a dastardly plan to capture not only the finest archer in the land, but the heart of Maid Marion too. It will be a feast of fun, fair maidens and fabulous panto magic - and there might even be a silver turnip, too.
5. CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
November 6 - December 23
Thursford's Christmas Spectacular is the largest show of its kind in the whole of the UK, delighting audiences every year with its festive celebration of razzle, dazzle and shine. A cast of 120 professional dancers, singers and musicians star in a three-hour variety show offering an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year-round favourites, including contemporary chart-toppers and traditional carols. It's a must-see on the Norfolk calendar, and sure to get you in the mood for the festive season.
Fakenham Community Centre
Fakenham and District Light Operatic Society has been entertaining local audiences for over 50 years. This year it brings the iconic fairytale, Cinderella, to the stage at Fakenham Community Centre and features all the traditional ingredients of song, dance and merriment in this rags to riches tale.
7. jACK & THE BEANSTALK
Gorleston Pavilion Theatre
December 11-January 5
Fee-fi-fo-fum! Will Jack ever make it up the beanstalk and if he does, what will he find there? Find out as Helen McDermott and Desmond Barrit's theatre company, OhYesItIs Productions, returns to the Pavilion theatre this year for this traditional panto classic.
8. DICK WHITTINGTON
Gorleston Pavilion Theatre
January 10 - January 12
Live music, crazy characters, awesome adventures and plenty of singing and dancing, will make this production of a panto classic a real tonic for the post-Christmas blues.
9. HIPPODROME CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
December 7 - January 5
Circus artists from all over the world, plus swimmers, dancers and the beloved Ben Langley star in this sensational Christmas show, which also features local children from Dance Estelle. Expect wonderful special effects, daring aerialists, stunning synchronised swimmers and giant fountains at this unique experience which is set to be bigger and better than ever before.
10. BEAUTY & THE BEAST
St George's Theatre
December 14 - December 30
Join the team for a tale as old as time, packed full of modern songs, dances, hilarious characters, mayhem and stunning special effects. It's the perfect festive treat for the whole family - and just as enchanting as ever.
11. DICK WHITTINGTON
Princess Theatre, The Green
November 30 - January 1
Following on from the success of last year's Snow White, the Princess Theatre heads to Laaannndaaan Town for a pirate, pussycat and rat-packed panto party. With his trusty cat in tow and pirate ships on the horizon, the eponymous Dick Whittington is going to need a little help from you if he's going to win the day in the big city - and avoid the King Rat who is out to get him.
King's Lynn Corn Exchange
December 10 - January 5
Widow Twankey wants a husband, evil Abanazaar wants the magic lamp, Aladdin wants adventure and Wishee Washee wants a new vest - can the Genie grant their wishes? Find out in this pantomime jam-packed with top-class music, a fabulous cast, dazzling sets and a wonderful magic carpet ride through a spectacular adventure! A signed performance will also take place on Friday, December 27 at 5.30pm.
Norwich Theatre Royal
DECEMBER 17 - JANUARY 19
The timeless tale of a rag to riches servant girl who falls in love with Prince Charming. Will she get together with the man of her dreams or will her nasty Sisters thwart her happiness? Expect magical twists, songs, fun, laughter and adventure with this stunning production. The star-studded cast includes Hollyoaks and Dengineers favourite Joe Tracini, Casualty's Amanda Henderson, Wicked & EastEnders David Witts and Norwich's pantomime favourite Richard Gauntlett. Joining them will be returning panto star David Gant, Alix Dunmore and Kara-Lianne Jones.
14. A CIRCUS CAROL
DECEMBER 11 - DECEMBER 21
With acrobatics, ghosts of past, present and future, and some truly amazing trickery, this marvellously intricate reimagining captures all the thrills and spills of the original festive tale with even more spectacle. Inspired by Dickens' traditional Christmas tale, and created by local circus stars Lost in Translation, this festive feast of circus will warm your heart and soul.
15. MY FIRST PANTO: RAPUNZEL
NOVEMBER 29 - JANUARY 12
High in a tower, Rapunzel sits by the hour, waiting for the day she can explore the world below. Is she a prisoner or just being kept safe from the world outside by her overbearing mother, Dame Gothel? A chance encounter with a Prince and Rapunzel's world is turned upside down. Rapunzel, the newest instalment from All-In Productions and The Garage's My First Panto, will have you singing, dancing and playing along with Rapunzel and the Prince.
16. HANSEL AND GRETEL
Norwich Puppet Theatre
DECEMBER 27 - JANUARY 4
Hansel and Gretel are lost, searching for a way home, only to find themselves on the menu of a sweet-toothed witch. Goody and Storey and Norwich Puppet Theatre present a colourful retelling of the classic Grimms' fairy tale, serving up a feast of delicious music, dynamic scenery and knock-your-socks-off puppetry.
17. A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Biddy's Tea Room
DECEMBER 2 - DECEMBER 22
Following the success of last year's A Christmas Carol Biddy's is delighted to offer its space once more to Scrooge, Bob, Fred, and all the ghosts! The production is brought to you by The Keeper's Daughter Theatre Company and there is a free mince pie and mulled apple for all guests.
18. DICK WHITTINGTON & HIS CAT
Sheringham Little Theatre
December 7 - January 1
Dick Whittington and his Cat takes on a "steam punk" industrial Victorian style - but also features this summer's infamous high street "sinkhole". The venue is marking 10 years of staging its own pantos with a show brimming with action, fun, special effects and plenty of surprises. Little Theatre favourites Kyle Fraser and Nick Earnshaw take on the roles of Dick and his "dame" Sarah the Cook. www.biddystearom.com/christmascarol
19. CAMELOT THE PANTO
January 30 - February 1
Enjoy a mad cap twist on one of the world's best loved legends with this year's performance from the Watton Pantomime Group. Find out if the evil Morgan Le Fay's plan to stop Prince Arthur marrying the beautiful Princess Guinevere will be foiled, or if the trio of baddies will get their hands on Merlin's magic love potion.