A boy who loves books so much that he eats them whole, gets smarter with each vol­ume he con­sumes – un­til things start to go awry. The MAC’S Christ­mas show is co-pro­duced with Ca­hoots NI. The MAC Un­til Jan 1 10.30am/7pm (Sat mat 2.30pm, Sun 11am/3pm) £9.50

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Cin­derella North­ern Ire­land’s queen of panto, May McFet­tridge stars along­side Basil Brush and Jayne Wisener in this show. Grand Opera House Un­til Jan 26 £12.75-£25 goh.co.uk Hansel + Gret­tel Paul Boyd’s mu­si­cal based on the age-old fairy­tale of two mis­treated but re­silient kids re­turns . Lyric The­atre Un­til Jan 13 1.30pm (Sat 11am, Sun 2.30pm) £17.50/£12 lyricthe­atre.co.uk The In­cred­i­ble Book-Eat­ing Boy

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears Car­low Club Play­ers prsent this tra­di­tional panto. Ge­orge Bernard Shaw The­atre, Car­low Fri/Mon 8pm; Sat 2.30pm/8pm/Sun 2.30pm/7pm 115/112 059-9172400


Alice in Won­der­land Tra­di­tional panto star­ring Claire and Eva O’Leary as Alice, Michael Joseph as the Mad Hat­ter, De­clan Wolfe as the White Rab­bit and Michael Gren­nell as the Red Knave. Cork Opera House Un­til Jan 20 125-130 cork­op­er­a­house.ie Red Rid­ing Hood Red Rid­ing Hood and her mammy (Jim Mulc­ahy) ven­ture out to Granny’s house and try to keep the wolf from the door in CADA and the Every­man’s new pan­tomime. Every­man Palace The­atre Un­til Jan 6 123-126 (Jan 2 115, fam­ily ticket 180190) ev­ery­man­palace.com


A Christ­mas Carol Per­former Stephen Bradley stars in this one-man ver­sion of Dick­ens’s sea­sonal tale. The Play­house Dec 14 11am/8pm, Dec 15 8pm £10/£7 der­ry­play­house.co.uk


Red Rid­ing Hood A tra­di­tional panto from C21 The­atre Com­pany. An Gri­anán, Let­terkenny Opens Tues Un­til Dec 22 18.50 074-9120777


Beauty and the Beast Tenth an­niver­sary show from Theatre­worX Pro­duc­tions stars Kyle Kennedy, Lau­ren Nevin, Eoin Can­non, Ai­dan Man­nion and John Lovett. The He­lix, DCU Un­til Jan 13 125/121 the­he­lix.ie The Chee­rios Panto: Snow White & the Ad­ven­tures of Sammy Sausages TV per­son­al­i­ties and models abound in this year’s Chee­rios show, led by Alan Hughes and Brian Dowl­ing (here play­ing the Mir­ror), with Ni­amh Ka­vanagh as the Evil Queen. Tivoli The­atre Previews un­til Dec 17 Opens Dec 18-Jan 13 115 panto.ie A Christ­mas Carol 200 years af­ter Dick­ens’s birth, per­form­ers Aaron Mon­aghan and Bryan Bur­roughs adapt one of his most en­dur­ing works. Telling the tale of Scrooge and his spir­i­tual con­ver­sion in just 45 min­utes, they use phys­i­cal and vo­cal skills, var­i­ous hats and some Ikea fur­nish­ings. The Ark, Tem­ple Bar Dec 15/22 2pm/4pm 110/18 ark.ie Cin­derella This year’s Gai­ety Christ­mas Panto is the story of a ma­ligned young girl, bul­lied by two ugly step sis­ters and aided by a fairy god­mother, and who finds true love in a pair of really un­com­fort­able shoes. Gai­ety The­atre Un­til Jan 13 Al­ter­nates 6.30pm/7.30pm (mats al­ter­nate 11am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm) 115-135 gai­etythe­atre.com Jed­ward and the Magic Lamp John & Ed­ward Grimes are back this year with Linda Martin and Alan Porter in a panto writ­ten by Fiona Looney. Olympia The­atre Opens Dec 19 Un­til Jan 6 122-136 0818-719330 Old Mother Hub­bard’s Mag­i­cal Christ­mas Cen­treStage per­forms this nurs­ery rhymein­spired Christ­mas show. Civic The­atre, Tal­laght Dec 14-16 3pm/7pm 110 Oliver! The Cameron Mack­in­tosh mega-mu­si­cal, with clas­sic songs by Lionel Bart, reaches Dublin in a new pro­duc­tion. Bord Gáis En­ergy The­atre Un­til Jan 12 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm, Sun 4pm) 120-160 bor­dgais en­ergy.ie Santa’s Crack­ing Christ­mas Ad­ven­ture In-house sea­sonal of­fer­ing for young ’uns. Mill The­atre, Dundrum Un­til Dec 23 112.50/110 millthe­atre.ie Trom­luí Phinoc­chio/Pinoc­chio – A Night­mare Re­vived from its suc­cess­ful out­ing at the Dublin Fringe Fes­ti­val, Moon­fish’s fam­ily-friendly the­atre takes a fairy­tale look at a teenage boy, trapped be­tween child­hood and adult­hood, liv­ing among an­i­mals, fairies and ghosts. Smock Al­ley The­atre Un­til Dec 22 12.30pm/2.30pm/7.30pm 115/110 smock­alley.com


Scrooge Theatrix The­atre School present its spin on A Christ­mas Carol. St John’s The­atre & Arts Cen­tre, Lis­towel Dec 19-20 8pm stjohn­sthe­atre lis­towel.com Sleep­ing Beauty Oliver Hur­ley Pro­duc­tions present this trad panto. Si­amsa Tíre, Tralee Un­til Jan 5 2.30pm/7.30pm 116/113 066-7123055


Jack and the Beanstalk Cen­treStage Pro­duc­tions is back this year with a daz­zling show, writ­ten by Mike Finn & di­rected by Richie Ryan. Belltable Arts Cen­tre, Lim­er­ick Un­til Dec 30 113.50-118.50 belltable.ie A Hippo for Christ­mas Mu­si­cal adapted from chil­dren’s tale. LIT Mil­len­nium The­atre, Lim­er­ick Mon-Thurs 061-490190


Scrooge The staff at St Christo­pher’s Ser­vices stage this piece in­spired by the Dick­ens tale. Back­stage The­atre, Long­ford Dec 14-15 8pm back­stage.ie


Dick Whit­ting­ton and his Cat Sligo’s 34th an­nual panto is strik­ingly tra­di­tional, pre­sented by Cool­era Dra­matic So­ci­ety. Hawk’s Well The­atre Un­til Dec 22 8pm (Sun mat 3pm) 116 hawk­swell.com

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