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BELFAST

Cin­derella North­ern Ire­land’s queen of pan­tomime, May McFet­tridge, stars along­side Basil Brush and Jayne Wisener in this en­dur­ing panto. 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 chil­dren re­turns for fam­ily au­di­ences. Lyric The­atre Un­til Jan 13 1.30pm (Sat 11am, Sun 2.30pm) £17.50/£12 lyricthe­atre.co.uk The In­cred­i­ble Book-Eat­ing Boy 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. Based on Oliver Jef­fers’s book and fea­tur­ing live mu­sic by Conor Mitchell. The MAC Un­tils Jan 1 10.30am & 7pm (Sat mat 2.30pm, Sun 11am/ 3pm) £9.50-£22 themaclive.com

Sleep­ing Beauty Jour­nal­ist and former UTV re­porter Ivan Lit­tle takes on his first role as panto dame Lady MaMa in this tra­di­tional show. Waterfront Hall Un­til Jan 5 Var­i­ous times £14-£17 048-90334455

CLARE

Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood Pan­taloons and Break Through Dance present this tra­di­tional panto. Glór Ir­ish Mu­sic Cen­tre, En­nis Sat/Sun/Thurs Var­i­ous times 115 065-6843103

CORK

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 Var­i­ous times 125-130 cork­op­er­a­house.ie Red Rid­ing Hood Red Rid­ing Hood and her mammy, Molly Le Moan (Jim Mulc­ahy), ven­ture out to Granny’s house and try to keep the wolf from the door. Every­man Palace The­atre Un­til Jan 6 123-126 (fam­ily ticket 180-190, Jan 2 115) every­man palace.com

DONE­GAL

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

DUBLIN

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 Var­i­ous times 125/121 the­he­lix.ie The Chee­rios Panto Snow White & the Ad­ven­tures of Sammy Sausages TV per­son­al­i­ties and models abound, as ever, in this year’s Chee­rios panto, led by Alan Hughes and Brian Dowl­ing (here play­ing the Mir­ror), with Ni­amh Ka­vanagh as the Evil Queen. Tivoli The­atre. Un­til Jan 13 115 panto.ie A Christ­mas Carol 200 years af­terDick­ens’s birth, per­form­ers Aaron Mon­aghan and Bryan Bur­roughs adapt one of his most en­dur­ing works. Telling the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his spir­i­tual con­ver­sion by three ghostly vis­i­tors in just 45 mins, they use phys­i­cal and vo­cal skills, var­i­ous hats and some Ikea fur­nish­ings. The Ark, Tem­ple Bar Dec 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 and Ed­ward Grimes are back, with Linda Martin and Alan Porter in a pan­tomime writ­ten by Fiona Looney. Olympia The­atre Un­til Jan 6 122-136 0818-719330 Oliver! The Cameron Mack­in­tosh mega mu­si­cal, based on the story of Charles Dick­ens’s luck­less or­phan, 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 bordgaisen­ergy.ie Santa’s Crack­ing Christ­mas Ad­ven­ture An in-house sea­sonal of­fer­ing for young ’uns. Mill The­atre, Dundrum Ends Dec 23 112.50/110 millthe­atre.ie The Sound of Mu­sic Fes­ti­val Pro­duc­tions stages this mu­si­cal. en­dur­ing NCH Open Dec 20 Un­til Jan 3 Var­i­ous times 01-4170000 Trom­luí Phinoc­chio/ Pinoc­chio – A Night­mare 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 Ends Dec 22 Fri 7.30pm, Sat 12.30pm/2.30pm/ 7.30pm) 115/110 smock­alley.com

KERRY

Sleep­ing Beauty Oliver Hur­ley Pro­duc­tions present this tra­di­tional panto. Si­amsa Tíre, Tralee Un­til Jan 5 2.30pm/ 7.30pm Var­i­ous days 116/113 066-7123055

LIM­ER­ICK

Cin­derella Twink and Dustin the Turkey, long­time panto col­lab­o­ra­tors, get top billing with Myles Breen and Richard Lynch as the Ugly Sis­ters and Leanne Moore. Ge­orge McMa­hon and Richie Hayes pro­vide the whole­some­ness for this clas­sic tale of domestic slav­ery, en­chanted so­cial climb­ing and im­prac­ti­cal footwear. UCH Lim­er­ick.Un­til Jan 6 2pm & 6pm/7pm (check for de­tails) 127.50/122.50 (fam­ily ticket 190) uch.ie Dick Whit­ting­ton and his Cat Sligo’s 34th an­nual pan­tomime is strik­ingly tra­di­tional, pre­sented by Cool­era Dra­matic So­ci­ety. Hawk’s Well The­atre Ends Dec 22 8pm 116 hawk­swell.com Jack and the Beanstalk Cen­treS­tageis back this year with a daz­zling show, writ­ten by Mike Finn and di­rected by Richie Ryan. Belltable Arts Cen­tre, Lim­er­ick Un­til Dec 30 Var­i­ous times 113.50-118.50 belltable.ie

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