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 £14-£17 048-90334455
Little Red Riding Hood Pantaloons and Break Through Dance present this traditional panto. Glór Irish Music Centre, Ennis Fri-Mon 115 065-6843103
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, Molly Le Moan (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 (family ticket 180-190, Jan 2 115) everymanpalace.com
Beauty and the Beast TheatreworX return to the Helix to put a Dublin spin on the tale of a spoilt young prince transformed into a hideous beast and the comely young woman who may be able to reverse the spell. Helix, DCU Until Jan 13 11am/7.30pm (Sat 2pm/6pm, Sun 1.30pm/5.30pm) 125/121 thehelix.ie 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 Cinderella This year’s Gaiety Christmas Panto is the story of a maligned young girl, bullied by two ugly stepsisters 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
The Ice Witch Jedward and the Magic Lamp John and Edward Grimes are back this year, with Linda Martin and Alan Porter. Written by Fiona Looney. Olympia Theatre Until Jan 6 122-136 0818-719330 Oliver! The Cameron Mackintosh mega-musical, based on the story of the luckless orphan, with classic songs by Lionel Bart, comes to Dublin in a new production. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Until Jan 12 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm, Sun 4pm) 120-160 bordgaisenergy.ie
Sinbad Lambert Puppet CHEERIOS PANTO: SNOW WHITE & THE ADVENTURES OF SAMMY SAUSAGES Tivoli Theatre, Dublin Until Jan 13 panto.ie BEAUTY AND THE BEAST The Helix, DCU Until Jan 13 11am & 7.30pm thehelix.ie; RED RIDING HOOD Everyman Palace Thatre, Cork Until Jan 6 everyman palace.com At any other point in the year, a radical reinterpretation of a classic text with a liberal amount of audience participation would be enough to strike terror in the hearts of theatregoers. At Christmas, though, we call this pantomime.
For many kids, this is an introduction to live performance, and there will always be relatively new arrivals to the world who don’t know how things pan out for Snow White. There are many more of us who never suspected – before the Tivoli told us otherwise – that she required help from somebody called Sammy Sausages.
That may be a rare addition in panto, a form so lacquered in ritual that its only rival for unaltered spectacle may be the Latin mass, which is similarly fond of men in frocks.
This year’s Gaiety panto, Cinderella, is a cheering blend of tradition and topical gags, while the Helix uses a wry Beauty and the Beast to address two levels of audience, young and mature( ish). In Cork, Red Riding Hood returns to outfox a wolf, and in a Limerick panto, studded with celebrity, Cinderella must hold her own against Twink and Dustin the Turkey.
Without spoiling the plot, Cinders will still go to the ball, and if you attend any of the above, you might just have one.
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin
Cinderella Twink and Dustin the Turkey, longtime panto collaborators, get top billing with Myles Breen and Richard Lynch as the Ugly Sisters. Leanne Moore, George McMahon and Richie Hayes provide the wholesomeness in this timeless tale of domestic slavery, enchanted social climbing and impractical footwear. Well, If the shoe fits… UCH Limerick Until Jan 6 127.50/122.50 (family ticket 190) uch.ie Jack and the Beanstalk CentreStage Production is back this year with a dazzling show, written by Mike Finn and directed by Richie Ryan. Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick Ends Dec 30 113.50-118.50 belltable.ie
CINDERELLA Gaiety Theatre, Dublin Until Jan 13 gaietytheatre.com CINDERELLA University Concert Hall, Limerick Until Jan 6 uch.ie