Jan 1 10.30am & 7pm (Sat mat 2.30pm, Sun 11am & 3pm) £9.50- £22 themaclive.com

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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

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Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood Pan­taloons and Break Through Dance present this tra­di­tional panto. Glór Ir­ish Mu­sic Cen­tre, En­nis Fri-Mon 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 20 125-130 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

DUBLIN

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

LIM­ER­ICK

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

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