It’s panto season so raise the roof!
Wherever you live in Ireland, there’s a whole lot of fun coming to a theatre near you, writes Jonathan deburca Butler
IT’S the most wonderful time of the year... oh no it isn’t... oh, yes it is... it’s panto season and this year, there are a seemingly unlimited number of sparkling spectacles featuring men in dresses and kids in costumes to choose from.
Whether you’re in Dublin or in a county far-far away from the capital, this year, it’s just a click of the heels to a theatre near you. Jack Frost but in the end love will conquer all... or will it? Until Jan 20; from €17; group and school discounts; gaietytheatre.ie
Tempus Productions is bringing Cinderella to the north-side this year. Their production boasts a star-studded cast which includes Red Rock and Tudors actor, John Lovett, and everyone’s favourite Fair City bad guy, Eric Lalor.
You will be glued to your seat as Cinderella goes up against her two ugly stepsisters, Whitney & Britney, and tries to get to the ball. For fans of romance and tales of triumph over evil this show is sure to be a shoe-in (ker-tisch!). Dec 19-Jan 6, from €19.50 libertypanto.com Jam-packed with the magnificent scenery, costumes, live music, spectacular dance routines, comedy capers and magical special effects, this production of Aladdin promises to rub you up the right way. When it comes to panto, Cork Opera House really does go to town and this year it’s going to do it on a magic carpet. Everything you and your family could wish for. Now to Jan 20, from €27.50; Family tickets €90 & €120 grass, splishy splashy rivers and oozy, squelchy mud in search of a bear. Dec 19-Dec 30, from €17.50; Family, scools and group discounts available
Wexford’s Opera House is running just eight shows over three days at the end of December — so you’ll need to be up early in the morning to catch tickets. The cast features Fair City’s Aoibheann Mccaul as the evil Maleficent who tries to ruin Christmas by casting a spell over Beauty, played by Clara Murray of RTE Jr fame.
One can only hope that the Handsome Prince (George Mcmahon) can save the day and bring a ray of hope, love and maybe a slice of toast with strawberry jam to the sunny southeast. Pricey, but worth it for the venue alone. Dec 27-30; from €25; family ticket €80
After a planned wedding between two of Ireland’s most successful Eurovision stars, for the sole purpose of providing a genetically perfect Eurovision star of the future, Beauty has been selected to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Wicked Queen has other ideas, and puts the Princess to sleep for 100 years. While many of us, including RTE, hope she stays asleep, her family and friends try to wake her in time for her performance. Documentrary or dramatic panto?
Renmore Pantomime Society are celebrating 40 years this year and this show features electrifying dance routines and the charming Renmore Smurfs who will bring their sparkle to this seasonal feast of fun. Promises to be a bit out there. Dec 29-Jan 13; from €16; Sensory friendly performance Jan 6; tht.ie
If you want a break from all this talk of a-harrrrrrrrd border then why not join Peter Pan, Wendy and the Darling Family as they take to the skies of Derry this year and tackle the crook that is Captain Hook, and his murderous motley crew.
Unlike Peter Robinson, Peter Pan promises to be “bucketfuls of fun” and much like the DUP will be “packed with fantasy and amazing stunts”. There will be plenty of opportunity for audience participation with lots of music and dancing. With plenty of excitement and adventure, this production is sure to set you up for the festive season to come. Until Dec 30; from £12.50; Schools £9.50
The Gaiety’s Snow Queenis bound to enthral children and adults alike