There’s noth­ing like a Dame!

It wouldn't be Christ­mas in Es­sex with­out a fun fam­ily pan­tomime. Oh no it wouldn’t! Holly Eells picks out the top pan­tos com­ing to the county this win­ter

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Pick your pan­tomime for 2018

23 to 25 No­vem­ber 2.30pm, 5pm & 7.30pm CAMELOT THE PANTO

In­gate­stone & Fry­ern­ing Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, 7 High Street, In­gate­stone CM4 9ED Award-win­ning youth the­atre group Young Ex­pres­sions starts Christ­mas early with their ver­sion of Camelot the Panto. En­joy a modern, fast-paced and very funny script, with plenty of in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ters. Ad­mis­sion: Prices vary young-ex­pres­sions.org

24 No­vem­ber to 20 Jan­uary Times vary JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

Mer­cury The­atre, Balk­erne Gate, Colch­ester CO1 1PT

Last year’s Mer­cury pan­tomine was nom­i­nated for no less than five Great British Panto Awards, in­clud­ing Best Pan­tomime, Best Script and Best Dame, so don’t miss out this year! Star­ring panto favourites Antony Stu­art-Hicks, Dale Su­perville and Carli Nor­ris, it is packed full of mu­sic and danc­ing. Ad­mis­sion: £12 to £31.50 mer­curythe­atre.co.uk

28 No­vem­ber to 6 Jan­uary Times vary JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

Queen's The­atre, Bil­let Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1Q

When Jack sells Pat, his beloved fam­ily cow, for magic beans, he soon dis­cov­ers they open up an un­ex­pected world. This ever-sopop­u­lar panto tale is pep­pered with pop hits from across the decades, bun­dles of au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion and hi­lar­i­ous slap­stick. Ad­mis­sion: £12.50 to £29 01708 443333

28 No­vem­ber to 5 Jan­uary Times vary SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS

Town­gate The­atre, St Martins Square, Basil­don SS14 1DW Basil­don favourite Si­mon Field­ing will be re­turn­ing to the stage for this much-loved tale. Along with the hugely-tal­ented So­phie Ladds and side-split­tingly funny Daniel Stock­ton. Ad­mis­sion: Tick­ets from £11 town­gateth­e­atre.co.uk

29 No­vem­ber to 1 De­cem­ber Times vary PUSS IN BOOTS

The Mill Arts & Events Cen­tre, Belling­ham Lane, Rayleigh SS6 7ED Jack the miller's son longs for Princess Al­ice, but evil Lord Roger has other plans. Luck­ily, Jack's pet cat Puss re­veals him­self to be a talk­ing, walk­ing, tal­ented and witty kitty! Ad­mis­sion: Prices vary themill­hall.co.uk

30 Nove­me­ber to 6 Jan­uary 2pm & 6pm CIN­DERELLA

Chelms­ford Civic The­atre, Fair­field Road, Chelms­ford CM1 1JG

Will Cin­derella be res­cued by her Prince and live hap­pily ever after? Meet the wicked and elab­o­rately-dressed Ugly Sis­ters, But­tons, the Fairy God­mother, the dash­ing Prince Charm­ing and, of course, beau­ti­ful Cin­derella her­self. There will also be a spe­cial ap­pear­ance from two Shet­land ponies who will be tak­ing Cin­derella to the ball in her sparkling coach! 01245 606505

30 No­vem­ber to 6 Jan­uary Times vary AL­ADDIN

Thame­side The­atre, Orsett Road, Grays RM17 5DX Polka Dot Pan­tomimes in as­so­ci­a­tion with Thur­rock Coun­cil presents the won­der­ful pan­tomime, Al­addin, star­ring Celebrity Big Brother fi­nal­ist 2018 and orig­i­nal TOWIE star, Dan Os­borne as the Ge­nie and Thur­rock's favourite Dame, Luke

Cold­ham as Widow Twanky! Ex­pect spec­tac­u­lar scenery, daz­zling cos­tumes, spell­bind­ing spe­cial ef­fects and lots of au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion. thur­rock.gov.uk/ thame­side-the­atre

30 No­vem­ber to 6 Jan­uary 2pm & 7pm

AL­ADDIN

Har­low Play­house, Play­house Square, Har­low CM20 1LS

Join Har­low Play­house on a mag­i­cal car­pet ride all the way to Pek­ing for this year’s spec­tac­u­lar pan­tomime. Fea­tur­ing its ex­cit­ing blend of live mu­sic, pro­fes­sional per­form­ers, stun­ning sets, lav­ish cos­tumes and jaw drop­ping ef­fects, this Play­house is the home of fun fam­ily Pan­tomime in Es­sex this Christ­mas. Ad­mis­sion: Prices vary and group book­ings avail­able har­low­play­house.co.uk

4 to 30 De­cem­ber Times vary LEG­ENDS OF KING ARTHUR

Brent­wood The­atre, 15 Shen­field Road Brent­wood CM15 8AG

This mag­i­cal show retells the fa­mous leg­ends of the Sword in the Stone and Arthur with his Knights of the Round Ta­ble. Mer­lin’s magic and Lancelot’s brav­ery help Arthur on his quests against a fiery dragon and the evil Mor­gana. Ad­mis­sion: £14 to £15 01277 200305

7 to 30 De­cem­ber Times vary AL­ADDIN

After the suc­cess of Sleep­ing Beauty last year, Zinc Arts and Stage One are off to On­gar­bah with Al­addin for 2018. This hi­lar­i­ous ver­sion of the clas­sic tale will take you on a mag­i­cal jour­ney! Ad­mis­sion: Prices vary 0333 666 33 66

8 De­cem­ber to 1 Jan­uary Times vary

PE­TER PAN

Princes The­atre, Town Hall, Sta­tion Road, Clac­ton on Sea CO15 1SE

Fly away this Christ­mas as the Princes The­atre takes you on a spec­tac­u­lar jour­ney of won­der and ex­cite­ment into the mag­i­cal world of Nev­er­land. This swash­buck­ling ad­ven­ture will cap­ti­vate au­di­ences of all ages. Ad­mis­sion: From £15 plus book­ing fee Princes­the­atre.co.uk

14 De­cem­ber to 5 Jan­uary Times vary

AL­ADDIN

Cliffs Pav­il­ion, Sta­tion Road, West­cliff on Sea SS0 7RA

Come and join Ash­ley Banjo and the Di­ver­sity dance crew in this much-loved tale from the Ara­bian Nights, plus Ian Royce as Wishee Washee and David Phipps Davis as Widow Twan­kee. Ad­mis­sion: From £19.50 to £40.50 southendthe­atres.org.uk

15 De­cem­ber 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm THE ELVES AND T HE SHOE­MAKER

Beth Chatto Gar­dens, Elm­stead Mar­ket, Clac­ton Rd, Elm­stead, Colch­ester CO7 7DB

This mag­i­cal chil­dren's story of a shoe­maker and his wife who are helped by elves is per­formed by Chameleon's Web The­atre Com­pany with the as­sis­tance of pup­pets. Show time 25 min­utes, suit­able for fam­i­lies and young chil­dren. Ad­mis­sion: Chil­dren and adults all at £5 bethchatto.co.uk

15 De­cem­ber to 19 Jan­uary Times vary

AL­ADDIN

Ken­neth More The­atre, Oak­field Road, Il­ford IG1 1BT

This sparkling pro­duc­tion con­tains spec­tac­u­lar scenery, mag­i­cal ef­fects, daz­zling cos­tumes and plenty of fun. kmthe­atre.co.uk

27 to 28 De­cem­ber 11.30am & 4pm RAPUNZEL

Grand Pav­il­ion, Hy­lands House, Chelms­ford CM28WQ

The Panto Bus re­turns for an­other fan­tas­tic pan­tomime for all the fam­ily. En­joy the story of Rapunzel as you boo, hiss and cheer your way through this ex­cit­ing fam­ily show. Ad­mis­sion: Prices vary hy­land­ses­tate.co.uk

11 Jan­uary to 13 Jan­uary DICK WHIT­TING­TON

Palace The­atre, Sta­tion Road, West­cliff on Sea SS0 7RA

With sup­port from his flam­boy­ant cat Chris, Dick Whit­ting­ton is on his way to Lon­don to seek a for­tune. They find work with Al­der­man Fitzwar­ren, where Dick falls in love with the Al­der­man’s daugh­ter, Al­ice. But King Rat rules the un­der­world in Lon­don and sets a trap for Dick. Dick and Chris are washed up on the shores of Mo­rocco which is over­run by rats, but what will hap­pen next? Ad­mis­sion: From £15.50 southendthe­atres.org.uk

11 to 13 De­cem­ber Times vary A CHRIST­MAS SOIREE — A PICKWICK CHRIST­MAS

Hy­lands House, Lon­don Road, Writ­tle, Chelms­ford CM2 8WQ The Cameo Play­ers bring their unique blend of mu­sic, drama and jovi­al­ity to Hy­lands House with their new Christ­mas Show. The Vic­to­ri­ans cer­tainly knew how to en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties – and who could be a more ge­nial host than Mr Pickwick him­self? Ad­mis­sion: Prices vary 01245 605500

Ash­ley Banjo and Di­ver­sity ap­pear at the Cliffs Pav­il­ion as Ge­nies of The Ring

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