If you want to laugh, sing, shout boo and be dazzled at a Christmas pantomime in Surrey this year, our guide will give you all the information you need.
There is a huge range of shows to choose from – with a mixture of TV stars and local talent, young and old. And of course they will all contain a dose of sparkle, a spoon of silliness and plenty of festive cheer.
Don’t forget to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
Sleeping Beauty – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, Dec 6-Jan 5
X Factor finalist, Holly Tandy will be starring as Sleeping Beauty! Holly will be appearing alongside Guildford’s favourite Kit Hesketh-Harvey as the Bad Fairy Carabosse, Eagle Radio’s Peter Gordon as Nanny Fanny and everyone’s favourite Brummie Jamie Brook as Muddles.
Dear Santa – Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking, Dec 19–24
Santa is determined to deliver the most fantastic Christmas present to Sarah. But he doesn't get it right straight away! With the help of his cheeky Elf, he finally settles on something ‘perfect', just in time for Christmas Eve. This is an ideal introduction to theatre for those aged 2 to 7 years old. There is an opportunity to meet Santa himself after the show.
Aladdin – New Victoria Theatre, Woking, Dec 6-Jan 5
This year’s spectacular family pantomime Aladdin will star former Strictly Come Dancing professional Brendan Cole as the Genie of the Ring and hilarious funny man and Panto Legend Bobby Davro as Wishee Washee! Joining them on stage will be CBBC star Mischa Eckersley, iconic panto dame David Phipps-Davis and veteran ventriloquist Dawson Chance in an all-new spectacular production!
Jack and the Beanstalk, Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, Dec 6-31
With nothing but a handful of (magic!) beans, Jack must find the courage to slay the evil giant in his quest to win the hand of the beautiful Princess and to free his village of tyranny forever. This Christmas, join our hero on the adventure of a lifetime as he climbs the beanstalk to fame, fortune and true love!
More info: http://www.harlequintheatre.co.uk/whats-on/pantomime/
Snow White – Richmond Theatre, Dec 8-Jan 6
Comedian, writer and presenter Jo Brand leads the cast as The Wicked Queen. Adding to the comedy will be Britain’s Got Talent finalist Jon Clegg as Muddles and brilliant dame Jason Sutton. Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients Richmond audiences have come to expect, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be spectacularly brought to life with comedy, song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery.
Santa’s Christmas Countdown – Epsom Playhouse, Dec 7-24
There’s nothing Santa loves more than starting the countdown to Christmas by opening the windows of his special Christmas calendar. But when he tries to begin the countdown this year, disaster – the calendar is broken and all the magical goodies inside have gone missing. Santa needs them to get ready for Christmas, but how is he going to get everything back in time?
Robin Hood - Camberley Theatre, Dec 9 – 31
Robin Hood returns home to Sherwood Forest to find the greedy Sheriff of Nottingham starving the local people, raising taxes and ruling a very unhappy kingdom. Courageous, kind and headstrong, Robin can’t stand by and watch friends and family suffer. So he vows to be brave and stand up for the local people. Fun for all the family.
Jack and the Beanstalk – Godalming Borough Hall, Dec 11-24
This year sees the first ever professional pantomime in Godalming! So switch the TV off and take the family along as the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk take you on a magical adventure to the zany pantoland, where Jack begins his audacious quest to slay the fearsome Evil Giant.
More info: https://www.godalmingpanto.com/#home
Jack and the Beanstalk – Nomad Theatre, East Horsley, Dec 10-14
There’ll be magic beans this year at The Nomad Theatre. Jack, the Dame and the cow adventure up the beanstalk to defeat the evil Giant. But will Jack win his girl’s heart and the riches he so badly needs? Will good prevail over evil?
Father Christmas Needs a Wee – G Live, Dec 14, 15 and 20-24
Father Christmas is on his rounds… and he still needs a wee! At every house he eats and drinks the tasty treats that have been left for him. But when he reaches number 10 he realises that he’s forgotten to do something rather important and he really, really, really needs a wee! This is a 45-minute production followed by a meet and greet with the big man himself where the children will receive a Christmas present.
Aladdin - The Harlington, Fleet, Dec 12-28
A pantomime filled with adventure, fun and a magic carpet. Aladdin, falls in love with the beautiful Princess Jasmine. He finds a magic lamp that contains a powerful genie and goes from rags to riches - but can he save Princess Jasmine and defeat the evil Abanazar?
Peter Pan on Ice – Guildford Spectrum, Dec 13-15
Follow Wendy, John and Michael Darling on an adventure of a lifetime to a land where you will never grow up! The fun-filled festive show will feature performances from some rising skating stars! It is a real community event brought together by an incredible array of local talent, lavish costumes and sets.
Peter Pan – Epsom Playhouse, Dec 14-Jan 5
A swashbuckling adventure to the magical panto world of Peter Pan. Meet the Darlings, Hook and his crew of pirates, Tiger Lily and her Tribe, The Lost boys and of course the mischievous Tinkerbell in Neverland. A perfect family show for all ages 2yrs - 102yrs!
Aladdin – Dorking Halls, Dec 14-29
Harry Reid, who played Ben Mitchell in EastEnders, will star as Aladdin and The Spirit of the Ring will be played by Jenny Richardson, who plays Ethel Hallow in CBBC's The Worst Witch. Packed with great songs, amazing dance routines and plenty of laughter, this is a tremendous treat for all the family.
Sleeping Beauty – The Leatherhead Theatre, Dec 20-30
This show will feature a fantastic cast, some magical dragon action and talent from local children. The evil Queen Maleficent will stop at nothing to rule the Kingdom Of Nod! Will the Kingdom Of Nod wake up in time to see a certain young Princess be rescued by a handsome Prince?
Puss in Boots – Haslemere Hall, Haslemere, Jan 10-18
The classic story of a poor miller’s son, an unmarried princess, a nasty ogre, a talking puss, two squabbling fairies, a pair of old boots, some menacing full size rabbits and true love. Family friendly from start to finish with audience participation, runaway costumes, magnificent music and daft theatricality.
Star in the Jar – Haslemere Hall, Haslemere, Jan 4
When a little boy stumbles across a special star, he puts it in a jar and takes it on adventures. But the poor star misses its home…Can the little boy and his big sister find a way to send the star safely back? Find out in this 50-minute play for the age range 3-7.
Wintershall Nativity Play - Wintershall, Bramley, Dec 18-22
Dramatic and intimate, the story begins in the open air with the shepherds. The audience then take their seats in the atmospheric barn, where the story unfolds of how Jesus changed the world. It is a beautiful production, with a large cast of players and animals. This is the perfect opportunity to catch a show and reflect on the birth of Jesus at Christmas.
More info: https://www.wintershall.org.uk/nativity-play
Dick Whittington - Arthur Cotterell Theatre, Kingston, Dec 6-7
Full of fun, laughter, phonics, counting, dance, song, shapes, puppetry and a comedy cat, this interactive show is a magical blend of history and legend combined into beautiful storytelling.
An exciting production featuring TV star and Strictly winner Ore Oduba as Dandini alongside comedian and presenter Tim Vine as the lovable Buttons and CBeebies favourite Cat Sandion as the Fairy Godmother. There will be special effects, side-splitting comedy, big song and dance numbers and bags of audience participation that will thrill audiences young and old.
We hope you have lots of fun!