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Christmas shows and pantomimes in Derbyshire and the Peak District

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:11 16 November 2017

The Gingerbread Man at The Derby Theatre


A guide to some of the best pantomimes and festive shows in and around the county

30th November-6th January


Travel to exotic lands in this 

festive extravaganza starring CBeebies’ Cat Sandion, plus brilliant comedic duo Sam Rabone and Ben Thornton as Dame Widow Twankey and Wishee Washee.

Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke WS13 6HR, 01543 412121


1st December-20th January


Expect extravagant costumes, magnificent scenery and a coach-load of slapstick, song and dance in Kenneth Alan Taylor’s magical show. 

Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus NG1 5AF, 

0115 941 9419


2nd December-7th January

Jack and the Beanstalk

Fantastic 3D special effects will add drama and delight to this festive show starring Rebecca Wheatley (Casualty and The Wright Stuff), Mark Little (Neighbours), comedian Adam Moss and pantomime dame Craig Ansell.

Mansfield Palace Theatre, Leeming Street NG18 1NG, 01623 633133


2nd December-6th January

Peter Pan

Once again, Derby Theatre’s talented team of actor-musicians has created a charming and captivating tale for all, with original music, stunning set designs and vibrant costumes.

Main Theatre, Derby Theatre, Theatre Walk, St Peters Quarter, Derby DE1 2NF, 01332 593939


2nd December-2nd January

Peter Pan

Starring Sam Attwater (Eastenders and Dancing on Ice) as Captain Hook, Kelli Young (Liberty X) as Tiger Lily, Anthony Sahota (BBC’s Let It Shine) as Peter Pan – with a special appearance from Peak FM breakfast show presenters Cat and Ricky. 

Pomegranate Theatre, Corporation Street, Chesterfield S41 7TX, 

01246 345 222


5th-31st December

The Gingerbread Man

Chase after the cheeky gingerbread hero as he sets off on the biggest adventure of his life – he just needs to avoid that sly old fox! Hiccup Theatre and Derby Theatre have cooked up a brand new version of this classic tale, adding original live music and dollops of fun – ideal for ages three and over.

The Studio, Derby Theatre, Theatre Walk, Derby DE1 2NF, 01332 593939



8th December-7th January

Mother Goose

A fun-filled show with plenty 

of audience participation, special effects, and a talented cast including local favourite Damian Williams, who will be celebrating his 10th year at the Lyceum, Jake Canuso (ITV’s Benidorm) and CBeebies’ Andy Day.

The Lyceum, Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA, 0114 249 6000


9th December-31st December

Sleeping Beauty

Princess Aurora (CBBC’s Jessica Revell) is planning a party, but fairy Maleficent has her own plans. Will Dame Nanny Nora (Miranda’s James Holmes), her sidekick Billy and Prince Christopher save the day? 

Buxton Opera House, Water St, Buxton SK17 6XN, 01298 72190



9th December-14th January

Beauty and the Beast

Actress, TV star and Nottingham native Sherrie Hewson plays Mrs Potty in this spellbinding show, whilst TV and stage star Ben Richards is The Beast.

Theatre Royal, Theatre Square, Notts, NG1 5ND, 0115 989 5555


13th December-6th January

Town Mouse and Country Mouse

How will two very different mice ever get along? The perfect introduction to theatre for children aged three plus.

Neville Studio, Nottingham Playhouse NG1 5AF, 0115 941 9419


15th December-7th January


A fun-packed tale starring popular local duo Jonathan Wilkes (Aladdin) and Christian Patterson (Widow Twankey). 

Regent Theatre, Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 1AP, 

0844 871 7649

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