Christmas shows and pantomimes in Derbyshire and the Peak District
10:00 23 November 2015
A guide to some of the best pantomimes and festive shows in and around the county
27th November–16th January
Join poor country lad Dick as he embarks on a quest to seek his fortune. But are the city’s streets really paved with gold? Kenneth Alan Taylor returns to Nottingham to direct this year’s magical Christmas pantomime – with glittering scenery, fabulous costumes and mesmerising musical numbers.
Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus NG1 5AF, 0115 941 9419, nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk
28th November–3rd January
A fun-packed extravaganza starring Philip Martin Brown (Waterloo Road) as villain Abanazar, children’s TV presenter Gemma Naylor as Princess Jasmine, and TV presenter and actor Chris Edgerley as Aladdin.
Mansfield Palace Theatre NG18 1NG, 01623 633133, mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre
4th December–9th January
Olivier Award-winning writer Mike Kenny has created a fun and feisty retelling of the traditional Grimm’s fairy tale. Made by the talented team at Derby Theatre, with live music and theatrical magic, the much-loved story is a Christmas treat for all the family.
Main Theatre, Derby Theatre, Theatre Walk, St Peter’s Quarter, Derby DE1 2NF, 01332 593939, derbytheatre.co.uk
4th December–3rd January
With vibrant sets, a hilarious script and an impressive cast – including Chris Gascoyne (Coronation Street), Alex Winters (CBeebies) and comedienne Hilary O’Neil – this comic adaptation of an enchanting tale has all the ingredients for a memorable pantomime experience.
The Lyceum, Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1SDA, 0114 249 6000, sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
5th December–3rd January
Stoke-on-Trent’s favourite pantomime duo Jonathan Wilkes and Christian Patterson return for a swashbuckling adventure that promises songs, dancing, comedy and plenty of audience participation along the way.
Regent Theatre, Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 1AP, 0844 871 7649
4th December–3rd January
Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs
Brought to life by seven dwarfs full of mischief and merriment, the magical show stars Jonathan Ansell (The X Factor) as the handsome Prince, Eurovision queen Nicki French as the Wicked Witch and Britain’s Got Talent impressionist Philip Green as Herman the Henchman.
Pomegranate Theatre, Corporation Street, Chesterfield S41 7TX, 01246 345 222, chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk
5th December–10th January
A jewel-encrusted performance with a sensational cast led by pantomime legend Christopher Biggins, singer-songwriter Simon Webbe of ‘Blue’ fame and comedian Ben Nickless.
Theatre Royal, Theatre Square, Nottingham NG1 5ND, 0115 989 5555, trch.co.uk
5th December–3rd January
Jack and the Beanstalk
Keen to find wealth for his poor mother, Jack trades his last dime for a handful of magic beans in the hope that his dreams will come true. Written and directed by Ian Adams, this all-singing, all-dancing adaptation of a timeless classic is not to be missed.
Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR, 01543 412121, lichfieldgarrick.com
7th December–3rd January
Embark on a mystical adventure and take a carpet ride through a magical world of make-believe. The first pantomime to be held in the state-of-the-art surroundings of Derby Arena, the show stars Atomic Kitten’s Natasha Hamilton as Slave of the Ring, The Only Way is Essex star Dan Osborne as Genie, 5ive’s Ritchie Neville as Aladdin, Derby pantomime favourite Mike McClean as Wishee Washee and CBeebies’ Swashbuckle stars Richard David-Caine and Joseph Elliott as PCs Ping and Pong.
Derby Arena, Royal Way, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8JB, 01332 255800, derbylive.co.uk
The Elves and The Shoemakers
Once upon a time, there were two shoemakers who were so poor they couldn’t even afford to buy each other Christmas presents. But one night, two elves mysteriously appear on the workbench… Live music, puppetry, physical storytelling and plenty of elf magic and mischief combine in this classic fairy tale, beautifully adapted for the stage by Mike Kenny. Ideal for ages three to seven. The Studio, Derby Theatre, Theatre Walk, Derby DE1 2NF, 01332 593939, derbytheatre.co.uk
The Potty Professor’s Christmas Miracle
Sally is dreading the Christmas holidays and would rather stay at boarding school. Instead, she has to spend it with her uncle, a ‘potty’ professor with a passion for all things Christmassy – and Sally hates Christmas! Produced by the renowned Babbling Vagabonds in association with Derby LIVE, this inventive and engaging show is perfect for children.
Guildhall Theatre, Market Place, Derby DE1 3AE, 01332 255800, derbylive.co.uk
12th December–2nd January
The tale of a poor laundry boy, a genie and a beautiful princess gets a fresh twist with hilarious comedy routines, colourful dance numbers and catchy songs. Leading the cast is Kelsey Beth Crossley (Emmerdale and The Voice) as Princess Jasmine and James Holmes (Miranda) in the role of Widow Twankey – an upbeat, feel-good, family treat.
Buxton Opera House, Water Street, Buxton SK17 6XN, 0845 127 2190, buxtonoperahouse.org.uk