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10 of the best Christmas shows and pantomimes around Derbyshire

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 November 2018 | UPDATED: 08:58 20 November 2018

The cast: Morgan Brind, Craig Armstrong, Beth Nash, Richard Brindley, Duncan James, Lawrence Boothman, Lizzie Wofford, Tim Phelps (kneeling front)


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

29th November - 31st December

Dick Whittington

Sam Rabone and Ben Thornton are back at the Lichfield Garrick for one of the most traditional Pantomimes around joined by CBeebies star, Katrina Bryan!.

Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke WS13 6HR, 01543 412121 www.lichfieldgarrick.com


30th November - 19th January

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood

From Sherwood Forest to Nottingham Playhouse, Robin Hood and the evil Sheriff of Nottingham this production written and directed by Kenneth Alan Taylor has plenty of songs, dance, laughter and sumptuous costumes.

Nottingham Playhouse, Wellington Circus NG1 5AF, 0115 941 9419 www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk


30th November - 5th January

Hansel and Gretel

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 www.derbytheatre.co.uk


1st December - 6th January

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

This fast-selling festive show stars Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses), Naomi Gisbey and Andrew Geater, comedian Adam Moss and pantomime dame Charles Burden.

Mansfield Palace Theatre, Leeming Street NG18 1NG, 01623 633133 www.mansfieldpalace.co.uk


1st December - 6th January


Starring Naomi Wilkinson (Naomi's Nightmare's of Nature, Milkshake, Marrying Mum & Dad, Countryfile) in the title role of Cinderella and Rhydian Roberts (X Factor) as Prince Charming. Also starring Ashley Stirling, Josh Benson and Ben Millerman and John Danbury as the Ugly Sisters.

Pomegranate Theatre, Corporation Street, Chesterfield S41 7TX, 01246 345 222 www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk


4th December - 5th January

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Hiccup Theatre serve up a brand new version of this classic tale with bear-sized helpings of original live music, amazing puppetry and brilliant story telling.

The Studio, Derby Theatre, Theatre Walk, Derby DE1 2NF, 01332 593939 www.derbytheatre.co.uk


7th December - 6th January 

Peter Pan

This year’s show is written once more by Paul Hendy and promises to be every bit as entertaining as last year’s Mother Goose, winner of the Pantomime of the Year at the Great British Pantomime Awards. Peter Pan stars Shaun Williamson, Wendi Peters, Damian Williams and Cbeebies’ Gemma Hunt and Milkshake’s David Ribi.

The Lyceum, Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA, 0114 249 6000 www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk 


8th December - 5th January

Jack and the Beanstalk

The villagers of Dappy Darley on the Derwent are under threat from a ginormous giant! Poor young Jack has his head in the clouds, but when he sells his beloved cow Pat for just a handful of beans he begins a huge adventure which takes him to new heights.

Derby Arena, Royal Way, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JB, 01332 640011 www.derbyarena.co.uk


8th December-30th December

Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington makes his way down Ye Olde M1 with nothing but a sandwich and a can-do attitude, hoping to find fame and fortune in London. He’s out of luck until he meets a friendly cat with a knack for catching rats. Buxton’s favourite Dame, James Holmes, returns as Sarah the Cook, while Gabrielle Green is the lovely Alice Fitzwarren. With laugh out loud comedy and rat-catching drama, there’ll be plenty of time to shout and laugh at this production. 

Buxton Opera House, Water St, Buxton SK17 6XN, 01298 72190 buxtonoperahouse.org.uk


14th December - 16th December

Dick Whittington

This year's Theatreworks Panto at the Pav is Dick Whittington and funds will be raised in aid of CLIC Sargent children’s cancer charity

The Grand Pavilion, South Parade, Matlock Bath, DE4 3NR 01629 584675 www.thegrandpavilion.co.uk



14th December-6th January

Robin Hood

Don’t miss the ultimate pantomime adventure starring TV presenter Jonathan Wilkes as Robin Hood and actor Christian Patterson as Friar Tuck. Join the heroic outlaw as arrow-shooting Robin strives to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marion while he and his trusty band of Merry Men outwit the evil Sheriff of Nottingham in a show packed full of comedy, action and adventure

Regent Theatre, Piccadilly, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 1AP, 0844 871 7649 www.atgtickets.com


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