Guides: Christmas pantomimes 2016

Simon Webbe, Ashleigh Butler and Ricky K at the  Royal & Derngate to launch this years panto Jack and the Beanstalk NNL-160509-153841009
Simon Webbe, Ashleigh Butler and Ricky K at the Royal & Derngate to launch this years panto Jack and the Beanstalk NNL-160509-153841009
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It is time to cheer for the heores and boo and hiss at dastardly villains as pantomimes and Christmas shows hit the south Midlands region.

We present the biggest and the best Christmas shows in the handy guide.

Peter and the Starcatcher

Peter and the Starcatcher

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NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

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WHAT: Jack and the Beanstalk

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

WHERE: Royal and Derngate, Northampton - Derngate stage

DATE: Friday, December 9 to Saturday December 31

HOW MUCH: Between £11 and £30

STARS: Blue’s Simon Webbe stars as Jack while both Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey who won Britain’s Got Talent will appear

Panto Launch: Kettering: cast of Beauty and the Beast, 
l-r Lucie Downer (Beauty), Michael Neilson (Dame Dotty), Mark Pearce (Potty Pierre) and Cheryl Fergison (Malevolent)
Wednesday September 28, 2016 NNL-160928-191039009

Panto Launch: Kettering: cast of Beauty and the Beast, l-r Lucie Downer (Beauty), Michael Neilson (Dame Dotty), Mark Pearce (Potty Pierre) and Cheryl Fergison (Malevolent) Wednesday September 28, 2016 NNL-160928-191039009

TICKETS: Box Office - 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk

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WHAT: Peter and the Starcatcher

WHERE: Royal and Derngate, Northampton - Royal stage

Gary Sefton as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Corby

Gary Sefton as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at Corby

DATE: Tuesday November 29 to Saturday December 31.

HOW MUCH: Between £10 and £26

TICKETS: Box Office - 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk

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WHAT: Second Star To The Right

WHERE: Royal and Derngate, Northampton - Underground stage

Milton Keynes Theatre presents Dick Whittington

Milton Keynes Theatre presents Dick Whittington

DATE: Friday, December 2 to Saturday January 7

HOW MUCH: From £9.50

TICKETS: Box Office - 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk

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WHAT: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

WHERE: The Deco Theatre, Northampton

DATE: Friday December 9 to Thursday, December 29

HOW MUCH: From £10

STARS: Coronation Street’s Mick Cohcrane returns from last year as does Kim Taylforth. The Gadget Show presenter David McCleland will appear.

TICKETS: Box Office - 01604 622749 or visit www.thedeco.co.uk

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WHAT: Beauty and the Beast

WHERE: The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering

DATE: Saturday December 10 to Monday January 2

HOW MUCH: Between £12 and £17.50

STARS: Eastenders star Cheryl Fergison stars as the evil Malevolent.

TICKETS: Box Office - 01536 414141 or visit www.lighthousetheatre.co.uk

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WHAT: A Christmas Carol

WHERE: The Core at Corby Cube

DATE: Thursday December 8 to Saturday December 31

HOW MUCH: From £9 to £13.50

TICKETS: Box Office - 01536 470470 or visit www.thecorecorby.com

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WHAT: The Russian Ice Stars present Snow White on Ice

WHERE: The Castle, Wellingborough

DATE: Wednesday December 14 to Friday December 30

HOW MUCH: From £18

TICKETS: Box Office - 01933 270007 or visit www.castletheatre.co.uk

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WHAT: Little Red Riding Hood by Duston Players

WHERE: Duston Community Centre, Pendle Road

DATE: Wednesday December 7 to Saturday December 10

HOW MUCH: From £8

TICKETS: Box Office - 07464 859017 or visit www.dustonplayers.org.uk

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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

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WHAT: Dick Whittington

WHERE: Milton Keynes Theatre

DATE: Thursday December 8 to Sunday, January 15

HOW MUCH: Between £14 and £35

STARS: Eastenders actress Samantha Womack plays the villainous Queen Rat. X Factor’s Stacey Solomon plays Fairy Bowbells and Kev Orkian returns to the venue.

TICKETS: Box Office - 0844 871 7652 or visit www.atgtickets.co.uk/miltonkeynes

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WHAT: Aladdin

WHERE: The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

DATE: Friday December 9 to Saturday December 31

HOW MUCH: Between £12 and £31.50

STARS: Another former Eastenders star, Michelle Collins, appears alongside The Only Way is Essex’s Jasmine Walia. Aylesbury pantomime regular Andy Collins returns

TICKETS: Box Office - 0844 871 7607 or visit www.atgtickets.co.uk/aylesbury

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WHAT: Cinderella

WHERE: Wycombe Swan Theatre

DATE: Saturday December 10 to Saturday December 31

HOW MUCH: Between £20 and £35

STARS: Birds of a Feather actress Linda Robson appears alongside dancer Louie Spencer and comedian Bobby Davro.

TICKETS: Box Office - 01494 512 000 or visit www.wycombeswan.co.uk

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BEDFORDSHIRE

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WHAT: Aladdin

WHERE: The Grove Theatre, Dunstable

DATE: Thursday December 8 to Monday January 2

HOW MUCH: From £15.50

STARS: Coronation Street’s notorious villian Brian Capron plays Abanazar

TICKETS: Box Office - 01582 60 20 80 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk

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WHAT: Cinderella

WHERE: The Corn Exchange, Bedford

DATE: Wednesday December 28 to Monday January 2

HOW MUCH: From £11

TICKETS: Box Office - 01234 718044 or visit www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

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WHAT: Robin Hood

WHERE: Luton Library Theatre

DATE: Friday December 2 to Saturday December 3

HOW MUCH: From £9

STARS: The Luton Phoenix Players

TICKETS: www.lutonphoenixplayers.co.uk

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WARWICKSHIRE

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WHAT: Beauty and the Beast

WHERE: Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa

DATE: Saturday December 3 to Saturday December 31

HOW MUCH: From £15.50

TICKETS: Box Office - 01926 334 418 or visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk

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WHAT: Dick Whittington

WHERE: The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

DATE: Wednesday, November 23 to Saturday, January 7

HOW MUCH: Between £10.25 and £22.25

TICKETS: Box Office - 024 7655 3055 or visit www.belgrade.co.uk

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WHAT: Dick Whittingtom

WHERE: Rugby Theatre

DATE: Friday January 13 to Sunday January 22

HOW MUCH: £11

TICKETS: Box office 01788 541234 or visit www.rugbytheatre.co.uk

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WHAT: Red Riding Hood

WHERE: Talisman Theatre, Kenilworth

DATE: Sunday December 18 to Saturday December 31

HOW MUCH: £9.50 full price, £8.50 for concessions and members

TICKETS: 01926 856548 or visit www.talismantheatre.co.uk

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OXFORDSHIRE

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WHAT: Robinson Crusoe and the Pirate Queen

WHERE: The Theatre, Chipping Norton

DATE: Tuesday November 15 to Sunday January 8

HOW MUCH: From £11

TICKETS: Box Office - 01608 642350 or visit www.chippingnortontheatre.co.uk

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WHAT: Cinderella

WHERE: Oxford Playhouse

DATE: Friday November 25 to Sunday January 8

HOW MUCH: Between £15 and £27

TICKETS: Box Office - 01865 305305 or visit www.oxfordplayhouse.com

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LEICESTERSHIRE

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WHAT: Jack and the Beanstalk

WHERE: De Montfort Hall, Leicester

DATE: Saturday December 10 to Tuesday January 3

HOW MUCH: From £9.50

STARS: The X Factor winner Sam Bailey returns to her home town.

TICKETS: Box Office - 0116 233 3111 or visit www.demontforthall.co.uk

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WHAT: Grease

WHERE: The Curve, Leicester

DATE: Saturday November 26 to Saturday January 21

HOW MUCH: Between £10 and £45

TICKETS: Box Office - 0116 242 3595 or visit www.curveonline.co.uk

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WHAT: Roald Dahl’s The Twits

WHERE: The Curve, Leicester

DATE: Saturday December 10 to Saturday January 21

HOW MUCH: Between £12 and £16

TICKETS: Box Office - 0116 242 3595 or visit www.curveonline.co.uk

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HERTFORDSHIRE

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WHAT: Peter Pan

WHERE: Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage

DATE: Friday November 25 to Sunday January 22

HOW MUCH: From £16

STARS: Emmerdale’s Tom Lister stars in the show

TICKETS: Box Office - 01438 363200 or visit www.gordon-craig.co.uk

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WHAT: Show White and the Seven Dwarves

WHERE: Alban Arena, St Albans

DATE: Thursday December 8 to Sunday, January 8

HOW MUCH: From £20.25

STARS: Eastenders star Rita Simons appears

TICKETS: Box Office - 01727 844488 or visit www.alban-arena.co.uk

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Are there any other pantomimes going on in and around the seven counties? Please email full details to steve.mills@jpress.co.uk and we’ll add them to this list.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre presents Aladdin with Michelle Collins, Andy Collins and Jasmin Walia,

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre presents Aladdin with Michelle Collins, Andy Collins and Jasmin Walia,

Wycombe Swan's 2016 pantomime, Cinderella with, from left to right: Luke Kelly as Prince Charming, Linda Robson as the Fairy Godmother, Louie Spence as Dandini and Sarah Vaughan as Cinderella. PNL-161031-172357001

Wycombe Swan's 2016 pantomime, Cinderella with, from left to right: Luke Kelly as Prince Charming, Linda Robson as the Fairy Godmother, Louie Spence as Dandini and Sarah Vaughan as Cinderella. PNL-161031-172357001

Beauty and the Beast at Leamington Spa

Beauty and the Beast at Leamington Spa

Stars of the Blegrade Theatre pantomime

Stars of the Blegrade Theatre pantomime

Emilia Williams, Andrew Pepper and Craig Rhys Barlow at Chipping Norton Theatre

Emilia Williams, Andrew Pepper and Craig Rhys Barlow at Chipping Norton Theatre