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10 of the best festive shows and pantos in and around Lancashire

10:00 24 October 2016

Sleeping Beauty at The Coliseum, Oldham

Sleeping Beauty at The Coliseum, Oldham


Our guide to some of the best Christmas shows in the region this festive season

12th November – 7th January
Sleeping Beauty

Fine Time Fontayne stars as the wicked Queen Carabosse, who puts an evil spell on beautiful Princess Rose. A handsome prince is needed to break the spell with true love’s kiss, as pantomime returns to Oldham.

The Coliseum Theatre, Oldham, 0161 624 2829


26th November – 21st January
Beauty & the Beast

An adaptation of the traditional fairytale Beauty & the Beast comes to the Everyman Theatre this festive season with a hilarious comical twist, from writers Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton. Legendary comedy duo Adam Keast and Francis Tucker take centre stage accompanied by a live band. Be prepared for a night full of laughter, cheering, and the ‘beast’ panto around.

Everyman Theatre, Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BH

Tel: 0151 709 4776


29th November – 3rd December
ENB Nutcracker

One of our favourite Christmas stories returns to the Liverpool Empire Theatre this Christmas as over one hundred dancers and musicians will be bringing the dazzling Nutcracker alive on stage. International choreographer Wayne Eagling will be accompanied by the stunning sounds of the English National Ballet Philharmonic. Nutcracker is a satisfyingly magical Christmas treat sure to get you in festive spirits.

Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime St, Liverpool, L1 1JE.

Tel:0151 702 7320


30th November – 3rd January

This traditional Christmas family pantomime is sure to leave you feeling festive as it will have you singing, dancing and of course booing. The Pendle Productions adaptation of Sinbad is full of thrills and excitement for all ages as they invite you to come and set sail on a fantastic voyage.

The Thwaites Empire Theatre, Aqueduct Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 4HT

Tel: 01254 685500


2nd- 29th December

One of everybody’s favourite fairytale pantomimes, Cinderella, comes to Lancaster Grand Theatre this December. Expect all the traditional ingredients of a pantomime including lots of singing, dancing, comedy and of course some spectacular costumes and surprises. Make sure you book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

The Grand Theatre, St Leonardgate, Lancaster, LA1 1NL
Tel: 01524 64695


7th December – 8th January
Horrible Christmas

Part of the Horrible Histories franchise, Horrible Christmas returns to The Lowry Theatre this December. Expect the usual gruesome antics as the show explores the history of Christmas with a hilarious yet moving tale. There will even be some special guests including King Henry VIII, Charles Dickens and everybody’s favourite festival animal, Rudolph.

The Lowry Theatre, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ

Tel: 0843 208 6000


9th December – 8th January

Manchester’s Opera House Theatre will be the home to the classic and ‘genie-us’ panto Aladdin this December. It will include an all star line up featuring Loose Women’s Sherrie Hewson as the legendary genie and one of Manchester’s best loved actors John Thomson as the evil Abanazar. Aladdin is sure to be packed full of family festive fun and one of Manchester’s highlights this Christmas.

Manchester Opera House, 3 Quay St, Manchester, M3 3HP.

Tel: 0844 871 3018


10th December – 7th January
Great Expectations

The Charles Dickens’ classic story, Great Expectations, will be kicking of the Opera Houses’ 2016 Christmas season this festive period. The show has a spectacular cast behind it including Chris Ellison, Maureen Nolan and Coronation Street’s Adam Rickett as Pip. This vibrant musical and classic tale  is guaranteed to leave you feeling full of Christmas spirit

Blackpool Winter Gardens, 97 Church St, Blackpool FY1 1HL

Tel: 01253 625252


12th December – 5th January
Jack and the Beanstalk

Phil Walker returns to the Guild Hall this year with local singer Charlotte Dalton in the lead role in Jack and the Beanstalk.

Joining them on stage as our fairy will be Linda Nolan of The Nolans, and Ian Good as Dame Trott and Marvyn Dickinson from CBBC’s Class Dismissed as the Giants evil henchmen Fleshcreep.

Preston Guild Hall, Lancaster Rd, Preston PR1 1HT.

Tel: 01772 804440


19th December
The Grand Christmas Concert

The Poulton-le-Fylde Band returns to Blackpool’s Grand Theatre with their heart-warming, Grand Christmas Concert. This fabulous festive treat is perfect for all the family to celebrate the season in rousing style and is packed full of favourite singalong carols and festive melodies.
Blackpool Grand, 33 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HT
Tel: 01253 290190

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