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

00:00 16 November 2015

Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington

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

November 13 – January 3 2016
Using David Wood’s exceptional adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, the Octagon Theatre will delight and surprise audiences of all ages with this exciting performance packed full of fun, friendship and snozcumbers.
Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton, BL1 1SB
Tel: 01204 520661

November 23 – 25
Miracle on 34th Street The Musical
One of the most popular festive films of all time is coming to the Manchester Opera House stage, Miracle on 34th Street The Musical. Relive this Christmas classic as Kris Kringle takes on the non believers of New York City in an all singing, all dancing, all snowing adaptation.
Opera House Manchester, 3 Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3HP
Tel: 0844 871 3018

November 28 – January 4
Dick Whittington
Emmerdale’s Kurtis Stacey takes centre stage as the rags-to-riches hero, Dick Whittington. Follow Dick and his cat on their fun-filled quest for fame and fortune and his attempts to win the hand of the lovely Alice. The performance also stars Sally Lindsay (Coronation Street) as Fairy Fazakerley.
Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JE
Tel: 0151 702 7320

November 28 – January 16
The Snow Queen
Can Gerda rescue her best friend Cei in time to stop the Snow Queen’s plan to plunge the world into eternal winter? Find out at the Theatre by the Lake this Christmas, for what is sure to be an enchanting tale of friendship and adventure based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story.
Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside, Keswick, CA12 5DJ
Tel: 017687 74411

December 4 – 29
Jack and the Beanstalk
The traditional story of Jack and his magic beans is back. Will he be brave enough to climb the beanstalk, face the giant and save the princess? Find out in this live-music show packed full of comedy, magical sets and a castle full of surprises.
The Grand Theatre, St Leonardgate, Lancaster, LA1 1NL
Tel: 01524 64695

December 7 – January 2 2016
Sleeping Beauty
Following the huge success of Hollywood’s version of the Grimm’s fairy tale, Malificent, Guild Promotions’ Sleeping Beauty is set to be a magical performance containing all the essential ingredients for a sparkling festive panto.
The Guild Hall and Charter Theatre, Lancaster Road, Preston, PR1 1HT
Tel: 01772 804444

December 11
Christmas Soul Night
Chorley-based soul and motown band, Black and Gold, will bring a night of great dance music to the town hall this Christmas. Get your dancing shoes on ready to enjoy a night of contemporary classics and favourites performed by this 11 piece soul outfit.
Chorley Town Hall, Market Street, Chorley, PR7 1DP
Tel: 07961 940976

December 18
The Albion Christmas Band
The Albion Christmas Show is a seasonal mixture of carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance. A festive favourite which is now into its 17th year, the guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain has played to sell-out audiences across the country.
The Brewery Arts Centre, 122a Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE
Tel: 01539 725 133

December 18
Grand Christmas Concert 2015
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

December 21
The Night Before Christmas
This classic Christmas tale has been re-imagined by the Saltmine Theatre team and will be performed at the Grand for one-night only. Take the family and get wrapped up in Clement Clarke Moore’s poem that has enchanted people for decades.
The Grand, 18 York Street, Clitheroe, BB7 2DL
Tel: 01200 421599

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