10 of the best festive shows and pantos in and around Lancashire
10:00 24 October 2016
Our guide to some of the best Christmas shows in the region this festive season
12th November – 7th January
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
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
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
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
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