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

PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 November 2019 | UPDATED: 11:06 09 March 2020

A Christmas Carol, The Atkinson, Southport

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

Jack and the Beanstalk 

until January 11th 

Packed full of hit songs, silliness and plenty of laughs, watch as young Jack sells his cow for magic beans and sets off on the adventure of a lifetime. With two fairies, a magic hen and a giant, it's a show perfect for all the family. 

Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham, coliseum.org.uk

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A Christmas Carol 

December 7th

This Christmas, Charles Dickens' famous ghost story is brought alive in a traditional period production complete with songs and a musical score. Watch and see if Scrooge discovers the true meaning of Christmas. 

The Atkinson, Southport, theatkinson.co.uk 

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 

December 13th- 24th 

An all-star ensemble make up the cast for this family favourite this Christmas. Union J's JJ Hamblett stars as the Prince while Radio City breakfast presenter Leanne Campbell stars as the Wicked Queen in this classic fairytale. 

M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, mandsbankarena.com 

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Treasure Island 

December 5th-28th 

Set sail this festive season, with a swashbuckling musical adaption of Treasure Island which will star a cast of six talented actors and musicians. This musical adventure is bursting with danger, pirates and a talking parrot. 

The Octagon Theatre, Bolton, octagonbolton.co.uk

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Cinderella 

December 6th-January 5th 

Cinderella tells the story of a beautiful girl who is reduced to a life of servitude by her two ugly step-sisters which changes when an invitation to a grand ball arrives. Emmerdale's Sammy Winward is the title role of Cinderella while award-winning actor Crissy Rock and Brookside's Sarah White star as her sisters.

Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, epsteinliverpool.co.uk

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Aladdin 

December 15th-30th 

Cheer hero Aladdin along who with mother Widow Twankey and his brother Wishee Washee, as they battle against the evil Abanazar and his plan to be master of the world. It'll be an evening of adventure, hilarity and festive fun.

The Forum Barrow, Barrow-in-Furness, theforumbarrow.co.uk 

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Christmas at The Brewery

December 4th-january 2nd

There is a huge selection of Christmas events taking place at The Brewery Arts Centre. From child-friendly theatre shows featuring an interactive icy adventure with penguins to a flamboyant Christmas cabaret. 

The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, breweryarts.co.uk 

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Aladdin 

December 7th-january 12th

Join hero Aladdin as he battles the evil Abanazer with the help of one very special lamp. Dance professional Robin Windsor takes the part of Aladdin for an entertaining show full of eastern promise. 

St Helen's Theatre Royal, sthelenstheatreroyal.com

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Pinocchio 

December 9th-24th

This much-loved classic tale is brought to life as the ultimate Christmas comedy musical where a wish upon a star brings beloved puppet Pinocchio to life. 

Darwen Library Theatre, Darwen, darwenlibrarytheatre.com 

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Sleeping Beauty 

December 1st-8th

This year's pantomime promises to be a funny and spectacular festive show. Packed with songs, slapstick, silliness and of course audience participation, watch as Prince Valentine wakes Sleeping Beauty with a true loves kiss. 

The Civic Arts Centre and Theatre, Oswaldtwistle, civicartscentre.co.uk

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Cinderella 

December 8th-31st

This year's breathtaking family pantomime is the classic fairytale Cinderella. You can expect fabulous costumes, sensational songs and stunning dance routines you can't help but join in with. 

King George's Hall, Blackburn, kinggeorgeshall.com

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Peter Pan 

December 6th-january 5th 

Meet Peter and the lost boys, Tiger Lily and Tinker Bell and get ready for a family show full of fun, fairy dust and pirates. Set sail for Neverland and take on Captain Hook and prepare for flying effects, laughter and side-splitting laughter.

Grand Theatre, Blackpool, blackpoolgrand.co.uk 

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Christmas Spectacular 

December 18th

Get into the festive spirit with this cracker of a show with all the Christmas trimmings, full of West End vocalists, special effects, a full orchestra and a snow-filled finale. 

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, bridgewater-hall.co.uk 

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