Looking for some all round family fun this festive season? Well look no further because here at Native Monster we’ve compiled a list for you of the top pantomimes, in no particular order, taking across the West Midlands, Shropshire and Staffordshire.
Peter Pan – Wolverhampton, Grand Theatre – December 12 to January 24
From throwing custard pies into the faces of unwitting audience members to laughter-filled shenanigans on TV, the Chuckle Brothers have made entertaining young and old their life's work. Peter Pan, their latest pantomime adventure, will certainly be no different.
The Chuckle Brothers will take on the roles of Paul and Barry Smee and will be joined by ex-Eastenders villain John Altman as Captain Hook and young up-and-coming actor Ross Carpenter as Peter Pan.
Peter Pan will run at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from December 12 till January 24.
Cinderella – Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena – December 20 to December 24
The world’s biggest pantomime is coming to Birmingham this December.
Taking place at the Barclaycard Arena from December 20 - 24, Cinderella is set to take centre stage as the world’s biggest pantomime.
Cinderella – Cannock, Prince of Wales – December 19 to December 29
The Prince of Wales will this year stage the pantomime with Jodie Hamblet, from ITV’s Home Fires, starring as the Fairy Godmother.
The star will be joined by Cannock’s favourite dame, Keith De Winter and Darren John Langford as the Ugly Sisters and Karl Greenwood will play hapless Buttons.
Performed by PMA Productions, the show will run from December 19 until December 29.
Once Upon A Time – Oswestry, Marches School Theatre – December 11 to December 13
With Christmas just around the corner, a new pantomime will be coming to Oswestry's Marches School Theatre.
Expect appearances from Captain Hook, Little Red Riding Hood, and a whole cast of entertaining (and sometimes evil) characters!
The pantomime opens on the December 11 at Marches School Theatre and has four performances - December 11 at 7.30pm, December 12 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm and December 12 at 2:30pm.
Snow White – Telford, Oakengates Theatre – December 8 to January 3
This year’s pantomime will run between December 8 and January 3 at Oakengates Theatre in Telford.
The dancers, who will star in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, will get the chance to appear alongside Hollyoaks and Holby City actor Jeremy Edwards and Nicole Faraday from ITV’s Bad Girls.
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Giant Family Pantomime - Lichfield, Garrick Theatre - December 5 to January 3
The classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk will be magically brought to life in the Lichfield Garrick’s own giant family pantomime this winter.
This year The Bill star, Graham Cole makes a welcome return to star as the evil Hemlock.
The timeless classic tells the story of a young wayward Jack who his keen to find his fortune to help his poor mother to make ends meet. Jack trades his last dime for a handful of magic beans in the hope that his dreams come true. Jack then goes on a giant adventure which will all be revealed in true Lichfield Garrick panto style.
Jack and the Beanstalk runs at the Lichfield Garrick from Thursday 3 December 2015 to Sunday 3 January 2016, with a variety of schools, matinee and evening performances.
Dick Whittington – Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn – December 2 to January 10
The cast of Theatre Severn’s upcoming production of Dick Whittington was unveiled at a launch event at Whittington Castle, near Oswestry.
Peter Jack, theatre manager, says he is delighted to welcome back Evolution Productions for its fifth pantomime at the theatre and has promised panto-goers a treat.
Dick Whittington opens on December 2 and will run until January 10.
Jack and the Beanstalk – Stafford, Gatehouse Theatre – December 11 to January 8
In the past Stafford Gatehouse has found panto success with Dick Whittington, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. This year they hope to match and even exceed previous success with Jack and the Beanstalk the ‘Rock n Roll’ Panto.
With varying performance times, and performances (signed for the hard of hearing, and over 18’s only), it will surely be a panto to rival others.
A mash-up of some rock ‘n’ roll hits within the traditional panto format will certainly make an enjoyable evening you wouldn’t want to forget.
Aladdin – Birmingham, Hippodrome – December 19 to January 31
This year the Birmingham Hippodrome welcomes Aladdin. With Lee Mead filling the lead role, and Julian Clary as Slave of the Ring, they are accompanied by Marti Pellow and Matt Slack.
This year's production is set to be full of superb special effects, including a 3D magic carpet ride.
With varying styles of performance (signed, captioned and audio described) it will be suitable for everyone and anyone, and will run from December 19 – January 31.
Treasure Island – Birmingham, The Old Rep Theatre - November 20 to January 3
Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story, Treasure Island is sure to get you in a hearty panto mood.
As an original adaptation you’ll get lost in a sea of pirates, peg-legs and parrots whilst you sing along to songs like Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum.
Running from November 20 – January 3. Be sure you don’t miss out on this swashbuckling magical performance.
By Jake Trubridge