COMPETITIONS

Shows & Pantos

For those who still looking for what to do and where to go this Christmas Holidays, here is the list of family shows and pantos in the theatres of Cheshire and Manchester:

Aladdin
The Forum Theatre

till 1st Jan 2014
A Traditional Family Pantomime Suitable For All Ages. One of the longest running pantomimes in the North West.
The Precinct
Compstall Road
Romiley
Stockport
SK6 4EA
Tel: 0161-430-6570 (Administration) or 0844-877-3377 select option 1 (Tickets)
www.nktheatrearts.org.uk

 

Aladdin
The Grange Theatre

till 31st Dec 2013
Back by popular demand this Christmas for the third year, AB Productions is bringing magical family entertainment to Northwich with the pantomime Aladdin. Come and visit Aladdin in No Peking!
Bradburns Lane, Hartford, Cheshire, CW8 1LU
Tel: 0844 8700 887
www.thegrangetheatre.com

 

Cinderella
Buxton Opera House

till 1st Jan 2014
Make your family’s dreams come true this Christmas with a special invitation to Cinderella. Starring Sarah Thomas (Last of the Summer Wine) as a magical Fairy Godmother and Jonny Freeman (Frank London from CBBC’s M.I. High) as the loveable Buttons. Olivia Sloyan (fresh from the acclaimed musical Blood Brothers) also makes a welcome return to Buxton Opera House in the title role, after her memorable 2011 performance as Snow White. With hilarious comedy, catchy songs and colourful dance routines, this classic rags-to-riches story has everything you’ve come to expect from a Buxton Opera House pantomime – and more. No need to ask your fairy Godmother, just call the box office today!
Buxton Opera House
Water Street
Buxton
Derbyshire
SK17 6XN
Tel: 0845 1272190 (tickets) or 01298 72050(administration)
www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

 

Charlie and Lola’s Extremely New PlayCharlie and Lola’s Extremely New Play
Waterside Arts Centre

till 5th Jan 2014
Charlie and Lola are completely excited to be back on stage with their Extremely New Play – and this time they’re bringing along Sizzles the Dog! If you liked Charlie and Lola’s Best Bestest Play, you will love this extra special, brand new show.
Playful, funny and full of surprises, this new play about friendship and adventures is a treat for everyone. This magical mix of puppets, live action and music is based on the much-loved books by Lauren Child and the ever popular BBC TV Series.
1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF
Tel: 0161 912 5616
http://watersideartscentre.co.uk/

Read review of Charlie and Lola’s Extremely New Play on our pages

 

Dick Whittington
Opera House

till 5th Jan 2014
Dick Whittington tells the rags to riches tale of a young man and his cat on an exciting quest for fame and fortune. Featuring all the traditional pantomime ingredients; sensational songs, a live band, magic, dazzling dance routines, magnificent slapstick comedy and bags of audience participation!Starring Jodie Prenger, Britain’s Got Talent stars Ashleigh Butler and dancing dog Pudsey with the return of panto favourites Tam Ryan and Eric Potts.
Quay St, Manchester, M3 3HP
Tel: 0844 871 3018
www.manchesteroperahouse.org.uk

 

Disney Fantasia: Live in concertDisney Fantasia: Live in concert
Manchester Arena

28th 18:30, Dec 2013
Disney Fantasia: Live in Concert, with live underscore by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, comes to Phones 4u Arena this Christmas.
Described as ‘a magical treat for the eyes and the ears’, Disney shares one of its crown jewels of feature animation showcasing selections from Walt Disney’s original Fantasia and Disney’s Fantasia 2000, featuring a selection of the magnificent repertoire from both films including Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite and, performed and screened simultaneously for the first time in the UK, Ponchielli’s Dance of the Hours, the great ballet of hippos, elephants, ostriches and alligators.
Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1AR
Tel: 08448478000
www.manchester-arena.com

 

Peter Pan
Lyceum Theatre

till 5th Jan 2014
Hook your seats for Cheshire’s biggest pantomime Peter Pan, with TV soap-star Adam Woodyatt as Captain Hook and The Grumbleweeds as Smee and Starkey. With spectacular special effects, stunning costumes, comedy in abundance and all the audience participation you’d want from a family-pantomime this is a theatre visit you’ll definitely treasure!
Heath Street, Crewe CW1 2DA
Tel: 01270 368 242
crewelyceum.co.uk

 

Peter Pan – The Never Ending Story
Manchester Arena

29th Dec 2013 – 30th Dec 2013
Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story is a high-flying, hi-tech fantasy adventure that combines the drama and excitement of live theatre with the epic visuals of a blockbuster movie. Pinch yourself as you watch Peter Pan fly high above the stage without wires – a world first in theatre – and marvel at the spectacular scenery, brought to life by state-of-the-art digital imaging.
Victoria Station, Hunts Bank, Manchester M3 1AR
Tel: 08448478000
www.manchester-arena.com

 

The Lost Present… A Christmas Adventure
The Lowry

29th Dec 2013 – 30th Dec 2013
It’s Christmas Eve, and having tumbled to earth through the night sky, Elva sets out on a journey to find her best friend – a little girl she hasn’t even met yet. Has the lost present got what it takes to find her way through the cold winter night? Will she arrive in time for Christmas morning? Will Elva be everything the little girl wished for? Written especially for children and brought to life using handmade puppets, original music and delightful storytelling, The Lost Present is an enchanting tale about true friendship.
Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ
Tel: 0843 208 6000
www.thelowry.com

 

The Night Before Christmas
The Lowry

till 28th Dec 2013
A mischievous elf is pretending to be hard at work in Santa?s workshop, but he is secretly hiding toys away for himself. When Father Christmas finds out he explains to the elf what Christmas is really all about.
Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ
Tel: 0843 208 6000
www.thelowry.com

 

Wanted! Robin Hood
The Lowry

29th Nov 2013 – 11th January 2014
In the city of Nottingham, a fearsome soldier returns home from war and a feisty young maiden travels towards her uncertain future. Strict laws must be obeyed on pain of death, and an ancient promise must be kept no matter what the consequence. But deep in the Forest of Sherwood, a band of lionhearted outlaws are gathering, ready to do battle in the name of vengeance and love. A thrilling combination of adventure, comedy, music and daredevil fighting, it promises to be a magical adventure for everyone aged six and above.
Pier 8, Salford Quays, Salford, M50 3AZ
Tel: 0843 208 6000
www.thelowry.com

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