8 magical North East pantomimes
It's that time of year again, with curtains rising on panto season around the region, and there are some great shows to be seen.
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Goldilocks and the Three Bears at Newcastle Theatre Royal – 27 November until 20 January
Newcastle Theatre Royal’s brand-new must-see magical pantomime Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the big top family panto extravaganza, stars the much-loved panto trio of Danny Adams as Danny The Clown, Clive Webb as the Ringmaster and Chris Hayward as Dame Rita.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Gala Durham – 22 November until 5 January
Rupert Von Rottenchops (Neil Armstrong) rules the land. After taxing the villagers for everything they have, with the help of henchman Corporal Crosby (Pip Chamberlin), he’s about to blow the town to smithereens and take off with all their money. To get away with it, he just has to keep one little secret…
Peter Pan at Sunderland Empire – 14 December until 6 January
Starring Hollyoaks and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here 2017 runner-up Jamie Lomas as boo-hiss baddie Captain Hook, alongside Richard McCourt from Dick 'n' Dom as his lovable sidekick Smee and Gavin and Stacey’s Melanie Walters as Mrs Darling, with West End star Josh Andrews (Cats, Book of Mormon and 42nd Street) as Peter Pan.
Beauty and the Beast at The Customs House in South Shields – 27 November until 5 January
His faithful entourage, half human, half object, await the unknown Beauty, who will set their Master and themselves free. Could Dame Bella be that Beauty, or will Arbuthnot remain a vacuum for the rest of his life?
Cinderella at Tyne Theatre and Opera House – 7 until 30 December
Join in the festive fun with the lovable Buttons, the handsome Prince Charming, the wicked Ugly Sisters, the magical Fairy Godmother and of course, the beautiful Cinderella and make it a Christmas to remember for the whole family in 2018.
Peter Pan at PLAYHOUSE in Whitley Bay – 1 December until 5 January
Blue Genie returns this Christmas with the highflying adventure, Peter Pan. Starring Antony Costa as Captain Hook, Ben Hanson, from children’s cult show Tracey Beaker, as Starkey and, of course, PLAYHOUSE favourite Steve Walls returns for his 9th year along with his bench to play the hilarious Smee.
Robin Hood at Queen's Hall Art Centre in Hexham – 13 until 29 December
It’s pantomime season at Queen's Hall Arts Centre and who better to add festive fun to the traditional folk tale of Robin Hood than Hexham favourites, Oddsocks Productions, as they bring their trademark humour, fast-paced action and live music to the legend!
Beauty and the Beast at Consett Empire – 1 until 31 December
Consett’s smash hit family pantomime returns in December 2018! The Empire Theatre proudly presents in conjunction with Leah Bell – the magical pantomime Beauty and the Beast.
Looking for Christmas and New Year service information? Check out our guide here.