Adult Panto: Hansel & Gretel Go Down in the Woods
Royal Hippodrome Theatre, 108-112 Seaside Road, Eastbourne
Friday and Saturday November 23 and 24, 8pm
The Market Theatre company have taken a traditional fairy story and corrupted it beyond belief – packing it with corny jokes, raunchy plots and blatant sexual innuendo. With a minimum of set, props and costume, the fearless company of three actors take on the traditional and the not-so-traditional pantomime characters to get into the seasonal spirit.
Phone 01323 802020 or visit royalhippodrome.com.
Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing
Friday November 30-Tuesday January 1, various times
An all-star cast in this fun-filled pantomime includes Lee Latchford-Evans from pop supergroup Steps as Aladdin, CBeebies presenter Rebecca Keatley as Princess Jasmine and the unmistakeable voice of Brian Blessed (below) as the Genie. Poor but happy Aladdin hopes all his dreams will come true when he discovers a magical lamp and the mystical genie trapped inside it who will grant the holder three precious wishes. Fame, fortune and the hand in marriage of the beautiful Princess Jasmine await but first our hero must defeat the wicked sorcerer Abanazar who also seeks the lamp and more… world domination! With his dopey brother Wishee Washee and his ever-faithful mother, dame Widow Twankey, by his side, Aladdin must summon all his courage in this rags-to-riches tale of good overcoming evil.
Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.
Devonshire Park Theatre, Compton Street, Eastbourne
Friday December 7-Sunday January 13, various times
Tickets £14.50-£19/Premium £18.50-23.50
When Cinderella is left at home by her Ugly Sisters, it seems all hope of going to the ball is lost. However, with a little magic from her Fairy Godmother, the most exciting night of her life is about to begin. There’s fun for all the family as one of the best-loved pantomimes is brought to life with some dazzling special effects and one truly amazing carriage. Written and directed by Chris Jordan, the pantomime features stunning stage effects, glittering costumes, impressive sets and sensational live music, and stars Tucker and Martyn Knight.
Phone 01323 412000 or visit eastbournetheatres.co.uk.
The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley
Friday December 7-Sunday January 6, 10.30am, 2pm, 5.30pm and 7pm
Fun-packed family pantomime Aladdin has comedy, singing, dancing, stunning sets, dazzling costumes and a cast led by Dancing on Ice’s Mr Nasty Jason Gardiner as Abanazar, Shaheen Jafargholi, star of EastEnders and Casualty as Aladdin, impressionist Jess Robinson, from Britain’s Got Talent and The Imitation Game, and Nathaniel Morrison, from the BBC’s All Together Now, as the Genie of the Lamp. The line- up is completed with the return of two Crawley favourites: Michael J Batchelor is Widow Twankey and Richard Franks is PC Pongo.
Phone 01293 553636 or visit parkwoodtheatres.co.uk.
Alexandra Theatre, Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis
Tuesday December 11-Wednesday January 2, various times
With spectacular scenery and costumes, plus a dusting of magic, Cinderella is the fairy godmother of pantomimes – presented by Spillers Pantomimes. There’s a relaxed performance at 11am on Saturday December 22.
Phone 01243 861010 or visit alexandratheatre.co.uk.
Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea
Thursday-Monday December 13-31, 11am, 2.30pm, 5pm and 6pm
Tickets £12.50, £13 and £14
The magic tale of Robin Hood is this year’s panto at the Ropetackle. The evil Sheriff of Nottingham is fed up with his riches being robbed. He has a dastardly plan to capture the finest archer in the land and become the supreme ruler of Sherwood Forest. Will good win out? Will love triumph? Will you be able to tell us the name of one of the Merry Men? Will Scarlet? Yes! That’s one! This feast of fun, fair maidens, fabulous panto magic, madness and mayhem is an LP Creatives production.
Phone 01273 464440 or visit ropetacklecentre.co.uk.
Jack and the Beanstalk
White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings
Friday-Sunday December 14-30, various times
Tickets from £20
Fee-fi-fo-fum, a giant of a panto your way comes! EastEnders actress Michelle Collins and The X Factor phenomenon Chico star as The Fairy and Jack in the family pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack ventures sky high in a pantomime packed full of fun, laughter, special effects, stunning sets, song and dance numbers, and plenty of audience participation.
Phone 01424 462288 or visit whiterocktheatre.org.uk.
The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham
Friday-Sunday December 14-16, Tuesday and Wednesday December 18 and 19, Friday-Monday December 21-24, Wednesday-Monday December 26-31, and Wednesday-Sunday January 2-6, various times
More than a traditional take of good triumphing over evil, this tale of a cursed young girl, brought up by the family nursemaid, who sleeps for 100 years before being woken by true love’s kiss, is a roller-coaster ride through time, emotion, laughter and song. Starring Heart Radio’s Nicola Hume, TV’s Nicole Faraday, Ben Ofoedu, Sean Smith, Natasha Hoeberigs, James Fletcher, Howell Dowsell and James Dinsmore, it’s a mix of musical theatre and pop songs, clever and corny jokes and audience participation.
Phone 01403 750220 or visit thecapitolhorsham.com.
Chequer Mead Community Arts Centre, De La Warr Road, East Grinstead
Saturday-Tuesday December 15-January 1, 11am, 1pm, 5pm and 6pm
Tickets £17/pensioners and children £15.50/family of 4 £62
Gather your ship mates and head for Neverland as the high-flying adventure begins with the swashbuckling tale of Peter Pan. Join Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael and of course Tinker Bell as they try to foil the dastardly plans of Captain Hook. The pantomime stars Nickleodeon’s Ellie the Explorer star Eleanor Snowdon as Tinkerbell (pictured above, left), CBeebies Spotbots and Justin’s House star Callum Donnelly as Shipmate Smee (pictured above, right, with Lee Peck at Captain Hook), and his lovely lady wife Mrs Smee is played by Dame extraordinaire Kevin Gauntlett. An awfully big adventure awaits audiences of all ages, as this magical pantomime from LP Creatives features dazzling scenery, slapstick silliness and some high flying special effect – aided of course, by fairy dust!
Phone 01342 302000 or visit chequermead.org.uk.
De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea
Sunday December 16, 11am
Tickets £12.50 and £15
Diana Freedman’s School of Dance and Performing Arts presents Ben Crocker’s pantomime Aladdin this Christmas. The wicked Abanazer is seeking the magic lamp that contains the all-powerful genie so that he can rule the world, and is just steps away from succeeding. Is all hope lost? No – help is at hand. A family of wannabe heroes are here to foil Abanazer’s evil scheme. The innocent local lad Aladdin, the cheeky Wishee Washee and their fearsome mother, washerwoman Widow Twankey, are ready to save the day.
Phone 01424 229111 or visit dlwp.com.