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Best UK pantomimes 2016/17

Alexia Khadime and Sharon D Clarke will star in Sleeping Beauty

Best pantomimes

The Stage aims to cover more pantomimes across the UK than any other national publication. These are our critics' top picks of the 2016 panto season.

There's a real live beast on stage in this production: Belle's lovable pet takes the form of a little white dog. The Beast of the...

Each year, in Loughborough, Little Wolf Entertainment builds its own spectacular shows from scratch. There are no big names. Morgan Brind, the writer, designer...

This is panto veteran Billy Pearce’s 18th Alhambra production. He’s pretty much part of the furniture here and has the audience eating out of...

With not a telebrity in sight, a resurgent Swan presents a delightful and sensitive adaptation of this most cherished of all fairytales, Cinderella. Co-authors Ben...

Harrogate Theatre annual pantomime combines high production values with an excellent ensemble performance. This year sees Phil Lowe, in his 10th year as director,...

Maintaining heart and family fun in the vastness of Liverpool’s Empire Theatre can be a mammoth task, but First Family Entertainment has risen to...

Nodge City, a rural back water somewhere in the USA, is a surprising setting for a British panto. However, as soon as the jokes...

Robert McWhir’s traditional staging of Sleeping Beauty benefits from a number of strong performances and some powerful singing. It’s a funny, fast-paced show with...

Grade II listed and recently restored to its former glory, this intimate theatre is a red and gold gem, and the ideal setting for...
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