Santa Claus is a rumble-tummied, forgetful old man known as Mr McGregor in Oliver Emanuel and Gareth Nicholls’ delightful play for three to six year-olds at Macrobert.
Loughborough loves its traditional panto, successfully delivered by the same company for a decade.
Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jonzi D has curated and hosted the theatre’s annual hip-hop festival Breakin’ Convention for a decade, but the British dancer-choreographer also stages his own smaller-scale performances.
Rebecca Tyson, as Cinderella, marries a West End singing voice with a feisty presence that has much more gravitas than most goody two-shoes heroines.
As Indian independence loomed in 1947, Britain’s Labour prime minister Clement Attlee sent over a judge called Cyril Radcliffe (who had never been to India and knew nothing about maps) to divide this vast country in two.
A seemingly effortless performance by Mikey Jay Heath in the title role of JM Barrie’s classic, with all the boyish swagger that this entails, is the vital ingredient in this Peter Pan.
A Santa who steals presents, a sleuth called Shirley Holmes, Puritans who ban sherry trifle and a King with the Bling could only be Horrible Histories.
The first and most important test for any pantomime is whether it work for children.
Snow White gets the Prince, the seven dwarfs get a happy ending, Queen Griselda gets the boos and Muddles gets the laughs.
It’s one big and very noisy party at the Theatre Royal, with just a nod in the direction of JM Barrie.
On the bounce from providing London’s newest theatre, the St James in Westminster, with its first Christmas show last year, Bristol-based Travelling Light theatre company has returned to the Tobacco Factory to launch Sinbad the Sailor on his final fantasy voyage.
Hans Christian Andersen’s sweetly moralistic story of the social outcast who blossoms into a thing of beauty has been given a major make-over by Patrick J O Reilly in this lovingly crafted Christmas offering.
The story of Dick Whittington is given a burlesque treatment here from a cast led by popular drag-queen, Miss Dusty ‘O’.
Returning to the Lyric Studio, Pins and Needles’ beautifully judged production brings Raymond Briggs’ classic storybook about a grumpy but kindly Father Christmas living in a terraced English street to vibrant and gorgeous life.
The Connaught, once known for its excellent pantomimes, falls way below previous standards for the second year running, mainly because of the poor script.