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It’s panto time!

Here are 14 of the perkiest pantos in Kent and beyond. AND the chance to WIN some family tickets! You ready, Widow Twanky?

Ready or not, here come the pantos! Dig out your stripy tights, winkle pickers, false eyelashes and wiggery, and book in for one of these 14 festive panto/Xmas production picks in Kent and beyond!

CANTERBURY

Mother Goose, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Thu 28 Nov – Sun 12 Jan

Don’t miss this fun-filled family pantomime, Mother Goose, starring Dr Ranj (CBeebies, This Morning, Strictly Come Dancing), Jenna Russell (EastEnders, West End Star), Ben Roddy (in his tenth Marlowe pantomime!), Canterbury favourite Lloyd Hollett, and Marc Pickering (Boardwalk Empire, Les Misérables).

With hilarious comedy, beautiful sets and costumes, and fantastic music, Mother Goose promises to be The Marlowe’s funniest and most spectacular pantomime ever!

marlowetheatre.com

WIN, WIN, WIN! The Marlowe Theatre have put aside 2 sets of Family Tickets (so 4 tickets) to go on Saturday 11 January 2020, at 7pm. To win all your have to do is:

  • FOLLOW/LIKE Muddy Stilettos Kent on Facebook, LEAVE a few words in the post comment box so we can log your name and if you’d like SHARE it (this is not compulsory).
  • OR follow and RT the tweet on Muddy Kent Twitter.
  • OR follow, comment and tag your friends on the image on Muddy Kent Instagram.
  • Do all three and you’ll triple your chances!

We will be pulling the winner’s name out of our hat on Weds 18 Dec 2019. The winner will be randomly selected and the winner must claim the prize within 48 hours of announcement. If the winner does not claim the prize after 48 hours, an alternative winner will be selected. Please note you have to be 18+ to enter this prize draw.

TUNBRIDGE WELLS

Peter Pan, The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 7 Dec to Sun 5 Jan

For a swashbuckling classic, look no further than Peter Pan at The Assembly Hall this Christmas. Starring Paul Bradley (Holby City’s Elliot Hope), Quinn Patrick (Tunbridge Wells favourite dame), Lloyd Warbey (Disney’s Art Attack), Sarah Jane Buckley (Hollyoaks), and Holly Atterton (Nick Junior’s Go Go Go).

One for all the family, prepare for out-of-this-world flying effects, galleons of laughter and the hungriest of crocodiles.

assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk

FOLKESTONE

Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, Fri 13 – Tue 31 Dec

Exciting news for Folkestone locals. This year’s annual family pantomime at Leas Cliff Hall will see the iconic venue team up for the first time with award-winning pantomime producers Paul Holman Associates.

Headlining the glittering production of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs as Prince Benedict will be Thomas Redgrave. Thomas shot to fame winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2014 as a member of Musical Theatre group Collabro.

atgtickets.com

IF YOU FANCY SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT…

The Snow Queen, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 13 – Tue 31st Dec

Travel on an enchanting, winter adventure as Kai meets the Snow Queen and is transported to far away Lapland away from his best friend Gerda and Grandmother. Follow the journey of Gerda as she sets off all alone on her quest to find Kai.

trinitytheatre.net

AND THE REST…

Peter Pan, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Sat 14 Dec – Sun 5 Jan

One for Eastenders fans!  Neverland comes to Dartford this festive season in a magical show starring soap star Steve McFaddenwho will lead the panto as the villainous Captain Hook.

orchardtheatre.co.uk

Aladdin, Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, Fri 6 Dec –  Sun 5 Jan

Aladdin is flying into The Stag Theatre this Christmas, as the Sevenoaks Panto team return for another fabulous family pantomime.  Local favourites Silly Billy (aka Ant Payne), Danny Beard and Jasette Amos are all back with a bang in what promises to be their biggest panto ever.

sevenoakspanto.com

Jack and the Beanstalk by FHODS, Tower Theatre, Sat 14 – Fri 27  Dec

Another spectacular production from the team at FHODS.  This year’s festive treat is Jack and the Beanstalk, with Mike Nolan from The Fizz and John Pritchard playing Dame Trott. The formidable duo will be joined by a fantastic cast to make this year Fee-Fi-Fo-Fun!

towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk

Peter Pan, EM Forster Theatre, Fri 13 Dec – Sun 5 Jan

Join Peter, Wendy and Captain Hook as Wicked Productions return to Tonbridge this Christmas with a high flying show promising fabulous scenery, special effects and laughter. Back by popular demand is the hilarious Tom Swift as Smee and TV legend Michael Fenton Stevens as Sea Dog Sally. Joining the pirate crew as the dastardly Captain Hook is TV & Film legend Chris Ellison (DCI Frank Burnside in The Bill), the high-flying David Young as Peter Pan, and local talent Lauren Brindley as Wendy.

emftheatre.com

Aladdin, White Rock Theatre, Fri 13 Dec – Sun 29 Dec

Journey to magical faraway lands this Christmas at the White Rock Theatre.  Duncan James leads the cast as Aladdin in this year’s spectacular festive family pantomime!

whiterocktheatre.org.uk

Paper Balloon: Once Upon A Snowflake, Folkestone Quarterhouse, Fri 13 Dec – Tue 24 Dec

For some festive magic look no further than The Quarterhouse Christmas Show. This year’s production is the beautiful Paper Balloon, combining the magical world of shadow puppetry, storytelling and enchanting songs.

quarterhouse.co.uk

FURTHER AFIELD…

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, London Palladium, Sat 7 Dec – Sun 12 Jan

This is like fantasy panto casting. I mean, seriously, does it get better than this? Paul O’Grady, Julian Clary, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot and  – well who cares about the rest, I’m sold.  lwtheatres.co.uk

 

Cinderella, The Hexagon, Sat 7 Dec – Sun 5 Jan

Just over the Berks border in Reading, CBeebies’ Justin Fletcher, aka Mr Tumble, returns to The Hexagon stage (he received raving reviews for Aladdin last year btw) to star in Cinderella.  readingarts.com

 

Dick Whittington and his Cat, Hackney Empire, Sat 23 Nov – Sun 5 Jan 

The unashamed home of Panto has chosen Dick Whittington and his Cat for this year’s festive offering. Olivier award-winner and panto dame extraordinaire Clive Rowe stars in his 13th panto for the theatre alongside Hamilton’s Tarinn Callender in the leading role. hackneyempire.co.uk

Pinocchio on Ice, Alexandra Palace, Fri 13 – Mon 16 Dec

A panto but with a few triple salchows thrown in for good measure. This show features pro skaters, a mix of modern and traditional music, a performance from a West End star and lashings of festive spirit all performed on Ally Pally’s ice rink. alexandrapalace.com

6 comments on “It’s panto time!”

  • Wendy Horton November 12, 2019

    Did you know about Beauty and the Beast at the Woodville Theatre in Gravesend? Last year’s panto was amazing, old school panto, the cast work very well together to pull off a polished panto.

    Reply
    • aliagnew November 13, 2019

      Oh thanks Wendy! Sounds like a brilliant option (love old school!). Thanks for sharing xAli

      Reply
  • Twirlywhirly November 17, 2019

    Some fantastic pantomimes,Going to book a couple to take the grandchildren too & the nieces & nephews. We are also going to the Gravesend one who are Performing Beauty & The Beast, Always a great show. Some I wouldn’t of known about until my email
    Thank you for a great Blog as always

    Reply
  • Gude H-G November 28, 2019

    The Marlowe is my absolute favourite – especially the legendary ghost bench! 😉
    That London Palladium one is incredible though, isn’t it? An absolute all-star cast…
    I’ve written a blog post with lots of fun festive things to do in Kent (and linked to this one of course) here: https://watermarkhomes.co.uk/christmas-things-to-do-in-kent/
    Merry Christmas to you!

    Reply
  • Leigh Baynes December 10, 2019

    I’d love to win this . Oh yes I would

    Reply
  • A.T December 10, 2019

    You got to be in it to win it!!!!

    Reply

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