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The Muddy Stilettos Panto Guide 2018!

It’s what you’ve all been waiting for. Oh no it isn’t! Oh yes it is! Oh no…. OK, enough! Here are our picks of the perkiest pantos in Kent and beyond.

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! Win tickets to 3 of these productions!


Sleeping Beauty, The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 7 Dec to Wed 2 Jan

WIN: Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) for opening weekend Sat 8 OR Sun 9 Dec 2018 (to enter see below)

This year’s Tunbridge Wells panto is Sleeping Beauty! Following last year’s record breaking production of Aladdin, the Assembly Hall Theatre and Martin Dodd for UK Productions proudly present another spectacular Christmas pantomime featuring Claire Sweeney, Derek Moran and Quinn Patrick. This magical pantomime promises to be jam-packed with smash-hit songs, stunning sets, spectacular costumes, and magical special effects.


Cinderella, The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, Fri 23 Nov – Sun 6 Jan

WIN: Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) for Thu 13 Dec 2018, at 7pm (to enter see below)

Don’t miss this year’s fun-filled, family pantomime Cinderella, with a star-studded cast including Harry Reid (EastEnders), children’s favourite, Phil Gallagher (CBeebies’ Mister Maker), national treasure, Sally Lindsay and Marlowe legends, Ben Roddy (Dame of the Year 2017/18) and Lloyd Hollett. The Marlowe Theatre pantomime has a reputation for being one of the biggest and best in the country and Cinderella promises to be our most spectacular show ever so don’t be late for the ball… book today!


The Wind in the Willows, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, 13 Dec – 2 Jan 2019

WIN: Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) for Fri 14, Sat 15 OR Sun 16 Dec 2018 (to enter see below)

Their Christmas Show will take you on a musical journey and is the perfect alternative to panto. Swap magic carpet rides and poisoned pantomime apples for this heartwarming story of friendship as you venture through the Wild Woods with Toad and his band of rambunctious friends, in fantastical style.


Aladdin, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Sat 8 – Sun 30 Dec 2018

Follow the evil sorcerer Abanazar (Wet Wet Wet‘s Marti Pellow), Aladdin, his brother Wishee Washee (Ricky K from Britain’s Got Talent) and, of course his mother Widow Twankey (David Robbins) on a spectacular adventure. This year’s Panto will see audiences transported to Old Peking on a thrilling 3D Magic Carpet ride. Expect flying carpets, a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and a lamp-full of laughs, so book your magic carpet ride to old Peking to the magical pantomime Aladdin!

Dick Whittington, Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, 30 Nov – 6 Jan 2019

This year the Stag Theatre Sevenoaks celebrates its tenth anniversary panto, with the spectacular family pantomime, Dick Whittington! Silly Billy is back, along with Britain’s Got Talent star Danny Beard, and Sevenoaks’ favourite baddie, Jasette Amos.

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs by FHODS, Tower Theatre, 14 – 24 Dec

It’s panto time folks! Mike Nolan from Bucks Fizz is back again to star in this years’ Folkestone and Hythe Operatic and Dramatic Societies pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Tower Theatre. Mirror mirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all? Not the dame, as back again playing Dame Edna Bucket is John Pritchard for his and Mike Nolans fifth pantomime for FHODS.

Jack and the Beanstalk, EM Forster Theatre, 15 Dec – 6 Jan 2019

Wicked Productions return to Tonbridge for their 3rd spellbinding year, with this GIANT of a pantomime ‘Jack & the Beanstalk’! Back by popular demand, we are delighted to welcome back the hilarious and cheeky comic duo ‘Tom Swift’ and ‘Michael Fenton Stevens’ As Simple Simon and Dame Trott. With the stunning scenery, costumes, music, choreography, magic and fun.

Jack and the Beanstalk, White Rock Theatre, Fri 14 – Sun 30 Dec 2018

White Rock Theatre is proud to announce that much-loved actress Michelle Collins will star as The Fairy and X Factor star Chico will star as Jack in this year’s spectacular family pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk.

Christmas Carol, Folkestone Quarterhouse, Fri 14 – Mon 24 Dec

This December, LAStheatre bring Charles Dickens’s Christmas classic to life. With only the spirits for company, Scrooge must revisit the past, learn from the present and finally, face up to the future. Expect songs, silliness and a whole lot of festive cheer in this brand-new, thrilling production for all the family.


Rumpelstiltskin, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 13 Dec- 6 Jan 

All the way from Australia for it’s UK premier, this performance of Rumplestiltskin is promising something different from your traditional stage show. On offer are funky costumes, super modern staging and a contemporary twist to the old fairy tale. Aussie cabaret king Paul Capsis is playing the big R.

A Christmas Carol, The Old Vic, Sat 24 Nov – Sat 19 Jan 

This production of festive classic A Christmas Carol staged by The Old Vic’s artistic director Matthew Warchus had such great reviews last year that it’s returning for round two. Adapted by Jack Thorne, co-writer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. 8+ it stars Stephen Tomkinson.

Snow White, London Palladium, Sat 8 Dec – Sun 13 Jan 

Punchy and very funny cast, with Dawn French taking the starring role, accompanied with a fleckle heel by Strictly’s Vincent and Flavia, Broadway’s Charles Stemp and Over The Rainbow’s Danielle Hope. A dead cert.

Aladdin, Hackney Empire, Sat 24 Nov – Sun 6 Jan 

The unashamed home of panto, Hackney Empire’s in-house team celebrates its 20th birthday. Olivier Award-winner and panto dame extraordinaire Clive Rowe returns to Hackney Empire’s stage after a three year hiatus, alongside West End star Tameka Empson.

Horrible Christmas, Alexandra Palace, Thurs 13 – Sun 30 Dec 

A jolly man in red tries to ruin Christmas. Not Mr Muddy as it happens (though he does his best every year), expect typical Horrible Histories style with terrible Tudors and Vile Victorians giving a history of Crimbo.

WIN tickets to Sleeping Beauty (Assembly Hall Theatre), Cinderella (The Marlowe Theatre) or The Wind in the Willows (Trinity Theatre) all you have to do is:

Simple as that. I’ll draw a name out of my Silly Billy hat for each production. The competition will run until Mon 26 November 2018, when the winners will be announced.

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