The top Christmas pantomimes of 2017 and where to see them

Nothing says Christmas quite like a larger-than-life pantomime dame, a hefty dose of audience participation and a chorus of ‘it’s behind you’ – right? So, with panto season well and truly upon us, we’ve scoured the UK theatre listings to put together a rundown of the best festive Christmas shows for 2017. That way you can get your tickets booked now, then sit back and be wowed by Widow Twankey and friends. All together now: oh no she didn’t…

Panto in Plymouth – Peter Pan

If you're looking for swashbuckling and high-flying heroes, the panto version of Peter Pan at Plymouth’s Lyric Theatre is definitely one to watch. Get ready to boo and hiss at Eastenders star Steve McFadden as Captain Hook. You can even book a special panto brunch before selected Saturday matinee performances if you fancy making a day of it.

Theatre Royal Plymouth Lyric Theatre, 15 December 2017 to 13 January 2018

Panto in Glasgow – Jack and the Beanstalk

Greg McHugh otherwise known as, Gary: Tank Commander and The Dolls take on the popular Jack and the Beanstalk at the SEC Armadillo in Glasgow this year. Greg takes on the role of Gary Trot, brother of Jack who mistakenly sells the family cow for only a bag of beans. But this leads to an unexpected world of adventure which everyone will love.

SEC Armadillo, Glasgow, 16 December 2017 to 07 January 2018

Panto in Cardiff – Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

Chico, Samantha Womack and Gareth Thomas will be spending the festive season in Wales this winter, with starring roles in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Cardiff’s New Theatre. These guys will be bringing Wales' No.1 pantomime to life with a mixture of comedy and music. Expect lots of special effects and plenty of laughs courtesy of comedian Mike Doyle, who plays Nurse.

Cardiff New Theatre, 09 December 2017 to 14 January 2018

Panto in Birmingham – Cinderella

A whole host of stars are joining the Birmingham Hippodrome this Christmas for Cinderella. You've got the likes of Hearsay star, Suzanne Shaw, Hollyoaks and Strictly hottie, Danny Mac and popular UK singer, Beverley Knight. So we’re certain this pantomime performance is going to be a sell-out.

Birmingham Hippodrome, 19 December 2017 to 28 January 2018

Panto in London – Dick Whittington

Dick Whittingham returns to the iconic London Palladium with a bang with its all-star cast. Musical star Elaine Page and comedy favourite Julian Clary play Queen Rat and Spirit of the Bells. The role of Dick Whittington will be played by WhatsOnStage Award winner, Charlie Stemp and familar faces Nigel Havers, Paul Zerdin, Gary Wilmot and Ashley Banjo & Diversity will also be taking a turn on stage. Definitely one for the name-droppers!

London Palladium, 9 December 2017 to 14 January 2018

Panto in Swansea – Aladdin

Benidorm is one of ITV's most popular comedies, so it only seems right that Tony Maudsley will be taking centre stage this winter playing the starring role in Aladdin at Swansea’s Grand Theatre. It runs until 14 January, so you won't want to miss this one.

Swansea Grand Theatre, 15 December 2017 to 14 January 2018

Panto in Falmouth – Cinderella

To be announced

Princess Pavilion, Falmouth,

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