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Oh yes they are! The 2017 Christmas shows are behind you!

** PUN KLAXON**Yule be rolling in the aisles this Christmas with these fab festive shows to enjoy. That one came out of a cracker (honest)

Northamptonshire’s Christmas shows come in all shapes and sizes, but we’re bringing you the ones that have caught our eye, because they’re either Christmassy, funny, sing-a-longy, joyous and any combination of all the above. It’s a great time of year to get your gladrags on, find yourself a babysitter/spouse sitter and let somebody else do the entertaining. Book up quickly though – tickets are selling fast.

That’ll be the day – Christmas special, Derngate Auditorium, 7.30pm, Sat 25 November

Topped with lashings of Christmas spirit, get ready to party as That’ll Be The Day returns with its brand new 2017 Christmas Show. The UK’s most popular rock ‘n’ roll variety show celebrates the festive season with all your favourite Christmas classics from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, plus plenty of hilarious comedy! Adult prices start at £25.00

Royal & Derngate, Northampton, NN1 1DP

Aladdin – Derngate Auditorium, 8-31 December

Jump aboard a high-flying magical carpet headed for Old Peking and make tickets for this year’s spectacular Northampton pantomime Aladdin one of your three wishes. Starring musical and television star Paul Nicholas, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Three Degrees singer Sheila Ferguson, follow Aladdin, his hapless brother, and of course his mother Widow Twankey, on a spectacular adventure featuring a beautiful love story, flying carpets, a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and a lamp packed full of spectacular family entertainment. Aladdin features all of the ingredients of the perfect pantomime; a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery and special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses for all the family to enjoy. Don’t miss your flight aboard the magic carpet. Fly to the Box Office and book your tickets today!  Tickets from £11.

Derngate, Northampton, NN1 1DP

Peter Pan, The Deco Theatre, Northampton, 8-30 December

This year’s Christmas Pantomime at the Deco will have you hooked! It’s the boy who never grew up, Peter Pan, Starring Coronation Street’s Nick Cochrane as Smee, Voice finalist Lydia Lucy as Wendy, Grange Hill’s Colin Ridgewell as Captain Hook, From the West End Chris Wills as Peter Pan and Northampton’s own Naomi Wilkins as Tiger Lily.  The classic tale of the boy who refused to grow up is a perennial favourite and this Christmas will be given the Deco panto treatment as they present a swashbuckling spectacular for all the family.  Join Peter and Wendy and let your imagination fly as they travel to Neverland and do battle with the dastardly Captain Hook and the pirates. A sprinkle of fairy dust sees Peter take to the air in stunning flying sequences, and you can expect all the usual pantomime magic with plenty of audience participation, music and laughter.  The original author of Peter Pan, J.M.Barrie, gifted the rights to the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in 1929. This incredible gift means that for every pantomime ticket sold at The Deco, a percentage will go to this amazing charity. Tickets from £10.

The Deco Theatre, Abington Square, Northampton NN1 4AE

Snow White and the seven dwarfs- Lighthouse Theatre, 8-31 December

Is Kettering’s panto is the fairest of them all! Following rave reviews for last year’s production of Beauty and the Beast (4 stars, The Stage), It’ a hard act to beat but boy the are whistling whilst they work on it. It’s Snow White and the seven dwarfs.  Matt Lapinskas, best known for EastEnders and Dancing on Ice, stars as Prince Simon, a prince on a quest to find his one true love. However, our Wicked Queen played by Natasha Gray (Emmerdale) has other plans in mind! She will stop at nothing to ensure she remains the fairest of them all – which it means it’s not looking good for her beautiful stepdaughter, Snow White, played by West End star Hannah Boyce.  But never fear! Snow White is not alone! Back by popular demand are Michael Neilson as Dame Dolly and Mark Pearce as Herbie the Huntsman. This hilarious duo will do their best to keep Snow White from harm – whatever evil plans the Wicked Queen has in mind! And then there’s the Magnificent Seven who help our heroine out.  Nothing is more dangerous than a paranoid Wicked Queen! Will Snow White escape her jealous clutches? Can Dame Dolly get her man? Can Herbie the Huntsman work out if he is a goodie or a baddie? Can Prince Simon of Sofaria ensure a happy ending … ? Tickets: Adults: £18, Children and senior: £16, Family of 4: £62

The Lighthouse Theatre, Thurston Drive, Kettering NN15 6PB

The wind in the willows, Corby Cube, 7-30 December

Following on from the success of A Christmas Carol last year, Corby Cube is excited to be making another well-loved favourite for us to enjoy this Christmas. A classic tale for all the family, The Wind In The Willows follows Ratty, Toad and Mole in a heartwarming story of adventure and friendship. This brand new production, made in Corby, is filled with humour, song, dance and good old-fashioned storytelling that puts the audience right at the heart of the action and gets you ready for Christmas. as per last year you can get closer to the action because as well as the usual stalls and circle seating, you can choose to sit on the stage for this production. Tickets £9 – £14.50

Corby Cube, Parkland Gateway George Street, Corby NN17 1QG

Father Christmas comes up TRUMPS, Barton Seagrave, 12 & 3pm, 22 December

Father Christmas is back, and this time he’s had three helpings of sprouts! As he tries to deliver the presents, his tummy rumbles, gurgles and groans, but Father Christmas knows he must keep it in – he doesn’t want to wake anyone up! TaleGate Theatre Productions hit the perfect combination of witty humour, fantastic music and the extra sparkle for which they have become known in this fabulously funny and brilliantly bouncy musical adaptation of Nicholas Allan’s sequel to ‘Father Christmas Needs a Wee’. Tickets from #10

Masque Theatre, Latimer Community Arts College, Castle Way, Barton Seagrave, Kettering NN15 6SW

The Wizard of Oz, The Castle, 13-30 December

This December, follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Castle Theatre for a fantastic all-new Christmas version of The Wizard of Oz. Join Kansas farm-girl Dorothy and her pet dog Toto on this magical adventure suitable for all ages. Watch in amazement as they are picked up by a tornado and carried off to the magical Land of Oz. With help from their new friends the Munchkins, they to travel to the Emerald City where the great Wizard of Oz lives. Come and join in the fun over the rainbow Christmas 2017 as Enchanted Entertainment present a wonderful panto-style version of L. Frank Baum’s much-loved fairy tale. Packed with brilliant dance routines, well known pop song, lots of audience participation and plenty of laughter for all the family! There’s no place like the Castle Theatre for family entertainment, so click those heels together and book your tickets now!!! Tickets from £17.

The Castle Theatre, 10 Castle Way, Wellingborough NN8 1XA

And for those of you willing to cross the border……….

Cinderella, Milton Keynes Theatre, 9 December – 14 January 2018

King of comedy and pantomime legend Brian Conley is joined by celebrity fashion-guru Gok Wan, who will work his wardrobe wonders as the Fairy Gokmother in the greatest pantomime of them all! Join Cinders as she transforms from rags to riches, outwits her very Ugly Sisters, and, with the help of her best friend Buttons and one very magical Fairy Godmother, wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming. The clock is ticking! Don’t miss your chance to see Cinderella, the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes. Book your tickets to the Ball today!”

Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes MK9 3NZ

The epic adventures of Robin Hood, Milton Keynes, 1-30 December

The wicked Sheriff of Nottingham has seized power all the way from Sherwood Forest to the tiny hamlet of Stanton-on-the Berry! He hates fun, he’s allergic to laughter, he’s going to roast the town’s prize pig… and he’s fallen in love with Maid Marian. In a desperate bid to save her village and avoid a marriage worse than death, Marian (and her faithful nurse) head into Sherwood Forest to seek the help of the mysterious Robin Hood and his merry band of outlaws. Their epic arrow-whanging adventures are legendary throughout the land – if anyone can defeat the evil Sheriff it’s him! Singing, dancing, sword fights! A formidable heroine, a powerful hero and a swashbuckling quest for justice! What could possibly go wrong? Ticket prices vary based on the date of performance 1 – 6 December/8-31 December

Stantonbury Theatre,  Stantonbury Arts & Leisure. Stantonbury. Milton Keynes. MK14 6BN

Snow White, The Cresset, Peterborough  9-30 December

Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the greatest panto of them all? Snow White of course! This classic fairy story is the subject of our pantomime in 2017, and promises everything you’ve come to expect from a Cresset panto; Songs, music, laughter, magic and bags of audience participation, delivering fantastic entertainment for all the family. Snow White will be joined by seven very special friends as they try to defeat the wickedest of wicked queens and reunite our heroine with the dashing Prince Charming. With fantastic cast headed by Coronation Street legend Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts), tickets are already selling fast, so don’t be bashful, book now!

The Cresset, Rightwell, Bretton, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE3 8DX

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