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Christmas pantomimes in Kent 2015

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ASSEMBLY HALLS THEATRE, TUNBRIDGE WELLS

Cinderella

Friday, December 11 to Sunday, January 3

Former Tracy Beaker star Dani Harmer stars as Cinderella alongside Louise Jameson, who brings her 44 years of experience in shows from EastEnders to Doctor Who, to play the Fairy Godmother in this dazzling production. CITV and Nickelodeon star Jamie Rickers joins the cast, with Owen Thompson as Prince Charming and Ugly Sisters Byron Mondahl and David Ball.

Admission: Tickets £17 on opening night, all other performances from £21.50

Box office: www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk or call 01892 530613

 

ASTOR THEATRE, DEAL

Dick Whittington

Wednesday, December 9 to Saturday, December 12

A classic tale with a King Rat bent on world domination and a young man with big dreams will be presented by the Guild Players. The group, which recently became the resident theatre company at the Astor, tell the tale of Dick Whittington, who wants to become Lord Mayor and marry Alice Fitzwarren. Look out for Dick’s best pal Tommy the Cat , Sarah the Cook, plus his brother Idle Jack.

Tickets from £12, under 16s £8

Box office: www.theastor.org or call 01304 370220

S Club 7's Tina Barrett

S Club 7's Tina Barrett

 

BRITANNIA THEATRE, DICKEN’S WORLD, CHATHAM

Dick Whittington

Saturday, December 12 to Sunday, January 3

Fresh from a sell-out reunion tour, S Club 7 singer Tina Barrett will appear in this star-studded show. She’ll be joined by Hollyoaks star Joe Tracini – who is also comedian Joe Pasquale’s son – and much-loved veteran children’s TV presenter Derek Griffiths. Tina, who has starred in two pantos previously, will be playing Fairy Bowbells, while Joe will play Idle Jack and Derek, known for such shows as Play Away and Play School, will be King Rat. Also joining them will be Paul Danan from Hollyoaks, a five-piece band, and some stunning sets and costumes.

Tickets from £12.50

Box office: www.chathammaritimepanto.com

 

CENTRAL THEATRE, CHATHAM

Beauty and the Beast

Thursday, December 10 to Sunday, January 3

Former X Factor contestant, and fresh from the Celebrity Big Brother house, Stevi Ritchie joins the cast along with top of the bill Sue Holderness of Only Fools and Horses fame. Stevi will play Potty Pierre, pot washer to the palace, and promises to have audiences rolling in the aisles.

Tickets from £15

Box office: www.medwayticketslive.co.uk or call 01634 338338

The cast of Beauty and the Beast

The cast of Beauty and the Beast

 

CHURCHILL THEATRE, BROMLEY

Aladdin

Friday, November 27 to Sunday, January 3

This magical family pantomime stars EastEnder Scott Maslen as Abanazer, Milkshake’s Jen Pringle as Princess Jasmine, Bobby Crush as the iconic Widow Twankey, and Cartoonito’s Luke Roberts as our hero Aladdin. Rub the magic lamp, enter the cave of wonders and be transported to a fairytale world, filled with stunning sets, glittering costumes and dazzling music and dancing.

Tickets from £10.50.

Box office: www.atgtickets.com/venues/the-churchill-theatre-bromley/ or call 08448 717 620.

 

HAZLITT THEATRE, MAIDSTONE

Peter Pan

Friday, December 4 to Sunday, January 3

Be flown to Neverland for this production which features the loveable characters Peter, Tinkerbell, Wendy, John, Michael and the Lost Boys – and less loveable Captain Hook. EastEnders’ Ricky Groves stars in the show which promises family fun, laughter plus plenty of slap-stick.

Tickets from £12

Box office: www.hazlitttheatre.com 

 

LEAS CLIFF HALL, FOLKESTONE

Aladdin

Tuesday, December 22 to Saturday, January 9

Promising brilliant musical numbers, lavish sets and a genuinely funny script, CT Productions return after last year’s smash hit, Sleeping Beauty. Back by popular demand will be Paul Ketley as the loveable Widow Twankey, with Stephanie Coates as the Princess and Callum Erksine as Captain Hook.

Tickets from £14

Box office: www.atgtickets.com/folkestone or call 01303 228600

Stars of the Marlowe panto

Stars of the Marlowe panto

Aladdin is this year's show at Folkestone's Leas Cliff Hall

Aladdin is this year's show at Folkestone's Leas Cliff Hall

 

MARLOWE THEATRE, CANTERBURY

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Friday, November 27 to Sunday, January 10

She may be known to millions of TV viewers as Albert Square’s Roxy Mitchell, but this festive season Rita Simons will be starring as Snow White at Kent’s biggest panto. Also appearing are CBeebies star Phil Gallagher (Mister Maker), everyone’s favourite dame, Ben Roddy, and Lloyd Hollett. Last year’s Marlowe panto was seen by 90,000 people.

Tickets from £11.50

Box office: www.marlowetheatre.com or call 01227 787787

 

MEMORIAL THEATRE, BROADSTAIRS

Aladdin

Saturday, December 19 to Tuesday, December 29

Promising magical family fun, the Sarah Thorne Theatre Club will be delighting audiences again with the ever-popular tale of Aladdin.

Tickets from £13.50

Box office: www.sarahthorne-theatrecompany.co.uk or call 01843 863701

 

MICK JAGGER CENTRE, DARTFORD

Aladdin

Saturday, December 12 to Wednesday, December 23

This seasonal family show is presented by Walk Tall, who are back by popular demand.

Tickets from £11.50

Box office: www.themickjaggercentre.com or call 01322 291100

Shane Richie will be at the Orchard Theatre

Shane Richie will be at the Orchard Theatre

 

ORCHARD THEATRE, DARTFORD

Dick Whittington

Saturday, December 12 to Sunday, January 3

EastEnders actor Shane Richie is the star name in this eagerly-awaited panto. The 50-year-old will be starring as Dick in the Qdos Entertainment production so expect plenty of magic moments alongside the comedy, stunning sets, fabulous costumes – and, of course, the odd Kat joke or two!

Tickets from £10

Box office: www.orchardtheatre.co.uk or call 01322 220000

 

STAG THEATRE, SEVENOAKS

Peter Pan

Saturday, December 5 to Sunday, January 10

Boyzone star Shane Lynch is heading the cast at this year’s pantomime at the Stag. Shane has been a household name for 20 years and will head to Sevenoaks to play arch villain Captain Hook, joining Jamie Foreman, who played Derek Branning in Eastenders, as Smee. Ben Ofuedo, lead singer of 1990s pop group Phatts and Small, is also appearing alongside Anna Kumble.

Tickets £23, concessions £19

Box office: www.sevenoakspanto.com or call 01732 450175

 

SWALLOWS LEISURE CENTRE, SITTINGBOURNE

The Wizard of Oz

Thursday, December 17 to Christmas Eve

Former The Bill actor Chris Simmons and CBBC’s Lucinda Rhodes lead the cast in this show which promises special effects, songs and plenty of festive magic. It’s the fifth year in a row the national drama company Trio Entertainment have brought panto to Swale.

Tickets from £7

Box office: www.swaleleisure.com or call 01795 420420

The cast of Aladdin, this year's panto at the Theatre Royal, Margate

The cast of Aladdin, this year's panto at the Theatre Royal, Margate

Cinderella is this year's panto at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells

Cinderella is this year's panto at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells

 

THEATRE ROYAL, MARGATE

Aladdin

Saturday, December 12 to Tuesday, December 29

Take a magical carpet ride to the Far East for the festive season with laugh-out-loud jokes, magic and Illusions, special effects and an airborne Genie. Danny Young plays Aladdin and Rob Rawles the Widow Twanky, alongside homegrown Georgia Rowland-Elliot, Princess Jasmine, plus a chorus of local schoolchildren.

Tickets from £13

Box office: www.theatreroyalmargate.com or call 01843 292795

 

TOWER THEATRE, FOLKESTONE

Dick Whittington

Saturday, December 12 to Christmas Eve

Canadian singer Andy Laine joins Bucks Fizz star Mike Nolan for this year’s Folkestone-Hythe Operatic and Dramatic Society’s pantomime. Following on from last year’s success with Jack and the Beanstalk, there will be a mix of professional and amateur talent, with Mike playing Idle Jack, the dame’s friendly but useless assistant. The archetypal baddie, King Rat, will be played by Andy.

Tickets from £10

Box office: www.towertheatrefolkestone.co.uk or call 01303 223925

Folkestone Hythe Operatic and Dramatic Society's panto stars Mike Nolan, left, of Bucks Fizz

Folkestone & Hythe Operatic and Dramatic Society's panto stars Mike Nolan, left, of Bucks Fizz

 

WOODVILLE THEATRE, GRAVESEND

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood

Friday, December 11 to Sunday, January 3

Famous as part of the Irish girl group B*Witched, singing sisters Edele and Keavy Lynch will be starring as a goodie and a baddie in the Woodville’s panto. Edele will be the Witch of the Wood while her sister will be the Fairy of the Forest. They will be joined by EastEnders’ Ricky Norwood as the Sheriff of Nottingham. Expect high jinks, romance and adventure in this Magic Beans production.

Tickets from £13

Box office: www.woodville.co.uk or call 08442 439480

The cast of The Woodville panto

The cast of The Woodville panto, from left Eleanor Sandars, Keavy Lynch, Ricky Norwood, Edele Lynch, Ant Payne and Robert Pearce

 

If your panto or Christmas production isn’t in our list, email us full details and pictures to whatsoneditor@thekmgroup.co.uk

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