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Christmas panto in Northern Ireland: What's on in your area

By Jackie Bell

The festive season is officially in full swing and that means a host of Christmas pantomimes on offer across Northern Ireland.

Theatres across the province are putting on productions in the run up to the big day and beyond, and are sure to entertain the whole family.

So remember your important lines: "He's behind you!" and "Oh, yes they are!" and take a look through this handy list of Christmas pantos in Northern Ireland.


What: Peter Pan

Where: Grand Opera House

When: December 2 - January 14

Who: The Queen of panto May McFettridge will appear in her 28th consecutive year at the Grand Opera House, alongside soap star Claire King as Mimi the Mermaid; Olivier Award Winner David Bedella as the Captain; Belfast favourite Paddy Jenkins as Starkey, and Britain’s Got Talent finalist, funny man Paul Burling as Smee.

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What: Hansel & Gretel

Where: The MAC

When: November 28 - January 7

Who: The MAC production invites you to join the brother and sister duo on their magical Christmas adventure. Who knows what friends they will make along the way…

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Hansel & Gretel

What: The Spectacular Aladdin

Where: SSE Arena

When: December 14-17, 19-24, 26-27

Who: Starring Rhydian, Jake Carter, Nadia Forde, Nuala McKeever and Ross Anderson-Doherty.

Take a journey to Old Peking and meet old Widow Twanky and her poor son Aladdin. Times are tough but Aladdin's life is dramatically changed when he falls in love with the most beautiful woman in the Kingdom, the Princess Jasmine.

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What: Sleeping Beauty

Where: Belfast Waterfront

When:  December 6 -  January 7

Who: The beautiful princess has been doomed to sleep for a hundred years. Can anyone break the spell and wake her?

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What: Beauty and the Beast

Where: Lyric Theatre

When: November 30 - January 6

Who: A modern twist on the timeless tale with a fresh score of original songs and enchanting visuals.

A sweet-natured singer-songwriter makes a deal with an all-powerful music producer, and now he’s got everything he ever wanted: fame, fortune, stardom… Except he’s turned into a monster.

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What: Jack and the Beanstalk

Where: Millennium Forum

When: December 1-31

Who: A gigantic beanstalk, Daisy the cow, magic beans, a goose that lays golden eggs and the nastiest of giants are all coming to the Millennium Forum.

Telling the story of peasant boy Jack and his attempts to please his impoverished mother and win the hand of Princess Jill.

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Co Antrim

What: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Where: The Old Courthouse, Antrim

When: December 6-16

Who: Join Snow White and the seven diamond mining dwarfs this Christmas in a fun filled family adventure that will have you and your family singing, dancing and clapping along.

This sparkling production features an outstanding cast, puppetry, dazzling sets and lavish costumes.  All ages can join in the excitement as this timeless fairytale unfolds.

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What: Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale Pantomime and Sing A Long Film Screening

Where: The Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena

When: December 8, 9, 15, 26, 20, 21

Who: Rapunzel: A Tangled Tale is a modern adaptation of the popular fairytale Rapunzel.

Production will feature a fully immersive and interactive version of the story, as well as a screening of the Disney movie Tangled.

Children and families will be whisked away on a festive journey with magical twists and turns, experiencing the wonder of singing along with Rapunzel, fidget spinning with Flynn Rider and creating evil sorcery with Gothel.

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Co Armagh

What: Sleeping Beauty

Where: Market Place Theatre, Armagh

When: December 2-24

Who: Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, a beautiful princess is born...

The Market Place Theatre is delighted to announce this full-scale traditional pantomime which will combine wonderful music, song and dance, colourful costumes, memorable characters, and loads of audience participation.

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Co Fermanagh

What: Beauty And The Beast

Where: The Ardhowen, Enniskillen

When: January 11-20

Who: The Lakeland Players annual pantomime is now in its 31st year at The Ardhowen.

This year’s offering is the classic Beauty And The Beast. Our heroine is trapped in the beast’s castle with seemingly with no way out. Can her friends come to her aid and rescue her from the Beast? With song and dance routines and a colourful cast, it’s sure to be a great night out for all the family.

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Co Down

What: Aladdin

Where: Island Arts Centre, Lisburn

When: December 2-9

Who: Lisnagarvey Operatic and Dramatic Society invite you to hop onto your magic carpet because they are back with another spectacular panto brimming with comedy, slapstick, great songs and dances.

So get ready to join Aladdin, Wishey Washey and the gang on their crazy festive adventures.

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Co Londonderry

What: Ali Baba & The Naughty Thieves

Where: Riverside Theatre, Coleraine

When: December 4-9

Who: Ali Baba's in a fix! He wants to marry his neighbour and girlfriend, the quick-witted Morgianna.

However, as a brainless woodcutter with no money, a wedding seems altogether out of the question until he stumbles upon a magiccave containing riches beyond his wildest dreams.

Unfortunately, all the treasure belongs to some rather "naughty thieves" who plan to reclaim it...

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Co Tyrone

What: Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

Where: Strule Arts Centre, Omagh

When: January 9-14

Who: Join Snow White and the hilarious Seven Dwarfs for a fabulous family pantomime, based on the traditional fairy tale but with a twist.

This new production will be brimming full of local talent from all across the district and beyond.

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What: Cinderfella

Where: Craic Theatre, Coalisland

When: January 11-14 & 18-21

Who: We have all heard Cinderella’s story, time after time. We know that she received her happy ending, but what about her forgotten brother Cinderfella?

With dreams that he will go to the Princess’ 80s themed ball, and “get the girl” Cinderfella sets out on his own journey, with help from his very own fairy godmother, Ninny and her little fairy craicers in training.

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