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STARTING THIS WEEK

ALADDIN (The Brindley, High Street, Runcorn, December 10-January 9)

TRADITIONAL family panto starring Coronation Street and Hairspray star Michael Starke, Brookside's Suzanne Collins, David Heath of Eton Road and X Factor plus local favourite Charlotte McKelvie, winner of Halton's Got Talent. Ring 0151 907 8360 or visit www.thebrindley.org.uk.

ALADDIN (Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, December 10-January 2)

BAYWATCH icon Pamela Anderson will play the Genie of the Lamp in this year’s Christmas production. The show will also star Liverpool favourite Les Dennis as Wishee Washee. Aladdin will be doing all he can to win the heart of the beautiful Princess, but the evil Abanazar will be trying to thwart his plans. With all your favourite characters including Wishee Washee, the Emperor, Chinese Policeman, and of course, the ultimate pantomime dame - Widow Twankey! Visit www.liverpoolempire.org.uk or ring 0844 847 2525.

ALADDIN (William Aston Hall, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, December 9-January 2)

FORMER Blue Peter presenter Tim Vincent tops the bill of Wrexham’s traditional family panto which also stars Hayley Clarke, a finalist from ITV’s Grease is the Word. The story follows the fortunes of Aladdin, a poor boy who battles the wicked Abanazar to thwart his plot to rule the world. Visit www.glyndwr.ac.uk/events or ring 01978 293293.

A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES (Emlyn Williams Theatre, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, December 9-January 8)

CLASSIC Christmas story from Dylan Thomas which has become a favourite festive tradition. Outside, in the snow, there are adventures with friends - Jim, Dan and Jack, postmen with presents, a fire at Mrs Prothero’s and all the seasonal rituals of the town. Dylan Thomas’ poignant evocation of distant Christmases in the seaside town of his youth captures the essence of enchantment of the most magical time of the year. Visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk or ring 0845 330 3565.

CINDERELLA (Floral Pavilion, New Brighton, Wirral, December 11-January 2)

MARTIN Dodd’s UK Productions present an star cast headed by Jean Fergusson, Jamie Rickers and Jenny Jones. Jean is to appear in Coronation Street and is best known as the bike riding man-hunting Marina in Last of the Summer Wine. Jamie Rickers is the TV presenter of Nickelodeon’s number one weekend show Jamie & Anna’s Big Weekend. Ring 0151 666 0000 or visit www.floralpavilion.com.

DICK WHITTINGTON (Forum Studio Theatre, Hamilton Place, Chester, December 11-30)

THE annual Tip Top pantomime is back with another host of goodies in traditional style. Following the story of Dick Whittington as he tries to make his fortune, come and join Chester’s all singing all dancing panto team as they bring you lashings of fun, slapstick, song and corny jokes. Ring 01244 341296 or visit www.chestertheatre.co.uk.

DICK WHITTINGTON (The Grange Theatre, Hartford, Northwich, December 10-January 3)

X-FACTOR star Rowetta and Andy Scott-Lee are joined by Ellesmere Port actor John Garfield Roberts for this classic family panto as well as Mia Jay Clarkson and Naomi Cooper-Davis. Ring 0844 815 7121 or visit www.quaytickets.com.

PETER PAN (Pavilion Theatre, Rhyl, December 10-January 8)

THE ultimate adventure for every child who never wants to grow up and every grown up who wishes they never had. This year’s pantomime features Steffan Rhodri, as Captain Hook, well known for his role as Dave Coaches in the hit series Gavin and Stacey. He is joined by Tara Bethan (Peter Pan) who is such a well-known face in Wales and also was seen as a finalist in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search for Nancy in Oliver! on BBC1. Ring 01745 330000 or visit www.rhylpavilion.co.uk.

ROBINSON CRUSOE & THE CARIBBEAN PIRATES (Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, December 9-January 9)

JONATHAN Wilkes and Jennifer Ellison star in this spectacular swashbuckling pantomime adventure. Robinson Crusoe finds himself marooned on a paradise island. Will the evil Captain Cutlass and his gang of pirates beat him to the treasure? Will Dame Dolly Dumpling and her beautiful daughter Polly survive the storm that shipwrecks them? Visit www.ambassadortickets.com or ring 0844 871 7649.

SNOW WHITE (The Stiwt, Rhos, Wrexham, December 16-January 2)

FORMER chart-topping singing star Sonia heads the cast as Queen Edwina in this traditional family panto from LKH Productions. She will be joined by Big Brother 9 hunk Dale Howard as the Prince while Snow White herself is played by by Grease is the Word finalist Alison Crawford. Visit www.stiwt.co.uk or ring 01978 841300.

THE TIN SOLDIER (Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester, December 14-January 1)

JOIN the Steadfast Tin Soldier and his friends on an amazing magical, musical, mysterious journey. Chased by an evil goblin, threatened by a monstrous rat, swallowed by an enormous fish - he travels helter skelter towards his appointment with destiny- through thick and thin and even thicker - until he reaches his final destination. From the award-winning team that produced Hood in the Wood and A Tasty Tale. Ring 0161 833 9833 or visit www.royalexchange.co.uk.

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