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Theatres - Still Showing - December 9 onwards


ALADDIN (Lyceum Theatre, Heath Street, Crewe, December 1-January 2)

IMAGINE Theatre present this year’s traditional family panto at the Lyceum with an all-star cast that includes Tachia Newall from Waterloo Road as the Genie of the Lamp, Ayesha Gwiltt, also from Waterloo Road, as the Spirit of the Ring and Katie Sheridan of Genie in the House fame as Princess Baldroubador. The production also features Leon Craig as Widow Twankey. Ring 01270 537333 or visit www.lyceumtheatre.net.

ALADDIN - THE WOK ‘N’ ROLL PANTO (Anthony Hopkins Theatre, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, November 26-January 29)

IT’S party time in old Shanghai and the Emperor is laying on a big banquet to announce the engagement of Princess So-Shi to her rich suitor, the mysterious Abanazer. But when Aladdin and the Princess meet on the street, sparks really start to fly. Featuring more than 20 classic rock and soul songs performed by the multi-talented cast which includes Phylip Harries returning to play Widow Twankey. Visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk or ring 0845 330 3565.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Library Theatre at The Lowry, Salford Quays, December 3-January 8)

THE Library Theatre’s Christmas presentation at The Lowry during its temporary stay at the Salford Quays venue while a new home is built for the company in Manchester is David Holman’s adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. The timeless story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is directed by Rachel O’Riordan who directed Grimm Tales at The Library last Christmas. Visit www.librarytheatre.com or ring 0843 208 6010.

NO WISE MEN (Playhouse Theatre, Williamson Square, Liverpool, December 2-January 15)

WHAT would you do for the perfect Christmas? Reality and the ridiculous collide in an enchanting festive adventure whisking you between Marrakech and Liverpool, Victorian England and the present day, as presented by Peepolykus. This is the extraordinary tale of a reckless man who risks everything one Christmas Eve after accepting an irresistible offer from a sparkly eyed stranger. Suitable for ages 8+. Visit www.everymanplayhouse.com or ring 0151 709 4776.

PETER PAN (New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, November 20-January 22)

CELEBRATING the 150th anniversary of JM Barrie’s birth, the New Vic sprinkles some fairy dust over this great classic of children’s literature. Meet the boy who would not grow up, a real fairy, mermaids, Captain Hook and the Lost Boys and take a trip to the magical Never Never Land. Visit the website: www.newvictheatre.org.uk or ring 01782 717962.

PETER PAN (The Lowry, Salford Quays, December 8-January 1)

LET your dreams take flight with a thrilling musical journey to Neverland as JM Barrie’s classic tale is magically brought to life in this spectacular re-staging of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical. The all-star cast will have audiences hooked this Christmas as Thomas Law (EastEnders) makes his stage début as Peter Pan; Brian Capron (Coronation Street) stars as Captain Hook and Manchester-born TV favourite John Henshaw plays Smee. Stunning scenery, show stopping performances, swashbuckling sword fights and breathtaking flying, all accompanied by soaring music played by a 13-piece live band, make this the North West’s must-see seasonal family treat. Visit www.thelowry.com or ring 0843 208 6000.

THE RED SHOES (unitytheatre, Hope Place, Liverpool, November 30-January 22)

A NEW adaptation of the famous fairy store by Hans Christian Andersen. the show promises to be a musical treat with a total of 12 original songs weaved together in one score magical. One snowy day Grace finds herself in front of a shop she has never seen before. In the window is a pair of magical red shoes that sparkle like rubies. They can give her everything she has ever wanted, but there is a price, they can never come off. Ring 0844 873 2888 or visit www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk.

SLEEPING BEAUTY (Everyman Theatre, Hope Street, Liverpool, November 26-January 22)

THE traditional annual Everyman rock ‘n’ roll panto this year takes on the famous tale of the beautiful princess who is cursed at birth by an evil witch and can only be saved by a brave handsome prince. Sarah Nixon teams up with director Mark Chatterton to combine classic songs with the timeless tale. Visit the website: www.everymanplayhouse.com or ring 0151 709 4776.

SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS (Opera House, Quay Street, Manchester, December 3-January 2)

STARRING Coronation Street's Tina O'Brien and Emmerdale's Andy Devine. Mirror, mirror on the wall – which is the most spectacular panto of them all? Brought to you by the same producers as the smash-hit Aladdin, Snow White will feature a fantastic cast, an hilarious script, sparkling sets, lavish costumes, romance, comedy and bags of audience participation. Ring 0844 372 7272 or visit www.manchesterpalace.org.uk.

UNCLE ERIC’S WHITE CHRISTMAS (New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, November 30-December 15)

CHRISTMAS 1969 looks like it’s going to be a white one and Eric thinks the festive season has come early when Madge inherits a sackload of money. The only problem is how he gets his hands on it. Join Eric, Madge and the rest of the musical misfits for comic Christmas mayhem and 23 great songs of the 60s. Visit the website: www.newvictheatre.org.uk or ring 01782 717962.

WE WILL ROCK YOU (Palace Theatre, Oxford Street, Manchester, December 3-January 15)

THE smash hit Queen and Ben Elton musical is heading back to Manchester with a cast featuring Noel Sullivan, Ian Reddington and Leon Lopez. Writer Ben Elton has fashioned a hilarious futurist comedy around more than 24 of Queen’s biggest hit songs delivered in a show that boasts the scale and spectacle that marked Queen’s live performances. Ring 0844 372 7272 or visit www.manchesterpalace.org.uk.

ZACK (Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann’s Square, Manchester, December 7-January 22)

MANCHESTER comedian Justin Moorhouse stars in the title role of heart-warming Harold Brighouse comedy. A warm and witty tale set in the 1920s, Zack is the unconventional, underachieving youngest member of the Munnings family, whose good heart and cheerfulness are a far greater asset than his brother's crafty greed. This charmingly funny story sees him eventually win self-respect - and a bride. Ring 0161 833 9833 or visit www.royalexchange.co.uk.