The Panto Season extends from mid-November to mid February all over the UK. Check out what's on in theaters around the UK for the 2018/2019 season.
Cities, towns and villages all have one or more pantos on for the holiday season. Use this list to find some of the bigger productions.
What's that? You don't know what a panto is? Click to find out about pantos - the traditional British family entertainment.
This year many companies are introducing at least one "Relaxed Performance" during their runs. Open to all, they are specifically designed to allow children with special needs, learning disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Condition and their families to enjoy live panto. Auditorium lights are kept on at a low level, onstage noises are softened and audience members can leave and enter the auditorium as needed. Plus staff are online to help.
Meanwhile, here's where to find the best pantos this holiday season:
- Aldershot, Princes Hall, Beauty and the Beast, December 7 to December 31
- Bath Theatre Royal Peter Pan, with Paul Nicholas of East Enders as Captain Hook, December 13 to January13
- Birmingham Hippodrome Peter Pan with Jimmy Osmond as Captain Hook and Meera Syal as the Magical Mermaid, December 19 to January 27
- Bristol Hippodrome, Cinderella, December 8 to January 6, with Brian Conley and Gok Wan as the Fairy Godmother.
- Camberley Theater Sleeping Beauty, December 10 to 31
- Cambridge Arts Theatre Aladdin, with Wayne Sleep as Abanazar and Liza Goddard back this year as The Empress, November 39 to January 6
- Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre Cinderella, November 23 to January 6
- Cardiff, New Theatre Beauty and the Beast, with Lisa Riley and retired Welsh rugby-player, Gareth Thomas. December 8 to January 13
- Edinburgh, Kings Theatre Beauty and the Beast, December 1 to January 30
- King's Theatre Aladdin, December 1 to January 6
- Tron Theatre Mammy Goose. As ever, Tron Theatre's own special twist on seasonal panto. Will Mammy Goose choose eternal youth over friendship and love? Will Loosey Goosey taste better with BBQ sauce or plum sauce, will Jack climb the hill with his new pal Will? Find out from November 27 through January 6.
- Websters Theatre, Britney and the Beast, by the same team who created last year's Jack and the Baked Bean Stock. They promise lots of Glasgae fun.
- Clyde Auditorium, Cinderella. December 12 to 30 with the ageless Krankies
- Hastings, White Rock Theatre Jack and the Beanstalk, December 14 to 30, with Michelle Collins and Chico
- Leeds, Carriageworks Beauty and the Beast, November 23 to December 31; and Snow White & The 7 Dwarfs to January 18 to 26
- Llandudno,Venue Cymru, Cinderella, December 8 to 30
- Liverpool Empire Jack and the Beanstalk, with Shirley Ballas from Strictly Come Dancing, December 14 to January 6
- London and London area
- The Beck Theatre in Hayes, Middlesex Peter Pan, with Ryan Thomas of Coronation Street and Celebrity Big Brother, December 7 to 30
- The Compass Theatre, Ickenham, Middlesex, Aladdin, December 6 to January 5
- Hackney Empire Aladdin, November 24 to January 6
- Greenwich Theatre, Robinson Crusoe. Everyone loves the Greenwich Panto - so popular they don't even need TV stars to draw the crowds.November 23 to January 13
- King's Head Theatre Buttons, A Cinderella Story - don't expect anything too traditional from this established fringe theatre. Some of the late night shows are adults only. November29 to January 5
- Lyric Hammersmith Dick Whittington, November 17 to January 6
- New Wimbledon Theatre Aladdin - this should be great with comedian Paul Merton as the Panto Dame, the Widow Twankey. with the "Pub Landlord" Al Murray. December 8 to January 6
- The Shaw Theatre Beauty and the Beast, December 8 - 30
- Theatre Royal Stratford East Sleeping Beauty, December 1 to January 12
- Manchester The Opera House Cinderella, with Gareth Gates and Les Dennis, December 8 to 30
- Musselburgh, Brunton Theatre Jack and the Beanstalk, November 27 to January 5
- Norwich,Theatre Royal Aladdin, December 12 to January 13
- Nottingham,Theatre Royal Peter Pan, December 8 to January 13
- Oxford Playhouse,Dick Whittington and His Cat, November 23 to January 6
- Richmond Theatre Peter Pan, Robert Lindsay in his Panto debut as Captain Hook, December 8 to January 6
- Sheffield, Lyceum Peter Pan, Shaun Williamson (Barry from East Enders) rises from the dead once again to play Captain Hook, December7 to January 6
- Swansea, Grand Theatre Cinderella, December 14 to January 13
- Winchester Theatre Royal Beauty and the Beast, December 1 to January 6
- Woking, New Victoria Theatre Cinderella with Craig Revel Horwood from Strictly Come Dancing in joyful drag as the Wicked Stepmother, December 7 to January 6.
- Theatre Royal The Grand Old Dame of York, a celebration of Berwick Kaler's 40th year as York's legendary Dame. A festival of jokes, music, extravagant costumes and traditional panto turns. December 13 to February 2.
- Grand Opera House Cinderella and the Lost Slipper, December 14 to January 5