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It's starting to look a lot like Christmas: pantos and festive shows happening across the north

In the mood for some seasonally-themed entertainment? Here's our handy round-up of Christmas pantos, shows and performances happening across the north

My Big Fat Belfast Christmas returns to Theatre at The Mill in Newtownabbey

The Frozen Princess
Waterfront Studio, The Waterfront Hall, Belfast

THE icy children's tale of adventure The Frozen Princess comes to the Waterfront Studio this Christmas as a pantomime from GBL Productions.

Based on The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, it's a story of adventure, friendship and bravery brought to the stage by the creative team behind other Belfast pantomimes such as Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin and Sleeping Beauty.

Featuring enchanting characters, original music and filled with breath-taking costumes and sets, The Frozen Princess is not to be missed.

:: November 26 to December 31. Tickets via Waterfront.co.uk/what-s-on/frozen-pantomime/


The Baltic Princess,
Waterfront Studio, The Waterfront Hall, Belfast

For the first time ever at the Waterfront Hall, the team behind the annual panto outing are bringing Belfast a late-night adult-only panto experience.

Dame Elsie is on the prowl for a man and no-one is safe. Not even the audience. She might have a worse dating record than Katie Price, but that won’t stop her and her sister, Annie Snow, who will allow no one and nothing to get in their way.

Expect filth, inappropriate innuendos and adult content in this racy re-telling of The Frozen Princess.

:: November 30 to December 29. Tickets via Waterfront.co.uk/what-s-on/the-baltic-princess/


Aladdin,
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

 Aladdin

Meet Aladdin, the rough and rugged hero struggling to find his purpose in life. Along the way he falls in love with the beautiful princess Jasmine who has been forced to marry the man her father, the Sultan, picked for her. Meanwhile, the wicked Abanazar longs to be king himself – and the only way for him to succeed is to find the magical lamp.

Featuring Rose-Marie as The Genie, Robin Elliott as Abanazar, Daniel May as Aladdin and Kevin McAllister as The Sultan.

:: December 17 to 22, tickets via Crescentarts.org/whats-on/aladdin


A Christmas Carol,
The MAC, Belfast

The MAC Theatre presents its family fun-filled version of the festive classic A Christmas Carol. Directed by Sean Kearns, this timeless Charles Dickens story has received a special rewrite by Tara Lynne O’Neill (Derry Girls) and The MAC's creative director Simon Magill.

:: November 27 to January 5, tickets and further info via Themaclive.com/event/a-christmas-carol


Peter Pan
The Lyric, Belfast

Michael Mahony and Rhiannon Chesterman in Peter Pan. Picture by Elaine Hill Photography

Get ready to #Believe as Paul Boyd returns to the Lyric Theatre this Christmas with a new musical of Peter Pan adapted from the play by JM Barrie.

Neverland is in crisis. Pirates have arrived and the fairies and mermaids are in hiding. Peter Pan asks Wendy, John and Michael if they will help him join Tinker Bell and the Lost Boys to free Neverland from Captain Hook’s men – but Wendy thinks it sounds much too dangerous.

:: November 29 to January 4. Tickets via Lyrictheatre.co.uk or 028 9038 1081.

 

Cancer Focus NI Sing for Life Choir Christmas concert
Fisherwick Presbyterian Church, Belfast

A festive Christmas concert will be performed by the Cancer Focus Northern Ireland Sing for Life choir which is made up of cancer patients, family, friends, carers and health professionals and has over 100 members. Conducted by musical director Keith Acheson, they perform a wide range of popular songs, including carols to mark the festive season. Compere: Seamus McKee.

:: December 16. For more details call Cancer Focus NI on 028 9066 3281, email care@cancerfocusni.org or visit Cancerfocusni.org


Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs
Millennium Forum, Derry

Rachael O'Connor is playing Snow White at Millennium Forum Derry

A magic mirror, a jealous queen, a poisoned apple and the tiniest friends ever imagined – it’s panto time again at the Forum. Telling the story of the young princess who finds herself on the run from her wicked stepmother and takes refuge in the forest with seven pint-sized men, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs remains one of the best-loved pantomimes of all time.

Starring Rachael O'Connor as Snow White and William Caulfield as Nurse Molly Coddle with a special 'magical' appearance by Daniel O’Donnell.

:: December 4 to 29, tickets via 028 7126 4455 and Millenniumforum.co.uk


Beauty and The Beast
Marketplace Theatre, Armagh

Beauty and The Beast at the Marketplace Theatre, Armagh

Beauty and The Beast promises an unforgettably festive experience coupled with The Market Place Theatre’s renowned reputation for high quality, professional pantomimes.

:: November 30 to December 22. Tickets available on 028 3752 1821 or online at Visitarmagh.com/marketplacetheatre


My Big Fat Belfast Christmas
Theatre At The Mill, Newtownabbey

It’s the night before Christmas and Ma Mary and Da Joe are getting the house ready for the homecoming of elder daughter Mary and her hunky new boyfriend, Youcef. Younger sister Mags, girl about town and would-be Instagram millionaire, is not looking forward to the return of her uppity sister 'Lady Muck', while her parents are afraid Youcef will think they are a bunch of hallions.

:: December 3 to 31. Book on 028 9034 0202 or via Theatreatthemill.com


Jack and The Beanstalk
Bardic Theatre, Donaghmore, Co Tyrone

Join Jack for the adventure of a lifetime this Christmas. Will Jack escape from the Giant? Will the Giant escape from Jack's Mum? Songs, Games, Laughter and of course audience participation are all guaranteed in this unmissable sing-along, fun for all panto.

:: December 14, booking on 028 8776 1859 or via Bardictheatre.com

 

Cinderella,
The Old Courthouse Theatre, Antrim

Polish your glass slippers and get ready to have a ball as the team that brought you Snow White and Jack and The Beanstalk returns with this special production of Cinderella.

Featuring an outstanding cast, puppetry, dazzling sets and lavish costumes, all ages can join in the excitement as this timeless fairytale unfolds. Recommended for ages 3 to 12.

:: December 4 to 14, book via Theoldcourthousetheatre.com


Aladdin
The Courtyard Theatre, Newtownabbey

Join Mr Hullabaloo for his 10th Anniversary Production of Aladdin at The Courtyard Theatre and prepare to soar away on a magical carpet ride of non-stop laughs and thrills, including newly composed songs.

Featuring an outstanding cast of live performers, puppetry, dazzling sets and lavish costumes, children of all ages can join in the excitement and enter a whole new world as the spectacular story unfolds.

:: November 30 to December 21, book via Thecourtyardtheatre.com

 

Christmas Celebration Concert
Burnavon Theatre, Cookstown

Malachi Cush will compere and perform at the Burnavon Theatre's Christmas Celebration Concert. Picture by Collette O'Neill

With just over two weeks to Christmas, take time out to enjoy a programme of fantastic festive entertainment featuring performances by Cookstown Youth Choir, Cookstown Folk Club and the children from the Traditional Music In Schools Programme. Singer/songwriter and presenter Malachi Cush will compere and perform on the evening.

:: December 6, book via Burnavon.com

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