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PUBLISHED: 11:45 25 November 2014 | UPDATED: 11:45 25 November 2014

David Hasselhoff as Captain Hook

David Hasselhoff as Captain Hook


Pantomime season is here to add some Christmas cheer to the festive season. Compiled by Holly Eells

27 November to 3 January

Times vary

Peter Pan

The Broadway

Broadway, Barking IG11 7LS

Polka Dot Pantomime are presenting a spectacular panto for all the family, whether you are three or 103 years old! Fun, magic and adventure and everything you can expect from a traditional pantomime. Peter Pan stars Essex’s own Darius J James as the boy who never grew up, alongside Charlotte Sullivan from Time 107.5fm. Peter Pan will also feature 50 children aged eight to 18 from the local community too.


29 November to January 10

Times vary

Sleeping Beauty

The Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT

Beautiful Princess Aurora and handsome Tom Clutterbuck are young and in love but constantly thwarted by the over-protective King Ethelbert. But you can understand why, Aurora’s dad is so worried about his daughter since Fairy Carabosse put an evil spell on her. Now, it’s the day of Aurora’s 18th birthday and, according to Carabosse’s terrible curse, the day she will fall asleep for a hundred years. Join The Queen’s Theatre on a death-defying expedition from the castle to forest with Tom and the gang — all wrapped up with a lot of panto fun and frolics.

Admission: £12.50 to £26.50

01708 462 395

3 December to 4 January


Times vary

The Towngate Theatre, St. Martin’s Square, Basildon SS14 1DL

After a record-breaking performance

of Rapunzel last season, Simon Fielding returns as the director and star of the Towngate’s Christmas panto. This fantastic panto will feature a wonderful cast with a mix of brilliant characters, much-loved songs and, most of all, it will be sprinkled with a hint of Towngate panto magic.

Admission: Adult from £18.50, child from £16.50 and family from £65

01268 465465

3 December to 4 January

Times vary

Peter Pan

Chelmsford Civic Theatre, Fairfield Road, Chelmsford CM1 1JG

When Peter Pan flies into the bedroom of the Darling children one night and flies them to Neverland, a treasure chest of adventure begins. Join Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily and the Lost Boys to do battle on Peter Pan’s arch enemy, Captain Hook.

01245 606505


5 December- 11 January


Mercury Theatre

Balkerne Gate

Colchester CO1 1PT

Standby evil laughter, get ready thunder and lighting! Panto time is here again, and in Stoneybroke Hall the wicked Baroness Evilla is forcing poor Cinderella to live an awful life as a cleaner, cook, maid and all-round slave. When the Prince of Colchester Castle proclaims his plan to pick a princess at a posho party, Cinders’ ugly step-sisters set out to take his hand in marriage… by force if necessary!

Admission: £10 to £26.50

01206 573948

12 December to 4 January


Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square

Harlow CM20 1LS

The world’s favourite pantomime will sweep into town this Christmas, as Cinderella reaches for the stars at the Harlow Playhouse. Featuring great comedy, music and dance, Cinderella will be a visually stunning show, with astounding effects, ingenious sets and luscious costumes. Local actor and presenter, Joe Swash, will be playing Buttons alongside many more leading UK performers.

Admission: £10 to £22

01279 431945

13 December to 11 January

Peter Pan

Cliffs Pavilion Station Road

Westcliff on Sea


Come and enjoy this star-studded pantomime with the whole family. Starring David Hasselhoff as pantomime’s ultimate baddie and joined by the nation’s favourite pantomime Dame, Christopher Biggins, who will make his Southend pantomime debut this Christmas in the role of Mrs Smee.


16 December


Mother Goose

The Benson Bar Bradford Street Braintree CM7 9AU

The Benson Bar presents a professional performance of Mother Goose, ideal for the whole family as a Christmas treat.

Admission: Adults £12.50, children £8

01376 326621


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