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Ain’t nothin’ like a dame! Pantos to book in Devon

Love 'em or hate 'em, pantos are back this year. So dig out your stripy tights, winkle pickers, false eyelashes and wiggery, and book in for one of these productions in Devon & beyond.

A Christmas Carol, Northcott Theatre, Exeter, Weds 1 Dec – Sat 1 Jan

Anything from Le Navet Bete is always a hoot and their reimagining of Dickens’ classic tale promises giant exploding puddings, hypo-allergenic Christmas trees and a ‘Not So Tiny Tim’. Is Muddy already booked in to see it? Oh, yes I am! Ages 7+, £16.00 – £24.00, under 16s: £2 off standard ticket price.

Cinderella, Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, Sun 5 Dec

Brought to you by Wonder, a West Country touring company who specialise in pantomime (they have four other panto up their frilly sleeves). They’re popping up at numerous venues around Devon so their Cinders is sure to be a cracker with familiar rags-to-riches, glass slipper shenanigans, and, by the looks of these two, loads of amusing ugly sister action. (Also at Palace Theatre, Paignton on 9 Jan)

Cinderella, Princess Theatre, Torquay, Fri 10 Dec – Sun 2 Jan

The announcement of the full cast is being fashionably late but we do know we’ll be getting much wand-waving and donning of glass slippers, and everything Muddy has seen at this 1000-seat venue has always been top-notch. From £13.

Cinderella, Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, Fri 10 – Fri 31 Dec

The last of three Cinderella‘s this year – they don’t call it the nation’s favourite panto for nothing – this one’s for you if you like a few famous faces in your Panto. Former Coronation Street actor Amanda Barrie plays the Fairy Godmother and Eastenders star Jonny Labey as Prince Charming. £16.00 – £24.00/Under 16s £2 off standard ticket price. 5+, from £14.50.

Beauty and the Beast, Corn Exchange, Exeter, Sat 11 Dec – Sun 2 Jan

Belle’s adventure with the mysterious and moody Beast and popular Corn Exchange regulars, Matt Finegan and Daniel Page, return as Gascon and Madame Bonbon for romance, custard pies, magic and silly slapstick. £13.50 – £23.

Aladdin, Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Fri 17 Dec – Sat 15 Jan

Flying carpets, a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and comedian Joe Pasquale in the part of Wishee-Washee. This is last year’s rescheduled show, with 2020 tickets carried over, but with over 1000 seats to fill, there’s still plenty available. Sure to be a big night out in what is the largest regional producing theatre in the UK. £18 – £42

Jack and the Beanstalk, Palace Theatre, Paignton, Sat 18 Dec – Sun 2 Jan

Fee, fi, fo, fum…the award-winning Paignton Pantomime Productions team return with beanstalk climbing escapades, golden eggs and a big scary giant. Expect professional musicians, dazzling costumes and lots of local talent. Plus, ticket prices are generously held at 2019 prices. £14

Beauty and the Beast, The Plough Arts, Great Torrington, Sat 18 Dec

This two-hander from North Devon’s Multi Story Theatre gives the tale a mythical yet modern spin with the Spirit of the Moor having transformed an angry young man into a hideous Beast – and it’s down to beautiful Belle to save him. £9

FURTHER AFIELD

Pantoland, London Palladium, 4 Dec – 9 Jan

A mash up of all of panto’s best bits, starring American musician Donny Osmond and panto legend Julian Clary. Expect show-stopper songs, coarse comedy, and — well, all the things you’d expect from a great panto, really.

Potted Panto, Garrick Theatre London, 11 Dec – 9 Jan

From the people behind the wildly successful Potted Potter, this show promises a whirlwind tour of seven classic pantos in 70 minutes. Sure to be a madcap hoot.

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