The top pantos you can see in the North East this Christmas
Whether it's joining in the songs, assisting in conjuring tricks, booing the villains, warning the heroes 'He's behind you!' or cheering them on, it's a night out for all the family. Here's our quick guide to the best pantos you can see in the North East this Christmas.
Running from Friday, December 14, to Sunday, January 6, this classic tale stars Jamie Lomas from Hollyoaks as Captain Hook, Richard McCourt from Dick and Dom as Smee and West End star Josh Andrews in the title role. Countless families have enjoyed pantos at the Theatre Royal over the years. Starring father and son children's comedy duo Clive Webb and Danny Adams, this year's is on until January 20. Evil has come to the town of Fairyhill. Rupert Von Rottenchops rules the land and has taxed the villagers for everything they have. But Snow White and pals aim stop him. Showing until January 5. The 'little panto with the big heart' gives its unique twist for the first time to a story which was written almost 300 years ago. Dame Bella leads a band of merry players, until January 5. Starring singing legend Maureen Nolan as Fairy Godmother, BGT winner Jamie Lambert from Collabro as Prince Charming, X-Factor finalist Lola Saunders as Cinderella and Lewis Denny as Dandini. It runs until December 30. The most-loved fairytale of them all. Featuring all the fun and laughs of a traditional, family panto and backed by a live band, this Fairy God-Mother of a Pantomime is one you dont want to miss! It's on from December 15 to 30. The People's at Heaton has a reputation for fun-packed panto at a price that won't break the bank, and this year's show, featuring Cinders, Buttons, Prince Charming and the Ugly Sisters, is no exception. It's on until December 16. Starring Antony Costa from Blue as Captain Hook, Steve Walls as Smee, and Ben Hanson (Bouncer from Tracy Beaker) as Starkey. This action-packed adventure will be full of special effects and songs. Showing until January 5. A modern family panto for everyone, even people who don't like pantomime. It's a classic with an alternative edge; it's like nothing you've seen before at a price that means you can afford to bring the family. It's on from December 17-23, 27-30. Starring TV personality, presenter and choreographer Louie Spence alongside last year's returning stars, Zoe Birkett, Eric Potts and Liam Mellor, with Robin Askwith, completing the line-up as evil Abanazar. Until January 6.