It’s nearly Christmas and Panto season is now in full swing.
Oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is – and there are plenty of shows to consider in at theatres across Staffordshire, Stoke and beyond.
If you haven’t yet booked a ticket and are wondering which panto to go to, we’ve done the hard work for you.
Regent Theatre, Stoke
With amazing special effects, stunning sets, beautiful costumes and barrel-loads of laughter, the Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan promise to take your whole family on a swashbuckling trip to Neverland like never before.
Starring Jonathan Wilkes as Smee and Torchwood’s Kai Owen as Captain Hook, the show lasts for around 2 hours and 35 minutes.
Tickets are from £13 with performances starting at various times, including 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 7pm.
Stafford Gatehouse Theatre
Polish off your pumpkins, dust off your gowns and join Prince Charming as he hosts the party of the year in search of his one true love. Will he succeed before the clock strikes twelve? Will the hilarious Ugly Sisters steal his heart? Or will the Fairy Godmother ensure we all live happily ever after?
It stars Harriet Thorpe, from Absolutely Fabulous as the Fairy Godmother, Hollyoaks’ Tom Vaughan as Prince Charming and Ricky K from Britain’s Got Talent as Buttons, the show runs.
Tickets range from £19.50 to £29.50, with performances ranging from 2pm, 5pm, 6.30pm and 7pm.
Lichfield Garrick Theatre
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Now until January 8
Don’t miss this year’s hilarious fun-filled family show, which promises plenty of laughs this season.
Starring Garrick panto dame favourite Sam Rabone, along with Brian Wheeler from Star Wars and Dean Whatton from Game of Thrones as members of the Magnificent Seven.
Tickets are from £15, with performances starting at various times, including 11am 2pm,3pm and 7pm.
New Vic Theatre, Newcastle
Alice in Wonderland
Now until January 28
Journey with Alice as she follows the White Rabbit into a curiously enchanting new world, filled with even curioser characters.
An adventure like no other, Alice In Wonderland is filled with fun, laughter and lots of magical moments. Brought to life in the New Vic’s sensational trademark style, this is a story that will give the young – and young at heart – a joyful festive treat this year.
Tickets range from £22 to £30 and performances start at various times, including 10.30am, 2.15pm, 3pm, and 7.30pm.
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
Now until January 7
This family-friendly festive spectacular promises laugh-out-loud comedy, song and dance and lots of magic.
It stars Pop Idol and Westend star Zoe Birkett as Spirit of the Ring, former Eastenders actor Michael Greco as the evil Abanazar and CBeebies’ Ben Cajee as Aladdin.
Tickets are from £16.50 and performance times range from 11am, 2.30pm, 3pm and 7pm.
Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Beauty and the Beast
Now until January 8
Expect hilarious comedy, lavish sets, music, costumes, magic and mayhem in this beast of a pantomime.
It features legendary dame Brad Fitt, Britain’s Got Talent’s Tommy J Rollason, Samantha Dorrance from the Disney Channel and Jo Osmond from The Mandalorian.
Performance times vary and include 1pm, 2pm, 5pm and 6pm, with tickets from £16.