On our network: Pantomimes

Take part in a great Christmas tradition with a pantomime

Amongst all the other things that Christmas brings, there’s just nothing to beat a good panto! So we’ve brought you six ideas of our favourites on our network.

The Anvil Basingstoke: Snow White and the Seven DwarfsBody Image - Cast from Anvil Pantomime Snow White
When: 13 December - 6 January
How to get there: The Anvil is just across the road from Basingstoke station. Walk across the zebra crossing at the front of the station and turn right - The Anvil is on the left at the roundabout.
Who to watch for: Dani Harmer (CBBC's Tracy Beaker) as Snow White!
Stay for: Festival Place - just five minutes' walk from The Anvil, with dozens of shops and restaurants to complete the day.
Join the Wicked Queen, handsome Prince, seven mischievous dwarfs, and of course, Snow White herself, for festive fun packed full of glittering costumes, sumptuous sets, catchy songs and heaps of audience participation.

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The Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth: Sleeping Beauty
When: 8 December - 6 January
How to get there: The Pavilion Theatre is a 25 minute walk from Bournemouth station along Holdenhurst Road and Bath Road, or just 10 minutes by regular bus from Holdenhurst Road.
Who to watch for: Rita Simons (BBC's Eastenders) as the wicked fairy Carabosse, and Olivia Birchenough (Milkshake!) as Princess Briar Rose!
Stay for: The Christmas Tree Wonderland in the Lower Gardens just outside - with regular light and audio shows, an Alpine Market and Bar, and Father Christmas himself in his grotto, the Christmas Tree Wonderland is a fitting finish to an afternoon at the theatre.

The producers that brought you Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk are proud to bring you one of the most traditional and popular pantomimes of all time, Sleeping Beauty.

Packed with great songs, amazing dance routines and plenty of laughter, this is a tremendous treat for all the family.

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Kings Theatre Portsmouth: Cinderella
When: 11 December - 6 January
How to get there: Kings Theatre is 25 minutes' walk from Portsmouth and Southsea station, or just 10 minutes on the Route 2 bus, which runs every 10 minutes from the Civic Offices just outside the station. Why not make the most of the day with up to 20% off your ticket?
Who to watch for: Natasha Barnes (Funny Girl) as the Fairy Godmother and Jake Quickenden (X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing) as Prince Charming
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Throw on your glad rags, order your pumpkin and dust off those glass slippers because with your help, Cinderella will go to the ball! Enter the entrancing happy-ever-after-land of a fairytale princess as Cinderella returns to the Kings Theatre this Christmas with two ugly sisters, one handsome prince, and her Fairy Godmother.
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Richmond Theatre: Peter Pan
When: 8 December - 6 January
How to get there: Richmond Theatre is less than 5 minutes' walk from Richmond station - just cross the road, walk through Old Station Passage, and turn left onto Little Green.
Who to watch for: Robert Lindsay as Captain Hook, and Jon Clegg as Mr Smee
Stay for: Festive Horse Drawn Carriage Rides through Richmond Park, or the Botanical Gardens at Kew

Join high-flying hero Peter Pan, as he transports the Darlings on an adventure they will never forget, filled with evil pirates, a very hungry crocodile and the meanest man in Neverland, Captain Hook!

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Theatre Royal Winchester: Beauty and the Beast
When: 1 December - 6 January
How to get there: Five minutes' walk from Winchester station along City Road. Save 20% with our special fares to Winchester!
Stay for: The Winchester Christmas Market - Winchester's internationally renowned Christmas Market is an ideal day out for the family. Located in the shadow of Winchester Cathedral and just fifteen minutes' walk from Winchester station, the market has more than one hundred chalets to explore, as well as a food court and a British Crafts Village.

From the same team behind last year’s smash hit Peter Pan, this magical pantomime will break your heart and tickle your funny bone in equal measure. Can Fairy Fifi bring Belle and the Beast together in time or will the evil Malevolent win the day?

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Mayflower Theatre Southampton: Dick Whittington
When: 15 December to 6 January
How to get there: Just five minutes from Southampton Central - use Wyndham Place and Commercial Road.
Who to watch for: Steve McFadden (Eastenders) as King Rat and Joe McElderry (X Factor) as Dick Whittington
Stay for: Southampton Christmas Festival - featuring totally unique, individually designed alpine chalets with traditional German fayre, from bratwurst and waffles to gingerbread hearts and candied fruit.

Join our hero Dick Whittington as he seeks fame, fortune and happiness and becomes the Lord Mayor of London. Guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells on an adventure that sends him from London town to the High Seas headed for Morocco, don’t miss the action-packed pantomime full of laughter, music and eye-popping special effects.

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Rose Theatre Kingston: Hansel and Gretel
When: 6 December to 6 January
How to get there: 10 minutes' walk from Kingston station through the town centre
Stay for: Kingston Christmas Market - the whole town centre of Kingston upon Thames transforms into the magical Kingston Christmas market spreading throughout the Ancient Market Place and surrounding pedestrianised streets.

Battling magical beasts, enlisting a crew of fairy tale bandits and learning the secrets of their past, Hansel and Gretel must race to save their town from the Witch's Curse. And all in time for Christmas!

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