Family Friendly Theatre East Midlands – Autumn Winter 2017 – Pantomimes and More

The theatre is a perfect day out for families during the colder seasons of Autumn and Winter. Today I am bringing you a what’s on guide up until the end of 2017 for the east midlands. That’s Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire….plus a few from surrounding areas. If there’s anything I’ve missed out please let me know.

For further information including pricing please click on the link for each performance title….warning this list could be epic! 🙂

What’s on Autumn Winter 2017

The Railway children – Curve theatre Leicester, Leicestershire – Tuesday 3rd – Sunday 8th October

“E. Nesbit’s classic novel The Railway Children is brought thrillingly to life in a stunning new stage production. This best-loved tale, made famous by the iconic 1970 movie starring Jenny Agutter and Bernard Cribbins, delivers a compelling coming of age story and a fascinating insight into Edwardian rural life.

Complete with beautiful period costumes and ingenious designs, this new production promises an uplifting theatrical experience for all ages, packed with intrigue, adventure, joy and jubilation.”

Why the whales came – New Theatre Royal Lincoln, Lincolnshire – Friday 6th – Saturday 7th October

“Multi-award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller vividly brings to life another enchanting tale by Michael Morpurgo. Created by the same team who brought you the acclaimed and much-loved production of ‘I Believe in Unicorns’, ‘Why The Whales Came’ is full of fun, mystery and adventure. Children Gracie and Daniel have been forbidden to go near the mysterious and seemingly dangerous Birdman. But messages and clues intrigue them and, after being lost at sea in the fog and stranded on his tiny island, they begin to unravel the Birdman’s secrets, the villagers’ fears and superstitions and learn why the whales came to the island.”

Stickman – Theatre Royal Nottingham, Nottinghamshire – Tuesday 10th – Wednesday 11th October

“Touching, funny and utterly original, Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s STICK MAN is coming to the Theatre Royal! What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree? This award-winning production, from the team behind Tiddler and other Terrific Tales and The Scarecrows’ Wedding, features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves. Most suitable for all aged 3+ but all ages welcome.”

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Dinosaur world – Theatre Royal Nottingham, Nottinghamshire – Friday 13th – Sunday 15th October

“Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World in this interactive new show for all the family ages 3+. Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across uncharted territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan and Segnosaurus, to name a few! Book now for this entertaining and mind-expanding Jurassic adventure, live on stage! Running Time: 50 minutes plus a 15 minute post show ‘meat and greet’ with the Dinosaurs!”

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The Hunting of the Snark – Drill hall Lincoln, Lincolnshire – Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd October

“The impossible voyage of an improbable crew to hunt an imaginary creature is brought magically to life in this sparkling musical comedy adventure for 4 to 94 year olds. Enter the imaginative world of Alice in Wonderland creator, Lewis Carroll, in this brand new, highly original, ultra-modern adaptation inspired by his much loved classic poem. Fresh from London’s West End, this show features five high-energy actors, life-like puppets, fantastical characters, and lashings of daft humour.”

This is also showing on Sunday 12th November at Buxton Opera house in Derbyshire.

Hairy MacLary – New Theatre Royal Lincoln, Lincolnshire – Saturday 21st October

“Anyone with young children will recognise these immortal words instantly as the opening lines of the book ‘Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy’ by Lynley Dodd. Featuring many of the characters from the books like Hercules Morse, as big as a Horse – Bottomley Potts, covered in spots – Schnitzel von Krumm, with the very low tum and Scarface Claw – the toughest tomcat in town.   With music, singing and several of your favourite Hairy Maclary stories, this show is a must for the whole family.”

This show is always showing at Loughborough town hall, Leicestershire on Thursday 19th October

The three Muskateers – New Theatre Royal Lincoln, Lincolnshire – Sunday 22nd October

“Baroque Theatre Company is proud to present this classic family adventure adapted from Alexandre Dumas’ ‘The Three Musketeers!’
Cry ‘All for one and one for all,’ this winter as we join D’Artagnan and his friends Porthos, Athos and Aramis, in their quest against the scheming Cardinal Richelieu. A rip roaring, fast paced, swashbuckling show ideal for families (ages 5+). Inventive stagecraft, witty dialogue and with colourful characters from the novel, this exciting story is brimming with energy and skillful storytelling to keep audiences captivated. In his struggles to join the Musketeers, D’Artagnan must learn that life is not always simple and love never is, but with him all the way are his friends risking all for country and comradeship! There will be action and romance galore in this specially commissioned production.”

This show is also on at Century Theatre Coalville, Leicestershire on the 20th October

The Sooty Show 2017 – The Plowright Theatre Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire – Saturday 28th October

“Izzy wizzy let’s get busy! TV’s Sooty and friends are back with guaranteed giggles for all the family – plus a chance to meet Sooty and Richard after the show!”

We saw the Sooty show earlier in the year and loved it. You can read all about it here – The Sooty Show 2017 – The Baths Hall Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire

He will also be appearing at the Mansfield Palace on Sunday 8th October.

Milkshake live! – The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire – Saturday 28th October

“Starring Milkshake! favourites Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, Shimmer & Shine, Pip from Pip Ahoy!, Winnie and Wilbur, Wissper, Milkshake’s very own Milkshake! Monkey and two Milkshake! presenters, this all singing, all dancing, musical masterpiece, will take audiences on a journey through the world’s favourite fairy tales. ”

The Teddy bears picnic – Blackfriars Theatre Boston, Lincolnshire – Sunday 29th October

“Big Bear is inviting you to the best picnic in town! Bring your favourite Teddy friend down to the Teddy Bear’s Forest and join in the fun. Little Bear is a bit worried about making new friends but you can help him on his journey as he learns when to be wary, when to be scary and when to be bear-y! With singalong songs, join-in dances and funny stories; this enchanting interactive musical adventure will leave pre-schoolers singing with glee and laughing until they are tired little teddy bears! Featuring the voice of Wink Taylor from THE SOOTY SHOW as Big Bear. Don’t forget to bring your favourite Teddy!”

This show is also showing on Saturday 28th October at Lincoln’s Drill Hall.

Mister Maker and the Shapes – New Theatre Royal Lincoln, Lincolnshire – Saturday 4th November

“Join CBeebies’ Mister Maker in his hit live theatre tour! With a fabulous supporting cast and art at its heart, this fantastic live show encourages Mini Makers and grown-ups to sing, dance and make some noise! There’s a big ‘make’ to take part in, lots of audience participation and….The Shapes! Yes, you’ll be able to share the fun with Circle, Square, Rectangle and Triangle too! Mini Makers, get ready to go on a real arty adventure and book your tickets today!”

This is also showing on Sunday 22nd October at the Pomegranate theatre in Chesterfield. 

Around the world in 80 days – Derby theatre, Derbyshire – Tuesday 7th Sunday – 12th November

“The mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. Join Fogg and his loyal valet, Passepartout, as they voyage from the misty alleys of Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West in a race against the clock.
In Theresa Heskins’ celebrated production, a cast of eight play over 125 characters, embark on this imaginative, high-spirited escapade including six trains, five boats, four fights, three dances, two circus acts and an elephant.”

We saw this earlier in the year in Nottingham and loved it. It is for slightly older children, but the little fella did enjoy it.

The Tiger who came to tea – Pomegranate theatre, Chesterfield, Derbyshire – Friday 10th – Sunday 12th November

“The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!
Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem…,expect to be surprised”

Awful Auntie – Theatre Royal Nottingham, Nottinghamshire – Wednesday 15th – Sunday 19th November

“When Stella sets off to visit London with her parents, Lord and Lady Saxby, she has no idea her life is in danger! Waking up three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Aunt Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie!

From the award-winning producers of Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of David Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very large owl, a very small ghost and a very awful Auntie!”

Disney on Ice Passport to Adventure – Sheffield Area – Wednesday 15th – Sunday 19th November

“Join Mickey & Minnie Mouse as they take audiences on a fun-filled tour of the imagination in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure. Journey to the most memorable Disney destinations with all of your favourite characters and get swept away by classic tales that have captivated the world.”

Children in Need Variety Show – Embassy Theatre Skegness, Lincolnshire – Friday 17th November

“The Embassy Theatre Academy and Sue McGough Performing Arts invite you to join a cast of hundreds of talented artists who will wow, move, amuse and delight audiences in a community “Children In Need” variety show, with the proceeds of the evening being donated to the registered charity “Children In Need”. In addition to a wonderful evening of entertainment, there will be information promoting local support services available to young people in need.”

Scrooge the Musical – Curve theatre Leicester, Leicestershire – Saturday 18th November – Sunday 7th January

“This Christmas, Curve Artistic Director Nikolai Foster will direct a magical new Made at Curve production of Scrooge the Musical.

Based on Charles Dickens’ much-loved A Christmas Carol, Scrooge is the perfect festive family treat, taking you and Ebenezer Scrooge on a spellbinding journey through Christmas past, present and yet-to-come

Annie – Blackfriars theatre Boston, Lincolnshire – Saturday 18th – Saturday 25th November

“BOS Musical Theatre Group combines forces with Blackfriars Theatre Academy to present the ideal pre-christmas family show – “Annie” – the well-loved story of everyone’s favourite orphan who sets off to find her parents, beating the baddies, and capturing everyone’s heart on the way. Produced by the prize-winning team of Stuart Bull, Marc Murray and Abi Kingsley-Parker.”

Robin Hood, Pantomime – Loughborough town hall, Leicestershire – Saturday 25th November – 7th January

“This year, travel with us deep into the heart of magical Sherwood Forest, where the men wear the tights and the women wear the trousers. King Richard is away negotiating a trade deal with Europe, he may be some time so the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham is hatching a plan to dispose of his niece and nephew to inherit a fortune and steal the crown for himself. It’s all down to Robin, Marion and the gang to stop him in his tracks.

This show is jam packed with daring duels, stunning sets, outrageous costumes and a very merry man in a dress that will set your heart a quiver.”

Dear Santa – Theatre Royal Nottingham, Nottinghamshire – Thursday 30th November – Saturday 2nd December

“Santa is determined to deliver the most fantastic Christmas present to our little hero Sarah. But he doesn’t get it right straight away! With the help of his cheeky Elf, he finally settles on something ‘perfect’, just in time for Christmas Eve.

All the ingredients of Rod Campbell’s ingeniously simple and charming style are brought to life on stage, plus a whole lot more
 with music, laughter and plenty of audience participation. Plus the opportunity to meet Santa himself and after the show! A perfect introduction to theatre for those aged 2 to 7 years old, Dear Santa is a Christmas present children and parents alike will never forget.”

Adventures of Peter pan, Pantomime – Pomegranate Theatre Chesterfield, Derbyshire – Saturday 2nd December – Tuesday 2nd January

“Ship loads of pantomime-style nautical naughtiness is setting sail this Christmas as we hook up with the boy who never grew up in The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan. Defying gravity, Wendy, Michael and John Darling take the second star to the right and straight on till morning as they fly from the rooftops of Victorian London to join Peter, the Lost Boys and the fairy Tinkerbell in Never Land where the Jolly Roger is anchored and Captain Hook is on a mission to outwit and out manoeuvre our hero.”

Peter Pan, Pantomime – Derby Theatre, Derbyshire – Saturday 2nd December – Saturday 6th January

“Journey with Peter and the Darling children, as they soar through the night sky, to embark on a spellbinding adventure to the magical and mystical island of Neverland.  Peter introduces the children to a never-ending childhood and a new world of wonder with the Lost Boys, fairies, mermaids, the mischievous Tinker Bell and the fearful Captain Hook
and wait a minute, what’s that ticking noise? ”

Jack and the Beanstalk, Pantomime – Mansfield Palace, Nottinghamshire – Saturday 2nd December – Sunday 7th January

“Described by one customer as ‘a great place to bring children for their first taste of live theatre’, Mansfield Palace know how important it is to get the right mix of ingredients for their annual pantomime. Take a pinch of fairy-tale and add a splash of song and dance; stir in some comedy and garnish with magic. The result is a delicious show that has families flocking back in their thousands each Christmas.

The town’s premier entertainment venue is delighted to announce the full star-studded line up who will be whisking you away to a land of giants in Jack and the Beanstalk this Christmas, plus there is an extra special treat for those who book tickets as the show will include 3D effects to bring certain aspects of the performance even closer to them!”

Aladdin, Pantomime – New Theatre Royal Lincoln, Lincolnshire – Monday 4th December – Sunday 7th January

“This year’s pantomime stars a cast for all ages! Staring Sandi Bogle from Gogglebox and Celebrity Big Brother 2017 as Sultana Tangine. Andy Abraham, the Platinum selling soulful X-Factor star as The Genie of the lamp. Chris Johnson, CBBC’s favourite presenter ‘Yonko’, ‘All over the place’ star and voice of Dennis the Menace as Cous Cous. Back by popular demand, the hilarious Patrick Kearns as Dame Donna Kebab, who recently performed in ‘One man two Guvnors’ and the equally as funny and charismatic Ian Crowe, as Abanazar. Taking the title role is the gorgeous Alessandro Lubrano as Aladdin. Introducing Georgia Hayes-Cowley as the Slave of the ring and the beautiful Anna Hannides fresh from performing as Pocahontas in Disneyland Paris as Jasmine.”

Beauty and the beast, Pantomime – Derby arena, Derbyshire – Tuesday 5th – Sunday 31st December

“In the little French village of Spondon-on-the-Seine Belle is pursued by the handsome but not too bright local heartthrob Gaston (Aston Dobson). She yearns for adventure, but soon gets more than she bargained for when, along with her neighbours Idle Jacques (CBeebies’ Mr Bloom) and his mother Betty Brioche (Morgan Brind), she finds herself trapped inside an enchanted castle by a mysterious beast.

Featuring shimmering sets, outrageous costumes, magic, mayhem and monstrous fun, this brand new production promises to be Derby LIVE’s most spectacular panto yet!”

Cinderella, Pantomime – Blackfriars theatre, Boston – Lincolnshire – Friday 8th December – Tuesday 2nd January

“We are delighted to announce this year’s Pantomime will be CINDERELLA and starring in the show will be Mark Two, one of Britain’s finest Dames and as Buttons the very funny ‘Rollo’ an all-round comedy entertainer.  Returning to us as Prince Charming is Rebecca who played Robin Hood in last years pantomime.”

Jack & the Beanstalk Pantomime – Drill Hall Lincoln, Lincolnshire – Friday 8th December – Tuesday 2nd January

“With everyone’s favourite characters, stunning costumes, spectacular sets and effects, hilarious song and dance routines, plus more jokes than a bag full of magic beans, this is one madcap adventure your family won’t want to miss!”

George’s marvellous medicine – Curve theatre Leicester, Leicestershire – Saturday 9th December – Sunday 14th January

“Most grandmothers are lovely, kind, helpful old ladies. Not George’s Grandmother. George’s Grandmother likes to gobble up slugs and bugs, and is always telling George what to do. But one day, when his parents leave him alone with the grizzly old grunion, George takes his chance and sets about creating a brand new medicine to cure her of her cruelty. Little does he know that his perilous potion will be the start of a rather marvellous adventure

Following the success of Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twits and The Witches, Curve’s magnificent new co-production with Rose Theatre Kingston promises to be yet another hugely imaginative and entertaining stage adaptation, bursting with growing grannies, feathery farm animals and bags of frothbuggling family fun.”

Sleeping beauty, Pantomime – Buxton Opera House, Derbyshire – Saturday 9th – Sunday 31st December

“Will Dame Nanny Nora, her daft sidekick Billy and handsome prince Christopher save the day, or will Aurora sleep for 100 years? There’s only one way to find out!

Join us at the glorious Buxton Opera House for another rip-roaring panto adventure. James Holmes (‘Clive’ from the hit comedy series Miranda) returns as Dame Nanny Nora, while Jessica Revell (‘Elektra’ from CBBC’s Tracy Beaker Returns and The Dumping Ground) is the lovely Princess Aurora.”

Peter Pan, Pantomime – Guildhall arts centre, Grantham, Lincolnshire – Saturday 9th December – Sunday 7th January (excluding some days)

“PolkaDot Pantomimes fly off to the magical world of Neverland as we proudly present PETER PAN at the Guildhall Arts Centre. Our enchanting family musical will be full of fun and festive cheer. Join Peter, Wendy, Tinker Bell and the Lost Boys on their swashbuckling adventure to rid Neverland of the villainous Captain Hook, his bumbling sidekick Smee and their crew of dastardly pirates will enthral audiences of all ages! With all the fun, magic and adventure you’ve come to expect from pantomime at the Guildhall, you can be sure that Polka Dot Pantomimes will once again bring you the perfect treat for your festive celebrations.”

Beauty and the beast Pantomime – Theatre Royal Nottingham, Nottinghamshire – Saturday 9th December – Sunday 14th January

“Don’t miss this year’s spellbinding family pantomime Beauty and the Beast starring much-loved actress, TV star, presenter, and Nottingham native, Sherrie Hewson as Mrs Potty , TV and stage star Ben Richards as the Beast and featuring the welcome return of panto favourites Ben Nickless and Andrew Ryan.

Dreaming of a happier life, the beautiful Belle finds herself transported to a spell-bound castle held captive by a hideous beast. Can she see beyond the monster and fall in love with her captor before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose? Or will the Beast’s selfishness cost him the world he once knew and the hand of the girl that has melted his heart? This unmissable show will be packed with all of the ingredients our audiences have come to expect from the East Midland’s biggest pantomime; lots of laughter, stunning costumes, music and plenty of magic.”

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Robin Hood & babes in the wood Pantomime – The Baths Hall Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire – Wednesday 13th – Sunday 31st December

“Pantomime is coming to The Baths Hall! Annie Fanny and co will be bringing their madness and mayhem to The Baths Hall following record breaking sales. Catch them from 13 December 2017.”

Cinderella, Pantomime – Melton theatre Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire – Friday 15th – Thursday 21st December

“Follow the rags to riches tale where dreams come true with a special invitation to the Ball. Cinderella is Fairy Godmother to make all her dreams come true! Watch with amazement as her pumpkin is transformed into a beautiful coach in the most magical fairytale of them all.

This year’s star name’s “STEVEN ARNOLD” best known for playing Ashley Peacock in Coronation Street for 16 years who will be playing the role of Dandini alongside Britain’s Got Talent Finalist “STEPHEN HALL” as one of the Ugly Sisters.
They will be joined by Melton Theatre pantomime favourite “STUART EARP” as Buttons. Also returning from last year’s smash hit will be “BESSIE McMILLAN” as Cinderella and “GARY AMOS” as one of The Ugly Sisters. With a great supporting cast including “OLIVIA McLAUGHLIN” as Fairy Godmother and Musical Theatre star “SAM EMMERSON” as Prince Charming.”

Christopher’s Christmas – Curve theatre Leicester, Leicestershire –  Friday 15th – Saturday 23rd December

“Its Christmas Eve and Christopher Nibble and his family are putting the finishing touches to his tree when their festive fun is interrupted by a shocking radio announcement. Father Christmas is lost! His Sat Nav has broken and he can’t find Dandeville! The guinea pigs gather together and hatch a plan to save Christmas
 but everything they do seems to cause chaos and calamity. When next there is a power cut it seems like all is lost.

Does Christopher Nibble have the seasonal spirit to save the day? Or will the guinea pigs of Dandeville wake up to empty stockings this year? Recommended for ages 2 – 7”

Beauty and the beast, Pantomime – De Montfort hall Leicester, Leicestershire – Saturday 16th December – Sunday 7th January

“A Beauty of a Panto
A Beast of a Show!
After breaking box office records last year, De Montfort Hall today announces their star studded line up for this year’s spectacular family pantomime Beauty and the Beast.
Richard ‘Dick’ McCourt of children’s TV’s Dick and Dom fame will star alongside the star of ITV’s Heartbeat, David Lonsdale and Leicester’s very own singing sensation Sam Bailey; who returns for a second year. Also returning again is everyone’s favourite pantomime dame, Martin Ballard, from BBC Radio Leicester.”

The Snowman with Live Orchestra – Hull city hall, East Yorkshire – Sunday 31st December

“Something magical is happening this Christmas… Big Screen. Iconic Film. World Class Musicians. A truly magical Christmas show. Delight your family this Christmas with a screening of two enchanting films accompanied by live orchestra. Following on from their highly acclaimed sell-out tour last December, Carrot Productions are once again bringing their Snowman magic to Hull City Hall”

I hope you find my epic round up of some use this winter season. Have I missed anything off? What are you hoping to cross off from this list? I’d love a comment below please.

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