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Some pantomime titles seem evergreen – they bloom afresh year after year. Others seem to have their own season. Rapunzel, an example of these rare specimens, is newly fashionable – in Bury St Edmunds last year and in Basildon this Christmas.
It's sometimes surprising to see what can be done with a small stage but a great deal of ingenuity. This year's Aladdin at the Rhodes Centre in Bishop's Stortford has once more pulled the rabbit out of the hat – or should that be the lamp out of the cave?
This dynamic production of "Aladdin" at Lowestoft's Seagull Theatre has a sense of action and energy that keeps all of the audience enthralled from the youngest to the very oldest and they are entertained by a series of strong performances.
Sales for Newcastle Theatre Royal's seasonal offering top £1 million
Manchester Opera House's annual pantomime attracts a host of famous faces, including the 2012 winners of Britain's Got Talent
FFE pantos will raise money to help send poorly children on the trip of a lifetime
WhatsOnStage has teamed up with panto giants First Family Entertainment to bring you our extensive new guide on the best of this great British tradition – and 100 pairs of tickets to star-studded pantomimes to win
Alongside the plethora of pantos, there are not shortage of family-friendly Christmas shows on offer for those looking for something a little more serious. Here, we round up ten of the best on offer this year
We've trawled our comprehensive panto listings to find out which shows are the most commonly performed this year
The pantomime genre is a strange one, to say the least, especially for those born outside the UK. Here, in an edited extract from Getting Directions by Russ Hope, is an introduction
As she stars in Puss in Boots at Hackney Empire, Sharon D Clarke reflects on a successful few years, encompassing the West End run of Ghost and Rufus Norris' acclaimed revival of The Amen Corner at the National
Eric Potts is the script writer and creative associate for First Family Entertainment and he stars as Sarah the Cook in Dick Whittington in Manchester, alongside Ashleigh and Pudsey and Jodie Prenger. Here, we chat about his love of the panto.
Musical theatre stars Oliver Thornton and David Bedella are starring in the New Wimbledon Theatre's panto this year, Aladdin, with Jo Brand, Matthew Kelly and Britain's Got Talent's Flawless. We catch up with the pair
Tom Oakley talks to WhatsOnStage about his upcoming appearance as Dick Whittington at Salisbury Playhouse this Christmas
Panto king Kenneth Alan Taylor is about to don his dame's frock for the very last time. Here he talks about his thirtieth and final pantomime at the Nottingham Playhouse
Guests including Rufus Hound, Jasmin Walia and Gok Wan attended the opening of Aladdin at the New Wimbledon Theatre this week. The starry panto, which features Jo Brand and Matthew Kelly, runs until 12 January.
Cast including Shaun Williamson and Martyn Knight have been preparing for Eastbourne's Devonshire Park Theatre pantomime Aladdin, which opens on 13 December 2013
Production images have been released for Hackney Empire's panto this year, Puss in Boots. Starring Sharon D Clarke, Josefina Gabrielle, Kat B and Amy Lennox, it runs at the Hackney Empire until 5 January
As Happy Days the Musical prepares to launch its UK premiere production on tour in the new year, the original Fonz Henry Winkler is preparing for another go at pantomime magic, starring in Peter Pan at the Richmond Theatre, which opens on 10 December
Our chief critic salutes the awarding of the title of UK City of Culture 2017 to Hull, and reflects on a slew of 50th anniversaries
Rupert Grint impresses in his stage acting debut in the West End, while panto season fast approaches at theatres across the land
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