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Andy Ford (Idle Jack), Jonny Partridge (King Rat), Nigel Ellacott (Dame)
© Claire Tregaskis

It's that time of year again! Oh not it isn't! Oh yes it is! We know everyone loves a good panto, especially if there's a host of A to Z-list celebrities starring in them. Find out where all the well-known names are over Christmas this year.




Snow White

Snow White at the Palladium

After pantomime returned to the Palladium in London for the first time in 29 years in 2016, we've been getting a host of hilarious celebrities in the theatre's annual festive show. This year Dawn French, Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot and Vincent and Flavia all star. London Palladium, 8 December to 13 January



Peter Pan

Jimmy Osmond and Meera Syal
© Simon Hadley

Comedian, writer and actress Meera Syal makes her pantomime debut this year alongside Jimmy Osmond, the youngest of The Osmonds. Syal is starring as the Magical Mermaid and her West Midlands upbringing means she'll likely be a hit with the local audience. Birmingham Hippodrome, 19 December to 27 January



Peter Pan

Robert Lindsay
(© Craig Sugdon)

Another star making his pantomime debut this year is Robert Lindsay, who steps onto Richmond's stage to play Captain Hook in this year's Peter Pan. He's joined by Jon Clegg, Rachel Stanley and Harry Francis. Richmond Theatre, 8 December to 6 January



Cinderella

Gareth Gates, Conor McIntyre and Les Dennis

No stranger to panto, Les Dennis appears this year alongside Coronation Street's Conor McIntyre as the Ugly Sisters in Manchester's festive offering. Gareth Gates also stars as Prince Charming, of course. Manchester Opera House, 8 to 30 December



Dick Whittington

Andy Ford (Idle Jack), Jonny Partridge (King Rat), Nigel Ellacott (Dame)
© Claire Tregaskis

Musical theatre star John Partridge (who has performed in Cats, Taboo, Miss Saigon and A Chorus Line, and played Christian Clarke in EastEnders) is joining Samantha Womack (a fellow EastEnders star) in Plymouth's pantomime this year. Womack is playing Fairy Bow Bells while Partridge is taking on King Rat. Plymouth Theatre Royal, 14 December to 12 January



Snow White

Kim Woodburn in Snow White

Queen of Clean Kim Woodburn is to pop up in Liverpool this year to take on the role of the Wicked Queen in the Epstein Theatre's producution of Snow White. Also in the cast is spritual medium Derek Acorah, Claire Simmo, Lewis Pryor and Michael Chapman as the dame. Liverpool Epstein Theatre, 7 December to 2 January



Cinderella

Craig Revel Horwood in Cinderella

Strictly judge and all-round bad boy of TV Craig Revel Horwood returns to panto again this year to star in Woking's Cinderella as the Wicked Stepmother. He's had more than enough practise at being the baddie recently, what with starring in Annie as Miss Hannigan. New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 7 December to 6 January



Aladdin

Paul Merton as Widow Twankey

A duo of comedians take the stage for the Wimbledon pantomime this year. Paul Merton will be Widow Twankey, while comedy magician Pete Firman should spread a little bit of surprise and sparkle to the affair. New Wimbledon Theatre, 8 December to 6 January



Jack and the Beanstalk

Strictly Come Dancing judge Shirley Ballas makes her pantomime debut this year at the Empire Theatre's Jack and the Beanstalk. She'll be playing Mother Nature, who helps Jack outwit the nasty giant. Liverpool Empire, 14 December to 6 January



Aladdin

Tameka Empson in Aladdin in 2009
© Hackney Empire.

One of the best pantomimes in all the land, Hackney Empire brings back its pantomime royalty to its stage this year, with the return of Tameka Empson and Clive Rowe. Empson returns to the theatre where she used to be a regular in panto between 2004 and 2009 before her stint in EastEnders. Rowe is one of the best dames around and also returns to his regular haunting ground this year. Hackney Empire, 24 November to 6 January



Cinderella

Brian Conley and Gok Wan

Following their run in Milton Keynes last year, TV personality Gok Wan and comedian Brian Conley reprise their appearances in Cinderella, this time in Bristol. It's the third time they've teamed up together, so there must be something winning about that double act. Bristol Hippodrome, 8 December to 6 January



Peter Pan


(© Paul Holman Associates)

Expect 'Riiiiickeeeeeey' jokes aplenty over in Lowestoft this year, with Sid Owen starring as Captain Hook in the pantomime at the Marina Theatre. Marina Theatre Lowestoft, 13 December to 1 January



Robin Hood

Shane Richie in Robin Hood

Soap star Shane Richie takes on outlaw Robin Hood in Milton Keynes this year, a role he's no stranger to, having led the same show over in Woking last year. Further cast is yet to be announced, but last year Ashleigh Gray joined him, so here's hoping there'll be someone as good this year. Milton Keynes Theatre, 8 December to 13 January

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