A HIGHLIGHT of Christmas for many families is a trip to the pantomime (oh yes it is, I hear you chorus) and there is certainly plenty of choice in South Yorkshire and north Derbyshire.
Here is our guide to pantos and festive children’s shows.
Sheffield Theatres have three shows on this year, with traditional panto Cinderella at the Lyceum (see panel) and the musical My Fair Lady at the Crucible. It stars Sheffield’s own Dominic West (The Wire, The Hour) as Professor Higgins and Anthony Calf (New Tricks) as Colonel Pickering, plus young musical talent Carly Bawden as Eliza Doolittle.
It runs from December 13 to January 6, with a £1 public dress rehearsal on December 12. Tickets £17-£30, family ticket £100, plus group deals.
For the little ones aged three and above, Rapunzel is letting down her golden hair in an acclaimed production at the Crucible Studio from December 12 to January 5. See an interview with the director in today’s Time Out guide.
Tickets: £7 children, £10 adults.
Sheffield Theatres box office: 0114 2496000 or www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
A Christmas Carol is coming to Whirlow Hall Farm on Wednesday December 19. This is the classic tale of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge as told by The Pantaloons Penny Circus, who describe themselves as a rag-tag group of Victorian squawkers, hawkers and porkers. As well as Dickens’ moving festive fable of redemption, audiences will see the dubious magic of the Great Wizardo, the invisible man’s acrobatic display and a fantastic freak show (minus the freaks). Doors open 5pm, starts 5.30pm.
Adults £8, Children £5. Tickets: Skiddle.com or 0114 2352678
The ever-popular Manor Operatic Society celebrate their 25th anniversary with Aladdin at Sheffield City Hall from December 27 to January 6.
Street urchin Aladdin and Princess Jasmine fly on a magic carpet ride as they fight their way through baddies to try and retrieve the magical lamp. There’s plenty of slapstick, including the famous baking scene, the sing-songs and musical buckets game
Box Office: 0114 2233740 or manoroperatic.com/book-now.
Tickets: £15, £13 or £9.50 for adults, children and OAPs £14, £12 and £8.50.
Rotherham Civic Theatre presents Peter Pan, one of the most magical and technologically advanced shows the theatre has ever put on.
Daniel Hope dons the green tights as Peter and Rotherham favourite Dean Winters will be playing Smee. Captain Hook is played by TV and film actor Mario Vernazza.
The show is on now and runs until January 13.
Peak performance tickets: adults £13, children £11.50, family ticket £46. Off-peak tickets: adults £12, children £10.50, family ticket £42. Box office: 01709 823621, www.Rotherham.gov.uk/theatres or visit Rotherham Tourist Information Centre in All Saints’ Square.
Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp are at Montgomery Hall, Wath from December 19-24.
Tin Pot Theatre promise a magical, sumptuous and laugh-a-minute adventure, starring last year’s grotesquely brilliant Ugly Sisters, Mingella & Muntara. Tickets £7, £6 concessions, £5 for groups of 10+, family of four £22.
Box office: 01709 513 160 or www.tinpottheatre.com
The Lamproom Theatre in Barnsley has a mixture of favourite and new faces in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, running until December 30.
Bethany Hague is Snow White and her Wicked Stepmother is Amie Stone, who played Prince Charming in Cinderella last year. Lamproom pantomime favourite Ross McCormack is Nurse Gertie.
Adults £14, concessions £13, family ticket £44.Box office: www.barnsleylamproom.com or 01226 200075.
The Tin Soldier at the Barnsley Civic Assembly Room from December 12-30 tells of the toy soldier who falls for a paper ballerina but true love never runs smooth. Tickets £12, £10 concession, £45 family ticket for 5.
Bookings: www.barnsleycivic.co.uk or 01226 327000.
The Academy Theatre, Barnsley presents Jack and the Beanstalk, promising larger-than-life characters, stunning singing and plenty of laughs.
The show is on now and runs until Christmas Eve.
Tickets £13, £11 concessions.
Box office: 01226 744442.
On Saturday, December 15 families in the Hoyland area can see Cinderella at Milton Hall in Elsecar. Forge Community Partnership, Hoyland and Jump Sure Start and Milton Hall Group secured a grant from the Community Development Foundation fund to allow affordable fun for all families.
Times 10.15am, 1.15pm and 7.15pm.
Tickets £4 or family ticket for four, £15. Call 01226 747082.
Penistone Theatre Group present Cinderella at Penistone Paramount, January 31-February 9. Tickets £4. Bookings: 01226 767532 or www.penistoneparamount.co.uk.
Puss in Boots, the talking cat that can sing, dance and sword-fight, is at Doncaster Little Theatre on December 17-24 and 27-31.
Tickets £10/£7 with family tickets and group bookings available.
At Doncaster Civic, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs is on from December 13 to January 6. It stars Kay Purcell (Gina from Tracey Beaker Returns, Waterloo Road and Emmerdale) as The Wicked Queen and Nigel Peever as the Royal Tax Collector. Tickets £13, £11 concessions, £6.50 for schools with 11th ticket free, family saver 4 for £44, group deals.
Box office: 01302 342349 or www.doncastercivic.co.uk.
Peter Pan, starring Louis Emerick (Mick Jordan from Brookside) as Captain Hook and Glen Davies (Mr Prank from Bear Behaving Badly) as his sidekick Mr Smee, runs from December 12 to January 1 at Buxton Opera House. Tickets £15.50 to £19.50.
Buxton Opera House Pavilion Arts Centre has three shows for children. The Keeper of the Tales, on December 7 at 7pm and December 8 at 3pm, features young actors telling stories from 1001 Arabian Nights. For ages four+. Tickets £7.
In The Very Snowy Christmas, Little Mouse’s world is covered in snow, he thinks the sky is coming undone and discovers strange things all around him. December 9, 11.30am and 2pm. Adults £7.50, children £6.50. family deals £26 or £19.50. Children two or under £2.50 (on parent’s knee).
In the Sunset Snowman, share in the storytelling and bring it to life through imaginative role-play, as well as creating your own sunset snowman. December 11, 11.15am. Ages 2-4, £5 per child. Accompanying adult and babies on laps go free.
Buxton box office: 0845 127 2190 or wwwbuxtonoperahouse.org.uk.
A first for Chesterfield is Cinderella On Ice, starring The Russian Ice Stars, at the Winding Wheel from December 12-16. Tickets £22.50-£27.50. Box office 01246 345222 or www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk
The Night Before Christmas is all about Santa and his naughty elf and children meet Santa afterwards. At Haddon Hall, near Bakewell, December 15-16, Chesterfield Studios, Newbold Road, Chesterfield, December 18-21 and Rose Hill United Reformed Church, Chesterfield, December 22-23. Tickets £5, including a gift from Santa. Bookings: www.thenightbeforechristmastheshow.com or 01246 271540.
Dronfield Light Opera Group present Babes in the Wood on January 18-20 and 24-26 (2.15pm and 7.15pm) at Dronfield Civic Hall.
Tickets £7 and £6 concessions. Call 01246 416364 or email firstname.lastname@example.org