Oh, yes it is! Pantomime season is here again so we’ve put together a list of the biggest and best pantos in Essex. Which evil villain will you be booing to see this year?

We also have listings for grottos, Christmas markets, and Christmas lights switch on events in Essex.

Essex Pantomimes 2017

Jack and the Beanstalk
Cliffs Pavilion Palace Theatre
Station Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA
Saturday 16th December 2017 to Sunday 7th January 2018
A giant of a panto for all the Family! Jojn Essex’s own Lee Mead and Stacey Solomon with comedian Bobby Davro and actor Robin Askwith for a pantomime of gigantic proportions! This epic production promises music, laughter, audience participation and special effects including a spectacular 3D sequence which will transport you to the Giant’s magical kingdom! Signed performance – Thu 4 Jan 7.15pm Relaxed performance – Fri 5 Jan 2.15pm
01702 351135
Website www.southendtheatres.org.uk

Sleeping Beauty
The Mill Arts & Events Centre
Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh, SS6 7ED
Thursday 30th November to Saturday 2nd December 2017
Tel: 01268 771751
Website www.rods.org.uk

The Towngate Theatre

St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, SS14 1DL
Tuesday 28th November 2017 to Tuesday 2nd January 2018
We can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by – we’re already gearing up for PANTO TIME! If you haven’t already heard, this year’s magical panto will be the ‘genie-ous’ tale of ALADDIN! Our panto dream team, Simon Fielding and Sophie Ladds will be returning to the Towngate stage from 28 November-2 January, and we are thrilled to welcome back the wonderful Daniel Stockton who stole our hearts last year as Dame Dolly Dumpling. Aladdin is continuing to break all previous Box Office records – so if you haven’t booked yet, call the Box Office quickly before the best seats fly away!
Tel: 01268 465 465
Website: www.towngatetheatre.co.uk

Beauty and the Beast
Princes Theatre
Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1SE
Saturday 9th Dec 2017 to Monday 1st Jan 2018
Polka Dot Pantomimes, in association with the Tendring District Council present Beauty and the Beast – a classic story for all the family whether you are 3 or 103 years old!  This year’s festive treat will include plenty of audience participation, modernsongs to sing along to, huge amounts of laughter and a great story to ensure that everyone leaves with a smile on their face. There will be new and familiar faces in our professional cast and a very special appearance by Clacton’s most talented canine resident, as our panto pooch makes his theatrical debut!
Tel: 01255 68 66 33
Website: princestheatre.co.uk

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Mercury Theatre
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, C01 1PT
Saturday 25th November 2017 to Sunday 14th Jan 2018
Starring panto favourites Dale Superville and Antony Stuart-Hicks, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs promises to be a treat for the whole family – a memory to last all year!
Tel: 01206 573948
Website: www.mercurytheatre.co.uk

Puss in Boots
Headgate Theatre
Chapel Street North, Colchester, CO2 7AT
Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th December 2017
When the Miller dies, Ruffalino, his youngest son inherits only a cat, a mat and a flap. However, when FlibbertyWitch makes a mistake in her spells, the cat suddenly can talk. Together they hatch a plan to rid the town of the plague of rats, and win the hand of Princess Elsa. A fun, traditional pantomime for all the family.
Tel: 01206 366000
Website: www.headgatetheatre.co.uk

Mother Goose
Witham Public Hall
Witham, CM8 2DY
Thursday 21st to Thursday 28th Dec 2017
Mother Goose, the original Traditional pantomime now rarely performed is coming to Witham and comes from the pen of Gary Sullivan whose Puss in Boots last year has been nominated for BEST PANTO by the North Essex Theatre Guild
Tel: 01376 567677
Website www.ticketsource.co.uk

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Chelmsford Civic Theatre
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG
Wednesday 29th November 2017 to Sunday 7th January 2018
From the creative team behind Jack and the Beanstalk and many other of the fabulous pantomimes presented by Chelmsford City Theatres and One From The Heart. Expect a sensational cast, energetic dance routines, top class live music, plenty of cringe-worthy gags and a heap of audience participation.
Tel: 01245 606505
Website www.chelmsford.gov.uk

Jack and the Beanstalk
Hylands House

Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ
Wednesday 27th December 2017
The well-known story of a poor family and a cow that’s sold at market for magic beans, that leads Jack on an adventure bigger than he ever could have imagined! Stunning costumes, amazing sets, special effects, song and dance numbers along with a script filled with jokes, crazy characters and audience participation ensure a Pantomime season treat for the whole Family. Oh yes it does!
Tel: 01245 605500
Website: www.chelmsford.gov.uk

Santa’s Christmas Wish
Braintree Arts Centre
Notley Road, Braintree, CM7 1WY
Saturday 23rd December 2017
Join a fun, festive, musical adventure to give Santa the very best Christmas, then meet him at his home in the North Pole! There every child will receive a special present from Father Christmas in our popular meet, greet and treat, after the most Christmassy Christmas show ever!
Tel: 01376 556 354
Website: www.braintreeartstheatre.com

Peter Pan
Harlow Playhouse
Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS
Friday 1st to Sunday 31st December 2017
Don’t miss this spectacular family extravaganza: With wonderful sets and costumes, live music, crazy routines, lots of laughter, and magical surprises that will thrill the child in all of us, come and see Peter Pan soar to new heights at Harlow Playhouse.
Tel: 01279 431945
Website: playhouseharlow.ticketsolve.com

Rick Whittington and his Groovy Cat
The Victoria Hall Theatre
Bury Road, Old Harlow, CM17 0ED
Friday 8th to Saturday 23rd December 2017 – Friday – Sunday only
A magical Christmas production for the whole family.
Tel: 01279 420 062
Website: www.victoriahalltheatre.co.uk

Beauty and the Beast
The Queen’s Theatre
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT
Thursday 30th November 2017 to Sunday 7th January 2018
Beauty and the Beast has it all – sparkling sets, colourful costumes, tunes that you all know, lots of laughter and most importantly plenty of audience participation.
Tel: 01708 443333
Website: www.queens-theatre.co.uk

Beauty and the Beast
Thameside Theatre
Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5DX
Friday 1st Dec 2017 to January 7th Jan 2018
Once upon a time, a handsome young prince was cursed by Grimalkin – the evil sorceress – and is doomed to stay hidden in his castle in the guise of a grotesque beast. Can anyone ever love such a beast and unlock the cruel spell? Will Belle and her captivating love save the beast from his ill-fated destiny? Make-believe, magic, music and mayhem provide a “beauty-full” Christmas treat!
Tel: 0845 300 5264
Website: www.thurrock.gov.uk

The Broadway
Broadway, Barking, IG11 7LS
Thursday 30th November to Sunday 31st December 2017
Full of magic, laughter, audience participation and spectacular surprises, including real ponies to escort Cinderella to the ball! Starring West End performers, Cinderella is suitable for the whole family so book now – and have yourself a ball!
Tel: 02085 075607
Website: www.thebroadwaybarking.com

Jack and the Beanstalk
Sir James Hawkey Hall
Woodford Green, Redbridge, IG8 0GB
Tuesday 2nd to Sunday 14th January 2018
After the success of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in January, the Woodford Pantomime team have come up with a new show to fill the Sir James Hawkey Hall stage with lush, professional costumes, sets and lighting, as well as talented performers, lively tunes and of course, plenty of fun and laughter. This year’s spectacular will be a return to the popular ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ pantomime and it will be our seventh production of this show.
Tel: 01992 524462
Website: www.woodfordpantomime.co.uk

Peter Pan
Kenneth More Theatre
Oakfield Road, Ilford, IG1 1BT
Saturday 9th December 2017 to Saturday 13th January 2018
Come and join us on a magical journey as we fly away to Neverland this festive season with Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up. The KMT once again promise a pantomime full of adventure, with stunning sets and costumes, outstanding song and dance routines, fun for all the family and an abundance of audience participation!
Tel: 020 8553 4466
Website: www.kmtheatre.co.uk