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 2018

Cliffs Pavilion Palace Theatre
Station Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 7RA
Wednesday 14th December 2018 to Saturday 5th January 2019
Hop aboard your magic carpet and fly to old Peking to enjoy this must-see show packed full of magical genies, laugh-out-loud comedy, spectacular flying effects and a lamp-full of audience participation. Featuring Ashley Banjo and Diversity.
01702 351135
Website www.southendtheatres.org.uk

Puss in Boots
Rayleigh Operative and Dramatic Society

MegaCentre, Brook Road, Rayleigh SS6 7UT
Thursday 29th November  to Saturday 1st December 2018
A Family Pantomime by tlc Creative
Tel: 01268 771751
Website: www.rods.org.uk

Snow White
The Towngate Theatre

St. Martin’s Square, Basildon, SS14 1DL
Wednesday 29th November to Saturday 5th January 2019
Following the record-breaking success of Aladdin 2017/18, we are delighted that Basildon favourite SIMON FIELDING will be returning to the Towngate stage, along with the hugely talented SOPHIE LADDS and side-splittingly funny DANIEL STOCKTON! We are also beyond thrilled that the fabulous RYLAN CLARK-NEAL will be the celebrity voice of our Magic Mirror this panto season.
Tel: 01268 465 465
Website: www.towngatetheatre.co.uk

Peter Pan
Princes Theatre
Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1SE
Monday 8th December 2018 to Tuesday 1st January 2019
Polka Dot Pantomimes and the Princes Theatre proudly present PETER PAN, an amazing family treat full of fun and festive cheer! Fly away this Christmas as we take you on a spectacular journey of wonder and excitement into the magical world of Neverland. This swashbuckling adventure will captivate audiences of all ages with stunning special effects, spectacular scenery, some truly amazing flying and a good helping of fairy dust!
Tel: 01255 68 66 33
Website: princestheatre.co.uk

Jack and the Beanstalk
Mercury Theatre
Balkerne Gate, Colchester, C01 1PT
Saturday 24th November 2018 to Sunday 20th January 2019
The Mercury panto is back, and this year it’s bigger and better than ever. Jack and the Beanstalk promises all the laughter, sparkle and excitement you’ve come to expect from the seasonal show that just keeps breaking box office records!
Tel: 01206 573948
Website: www.mercurytheatre.co.uk

Headgate Theatre
Chapel Street North, Colchester, CO2 7AT
Wednesday 5th to Sunday 9th December 2018
HTP present a fast-moving, up-to-date telling of this traditional story. Aladdin is an eastern folk tale which first came to Europe over 200 years ago as one of the “1001 Arabian Nights” and is just as popular now as it was then. Our show will transport you from the empty deserts of Arabia to the bustling streets and slums of Old Peking, as we tell a moving story of true love, terrible greed and a deadly struggle for absolute power… and a panda… and a laundry …and….
Tel: 01206 366000
Website: www.headgatetheatre.co.uk

Dick Whittington
Witham Public Hall
Witham, CM8 2DY
Thursday 2oth December 2018 to Friday 10th January 2019
Dick has spent most of his years at sea but has decided to step back on land and make his way to London to make his fortune taking his pet cat with him which turns out to be his good fortune because together with his pet they rid London of a few Rats and is rewarded when he is made the Lord Mayor and wins the hand of the beautiful Alice
Tel: 01376 567677
Website www.ticketsource.co.uk

Chelmsford Civic Theatre
Fairfield Road, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG
Wednesday 30th November 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019
Cinderella has just lost her beloved father and has been put in the care of her stepmother who has two daughters of her own. To pay her way Cinderella is made to live below stairs and do all the cleaning, mending and cooking for her lazy step family! Will Cinderella be rescued by her prince and live happily ever after?
Tel: 01245 606505
Website www.chelmsford.gov.uk

Hylands House

Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ
Thursday 27th and Friday 28th December 2018
Enjoy the story of Rapunzel you boo, hiss and cheer your way through this exciting family show that will have you laughing, singing, dancing and cheering for more…… Oh yes it will!!
Tel: 01245 605500
Website: hylandsestate.co.uk/events

Snow White
Braintree Arts Centre
Notley Road, Braintree, CM7 1WY
Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd December 2018
Award-winning pantomime group Pantoloons will be performing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs during February half term. The classic story is brought to life in true pantomime style with lots of laughs along the way. Come and join in the fun by booing and hissing at the evil queen, cheering along the prince and singing with the dwarfs.
Tel: 01376 556 354
Website: www.braintreeartstheatre.com

Harlow Playhouse
Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS
Friday 30th November 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019
Join us on a magical carpet ride all the way to Peking for this year’s spectacular pantomime ‘ALADDIN’ at The Harlow Playhouse. Featuring our exciting blend of live music, quality professional performers, stunning sets, lavish costumes and jaw-dropping effects, The Harlow Playhouse is the home of family pantomime in Essex this Christmas.
Tel: 01279 431945
Website: playhouseharlow.ticketsolve.com

A Christmas Carol
The Victoria Hall Theatre
Bury Road, Old Harlow, CM17 0ED
7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd December 2018
A magical Christmas production for the whole family.
Tel: 01279 420 062
Website: www.victoriahalltheatre.co.uk

Jack and the Beanstalk
The Queen’s Theatre
Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT
Wednesday 28th November 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019
Brought to you by the same team as last year’s record-breaking Beauty and the Beast and 2016’s Cinderella, this actor-musician version of the popular panto tale is peppered with pop hits from across the decades, bundles of audience participation and hilarious slapstick. So grab your tickets today for some joyously festive family fun.
Tel: 01708 443333
Website: www.queens-theatre.co.uk

Thameside Theatre
Orsett Road, Grays, RM17 5DX
Saturday 1st December 2018 to Sunday 6th January 2019
Polka Dot Pantomimes in association with Thurrock Council present the wonderful pantomime – ALADDIN Starring the gorgeous Dan Osborne, Celebrity Big Brother Finalist 2018 and original TOWIE star as the Genie and Thurrock’s favourite Dame Luke Coldham as Widow Twanky!
Tel: 0845 300 5264
Website: www.thurrock.gov.uk

Beauty and the Beast
The Broadway
Broadway, Barking, IG11 7LS
Thursday 29th November to Monday 31st December 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: 02085 075607
Website: www.thebroadwaybarking.com

Treasure Island
Sir James Hawkey Hall
Woodford Green, Redbridge, IG8 0GB
Tuesday 1st to Sunday 13th January 2018
After the success of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ 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.
Tel: 01992 524462
Website: www.woodfordpantomime.co.uk

Kenneth More Theatre
Oakfield Road, Ilford, IG1 1BT
Saturday 15th December 2018 to Saturday 19th January 2019
Join Aladdin on a magical carpet ride with another traditional Kenneth More Theatre Pantomime. This sparkling production contains all our usual Pantomime ingredients; spectacular scenery, magical effects, dazzling costumes, and plenty of songs, laughter and adventure!
Tel: 020 8553 4466
Website: www.kmtheatre.co.uk