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Seven Suffolk Christmas pantomimes perfect for festive family fun, with performances in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill and Lowestoft



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Nothing says 'Christmas' like a family night out at a festive pantomime, and Suffolk's offerings this year will not disappoint.

From Dick Whittington to Snow White, there's something for everyone and these nights out are sure to get the whole family laughing, singing and feeling the Christmas spirit.

1. Jack & The Beanstalk - New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Pantomime season kicks off at the New Wolsey Theatre with family favourite Jack & the Beanstalk.

Visitors to this rock n' roll inspired panto should expect classic rock jams and plenty of audience participation.

Running from November 25 to January 8, and now available with live streaming options, Jack & the Beanstalk promises a great night out (or in!) for all the family.

2. Cinderella - Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Christmas classic Cinderella will come to life on the stage of the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds this year.

Directed by Chris Hannon and with a cast of musical theatre, comedy and west end professionals, the show features all the classic characters including the hilarious ugly sisters and the loveable Buttons.

Performances begin November 26 and end January 26.

3. Dick Whittington - The Manor Ballroom, Ipswich

Showing on December 11 and December 12, Dick Whittington at The Manor Ballroom promises a daytime panto experience perfect for the kids.

Familiar characters and lots of humour make this panto a must-see, and for just £8 a ticket it'll get you in the festive spirit without breaking the bank.

4. Cinderella - Marina Theatre, Lowestoft

Another variation on the fairytale classic, the Marina Theatre will be showing their rendition of Cinderella from December 13 to January 2.

Starring Union J's Jaymi Hensley and A Touch of Frost's John Lyons, the show promises 'traditional pantomime mayhem' with clever scenery and stunning costumes.

Tickets range from £10 to £26 and certain dates may even feature an appearance from Father Christmas himself.

5. Cinderella The Christmas Panto - Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe

A firm favourite at Suffolk theatres this year, Cinderella will also be performed at the Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe from December 17 to January 3.

This classic pantomime will be packed full of all the usual characters and traditions as well as a new launch night performance Christmas Party, featuring a meal before the show and a dancefloor afterwards.

Described as a 'slightly naughtier version than the standard one' this panto night would be a great get together for the adults of the family, with the standard performances perfect for the younger ones.

6. Aladdin - Ipswich Regent Theatre

There will be plenty of booing, hissing and cheering this Christmas, as the team behind the 2019 Ipswich Regent Theatre performance of Cinderella return with panto classic, Aladdin.

Starring Home and Away's Nic Westaway as Aladdin and X-Factor runner-up Marcus Collins as the Genie, expect lots of singing and dancing to get you into the festive spirit.

Running from December 17 to January 2, it's certainly not to be missed.

7. Jack and the Beanstalk - Haverhill Arts Centre

Fe, fi, fo, fum... it’s time to enjoy another panto extravaganza that sees BBC TV’s ‘Allo ‘Allo comedy legend Sue Hodge return as the hilarious Fairy Cucumber in a fun-filled pantomime for all the family at Haverhill Arts Centre from December 17 to 27.

Together with a professional cast featuring the bumbling Dame Trott and the villainous Fleshcreep, heroes Jack and Jill battle a giant and provide excitement, laughter and amazement in this traditional pantomime with a modern twist.

'Allo 'Allo star Sue Hodge is performing in the Jack and the Beanstalk panto at Haverhill Arts Centre
'Allo 'Allo star Sue Hodge is performing in the Jack and the Beanstalk panto at Haverhill Arts Centre

Which Christmas pantomime will you be taking the kids to this year?