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BRACKNELL South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7PA; www.southhillpark.org.uk Cinderella 30th Nov 2014 to 3rd Jan 2017 Age 5+ This enchanting pantomime tells the rags to riches tale of a beautiful young girl who is confined to the kitchen, and is picked on by her Ugly Sisters and Wicked Stepmother. With a little help from her Fairy Godmother, a magical pumpkin and a glass slipper, Cinderella hopes to win the heart of the gallant Prince Charming and her chance of a happy ending. Will Cinderella make it to the ball? How much polyfilla do the Ugly Sisters use anyway? Can you even buy glass slippers in Bracknell?

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BRIGHTON. The Dome Brighton Dome Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UE Ticket Office: 01273 709709; www.brightondome.org Alice in Wonderland ballet 1-2 Jan. Age: 6+ Following the sell-out success of The Snow Queen last Christmas, Ballet Theatre UK returns to Brighton Dome with a captivating new ballet based on Lewis Carroll’s much-loved children’s books, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Come with Alice on a magical adventure as she tumbles into Wonderland! Guided by the White Rabbit, she meets some astonishing characters, including the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, a studious caterpillar, and those mischievous twins, Tweedledum and Tweedledee. With its whimsical flights of the imagination, beautiful costumes, eclectic music and joyful dance, Ballet Theatre UK’s Alice in Wonderland is brimming with wit and charm – a delightful festive treat for audiences of all ages.

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CORBY The Corby Cube Parkland Gateway George Street, Corby, Northamptonshire NN17 1QG; 01536 470470; www.thecorecorby.com CINDERELLA 4-8 January 2017. Age: 6+ Doomed to despair by her wicked stepmother and vicious stepsisters, Cinderella dreams of escape and romance. It’s going to take all the magic her Fairy Godmother can muster to whisk Cinders from pantry to palace, but with her sisters stopping her every step of the way, it’s not an easy ride to happily ever after. Corby Amateur Theatrical Society return with their most spectacular pantomime to date. Featuring sparkling sets, fabulous frocks, side splitting slapstick, and not one but two outrageous dames, this is an unmissable treat for the whole family!.

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DARTFORD Orchard Theatre, Home Gardens, Dartford, DA1 1ED; orchardtheatre.co.uk ONCE UPON A TIME Mon 9 January 2017. Age: 6+ 8:15pm • Over the last few months local dance and theatre companies have been sharing stories and exploring different ways of using movement to tell their chosen tales. Once Upon A Time presents a collection of pieces that celebrate the beauty of dance and the tradition of stories. Participating Companies Dartford Grammar School For Girls, Rosie’s Groovy Movers, Liz Burville Performing Arts, All The Arts Theatre School , Robyn Academy , Studio 74 Dance & Theatre School, The Dance School, The Maplesden Noakes School, St Fidelis Primary – Corpus Christi Dance & special guests Bird College.

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IPSWICH Wolsey Theatre, Civic Dr, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2AS; 01473 295900; www.wolseytheatre.co.uk Sinbad the Sailor 28 Nov-28 Jan Age: 6+ Written by Peter Rowe, and performed in the New Wolsey Theatre’s ever-popular actor-musician style, this brand new adaptation of the amazing adventures of Sinbad is bursting with music, mayhem and magic. Sinbad, determined to win the hand of the beautiful Princess Pearl, sets sail aboard the Saucy Sausage on his most dangerous voyage yet – past the Island of the Sirens, and the Plughole of Poseidon to the paradise of Nirvana itself! But can he save the Princess from the clutches of the evil sorcerer, Sinistro? Will his mother, Dame Doner Souvlakia, find true love in this tropical Paradise? Can fair winds blow Sinbad to fame and fortune, or will the perfect storm shipwreck all his dreams?

KING ARTHUR Mon 13 & Tue 14 February 1.30pm (plus 4pm on Mon 13 Feb and 11am on Tue 14 Feb) Ages 7+ A thrilling tale of magic, heroism, love and betrayal adapted from the novel Arthur: High King of Britain, by Michael Morpurgo, the author of War Horse and Private Peaceful.

COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS Wed 15 February 1pm Ages 6 to 12 Cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400 years old (no vampires). We have the best comedians from the UK and world circuit doing what they do best… but without the rude bits!

SHOWSTOPPER KIDS! Sat 18 February 2.30pm Ages 6 to 12 The Showstoppers’ Kids’ Show takes all the talents of The Showstoppers and makes them do it all for kids – every insane suggestion, every inspired idea, every joyful noise will get used to create a bonkers, brilliant and hilarious show.

MONSTERSAURUS Sun 19 February 11am & 1.30pm Ages 3+ This brand new show from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants is monster-ously good! Follow the young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of whacky inventions and incredible monsters, but he has a problem – now he has made them all, what is he going to do with them?!

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IPSWICH New Wolsey Studio, St George’s Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 3NF; 01473 295900; wolseytheatre.co.uk MAVIS SPARKLE Sat 28 January 11am & 1.30pm AGES 3+ With a magician for a Dad and a stargazer for a Mum, no wonder there’s more to Mavis than meets the eye! Featuring a magical mix of illusion and animation, inspiring us all to dust away doubts, follow our dreams and reach for the stars!

THE BEAR Fri 10 to Sun 12 February 1.30pm (plus 11am on Fri 10 & Sat 11 Feb and 4pm on Sat 11 & Sun 12 Feb) Ages 3+ A heart-warming and humorous wintry tale from the team that brought you the hugely successful Father Christmas. Pins and Needles are delighted to be bringing to life another of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved storybooks.

SKI IN THE PIE Sat 18 February 11am & 1.30pm Age 3+ Forced out of her home; where will the mysterious pie maker Dorothy Butterworth and Whiskey her crafty cat go? In desperation they choose an extraordinary mode of transport and collect mismatched companions on the way. How will this unusual group overcome their disagreements, face the hazards of their journey and defeat their adversaries?

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NEWBURY The Corn Exchange, Market Place, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5BD; www.cornexchangenew.com THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR Wed 15-Thu 16 Feb 2017. Age: 2-7 Duration: 55mins (no interval). Tickets: Full price £10.50 Buy 10 tickets, get the 11th free • The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author and illustrator Eric Carle, has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969, selling more than 41 million copies worldwide. Eric’s well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colorful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first experience of reading itself. This critically acclaimed production features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle stories: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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NORTHAMPTON Royal & Derngate, Northampton, Guildhall Rd, Northampton NN1 1DP; 01604 624811; www.royalandderngate.co.uk THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR Wed 1-Fri 3 Feb 2017. Age: 2-7 Duration: 55mins (no interval). The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 41 million copies worldwide. Eric’s well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colourful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world – and to their first experience of reading itself. Now, the timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage in this critically acclaimed production featuring a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle stories, The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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OXFORD Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 1RE; 01865 812160; www.pegasustheatre.org.uk The Thing That Came From Over There! 27-28 January 2017 Age 8+ £13, £9 concessions, £6 under 18s Performances: Friday 27 January, 7.30pm Saturday 28 January, 7.30pm 75 minutes • Inspired by the movies of the 1950s, this is a fast paced rollicking ride mixing paranoia, suspense and hilariously gruesome deaths. It’s 1912 and as Scott and Amundsen begin their race across Antarctica the hapless explorer Captain Reginald Cranston has accidentally landed on the wrong side of the continent. As Cranston and his motley band set up base camp, a meteor crashed nearby. Deciding to investigate, they set out towards the crash site, unaware of the danger that awaits not just them, but the whole planet earth… Join three daring actors as they play over 15 roles including shocks, spine tingling silliness and blood curdling terror. An exciting reworking of their 2016 hit Great Scott..

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PORTSMOUTH Kings Theatre, Albert Road, Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 2QJ; 023 9282 8282; www.kingsportsmouth.co.uk Jack and the Beanstalk 6 Dec-1 Jan Age: 6+ New Pantomime Productions Ltd Presents “Jack & The Beanstalk” coming to the Kings Theatre in Portsmouth Christmas 2016! Featuring lavish sets, wonderful costumes, a surprise or two and all the cheers, jeers and jokes you would expect from a traditional family pantomime. You will not want to miss this Christmas treat!

Gangsta Granny Wed 15 Feb 17 7:00 PM Thu 16 Feb 17 10:30 AM Thu 16 Feb 17 7:00 PM Fri 17 Feb 17 10:30 AM Fri 17 Feb 17 7:00 PM Sat 18 Feb 17 10:30 AM Sat 18 Feb 17 2:30 PM Age 6+ It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny! From the acclaimed producers of HORRIBLE HISTORIES comes the world premiere of this amazing story by David Walliams, the UK’s best-selling author for children. ‘I am over the moon that ‘Gangsta Granny’ is coming to the stage. It’s the most popular of all my books and I am sure this production by the brilliant Birmingham Stage Company will delight not just children but their parents and of course grandparents’. David Walliams

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SOUTHAMPTON Nuffield Theatre, NST Nuffield Southampton Theatres, University Road, Southampton SO17 1TR ; www.nstheatres.co.uk; 023 8067 1771; boxoffice@nstheatres.co.uk • Room on the Broom 20 – 25 FEBRUARY 2017 Age: 6+ Based on a picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Directed by Olivia Jacobs. Tall Stories in association with Kenny Wax Family Entertainment LTD Tall Stories’ hit family show Room on the Broom flies into Southampton for February Half Term after smashing a West End season and national UK tour. Adapted by award-winning Tall Stories from the spellbinding picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Room on the Broom will make the quintessential family treat for everyone to enjoy. From the critically acclaimed creators of The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Emily Brown and The Thing, The Snail and The Whale, The Snow Dragon and My Brother The Robot, the magic of Room on the Broom is sure to sweep children and their families away. This Olivier Award-nominated production tells the story of a friendly witch, her cat and three loveable animals who take to the skies on a broom and face a fearsome dragon in this magical, musical adventure. With enchanting puppetry, original sing-a-long songs and scary fun, Room on the Broom makes the ideal Half Term treat for children aged three and up and their families.

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WINDSOR Theatre Royal, Windsor, 32 Thames St, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1PS; 01753 853888; www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk Cinderella Tue 6 Dec 2016 – Mon 2 Jan 2017 Age: 3+ Written & Directed by James Barry. Music by Simon Slater. Boo the Ugly Sisters, cheer the Fairy Godmother and laugh with Buttons as Prince Charming falls in love with Cinderella. Enjoy original songs, audience participation, a wickedly funny script and adorable live ponies in a traditional family pantomime.

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