Panto round-up - oh yes it is!

Northampton Panto launch of Aladdin at The Grosvenor Centre, with Bobby Davro and Brian Fortuna
Northampton Panto launch of Aladdin at The Grosvenor Centre, with Bobby Davro and Brian Fortuna

Bobby Davro and Basil Brush lead the star-studded cast of this year’s Royal & Derngate panto, Aladdin.

Joining them on stage will be Strictly Come Dancing star Brian Fortuna, who makes his pantomime debut in the title role of Aladdin.

Jonathan Kiley, the show’s executive producer, said: “This production has all the elements of traditional family pantomime that Royal & Derngate audiences have come to expect.

“Comedy will be very central to this year’s pantomime and I have no doubt that Northampton audiences will laugh the whole way through this unmissable show.

“The combination of our superb cast and the Royal & Derngate’s hallmark of outstanding value-for-money and unmissable entertainment for all ages makes Aladdin the must-see pantomime in Northamptonshire this Christmas.”

Aladdin runs at the Royal & Derngate from December 9 until January 8.

For tickets call the box office on 01604 624811 or visit

Local actress Millie Binks will take the leading role in Cinderella at the Lighthouse theatre in Kettering this Christmas.

Millie won the part after a boot camp-style audition process.

She will be starring alongside Dancing on Ice and Coronation Street star Danny Young, who will place Prince Charming.

Also appearing are Christine Hamilton as the Fairy Godmother and her husband Neil as Baron Hardup.

The show will run from December 13th until New Year’s Eve.

This timeless classic will be brought to life by a fantastic all-star cast, fabulous sets and breathtaking costumes alongside incredible live music.

Tickets cost from £10. To book call 01536 414141 or visit

THE classic children’s story Peter Pan will be brought to life at The Castle in Wellingborough this festive season.

Based on the book by J M Barrie, join Wendy, John and Michael as they are whisked high above the clouds by Peter Pan and his fairy friend Tinkerbell on a magical flight over London and on to Neverland.

Meet the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and her Indian tribe, and Captain Hook and his dastardly band of pirates in this light-hearted, family musical.

Can the children and Peter Pan defeat Hook and make it back to London, or will they end up walking the plank?

The show opens on December 5.

For tickets call 01933 270007 or visit

Stars of CBBC, Dan and Jess present Potted Panto at The Core in Corby.

Running from December 7 to 11, the show – in amazing 3D – combines seven classic pantomimes in one 80-minute show.

Following a season in the West End, this show won a nomination as Best Entertainment in the Olivier Awards.

In a madcap ride through the biggest stories and best-loved characters from panto, the dastardly double act dash from rubbing Aladdin’s lamp to roaming the golden streets of Dick Whittington’s London.

Searching for Cinderella’s lost slipper, they try to wake Sleeping Beauty before the giant climbs down Jack’s beanstalk to squash Snow White’s seven dwarves.

Tickets cost from £8.

Call 01536 470470 or visit to book tickets.

Pop star Gareth Gates returns to the stage in the lead role for Milton Keynes Theatre’s festive show Aladdin.

Fresh from his critically-acclaimed role in the 25th anniversary tour of Les Miserables, Gareth will be joined by the hilarious 2010 Britain’s Got Talent finalist Paul Burling as Wishee Washee.

Further celebrity names are still be announced as part of the line-up.

Gareth said: “I’m really looking forward to playing Aladdin this year and bringing lots of fun and laughs to the stage at Milton Keynes Theatre.

“There’s nothing quite like a good traditional panto to raise a smile and bring the family together at Christmas.”

With genies by the lamp-load, belly-busting comedy, a selection of chart topping songs, bags of family fun, audience participation, a boo-able baddie and, just maybe, a real flying carpet, producers are promising the biggest, best and funniest pantomime ever.

The show runs from December 9 to January 15.

For tickets call the box office on 0844 8717652 or visit www.atgtickets/miltonkeynes