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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
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Celebrities galore for panto time
It's that time of year when the tomfoolery, the gaudy costumes and the crazy fun of the panto season is upon us - oh no it isn't! (oh yes it is!)

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Panto time is here - oh yes it is!


Here's a round-up of the best places to boo and hiss your way to hours of entertainment in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

Birmingham Hippodrome has a particularly special record-breaking history with pantomimes in recent years and it doesn't stop this year as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is set to be Britain's biggest panto.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Birmingham Hippodrome has a star-studded cast


Running from Thursday December 19, 2013 until Sunday February 2, 2014, it features a star-packed cast including How to Look Good Naked presenter Gok Wan (The Man in the Mirror), former Eastenders actor John Partridge (The Prince), Dynasty star Stephanie Beacham (The Wicked Queen), and comedian Gary Wilmot (The Dame).

While Snow White is played by Danielle Hope, who won TV reality show Over the Rainbow, and other members of the cast include ventriloquist Paul Zerdin adding comedy to the show as Muddles. The production company has however said that this version of Snow White will not feature dwarf actors but represent the seven dwarfs in an alternative way.

Michael Harrison, director of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, said: "It's a long time since Snow White was last performed at the Theatre and it seems fitting that its return as Britain's biggest pantomime should feature such an incredible cast. This brand-new production is set to be the most spectacular Birmingham has ever seen."

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Wicked Queen Stephanie Beacham stars in Birmingham


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Tickets cost 12 - 39 from www.birminghamhippodrome.com or by calling 0844 338 5000.
Group bookings can be made on 0844 338 7000 and hospitality bookings on 0844 338 9000.

Special performances:
A 'relaxed performance' for children on the autism spectrum or with learning difficulties will be staged on Thursday January 30, 2014, at 1pm. Book tickets for this performance by calling 0844 338 5000.

Captioned performances take place on Sunday January 5, 2014, at 1pm and Wednesday January 8, 2014, at 7.15pm.

Sign language interpreted performances take place on Sunday January 12, 2014, at 1pm and 5.15pm.

Audio-described performances take place on Wednesday January 15 at 2pm and Saturday January 18 at 2.30pm.

WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE

Comedian Joe Pasquale brings plenty of laughter to Sleeping Beauty at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Saturday December 7, 2013, to Saturday January 18, 2014.

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Joe Pasquale leads the cast of Sleeping Beauty at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre


He plays Muddles in this extravagant, colourful fairytale, and is joined by cabaret star Ceri Dupree as Queen Passionella and former Coronation Street actress Lucy Evans as Princess Beauty.

Romance, spells and larger than life characters make it a memorable and fun visit for children and the young at heart. Pasquale is a particular draw as one of the most popular comedians on the theatre and panto circuit across the UK.

Sleeping Beauty
Tickets cost 16.50 - 26.50 from www.grandtheatre.info

Special performances:

A sign language interpreted performance takes place on Wednesday January 8, 2014, at 7.15pm.

An audio described performance takes place on Thursday January 9, 2014 at 7.15pm.

Audio described and sign language interpreted performances take place on Thursday January 9, 2014 at 11am and Saturday January 11, 2014, at 2.30pm.

A relaxed performance takes place on Thursday January 16, 2014, at 11am.

REDDITCH PALACE THEATRE

Soap stars are as much a part of pantomimes as the dame, and that is never more true than in Redditch this year as Todd Carty leads the cast in Aladdin at the Palace Theatre.

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Todd Carty stars in Aladdin in Redditch


From December 9, 2013, until January 5, 2014, the actor who is renowned for his role in Eastenders as Mark Fowler becomes baddie Abanazaar in the tale from the Arabian Nights.

With magic flying carpets, lamps and adventures, it will be an action-packed night.

Aladdin
Tickets cost from 16 - 17.50 from www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk/ or call 01527 65203.

SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN HALL

It's another Aladdin and his Magical Lamp that entertains in Sutton Coldfield from January 14, 2014, to January 19, 2014.

Aladdin and his Magical Lamp, Sutton Coldfield
Aladdin and his Magical Lamp in Sutton Coldfield


Richcott Productions is behind this traditional pantomime featuring panto favourites Aladdin, Widow Twankey and more.

Aladdin and his Magical Lamp
Tickets cost 13 from www.richcott-productions.com/ or by calling 0121 464 8990.

MALVERN THEATRES

Another Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs takes centre stage in Malvern starring Sue Holderness, better known as Marlene in Only Fools and Horses.

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Snow White comes to Malvern Theatres


Running from December 12, 2013, to January 5, 2014, it also features Chris Pizzey, who is Stephen in The Basil Brush Show, along with dwarf actors as the seven lovable sidekicks to Snow White.

The age-old tale of pure and gentle Snow White overcoming the wicked queen to find her prince is a much-loved story and panto classic.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Only Fools and Horses, Marlene, Basil Brush


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Tickets cost from 10 - 25.20 from www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/events/event/snow-white-the-seven-dwarfs/
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Why? Family fun for all ages
When: From December 9, 2013 until February, 2014
Where: Various Theatres - Birmingham, Redditch, Wolverhampton, Sutton Coldfield, Malvern
Cost: From 10
Your Comment
I love Stephanie Beacham. I didn't know Gok Wan did acting. Sounds like it will be a great show.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11469) 1462 days ago
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