Sleeping Beauty, Princess Theatre Torquay

Opening: 12th December 2014

Everyone likes a lie-in, but Sleeping Beauty takes it to a whole new level. Cursed by an evil fairy she is doomed to slumber forever until she is awoken by true love’s kiss! Set your alarm clocks for this year’s fun-filled pantomime.

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Aladdin, Liverpool Empire Theatre

Opens: 13th December 2014


Panto will return to the Liverpool Empire Theatre for Christmas 2014/15 with First Family Entertainment’s Aladdin!

Take a magical carpet ride to the Far East in next year’s panto spectacular! Rub the magic lamp, enter the cave of wonders and be transported to this fun fairytale world. Aladdin is guaranteed to delight the whole family with all of the stunning sets, glittering costumes, wonderful songs and dazzling dancing – topped off with laughter and audience participation aplenty! Make tickets to Aladdin one of your three wishes for Christmas 2014.

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Sleeping Beauty, Leas Cliff Hall Theatre

Opens: 23rd December 2014

The Pantomime promises to be the biggest and best we have ever staged at the Leas Cliff Hall, which will be a challenge following the great success of last years Cinderella which saw over 9000 tickets sold.

Sleeping Beauty tells the story of a young princess placed under a spell by an evil witch; meaning she can only be awoken by true loves kiss. Stunning costumes, lavish sets, a live orchestra and great visual effects complement the cast and script for this traditional family pantomime.

A spokesperson for the venue said, ‘We cannot wait for Sleeping Beauty at the Leas Cliff Hall this Christmas and New Year. Our traditional family pantomime brings all that is great about theatre, fun, adventure and audience participation to the stage.’

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Santa Giveaway … Win a Festive Character Fleece

The Big Red Box has a fantastic Festive Character Christmas Fleece to give away this season!

For your chance to get your hands on this wonderful prize simply visit our Competition pages and answer three fun and festive questions!

COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED

Congratulations Mandy Allen of London … Winner of this weeks SantaGiveaway! You’re Cosy Festive Fleece is on its way!

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SantaGiveaway … WIN a copy of the wonderful ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’

The Big Red Box is giving away latest edition of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ to one lucky winner!

For your chance to get your hands on this wonderful prize simply visit our Competition pages and answer three fun and festive questions!

Our winner will be informed by email on the date of the draw … 30th November 2013

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED

Congratulations to Paula Robson of Newscastle upon Tyne …. winner of this weeks SantaGiveaway Competition. Your prize is on its way!

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SantaGiveaway Competition … WIN a Cosy Reindeer Fleece

The Big Red Box has a fantastic Cosy Festive Reindeer Fleece to give away this season!

For your chance to get your hands on this wonderful prize simply visit our Competition pages and answer three fun and festive questions!

Our winner will be informed by email on the date of the draw … 22nd November 2013

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED

Congratulations to Leoni-fay Bunting of Weston Super Mare … Winner of our SantaGiveaway! You’re prize is on its way!

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SantaGiveaway … Win ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’

The Big Red Box is giving away latest edition of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ to one lucky winner!

For your chance to get your hands on this wonderful prize simply visit our Competition pages and answer three fun and festive questions!

Our winner will be informed by email on the date of the draw … 15th November 2013

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED

Congratulations to our SantaGiveaway Winner …. Jenny Lancaster of Ripon

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Peter Pan … Richmond Theatre

Peter Pan
6 Dec 2013 to 12 Jan 2014

Join Peter, Wendy and the Lost Boys as they take on the villainous Captain Hook and his band of pirates. Enter a fairytale world that will captivate the young and the young at heart, where all your Christmas wishes will come true. With all the stunning sets, glittering costumes and audience participation that you’d expect from a Richmond Theatre pantomime, this year’s production is set to be the highlight of our year once again.

Richmond Theatre are pleased to announce that legendary TV and film actor Henry Winkler (OBE), best known for his role as The Fonz in US TV series Happy Days, will be the bad guy everyone loves to hate as he takes on the role of the dastardly Captain Hook in this year’s swashbuckling spectacular of a pantomime, Peter Pan.

Winkler who has played the role of Hook to great acclaim in previous pantomimes says ‘Captain Hook, with his sword fighting, singing off-key, and a crew that couldn’t sail through a bathtub, is so much fun to play. I am filled to the brim with dastardly anticipation not only to be in Richmond’s 115-year-old theatre, but also in pantomime at Christmas time.’

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Aladdin …. New Wimbledon Theatre

6 Dec 2013 to 12 Jan 2014

BAFTA-winning comedienne, writer and actress Jo Brand makes her pantomime debut as Genie of the Ring. She is joined by street dancers Flawless as the Peking Police Force, and Olivier award winning actor and television presenter Matthew Kelly as Widow Twanky. We are also thrilled to announce that the cast will be joined by two renowned West End musical theatre stars; Oliver Thornton (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Starlight Express, The Rocky Horror Show) will play the title role of Aladdin, and Olivier award winning actor David Bedella (Jerry Springer – The Opera, The Rocky Horror Show) will play Abanazer.

Take a magical carpet ride to the Far East in this year’s panto spectacular. Rub the magic lamp, enter the cave of wonders and be transported to this fun fairytale world. Aladdin is guaranteed to deligh the whole family with all of the stunning sets, glittering costumes, wonderful songs and dazzling dancing that audiences have come to expect in Wimbledon – topped off with laughter and audience participation aplenty! Make tickets to Aladdin one of your three wishes for Christmas 2013.

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Bolton Christmas Lights …. with The One Show

Matt Baker and Alex Jones, presenters of the BBC’s The One Show, will be pedalling into town to be part of Bolton’s Christmas lights switch on.

The One Show will broadcast live from the event on Monday 11th November.

The duo will be visiting as part of The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge for BBC Children in Need; an eight-day challenge that will see a group of riders pedalling a rickshaw around the clock to cover approximately 700 miles. For the first time, riders will visit all four UK nations as part of the biggest Rickshaw Challenge to date.

‘Team Rickshaw’ will be made up of five young people, each supported by projects funded by BBC Children in Need, who’ll be riding with partners including The One Show’s Alex Jones. Four of the riders will be partnered with a parent. Rickshaw veteran Matt Baker will also support the ride, acting as a mentor and cycling alongside the riders on their eight-day relay journey across the UK. As those who have benefited from the charity’s work first hand, the young riders are undertaking the challenge to raise as much money as possible to help other young people across the country.

The Rickshaw Challenge team will be arriving in Bolton on the fourth evening of the challenge, when Matt and Alex will be present at the switch-flicking ceremony, along with a mystery celebrity guest who will be joining for The One Show episode.

The One Show’s Rickshaw Challenge has raised in excess of £3.5 million for the charity to date. The team are hoping that with the increased distance, journey into all four nations, and around-the-clock pedalling, this year’s extraordinary efforts will help capture the public’s attention and raise more than ever before.

The Christmas lights switch on will start at 6pm on Monday November 11, with The One Show airing from 7 to 7.30pm.

Alex Jones said: “The Rickshaw Challenge is going to be one of the toughest things I’ve ever done, and we will all have our work cut out for us. Having supported the Rickshaw Challenge before, I know first-hand what a difference the public support can make, so we’re urging the people of Bolton to get behind us and come out to the streets to cheer us on! The Christmas lights are always a brilliant occasion, so it’s fantastic that we’re able to combine it with such a wonderful cause.”

The Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris, said: “We’re really excited to welcome Matt, Alex and all the young riders to Bolton.

The Rickshaw Challenge is an amazing challenge which raises millions of pounds for Children in Need and we are thrilled that the One Show is visiting our town and that they have agreed to flick the switch for us this year.

We’d like to urge as many people as possible to come to the switch on and be part of the amazing atmosphere of the live broadcast.

We will be pulling out all the stops to make it the most marvellous, magical Christmas lights switch on ever.”

For all the build-up and action at Bolton’s Christmas light switch-on, follow the council on Twitter @Boltoncouncil and get involved using #BoltonXmasLights

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