Panto season is on its way to Thanet (oh yes it is)

Long arm of the law in Aladdin Photo by Dave Stillman


This Christmas, Wicked Productions along with Margate panto favourites, JezO and Georgia Rowland-Elliott, return to Theatre Royal Margate for their fifth magical year, with the spectacular pantomime, ‘Aladdin’.

Starring Margate favourite Jezo as the hilarious ‘Wishee Washee’ Dave Short as ‘Widow Twankey’ and local Georgia Rowland-Elliott as ‘Jasmine’.

You are invited to ‘Peking’ for a magical carpet ride to the Far East this festive season. Laugh-out-loud jokes, fabulous costumes, magical special effects, a ‘bazaar’ larger than life Genie, sing-along songs, and an astonishing Flying Carpet are all promised.

Give your old lamp a good rub and be sure to make a wish for tickets as Aladdin flies into the Theatre Royal – Margate between December 7-29.

For booking and details go to or call the box office on 01843 292795

Jack and the Beanstalk

Margate Operatic Society (MOS) bring Jack and The Beanstalk to Margate Winter Gardens this month.

The panto follows the story of Jack Trott, a simple boy who is forced to sell his beloved cow Daisy by his mother, Dame Daphne Trott, to help pay the rent.

Jack accepts magic beans as payment for Daisy and a Beanstalk appears right up beyond the clouds!

Jack and the Beanstalk is on stage from December 5-8, various show times.

Advance tickets are Full Price £14, Concs £12, Child (12 and under) £10 plus £1 booking fee. Add £2 for tickets on the night.

Go to or call 01843 292795.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice In Wonderland will be staged by the Minster Playhouse from December 4-7.

The show at Monster Village Hall will be on stage at 7.30pm each evening plus 10.30am and 3pm on the Saturday.

Join Alice on her adventures with the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, Tweedledee and Tweedledum in the performance written by Susan Mosley.

Tickets are Adults £10, Child £5, Saturday 10.30am show all seats £5

For details call 07501 894381 or go to


Michael Friend and Michael Wheatley-Ward in association with the Sarah Thorne Theatre Company present ‘Cinderella’ from December 14-31.

Shows on December 14,15,21-24 and 27-31 are at 2.30pm. December 16-18 is for school shows. There are no performances on December 19-20 and 25-26.

Tickets are Advance/Friends – Adult £15, Child £14, Family £56. Email [email protected] or call 01843 863701

Shows will be at the Sarah Thorne Theatre, Fordoun Road, Broadstairs.

The Snowman and The Bear

This Christmas experience the magic of film brought to life with big screen and live orchestra at Margate Winter Gardens on December 21.

Black Cat Events is producing the only classical concert to hit the stage at the Winter Gardens this year with a screening of both The Snowman and The Bear accompanied by The Kent Sinfonia and conducted by James Ross.

The 29 piece orchestra will bring the magic of the well known Raymond Briggs animations to life. Walking in The Air will be sung by the angelic 11 year old George Gannon who has sung with the Caterbury Choristers and The Bear will have the majestical voices of Michael Burke (of the ENO) and Peter Futcher (Choir of Canterbury Cathedral).

James Ross, who has conducted over 1000 works in some 18 different countries, will be at the helm of this enchanting show.

He said: “I am delighted to be working with Black Cat Events to present Howard Blake’s beautiful scores played live to the films of The Snowman and The Bear with Kent Sinfonia. “These performances at Margate Winter Gardens promise to be a magical pre-Christmas treat: with a professional orchestra, the films will come to life in a completely different way from cinema and television. We also have three marvellous vocal soloists, including eleven-year old chorister George Gannon singing Walking in the Air from The Snowman.!

This will be a special concert for all ages, which will amaze the little ones and create lasting memories for all. Please be aware fake snow will be used during the performance.

The Snowman and bear screenings and music take place on December 21 with various show times.

Tickets are Full Price £15, Restricted View £10, Booking Fee: £1 per ticket. Call 01843 292795 or go to

And one for next year……

The Wizard from Auss

The boys and girls in blue are back to entertain you (Oh yes they are).

Kent Police Pantomime Group is back at the Theatre Royal Margate in February for their 22nd stage spectacular “The Wizard from Auss”.

Lost in an unfamiliar land, a place over the rainbow, down the yellow tick-toad occupied by Plodkins, join Dorothy and her faithful dog Tony on a whirlwind adventure as they try to find their way back to her Auntie Em at Thanet Farm.

On the way, she makes some new friends. A scarecrow that needs a brain, a tin-her who needs a beating heart and a cowardly lion who is desperate to be brave. It is not going to be easy for Dorothy to get home with the Wicked Warlock of Westgate and Wicked Witch of Eastgate keeping a close eye on her.Will the Wizard from Auss himself be able to help? Will the spirit of friendship triumph over evil? And who are the Plodkins?

Find out all the answers in the pantomime that boasts plenty of audience participation, dazzling costumes, amazing scenery, and a live band, The Wizard from Auss is an unmissable half-term treat for all the family.

Funds are being raised for chosen charities Pilgrims Hospices and Headway East Kent.

This is the 20th year at the iconic Theatre Royal Margate, so the group is celebrating by performing their very first pantomime from back in 1999. “The Wizard from Auss” script has had a makeover and rehearsals are in full swing.

The Wizard of Auss will be on stage February 20-22, various showtimes. The 2pm performance on Thursday, February 20 will be BSL signed..

Tickets are Full Price £10, Children £7, Family of 4 £28,

Call the box office on 01843 292795 or go to

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