It’s panto time again. Oh, yes it is! A stellar line-up of famous names will be dressing up to bring us fun and laughter and theatrical mayhem.
Here’s our curtain call of the best shows in the North West to ensure you're suitably entertained this festive season...
Kicking things off from the 24 November, West-End superstar Ben Forster returns as the lead role, Buddy, in the musical adaptation of the much-loved Christmas hit, Elf, The Musical, which sees Buddy the elf journey to New York to find his long-lost father. It runs from the 24 November to 14 January at The Lowry. (thelowry.com)
Meanwhile, TV’s Jennifer Ellison leads the cast as Captain Hook (while Jake Quickenden takes the title role) in JM Barrie’s swashbuckling epic Peter Pan, at Blackpool’s Winter Garden from 16 December to 7 January. (wintergardensblackpool.co.uk)
Mirror, mirror on the wall, is this the fairest panto of all? Cannon and Ball head to Crewe to perform Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs at Crewe Lyceum, from 16 December to 7 January. (crewelyceum.co.uk)
And last but not least, John Barrowman leads a great cast – including comedy duo The Krankies – in the well-known tale of Dick Wittington at The Manchester Opera House, from 9 December to 7 January. (manchestertheatres.com/operahouse.htm)