When it comes to pantomimes over the festive period we really are spoilt for choice on Merseyside. With such an embarrassment of riches it can be tough to pick one. To make things a little easier, Your Move has selected three of the best for you to cast an eye over.
The Empire has become renowned for attracting some of the biggest stars to its panto stage over Christmas. Henry Winkler and Liverpool legend, the late Cilla Black have both put in memorable performances in years gone by.
2015 sees the first production of Dick Whittington in the city for over 20 years and stars popular TV actress, Sally Lindsay – best known for her role as barmaid Shelley in Coronation Street – as the magical Fairy Fazakerley.
St Helens Theatre Royal
Continuing with the Corrie theme, the Theatre Royal has picked a real cobbles baddie for its production of the classic, Cinderella.
Marc Baylis, last seen on the street as bad boy Rob Donovan, takes on the role as the dastardly Dadini alongside Benidorm star Crissy Rock as one half of the Ugly Sisters.
Last year, the Royal’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk broke box office records becoming the theatre’s most successful pantomime ever. 2015’s offering looks set to be an even bigger success.
The Princess and the Pea
For those looking for a change of pace this festive season, the Unity Theatre’s more studied offering might be more to your liking.
Based on the classic literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, the Unity’s production has been adapted by acclaimed director Nina Haiyianni and stars Josie Cerise in the lead role. This year’s production also continues the theatres successful partnership with the Action Transport Theatre.
A charming piece of festive family theatre not to be missed.