Christmas is not the same without a visit to the theatre. Whether it is the village hall, the Sands Centre in Carlisle or the Theatre by the Lake, there is a choice of pantomime in the Lake District and Cumbria.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Sands Centre, Carlisle
“Oh no it isn’t!”
“Oh yes it is!”
This year’s top Carlisle Pantomime is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The Sands Centre’s annual panto draws in audiences from all across Cumbria and the North West.
Everyone knows the story, of course, of wicked stepmothers and “mirror mirror on the wall”.
And Snow White being the ‘fairest in the land’.
It’s a show for the whole family to enjoy. Sing along to “Heigh-Ho” and “Whistle While You Work”. Amazing costumes and slapstick comedy are guaranteed. Matt Pagan from Collabro and Hollyoaks’ Sarah George head the cast.
Enjoy a timeless story, joyfully retold, with puppets, music and dance. A miserable, mean old miser is visited by three ghosts and rediscovers the joys of life and his philanthropic soul.
Keswick, while not exactly on our doorstep, is well worth the effort by making a day of it with the walk to down to Derwentwater and then to Friar’s Crag. Combine your visit to the theatre with a meal there or at one of the many nearby restaurants; you will almost certainly need to book a table in advance.
Computer-generated imagery has taken over the universe, fight back and go vintage. This year’s Upfront Puppet Theatre’s production of Puss in Boots takes its inspiration from the original French fairy tale. The Miller dies; his three sons inherit his estate. On the face of it, the youngest son loses out by inheriting only the family cat. There the story begins, with puppets, music and all the magic of Christmas.
And you can meet the puppets and their masters at the interval!