At this time of year our theatres and cinemas embrace the season with special Christmas-themed programming. We’ve put together some ideas of festive pantos, shows, concerts and films for you and your family to share a special time out together...
The big pantomime at the Theatre Royal this year is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Well-known cast members include television comedian Joe Pasquale and Faye Tozer from dance-pop group Steps. It’s showing twice a day, most days, from Saturday 3 December to Saturday 8 January. Tickets start at £23.
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Nottingham Playhouse have two big Christmas productions this year. Dick Whittington is the big panto in the main hall. It’s on most days between now and 14 January and is suitable for all ages. Tickets are priced at £18 upwards and it is also available to rent on demand and watch at home. Goldilocks and the Three Bears is their children’s theatre production, taking place in the Neville Studio (a smaller 100-capacity space). That’s more aimed at children ages 3-8 years old and is £13.50 a ticket, with discounts for multiple bookings.
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In the build-up to Christmas the Royal Concert Hall is putting on live Christmas-themed music concerts with Aled Jones and Russell Watson, Il Divo, The Halle Orchestra, Nottingham Harmonic Choir, Kate Rusby and East 17. They’re also screening several great Christmassy films such as Love Actually, The Snowman, The Muppet Christmas Carol and Frozen all accompanied by a live orchestra.
Puss In Boots is the panto choice of Nottingham Arts Theatre this year from 3-18 December. Written by Amanda Hall and Matt Wesson, you can expect comedy capers, a fabulous dame and a talking cat. Tickets are priced at £16 for children or £18 for adults, with family discounts available. They’re also got a ‘Christmas Cheer’ show scheduled in for Thursday 22 December.
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The Lace Market Theatre are celebrating the festive season with a show called The Flint Street Nativity, written by Tim Firth (who famously wrote the film, book and show Calendar Girls). It’s a tale of a class of seven-year-olds who are all played by adults. Expect lots of laughs and some sing-along moments. Showing from Mon 12 to Sat 17 December.
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We’ll all be watching the odd Christmas film this December, but there’s nothing quite like seeing them on the big screen.
Broadway Cinema are screening The CBeebies Panto (Date), The Muppets Christmas Carol (17 December), It’s A Wonderful Life (23 December) and Elf (24 Dec).
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Cineworld are screening The CBeebies Panto (3, 4, 10 and 11 Dec), The Muppet Christmas Carol (13 and 24 Dec), Elf (15 and 22 Dec), The Polar Express (19 Dec) and Batman Returns (23 Dec). Buy tickets for Cineworld Nottingham
If you want to see more events on across the city this Christmas visit our What’s On pages.
If you run a venue in the Nottingham BID area and would like your events to be included in this article please contact us.
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