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Christmas shows in Sussex

Pantos, musicals, puppetry and ballet - it's the Muddy guide to Xmas shows on in Sussex and nearby. Oh not it isn't... Oh yes it is...

Sleeping Beauty, The Capitol, Horsham, Fri 14 Dec – Sun 6 Jan  

Heart FM’s Nicola Hume, Sean Smith from X-Factor‘s Same Difference and James Fletcher from Hollyoaks star in Horsham’s panto Sleeping Beauty, with funny faves Hywel Dowsell and James Fletcher back to cause havoc as Nurse Nora and Lester the Jester. Get a ticket in the bag – if you snooze you loose!

Jack and the Beanstalk, White Rock Theatre, Hastings, Fri 14 to Sun 30 Dec

Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum, I smell the blood of… Eastenders‘ Michelle Collins and X Factor‘s Chico at Hastings this Christmas. Chico is Jack, doing the bean for cow swap but somehow saving the day aided by Fairy Collins. Prepare for jokes about big choppers when that beanstalk comes down.

The Rocky Horror Show, Theatre Royal, Brighton, Thurs 13 Dec – Sat 5 Jan

Think you could do the Timewarp again? You’ll be pleased to know that the musical is live at Brighton’s Theatre Royal for Christmas. With Trigger Happy TV’s Dom Joly playing the narrator and Strictly’s Joanna Clifton as Janet. Get out your fishnets and vamp it up! Tickets are from £13.

Cinderella, Eastbourne, Fri 7 Dec to Sun 13 Jan 

It looks like the only Cinderella in Sussex this year and it’s on in Eastbourne. If you fancy a date with the ugly sisters, get booking.

Aladdin, Worthing Theatre, Fri 30 Nov – Tues 1 Jan

Lee Latchford-Evans from Steps is doing the thigh-slapping honours as Aladdin in this year’s Worthing panto – one of the first out of the blocks. CBeebies’ Rebecca Keatley plays feisty Princess Jasmine while comedian Vikki Stone gets cloaked up as the evil Abanazar. Brian Blessed will be booming out the voice of the Genie of the Lamp.

Sleeping Beauty, The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, Fri 7 Dec to Wed 2 Jan

This year’s Tunbridge Wells panto is Sleeping Beauty and Claire Sweeney is starring. Will she be naughty or nice? Go along to find out.

Whistle Down the Wind/ Secret Santa the Frost Files, Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne, Fri 7 – Sun 9 Dec / Fri 14 Dec to Tues 1 Jan

Christmas 1959 in Louisiana and three children find a man hiding in a stable who they believe to be Jesus. The stage musical of famous film Whistle Down the Wind is brought to Eastbourne by the Broadway Players. Fri 7 – Sun 9 Dec. Jeffrey Holland of Hi-De-Hi fame is then in town as Father Christmas along with Britain’s Got Talent finalist Sarah Jameson as his missus in Secret Santa (14 Dec – 1 Jan). He’s been kidnapped but an investigative journalist is on the trail…

Sleeping Beauty ballet, The Dome, Brighton Sat 29 & Sun 30 Dec

In their sixth Christmas season in Brighton, join Ballet Theatre UK’s talented young company of international dancers recreating the fairytale to Tchaikovsky’s magical score. Tickets from £10.

The Ho, Ho, Ho! Christmas Show, The Capitol studio, Horsham, Fri 14 – Mon 24 Dec

One for the wee ones. Help busy Steve the elf as he wraps presents and feeds the reindeer in Santa’s workshop. Every child gets to meet father Christmas and receive a gift after the show. Performances are child-friendly times of the day. Tickets are £12.50.

Mischief & Mystery in Moominvalley Thurs 2o – Mon 31 Dec, The Old Market, Hove

A show with charming pupperty and a pop-up book set aimed at 3-7-year-olds. Covering a year in Moominvalley, it starts when Moomintroll wakes up in the middle of winter with a “something-wrong-feeling”. Tickets are £8.50.

Jack and The Beanstalk, Hilton Metropole, Thurs 20 – Sat 29 Dec

Biggins is big in panto and this year he’s in Brighton for the family panto at Hilton Metropole on the seafront along with Daisy the tap-dancing cow. The Magical Christmas Fayre is back before and after the show too with free entry to panto ticket holders.

Home, Pirates of the Carabina, Brighton Dome, Sat 15 – Sun 23 Dec

The circus stars behind the brilliant Flown, are back with this show about the joys of letting go, featuring a vertical-swinging trapeze, never-ending ropes, a spinning carousel and a temperamental staircase.

Aladdin, The Hawth, Crawley, Fri 7 Dec to Sun 6 Jan 

Photo by Paul Clapp.

Popular dame Michael J Bachelor is back in Crawley’s panto as Widow Twankey. Jason Gardiner from Dancing on Ice will be taking the boos as evil Abanazor while Eastenders’ Shaheen Jafargholi is hero Aladdin. Be quick. There’s limited availability on many nights already.

Sleeping Beauty, Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, Sat 15 –  Sun 30

Youngsters do the honours at Chichester and this year it’s Sleeping Beauty, or rather a twist on the classic, with two princes and a mother-in-law who’s an ogress. Join Chichester Festival Youth Theatre from 15 – 30 Dec. Tickets from £10.

Robin Hood Christmas panto, Ropetackle, Shoreham-by-Sea, Thurs 13 – Mon 31 Dec

The Sheriff of Nottingham has a dastardly plan to capture Robin Hood. Will he succeed? I can’t begin to guess. A panto version of the well-loved folk tale.

The Wind in the Willows, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, 13 Dec – 2 Jan 2019

Panto-ed out? Swap magic carpet rides and poisoned apples for this heartwarming story of animal friendship as you venture through the Wild Woods with Ratty Mole, Toad and co in fantastical style.

The Nutcracker, Moscow City Ballet, Chichester Festival Theatre, 3 – 6 Jan 

Get over the back-to-work blues with a trip to this festive ballet. It’s also a good one to gift to someone local for Christmas. Moscow City Ballet and a full orchestra will be doing the honours. Tickets from a tenner.


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