Christmas Picks 2023

ELF | The Brighton Centre

Fri 5 Jan 2024 –

Sat 6 Jan 2024

Elf – Brighton Centre

ELF, the hit Hollywood blockbuster movie has been supersized into a live arena spectacular for this Christmas with a massive stage featuring amazing film backdrops on a huge LED screen plus a mobile stage that travels the auditorium, so everyone gets a close-up view of the action.

The presentation features Santa’s flying sleigh, audience snowball fight, indoor snowstorm, a giant candy cane journey from the North Pole, aerial cirque stars and giant tv screens so you don’t miss any of the spectacle.

The story is hilariously recreated by a large cast of performers into the biggest live Christmas show in the UK. The festive spectacular will feature West End star Steven Serlin stepping into the big floppy shoes of Will Ferrell to play Buddy the Elf.


Sleeping Beauty | The Hawth, Crawley

Fri 8 Dec 2023 –

Sun 31 Dec 2023

Sleeping Beauty | The Hawth Crawley
Evolution Pantomimes

Festive favourite, SLEEPING BEAUTY will make all your dreams come true this Christmas.

With its stunning sets, sumptuous costumes and amazing special effects, The Hawth pantomime is often described as “West End quality” and this has never been truer than for this years Sleeping Beauty, as West End superstar CARRIE HOPE FLETCHER joins the cast for 2023. The actress, author and vlogger will take to the stage as the wicked Carabosse this December.

Carrie has appeared in Cinderella, Les Misérables, The Christmasaurus Live, The Addams Family, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins among many other West End musicals.

She is a three-time winner of Best Actress in a Musical at the WhatsOnStage Awards for the roles of Cinderella in Cinderella, Veronica Sawyer in Heathers and Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family. She has also won the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Takeover in a Role for Eponine in Les Misérables.

Also starring Crawley favourite Michael J. Batchelor, further casting to be announced.


Aladdin | Fairfield Halls, Croydon

16 Dec 2023 –

7 Jan 2023

Aladdin | Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Join our hero Aladdin, his mother Widow Twankey and his brother Wishee Washee as they embark on a magical adventure and try to defeat the evil Abanazar (Davood Ghadami, Eastenders, Holby City and the BBC’s Beyond Paradise) and his plan to become master of the world. With help from the Genie of The Lamp and the Spirit Of The Ring.

Will Aladdin save the day, will he marry the beautiful Princess Jasmine? Will the Genie be freed? There’s only one way to find out… come see Aladdin, Croydon’s No.1 Pantomime!

An enchanting tale of magic, mayhem and misunderstandings live on the famous stage Ashcroft Theatre stage. Aladdin is a laugh-a-minute extravaganza with stunning sets, musical hits, fabulous costumes and amazing special effects to keep audiences both young and old entertained!

Davood Ghadami to star as ‘Abanazer’ in Fairfield Halls annual pantomime along side Milkshake favourite and Croydon local Kiera Nicole as Jasmine. Staring alongside Davood and Kiera is panto favourite Charlie Guest.


Peter Pan | London Palladium

Sat 9 Dec 2023 –

Sun 14 Jan 2024

Peter Pan – London Palladium

The London Palladium Pantomime returns for an eighth year, with Jennifer Saunders and Julian Clary leading the cast in a brand new production of Peter Pan.

Saunders and Clary will be joined by returning Palladium panto favourites Paul ZerdinNigel Havers, Gary Wilmot and Rob Madge. It is directed by Michael Harrison, 


Beauty and the Beast | Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells

Sat 9 Dec 2023 –

31 Dec 2023

Beauty and the Beast | Tunbridge Wells

Staring Rita Simons as the Enchantress

In our pretty French town, Bookish Belle is ready to start a new chapter. Life isn’t quite the Paris-dise she’s been dreaming of. She’s just a ‘Oui’ bit different and longs to find some adventure.

However Belle, her friend Jacques and his mum, Betty, local bell ringer of the local Tunbridge Bells, gets much more than they bargained for when they find themselves trapped inside the enchanted castle of a mysterious beast.