Plenty of fun to be had with this season’s pantos

Christopher Marlowe stars in Sleeping Beauty at the Kings.
Christopher Marlowe stars in Sleeping Beauty at the Kings.
Belinda Lang as Stephanie Abrahams in Duet For One. Picture: Robert Day

REVIEW: Duet For One, Chichester Festival Theatre

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Panto season might be drawing to an end, but there’s still plenty to enjoy with the pick of this season’s panto crop.

At Southsea’s Kings Theatre, Sleeping Beauty still has audiences entranced with the classic tale of the sleeping princess awaiting her true love’s kiss.

With well-known soap stars Danniella Westbrook and Lynne McGranger alongside The X-Factor’s Christopher Maloney in starring roles, the show will keep theatre goers thoroughly entertained until its run ends on Sunday (January 5).

Jack and the Beanstalk at Ferneham Hall also finishes its run on Sunday.

The family show has been wowing audiences with its stomping giant and live band as it tells the tale of the courageous Jack who climbs the giant beanstalk to do battle with the infamous giant Blunderbore.

Featuring a star turn from John Altman (EastEnder’s Nick Cotton) as the villainous Flesh Creep, this panto has thrills, spills and laughs galore for all the family.

The Nutcracker at the Nuffield Theatre begins its week-long run on Sunday and promises to be a unique take on the classic Christmas tale of a little girl who is transported into a magical world of living toys, where mice do battles with armies of gingerbread men.

Directed by Blanche McIntyre this show will whisk audiences away to a weird and wonderful land with its striking performances and design.