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Festive Theatre on The Suffolk Coast

Whether you are one who enjoys or endures Advent and the build-up to Christmas, one thing is for sure, if you’re looking for a Christmas pantomime or festive theatre show, professional or amateur - The Suffolk Coast has loads to choose from.

We are fortunate enough to have a huge array of Pantomimes for the whole family, festive live screenings, Christmas shows for loved-up couples, Christmas carol concerts, nativity style shows for young ones or adult pantos for over-18s, check out this list we’ve put together showing a selection of the very best that Suffolk has to offer in top-quality yuletide entertainment. 

The Famous Four and a Half Go Wild in Thetford Forest - until 18th January

A comedy musical alternative to the pantomime, on stage at Sir John Mills Theatre in Ipswich and the Seckford Theatre in Woodbridge. Eastern Angles' annual “alternative to panto” hits the wacky heights and spoofs the kids whose adventures we all learnt to read by.

On their hols, Rupert, Nick, Jan, Alex and Dimmy the dog, do battle with a shady figure who has stolen their Aunt’s time machine. A crazy chase visits a future Thetford by the Sea, some hipster Neolithics at their local derby, and a certain Home Guard rehearsal.

To book visit https://easternangles.co.uk/event/the-famous-four-a-half-go-wild-in-thetford-forest

Christmas Spectacular! - 6th - 15th December

The Co-op Juniors Theatre company returns to celebrate 15 spectacular years entertaining over 100,000 people at Snape Maltings Concert Hall. The award-winning cast of 100, complete with live orchestra and over 1,000 dazzling costumes present another magical Christmas song and dance variety treat for all the family.

With a cast of 100 talented local performers, in over 1000 stunning costumes, a live orchestra, the renowned ‘toy soldiers’ and ‘kick-line’ routine and a stunning Nativity. 

Tickets: From £15 - £29.

For tickets, visit https://snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on/christmas-spectacular-2019-15th-anniversary/

That'll Be the Day - The Christmas Party - 7th December

Topped with lashings of Christmas spirit get ready to party as That’ll Be The Day returns to the Marina Theatre with its brand new 2019 Christmas show.

The UK’s most popular Rock ‘N’ Roll variety show celebrates the festive season with all your favourite Christmas classics from the 50s, 60s & 70s, plus plenty of hilarious comedy!

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £28

To book visit https://marinatheatre.co.uk/whatson-event/thatll-be-the-day-the-christmas-show/

A Christmas Cracker - 8th December 

A spectacular non-stop feast of festive variety for the whole family at The Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe. Starring magician Andy Leach, ventriloquist Richard Whymark, comedy music from Ian Larkin, Christmas show-stoppers from songstress Michelle and the Candy Canes song and dance group

Time: 3pm

Tickets: £17 Adults and £14.50 Concessions; £5 for under 16’s. Family 'Cracker' (2+2) £35.

To book visit https://thelittleboxoffice.com/spapavilion/event/view/103401

Masters of Swing - Christmas Crooners - 12th December

‘In Full Swing’ company returns to the Fisher Theatre, Bungay with their brand-new festive show ‘Masters of Swing – Christmas Crooners', an exciting new festive show packed with great music, laughs and audience participation, celebrating the best singers from the golden age of swing and the big band era in a fast-paced, energetic show full of classic Christmas songs and holiday classics that promise to have you singing and laughing in your seats!

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £16 (£15 concessions). 

To book visit https://fishertheatre.savoysystems.co.uk/FisherTheatre.dll/

Snow White - 12th December - 1st January

Snow White takes to the Marina Theatre stage, starring a magic mirror, a beautiful princess, a handsome prince and plenty of audience participation, help us to outwit the Wicked Queen and let love prevail in this fabulous festive treat for all ages!

With stunning scenery and spectacular costumes, this pantomime is bursting with great songs, fantastic dance routines, laugh-out-loud comedy and plenty of fun and silliness for all the family.

Snow White runs at the Marina Theatre for 33 sparkling performances from Thursday 12th December

Price: £20 / £17.50 / £8 / £22

For tickets visit https://marinatheatre.co.uk/whatson-event/marina-panto-2019-snow-white/

Festive Recital at The Red House, Aldeburgh - 13th December 

Come to The Red House for its annual Christmas concert. This year features two wonderful artists: recipients of the New Elizabethan Award, mezzo-soprano Lotte Betts-Deanand guitarist Andrey Lebedev. The recital will follow with mince pies and mulled wine.

Time: 5pm

Tickets: £12.50

To book visit https://brittenpears.org/event/festive-recital/

The Rat Pack Live - Christmas Party - 13th December

A festive-packed seasonal spectacular at The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe which combines Christmas classics Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting) with all your favourite Rat Pack hits.

Featuring all the patter and razzamatazz of the Rat Pack’s infamous live stage show, come celebrate and enjoy a cool Yule with the UK’s number one Dean, Sammy and Frank live concert Christmas extravaganza.

Time: 8pm

Tickets: Adults £25 / Concessions £23

To book visit https://thelittleboxoffice.com/spapavilion/event/view/30291

Christmas Oratorio - 20th December

Part of the Christmas festivities at Snape Maltings, the grandeur and unbridled joy of the start of the Christmas Oratorio is one of the great openings in music. Bach paints the story of the nativity over an expansive canvas of six cantatas, four of which we hear tonight, with performers including a group of outstanding young international soloists.

Together they lead audiences from resounding celebration to sublime intimacy during the first days of life, and melancholy hints of the suffering to come. 

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: From £5 - £20.

To book visit https://snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on/christmas-oratorio/ 

Dick Whittington - 21st December - 5th January

The Spa Pavilion's festive pantomime Dick Whittington, tells the rags to riches tale of a young man and his cat on an exciting quest for fame and fortune for the purr-fect family show.

With all the usual elements of a family panto, you'll be kept in suspense waiting to see if the evil King Rat thwarts Dick's plans. Can the Good Fairy save the day? Did the Bells of Bow Church give Dick false hope? All will be revealed in this magical and spectacular family pantomime.

Tickets: Adult £16 / £18, Concession (Over 65, Wheelchair User and their Carer) £14 / £16, Child (16 and under) all £10.00, Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) £46 / £52.

To book visit https://thelittleboxoffice.com/spapavilion/event/view/99157

The Nutcracker - 21st December

Music from Tchaikovsky's magical Christmas ballet comes to Snape Maltings. Rich with famous melodies and sweetened by a glittering array of dances, Act II depicts the child heroine’s sleigh ride to the Kingdom of Sweets, ruled by the Sugar Plum Fairy.

In the first half of the concert, there’s more fairy tale music, another sleigh-ride and a festive fantasy on one of our best-loved carols.

Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £5 - £32

To book visit https://snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on/the-nutcracker/

A Christmas Carol - 22nd December

The Keeper’s Daughter’s A Christmas Carol is an innovative, playful and faithful adaptation of the classic story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on stage at The Cut, Halesworth.

Two dynamic performers give this magical, imaginative and vibrant retelling a spirited twist - festive theatre for the whole family!

Time: 7pm

Tickets: £8, £6 concessions

To book visit http://newcut.org/events/entry/9270 

The Snowman and Little Red Riding Hood - 22nd December

Bring the whole family to experience the magic of The Snowman on a big screen with music performed by a live orchestra at Snape Maltings.

Before it, Roald Dahl’s adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood is narrated by Radio 4’s Zeb Soanes in Patterson’s charming orchestral piece for children.

Time: 1.30pm & 4pm

From £7.50 - £15

To book visit https://snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on/the-snowman-little-red-riding-hood-with-live-orchestra/

The Snow Queen - 27th - 31st December

Presented by MTP presents Theatre on the Coast; The Snow Queen is a thrilling adaptation with music and dance, from the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen at Aldeburgh's Jubilee Hall. 

Gerda and Kai are the closest friends but when Kai is stolen away by the Snow Queen, Gerda sets out on a dangerous journey to rescue him from her frozen castle and bring him home again.

Expect sleighs, bandits, helpful reindeer, a wise old crow and the most magical story of loyalty, bravery and love.

Tickets: £16 and £11 (under 16s).

To book visit https://mtproductions.co.uk/the-snow-queen/


Dick Whittington at Spa Pavilion Theatre

Dick Whittington at Spa Pavilion Theatre

Felixstowe | Sat 21st Dec 2019 - Sun 05th Jan 2020

This year’s Pantomime from Dennis Lowe Theatre Company is Dick Whittington, coming to Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe on the Suffolk Coast!

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A Christmas Carol at The Cut, Halesworth

A Christmas Carol at The Cut, Halesworth

Halesworth | Sun 22nd Dec 2019

The Keeper’s Daughter’s A Christmas Carol is an innovative, playful and faithful adaptation of the classic story of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge at The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk.

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Christmas Oratorio at Snape Maltings

Christmas Oratorio at Snape Maltings

Snape | Fri 20th Dec 2019

Join us on 20th December 2019 for Christmas Oratorio at Snape Maltings. The grandeur and unbridled joy of the start of the Christmas Oratorio is one of the great openings in music.

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Sing Christmas at Snape Maltings

Sing Christmas at Snape Maltings

Snape | Sat 21st Dec 2019

Join us on 21st December 2019 to help us raise the roof as we sing much-loved Christmas hits. Led by Snape Maltings’ two choirs, we celebrate some of the most popular festive music. There’s no need to be a great singer – just come along and have fun!

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The Nutcracker at Snape Maltings at Snape Maltings

The Nutcracker at Snape Maltings at Snape Maltings

Snape | Sat 21st Dec 2019

Join us on 21st December 2019 for Music from Tchaikovsky’s magical Christmas ballet performed by the incredible BBC Concert Orchestra.

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The Snowman & Little Red Riding Hood with Live Orchestra

The Snowman & Little Red Riding Hood with Live Orchestra

Snape | Sun 22nd Dec 2019

Join us on 22nd December at Snape Maltings with the whole family to experience the magic of The Snowman on a big screen with music performed by a live orchestra.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Marina Theatre Lowestoft

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Marina Theatre Lowestoft

Lowestoft | Thu 12th Dec 2019 - Wed 01st Jan 2020

Join us for the fairest panto of them all. When the vain Wicked Queen discovers she is no longer the fairest in the land, she seeks revenge on her beautiful step-daughter.

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The Magic Fishbone at The Avenue Theatre Ipswich

The Magic Fishbone at The Avenue Theatre Ipswich

Ipswich | Fri 06th - Tue 31st Dec 2019

Join us this December, as Joanna Carrick’s acclaimed adaptation finally comes home to The Avenue! Charles Dickens at Christmas is a magical, unmissable treat for all the family and the perfect alternative to the traditional panto.

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