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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Tickets: £8, £6 concessions
To book visit http://newcut.org/events/entry/9270
The Snowman and Little Red Riding Hood - 22nd December
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/