He’s behind you

Peter Pan at Milton Keynes Theatre
Peter Pan at Milton Keynes Theatre

Villains will be booed and heroes are set for acclaim as a number of pantomimes comes to the area’s theatres from next week.

The Christmas fun at the Royal and Derngate in Northampton starts on Wednesday with the magical show Merlin.

Three childhood friends embark on an action-packed adventure. For Prince Arthur, turning 16 means becoming a knight, but he is torn between a duty to his country and to his friends. His young squire Merlin is struggling to keep his extraordinary magic powers under control and the gutsy Princess Gwen proves that she might just be the bravest of them all.

Also coming to the Royal and Derngate is Peter Pan, starring comedian and television personality Joe Pasquale.

The swashbuckling tale is bought to life with stunning sets and amazing costumes but beware for Captain Hook out on the prowl.

Both shows are performed until Sunday, January 4 and tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 01604 624811 or visiting www.royalandderngate.co.uk. Returning by popular demand to Milton Keynes Theatre after a seven-year absence is actor Bradley Walsh, who will be appearing in Peter Pan.

He makes a spectacular return after performing in both Cinderella and Aladdin back in 2006 and 2007.

Walsh plays Smee and appears alongside an all star cast including Britain’s Got Talent street dance sensations Flawless and West End actor David Bedella playing Captain Hook (pictured).

Peter Pan runs from Friday, December 5 to Sunday, January 11 and tickets can be booked by calling the box office on 0844 871 7652 or by visiting www.atgtickets.co.uk/miltonkeynes.

Cinderella will go to the ball. Or more accurately, to the Royal Spa Centre in Leamington Spa.

Cinderella dreams of escaping the life she has fallen into. With the arrival of invitations to Prince Charming’s grand ball, it seems she may get her wish.

However, the Ugliest Sisters in pantoland are determined to keep her as their servant, but with the help of Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother and a generous helping of panto magic perhaps her dreams will come true after all? Cinderella runs from Saturday, December 6 to Saturday, January 3.

For more information or to book tickets call 01926 334 418 or visit www.royalspacentreandtownhall.co.uk.

Alternatively ,people can follow the yellow brick road when The Wizard of Oz visits The Deco Theatre in Northampton.

Join Dorothy and her friends, Tin Man, Lion and Scarecrow, as they battle the wicked witch and her flying monkeys in their quest to get back home.

Tickets for the show can be booked by visiting