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Saturday, 1 December 2012 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Where would the United Kingdom be without the traditional Christmas pantomime, and this year is no exception with a variety of Doctor Who names back on the stage to entertain during the festive season.

Sleeping Beauty, Bournemouth PavilionColin Baker (The Sixth Doctor)
Sleeping Beauty, Bournemouth Pavilion
8th December - 6th January

This year’s offering is once again brought to you by UK Productions following a record-breaking production of Jack and the Beanstalk last year.

Returning to once again write, direct and star is venue favourite and Bournemouth resident Chris Jarvis as Happy Harry, whose local gags, rapport with the audience and range of impressions always go down a storm with adults and children alike.

We’re also delighted to welcome back one of the best panto villains Bournemouth has seen in recent years, Su Pollard – last with us for the the 2009 Panto season – as Bad Fairy.

Also returning from the cast of Jack and the Beanstalk is Wave 105 presenter Kate Weston as Good Fairy.

However, our all-star cast doesn’t end there, as they’re joined by Asa Elliott from ITV’s Benidorm as the Prince and of course, no Panto would be complete without a dame, with Nurse Nelly to be played by Colin Baker of Doctor Who fame.
Jack and the Beanstalk, Glasgow SECCJohn Barrowman (Captain Jack)
Jack and the Beanstalk, Glasgow SECC
15th December - 6th January

Following two years of hugely-successful and record-breaking Christmas shows at the Clyde Auditorium, the producers of the SECC’s pantomime, Qdos Entertainment have announced that John Barrowman and The Krankies will return to the venue this Christmas!

John Barrowman and The Krankies have previously starred in Aladdin and Robinson Crusoe & the Caribbean Pirates and this year will lead the cast in Jack and the Beanstalk which is a change to the advertised title of Robin Hood. John will play the leading role of Jack while The Krankies will play Farmer & Jimmy Trot!

The use of 3D special effects in the previous Qdos Entertainment pantomimes at the SECC have been so popular with audiences that Jack and the Beanstalk will feature brand-new and outstanding surprises including a fantastic 3D enchanted forest and journey through the giant’s castle!
Dick Whittington, Harpenden Public HallsPeter Purves (Steven)
Dick Whittington, Harpenden Public Halls
15th December - 22nd December

Join our hero Dick as he sets out on a quest to find fame and fortune in this classic rags-to-riches tale. Starring Cerrie Burnell as seen on CBeebies as The Fairy of The Bells and Dr Who companion and Blue Peter legend Peter Purves as Alderman Fitzwarren, with hilarious panto dame Richard Aucott and full supporting cast.

Will Dick find the streets paved with gold? Will he win the hand of the lovely Alice? Will he defeat the evil King Rat? Find out this Christmas!

Featuring fantastic songs, a live band, sumptuous sets, sensational costumes and bags of audience participation, Dick Whittington is the perfect way to kick start your festive season.

Other names associated with Doctor Who include: Nigel Havers (Peter Dalton, The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith) in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Southampton Mayflower; Christopher Pizzey (Eddie Smith, The Sarah Jane Adventures) in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall Theatre; Paul Lavers (Farrah, The Androids of Tara) in Mother Goose at the Gorleston Pavilion; Royce Mills (Dalek operator) in Aladdin at the Guildford Yvonne Arnaud Theatre; Marshall Lancaster (Buzzer, The Rebel Flesh) in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Leeds Carriageworks; Lynda Bellingham (The Inquisitor, The Trial of a Time Lord) in Cinderella at the Bradford Alhambra Theatre; Warwick Davis (The Last Cyberman) in Snow White at the New Wimbledon Theatre; Floella Benjamin (Professor Rivers, The Sarah Jane Adventures) and Andrew Hayden-Smith (Jake Simmonds, Rise of the Cybermen) in Cinderella at the Broadway Theatre, Catford; Bruno Langley (Adam in Dalek) in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn; Eric Potts (Oliver Charles, Aliens of London) in Dick Whittington at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking; Nichola McAuliffe (Vivien Rook, The Sound of Drums) in Snow White at the Theatre Royal, Bath; Barney Harwood (Totally Doctor Who) in Peter Pan at Llandudno's Venue Cymru; Lily Savage aka Paul O'Grady (himself, The Stolen Earth) in Aladdin at the O2; Ann Widdecombe (herself, The Sound of Drums) in Snow White at the Wycombe Swan; and Christopher Biggins (The One Doctor, Big Finish) in Dick Whittington at the Plymouth Theatre Royal.