Empire Theatre, Halstead. Tel: 07778 025490
Saturday 15th December 2018. Once Upon a Christmas Time. Doors open 7.00 for 7.30pm, £14.00. FESTIVE FUN - LAUGHTER – MUSIC. The Empire welcomes back Fat Old Dad with their Christmas special 'Once upon a Christmas Time'. This show is full of great music and the madcap humour that the band are know for. Their will fun and surprises as there always are plus excellent music. Something for everyone. A show that will get you into the mood for the 'festive season' performed by this very popular fun band who really know how to entertain their audiences. Not to be missed.
Saturday 12th January, 2019. January Comedy Night. RICKY GROVER, STEVEN N ALLEN, NINIA BENJAMIN MC and GERRY K.
Over 18s only due to content of acts. Four great acts, four great performances....
Friday 18th January, Saturday 19th January, Sunday 20th January & Saturday 26th January, Mother Goose Panto. All Tickets £10.00. Join us for a winter wonderland adventure, as Mother Goose seeks to rescue her magical snow goose, Heidi. But will she be foiled by the evil troll, Smorg? Will her cottage disappear again and will the Bog of Beauty work? What about the baby trolls? Look out for the wicked Baron Von Rumpensmakka and his henchman Gonk, who try a little oochie-koochie practice! This is the Scandi panto – packed full of Giant Geese, the flight of Goose Force 1, laughs, songs and Northern magic

The Quay Theatre, Sudbury, Tel: 01787 374745
Saturday 15th December to Monday 1st January (various times). Panto: Robin Hood. Robin and his Merry Men need HELP to foil the dastardly plans of the Wicked Sheriff of Nottingham and his Evil Mother. A tale of heroes and villains, love, romance and adventure in Suffolk. (Oh Yes, it is!)
Sunday December 16th, 7:00pm. Met Opera: La traviata. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love. Later performances feature Anita Hartig, Stephen Costello, Artur Ruciński, and Plácido Domingo. Est running time: 3 hours 7 mins (2 intervals of 30 mins)
Saturday January 5th, 2:00pm. ROH: The Nutcracker (Encore Broadcast).
The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet – and makes for a delicious seasonal treat for all the family. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, with period details and dancing snowflakes. The many solo roles and ensembles put the world-class skills of the Company to the fore in this Christmas classic.
Tuesday January 8th, 2:30pm & 7:30pm. Film: Tully. Marlo is a New York suburbanite who's about to give birth to her third child. Her husband, Ron, is loving and works hard, but remains clueless about the demands that motherhood puts on his wife. When the baby is born, Marlo's wealthy brother hires a nighttime nanny named Tully to help his sister handle the workload. Hesitant at first, Marlo soon learns to appreciate all that Tully does -- forming a special bond with her new, lifesaving friend.

Sat 15 December, 10:30am and 1:00pm. Santa's Christmas Party. Help get Santa’s Christmas Party back on track in an adventure full of fun, festive songs and party games.
Sun 16 December, 7:00pm. Elf the Musical JR. Sirius Young Performers are pleased to present Elf the Musical JR
Fri 21 December, 7:30pm. The Adult Panto. Now in their 15th year of touring The Market Theatre Company are here with their latest Adult Panto
Sat 26 January, 8:00pm. Jackson - Live in Concert.
Jackson Live in Concert now features the hugely talented ‘CJ’ recreating the Michael Jackson experience with his stunning rendition of all his favourite songs

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill
, T: 01440 714140
21 December to 31st December (Various times). Dick Whittington. Tickets £14.50. £12.50, £50.00. Dick Whittington is the classic tale of rags to riches; bursting with romance, comedy and evil ratty villains. Come and join the adventures of Dick, Fairy Bow Bells, Dame Sarah Suet, Alderman Fitzwarren, Alice, King Rat and of course Tommy the Cat! Book now to get your favourite seats
SUN 23 DEC 2018 8:00PM. CAROLS FOR ALL. Haverhill’s traditional concert of Carols and Christmas music, featuring the choir, the band and the organ organised by Haverhill and District Operatic Society and Haverhill Silver Band
Paris, 1927; the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is out to purge the world of all non-magical beings. In a desperate bid to restore harmony, young Albus Dumbledore recruits former Hogwarts student Newt Scamander to stop the dangerous wizard in his tracks.
WED 2 JAN 2019 7:30PM. PETERLOO (12A). An epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre at St Peter’s Field in Manchester, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history.
SAT 5 & SUN 6 JAN 2019. ANDRE RIEU: 2019 NEW YEAR’S CONCERT. The King of the Waltz welcomes the new year in with this concert broadcast from Sydney.

Mercury Theatre Company, Colchester, Tel: 01206 573948
24 NOV - 20 JAN. JACK AND THE BEANSTALK. The Mercury panto is back, and this year it’s bigger and better than ever. Jack and the Beanstalk promises all the laughter, sparkle and excitement you’ve come to expect from the seasonal show that just keeps breaking box office records! When Jack Trott and his family find themselves down on their luck, Jack’s mother sends her poor son to market to sell their beloved cow ‘Daisy’, but when she learns that he’s exchanged the cow for a few measly beans, she’s furious and throws them out into the garden to rot. Little does she know that those beans are magical, and when the family awake next morning and find a great beanstalk soaring high into the sky, their lives will never be the same again, for the land is ruled over by a terrifying Giant who lives in a castle high up in the clouds and, being an adventurous lad, Jack vows to climb the beanstalk and face their Fi, Fi, Foe. Will Jack make his fortune? Will he make his Mum proud of him again? And will the family ever be reunited with poor Daisy? Find out when you join Jack and friends for ‘a tale as magic as beans’ in our sky-high Mercury pantomime. Starring panto favourites Antony Stuart-Hicks, Dale Superville and Carli Norris (Nurse Nellie, Muddles and the Enchantress in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), and packed full of music and dancing, Jack and the Beanstalk promises to be a glittering Christmas treat for the whole family to enjoy!
FRI 21 DEC. ASPIRE CLUB NIGHT. JOIN US TO MEET NEW FRIENDS, HAVE FUN AND DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY! Our Aspire Club Nights are designed for young people aged 7-18 with special educational needs and disabilities. Come join the party with a DJ and disco lights in a safe, accessible and inclusive environment.
The free tour will take you onto the set of Jack and the Beanstalk. During the tour, the audio describer will guide you through the important costumes, set and props used during the performance. Please mention if you would like to attend the touch tour when booking your tickets for the Audio Described performance. Touch Tours must be booked in advance.
30 JAN - 9 FEB 2019. ANNIE. Join Annie, a plucky, charming orphan girl, and her loveable adopted mutt named Sandy, as they take you on a musical adventure in 1930’s New York. Annie dreams of finding her real parents and escaping her dreary orphanage which is run by the cruel and tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Annie’s dreams begin to come true when the personal secretary of billionaire Oliver Warbucks invites her to stay with them. Miss Hannigan and her undesirable friends, however, have other plans! So let Annie into your hearts and come and see Colchester Operatic Society perform this award winning, family friendly musical that includes great well-known songs, including “Tomorrow” and “It’s a hard knock life”. This local amateur dramatic company are well known for producing professional quality shows at this theatre. Let them entertain you with their beautiful harmonies and a story full of fun, heart and adventure.

Saturday 26th January at 2.30 and 8.00pm. Colne Engaine Dramatic Society proudly presents: ‘The Great Panto Bake Off’ An original script co-written by group members Stephen Hector and Darran Lingley at Colne Engaine Village Hall. Doors open at 7.00pm all evening performances and 2.00pm for matinee. Tickets are £9.00 for evening performances and £7.00 for matinee and available from Box Office 01787 274933. See if Scary Berry gets her way or will Smell and Poo rise to the challenge? Watch Fairy Cakes sprinkle her own magic and will Vicky Sponge gain confidence with help from the audience and watch Nigerella flutter her eyelashes at Paul Bollywood. Aided and abetted by a disorganised film crew directed by Randy Doodah.  

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