The Frozen Princess Pantomime
26 November to 31 December, Waterfront Hall
Based on The Snow Queen, an original fairy-tale by Hans Christian Andersen, the Frozen Princess Pantomime is a story of adventure, friendship and bravery. With enchanting characters, original music and breath-taking costumes and set, it’s a magical, wintery panto not to be missed!
A Christmas Carol
27 November to 5 January, MAC
A fun-filled family version of Charles Dicken’s classic fable, the MAC’s Christmas Carol promises toe-tapping tunes, laugh-out loud moments and a memorable festive experience. Travel with Scrooge to visit Christmases past and conjure up Christmas yet to come to see if he’s learned from his mistakes.
Selected dates 29 November to 4 January, Lyric Theatre
With fairies, crocodiles, flying children, and mermaids, join the Darling children as they embark on the most magical adventure – where Hook and the crew of the Jolly Roger come face to face with all of Neverland and the boy who won’t grow up. Paul Boyd returns with an exciting new musical of Peter Pan, adapted from the play by JM Barrie.
Beauty and the Beast
29 November to 12 January, Grand Opera House
With a huge cast of 30 and a spectacular set, Beauty and the Beast is the biggest panto show in Northern Ireland. May McFettridge celebrates her 30th season as the Queen of Belfast Pantomime and is joined by Ben Richards and Britain’s Got Talent favourite Mandy Muden. Don’t miss this magical adventure packed full of comedy, colour and amazing song and dance, which tells the story of Belle who is held captive in an enchanted castle by the formidable beast.
Aladdin the Pantomime
18 December to 4 January, Belvoir Studio Theatre
Belvoir Players’ annual pantomime extravaganza returns with an adventurous tale of a hero, a wizard, a princess and a genie. The wicked Abanazar is seeking the magic lamp that contains the all-powerful Genie, so that he can rule the world! Packed with songs, slapstick and audience participation expect a classic pantomime experience that’s fun for all the family!
18-22 December, Lyric Theatre
Roy and Silo are two male Chinstrap penguins. Just like the other penguin pairs at Central Park Zoo, they walk, play, swim and dance together. When the duo decide to try and hatch a rock in place of an egg, they find themselves on an adventure that could mean raising a chick for real! This delightful theatre and dance production is inspired by a true story.
17-22 December, Crescent Arts Centre
Join the Crescent Arts Centre for an Arabian night of entertainment! Meet Aladdin, the rough and rugged hero who falls in love with the beautiful princess Jasmine. Meanwhile the wicked Abanazar threatens to steal the magic lamp and rule the world. But it’s not all doom and gloom: along the way you’ll meet Mrs Scrubbing-Brush and Wee Sandy who prove more important to the hero’s story than you might think.
Have a night at the theatre without the kids at these festive plays for grown-ups.
Driving Home for Christmas
Until 4 January, Lyric Theatre
Grimes and McKee are back with another Christmas special! Welcome to the Dander Inn, deep in the Sperrins, one of the many claimants to being the highest pub in Ireland, where travelers take refuge from a snow storm. Camping out in the pub becomes the only option and when the heater runs out of gas begin to wonder, are they trapped, or are they prisoners?
Xmas for Dummies
10-22 December, Grand Opera House
Described as “the ‘80s movie Mannequin set in Castle Street…with cheaper actors,” Xmas for Dummies promises a dark comedy antidote to all the usual Christmas smaltz. Starring Tara Lynne O’Neill and Chris Robinson, this face paced comedy tells the story of shop assistant Tracey who finds herself locked in her shop on Christmas Eve night with only the mannequins for company.
Deck the Falls
10-21 December, MAC
Comic duo Ciaran Nolan and Gerard Jordan are back with plans, scams and skulduggery to Deck the Falls this Christmas! Two doormen have a cunning plan, two doggy men have a dilemma, two auld dolls have an epiphany and two greyhounds go on the run… and that’s just in Act One! Don’t miss this hilarious festive comedy.