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Christmas time means panto time!

Tin Man threatens to axe Lion’s pride and joy if he keeps giving Dorothy the eye...

Tin Man threatens to axe Lion’s pride and joy if he keeps giving Dorothy the eye...

Planning on hanging around in Brighton for the holidays? Wondering how to fill the void left by lectures and absentee mates? What better way to occupy your time than a nostalgic trip down memory lane at the panto?! The Badger has picked out two of the best pantomimes happening in Brighton over the festive season, so all you have to do is pick one that tickles your fancy, turn up and enjoy…

Wizard of Oz, Theatre Royal, Brighton. 05/12/08-04/01/09

Theatre Royal Brighton Productions and First Family Entertainment’s first ever family musical is set to bring the classic film to life.

Dorothy dreams of a better place where hateful neighbours won’t torment her little dog, Toto, so she plans to run away. But, something magical happens and she is transported to the land beyond the rainbow, where, with all her special friends, she journeys to the Emerald City to chase her dreams.

This brand new production is directed by award-winning musical star Tim Flavin, with a full cast of top-class West End musical performers and songs from the MGM classic including We’re Off To See The Wizard, Follow The Yellow Brick Road and Somewhere Over The Rainbow. It’s time to put on your ruby slippers, click your heels three times and book your tickets now.

Jack and the Beanstalk. The Old Market, Hove, 29/12/08-09/01/09

If the thought of seeing Dorothy prance about in her ruby slippers makes you want to drown yourself in a vat of mulled wine, maybe you should try something a bit more traditional.

The Old Market’s brand new production of Jack and the Beanstalk does mean a bit of a trek to Hove, but they’ve got ‘spiralling stalks, wacky wigs, comedic cows and frantic frocks’-what more do you need?!

So, if your inner Christmas-obsessed kid is crying out for a bit of shamelessly tacky, camp, good old British panto, stay on the 25 bus for just a wee bit longer than normal-you know it makes sense!

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