by Andy Bowman
Article by Mairead Foley
Christmas is fast approaching and so is panto season! Don’t miss out on a fantastic evening of entertainment, fun, music, laughter, villainy and ultimately the happy ending, which is always guaranteed. Check out our guide to the magical Christmas pantos in Dublin that no festive season should be without…
The Sleeping Beauty Enjoy the story of this timeless childrens classic, which is held at the modern and spacious Helix Centre in Glasnevin, from November 29th to January 4th. Written and directed by Karl Harpur, this show tells the story of the beautiful princess who was cursed into a deep sleep for 100 years, after pricking her finger on a needle of a spinning wheel on her 18th birthday. This show will have a gathering of all childrens favourite characters, from the Good Fairy, the Handsome Prince to the beautiful Princess.
The Sleeping Beauty Christmas Pantomime will take place in the Theatre Venue in the Helix, one of three venues located at the Helix Centre.
Dates & times for Sleeping Beauty:
Family Previews take place Saturday 29th November at 2.30pm and 7.30pm and on November 30th at 4pm show1.30pm shows: 7,14,21, 28, 31 December and 4th January2.30pm shows: 6, 13, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, 30 December and 2nd 3rd January7.30pm shows: 6, 13, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, 30 December and 2nd 3rd January8pm shows: 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19th December.
How much does it cost?
Preview shows: 16.50 to 18.50 Euro. Family shows: Adults 28.50 Euro, Children: 24.00 Euro, Family Tickets: 95.00 Euro (2 adults & 2 children)
Always a Christmas favourite, booking in advance for this show is well advised. Contact the Helix for more information.
Aladdin at the Olympia Theatre
Taking place from Saturday December 20th, to the 4th of January, Aladdin is not to be missed! Featuring a poor boy, a beautiful princess, the genie and the magic lamp, and not forgetting a magic carpet ride, Aladdin Christmas Panto is not to be missed! Starring Susan McFadden as the Genie and Noel Ginnity, Aladdin will be performed at the Olympia Theatre, which is located on Dame Street, Temple Bar, in Dublin city centre. For more information visit the Olympia Theatre website.
Dates & times for Aladdin:
There will be two shows daily for the Aladdin Christmas Pantomime, one at 3pm and one at 7.30pm at the Olympia. Note that there are no shows on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. And on the final day of the panto, Sunday the 4th January the show times are 1pm and 5.30pm.
How much does it cost?
Ticket prices range from 14.20 to 32.95 Euro and are available from TicketMaster.
Cinderella at the Gaiety Theatre
Showcasing at the Gaiety Theatre, this childrens classic show runs from 30th November 2008 to February 1st 2009. With a remarkable cast, starring “Youre A Star” 2007 winner Leanne Harte in the main role as Cinderella, and including all your favourite characters from Buttons, the Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming, the show is a marvellous evenings entertainment for all the family to enjoy, in the most impressive of surroundings, at the historic Gaiety Theatre.
Cinderella tells the timeless tale of the young woman covered in cinders who wishes to escape the drudgery of her life, finding happiness and meeting her perfect man and escaping from those awful Stepsisters! Her Fairy Godmother and Prince Charming make her dreams come true in this charming tale for all the family to enjoy!
Booking your tickets to the show well in advance is strongly advised, and you can book by contacting the Gaiety Theatre directly, or you can buy them on TicketMaster.
Cinderella shows at 11am and 6.30pm during weekdays.Saturday shows are at 3pm and 8pm.Sunday shows at 1.30pm and 8.30pm
How much does it cost?
Ticket prices range from 16.50 to 34 Euro, depending on the date and show time. Shows closer to Christmas will be a bit more expensive. For more details on prices, check the TicketMaster website.
So what are you waiting for? For a marvellous afternoons/evening’s entertainment that the family will always treasure, don’t miss out on a Dublin Christmas Panto this Festive Season. You’ll be laughing in the aisles! Don’t leave it too late. Our advice is to book well in advance to avoid disappointment!
Mairead Foley writes for the Ireland travel and accommodation website http://www.GoIreland.com
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