With panto season almost upon us (Oh yes it is!) at Milton Keynes Theatre, seven hardworking dwarves and a handsome prince try and rescue the beautiful princess Snow White in fun-packed fairytale.
West End and TV favourite Jennifer Ellison plays the Wicked Queen.
And she’s joined on stage by some familiar faces, including Hollywood superstar Warwick Davis, known to millions from his roles in Star Wars, Harry Potter and Willow.
He has most recently been seen on TV in Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s BBC comedy series Life’s Too Short and Idiot Abroad 3.
Back by popular demand, as the hapless Muddles, is star of last year’s panto Kev Orkian, who received rave reviews as Buttons in Cinderella last year.
Star of Les Miserables in the West End, Shaun Dalton, as the dashing Prince Charming, will aim to win the heart of singing sensation Kate Stewart in the title role.
Snow White is at Milton Keynes Theatre from December 6 to January 12. Book at www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes or call 0844 871 7652
Two other local theatres have this year plumped for Sleeping Beauty as their festive family favourite.
Sleeping Beauty tells the tale of a beautiful princess who pricks her finger and falls into a deep sleep, thanks to an evil spell cast upon her by a wicked fairy.
Will her true love be able to awaken her and save the kingdom from enchantment?
At Aylesbury Waterside, the ‘Queen of the Square’ becomes Queen of the Vale as former EastEnders actress Anita Dobson plays the baddy, Carabosse.
Back by popular demand to join her is Aylesbury comedian Andy Collins, one of the most sought-after TV warm-up men in the business, as Chester the Jester.
The title role is being played by Bucks singer-songwriter Holly Brewer, who made her Waterside debut last year as Wendy in Peter Pan.
The theatre promises a hilarious and traditional pantomime with show-stopping song and dance, larger-than-life characters, colourful costumes, spectacular, sparkling sets and a fairytale ending.
Sleeping Beauty is at Aylesbury Waterside from December 13 to January 5. Book at www.atgtickets.com/aylesbury or call 0844 871 7607.
Northampton’s Royal & Derngate promises stunning visual effects in its production of Sleeping Beauty, with a 3D enchanted forest and journey though the Giant’s castle.
Spinning the magic are husband and wife team Linda Lusardi and Sam Kane.
Miss Lusardi, who has enjoyed a 25-year stage, film and TV career, plays Carabosse.
Musical theatre stalwart Mr Kane directs the production and plays the Henchman.
Sleeping Beauty is at the Royal & Derngate from December 6 to January 6. Book at www.royalandderngate.co.uk or call 01604 624811.