Start a new Christmas tradition with festive theatre in Belfast

Start a new Christmas tradition with festive theatre in Belfast.

Our guide to the biggest and best theatre shows in Belfast this season… oh yes it is!

Grand Opera House

Queen-of-comedy, May McFettridge, leads the cast as the Fairy Godmother in her 27th year of panto at the Grand Opera House. She will be joined by Pop Idol’s Gareth Gates as the handsome Prince Charming, Coleraine actress Jayne Wisener as Cinderella, panto favourite Paddy Jenkins as Baron Hardup.

With over 66,000 tickets already sold, it is advisable to grab your tickets soon. Join Cinders as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her Ugly Sisters and meets her dashing Prince Charming.

Cinderella runs at the Grand Opera House from 3rd December to 15th January 2017. Tickets can be booked on 028 9024 1919 or

The Mac

This show promises to be an enchanting, magical show packed full of live music and lots of magic this Christmas.

Follow the adventures of the much-loved puppet on his incredible quest to become a real boy in the family musical.

Pinocchio runs at the Mac from 29th Nov 2016 – 1st Jan 2017
Tickets can be booked at

Lyric Theatre

Chapter One of the greatest story ever told, as seen through the eyes of the only truly reliable witness, the donkey.

This irreverent seasonal comedy looks for answers to some big questions: why didn’t Joseph book a room in advance – didn’t he know the place would be packed for Christmas? Who looked after the sheep while the shepherds were wetting the baby’s head? Would the wise men not have been wiser to club together and buy the kid a high-chair?  What did the donkey see and why was he looking? Just a few questions to ponder while you make your mind up to go and see this hilarious version of the Christmas story.

The Nativity runs at the Lyric Theatre from 27th Nov – 14th Jan
Tickets can be booked at


Meet Primrose: apple of her Dad’s eye, bane of her Mum’s life, all-round little monster.

Cast out in the forest with only her Nintendo for company, Primrose meets Pardon – cool cat turned witch’s assistant, with a promising sideline in Big Bad Wolf impersonations. Can Pardon save Primrose from the evil old witch’s cooking pot? Will the witch find out who’s been eating her gingerbread house? Will Primrose ever finish level 4 of Bandor, Master of Neverworld? Find out in The Gingerbread Mix-Up, only at the Lyric this Christmas!

The Gingerbread Mix-up runs in the Lyric from 7th Dec until 7th Jan

10.30am & 1.30pm: 10 – 11 Dec & 20 Dec – 06 Jan
1.30pm: 17 – 18 Dec & 07 Jan
(No performances on 25 December or 01 January)

Tickets can be booked at

Belfast Waterfront

Board the magic carpet and let the Waterfront whisk you away on Aladdins panto adventure.

Aladdin is brought to the Waterfront stage by a fabulous cast headed up by everyone’s favourite panto dame, Ross Anderson-Doherty, as Widow Twankey.

Will the Genie of the lamp grant Aladdin three wishes and save him from the clutches of the evil Abanazar? And will Aladdin and Princess Jasmine live happily ever after? If you want to know, you’ll have to go!

Aladdin runs at the Waterfront from 25 Nov 2016 until 8 Jan 2017
Tickets can be booked at or from the box office at the Ulster Hall. Phone: 028 9033 4455

Post Author: Belfast Times

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