The pantomime season swings into action at the end of November. Since pantos are perennially popular, especially during the school holidays, if you plan to treat the family it's best to book as early as possible. Otherwise it could be a case of "Oh no you don't".

Cinderella, Bristol Old Vic:

Billed as "a traditional family pantomime", complete with song, dance and audience participation. It runs from 5 December to 25 January. Box office: 0117 9877877.

Jack and the Beanstalk, New Theatre, Cardiff: Sue Pollard takes centre stage in this tale of a young lad, his mother, and his magical plant. From 14 December to 25 January. Box office: 01222 878889

The Wizard of Oz, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow: More children's theatre than panto, with many of the populars from the MGM film. From 3 December to 18 January. Box office: 0141 4290022

Beauty and the Beast, Theatre Royal Stratford East: Suitable for all ages - the beast is large but not scary. From 30 November to 25 January, at 2.15pm and 7.15pm (with a few exceptions). Box office: 0181-534 0310

Dick Whittington, Tameside Hippodrome: Plenty of chance for the audience to join in the fun as Dick becomes a worthy citizen. From 20 December to 12 January. Box office: 0161-308 3223

Cinderella, Oldham Coliseum: Another chance to see the Ugly Sisters get their comeuppance. From 29 November to 11 January. Box office: 0161- 6242829

Dick Whittington, Salisbury Playhouse: From 7 December to 11 January, 2.15 pm and 7.15pm. Box Office: 01722 320333

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton: Guest appearances from Chris Akabusi, Lionel Blair - and Mr Blobby. From 19 December to

9 February. Box office: 01703 711811

Philippa Czernin

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