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The panto of your dreams awaits!

By Becky Martin

Can you hear the sound of jingle bells...oh wait a minute, perhaps it's Chester the Jester warming up for this year's sparkletastic panto! Here at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre we LOVE this time of year. .. the crisp, frosty mornings, the shops full of festive cheer and of course a sack-full of pantomime fun!

This year's twinkling world-class cast including Anita Dobson, Andy Collins and Holly Brewer are set to give you a Christmas to remember with more jokes, colourful costumes and sparkling sets than ever before!

Anita Dobson, Andy Collins & Holly Brewer in Aylesbury Panto Sleeping Beauty

Join us for 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 the wicked fairy. Will her true love be able to awaken her and save the kingdom from this enchantment? Join us this Christmas to find out!

There's never a dull moment in pantoland - from diva-ish outbreaks to backstage banter, dressing room snacks to on-stage antics - make sure you don't miss out on any of the backstage action and follow us on our daily blog.

You won't be disappointed. Oh no you won't (sorry we just couldn't resist! ) We're sure over the next 6 weeks we'll be able to find out some really juicy gossip about our lovely panto cast but until then you can meet them here.

Panto madness strikes a lot earlier than people think, our  celebrations kicked off in style way back in June with Aylesbury's biggest Pillow Fight! Feathers were flying as local folk, both young and old, joined forces for the ultimate pyjama party!

It's crazy to think that Sleeping Beauty is going to be our fourth panto! From Cilla Black to Russell Grant, Tommy the Cat to Tinkerbell, we have certainly had our fair share of stars, glitter and sparkle. If you haven't been able to join us for past pantos check out our archive gallery of pics from the last four years. It's not all bright shining lights you know, there's lots of nitty gritty behind the scenes stuff that goes into shows, don't take our word for it, take a sneaky peek of the mayhem behind the scenes.

We're going to be finding out ‘why we love panto' at AWT next week and you can also from Wednesday 27 November until Tuesday 3 December you can enter our PantomoniumFacebook competition for the chance to win a family ticket to the show.

There's tonnes of behind-the-scenes action on the way for this year's panto - so make sure you check back for weekly roundups and at our daily blog for much more panto fun. And don't forget to follow us on Twitter