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Family shows at Darlington Hippodrome this winter

From their swashbuckling Christmas pantomime to the world stage premiere of a CBeebies legend, Darlington Hippodrome have plenty to entertain your little ones over the next few months.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 22.11.2022

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9th – 31st December

If you’re looking for a high-flying Christmas panto that’ll remind you to never grow up, then look no further than Darlington Hippodrome’s festive offering this year.

Stage, screen and pantomime legend – the one and only Christopher Biggins – stars as Mrs Smee in The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan: marking a return to the theatre where his panto dame career began more than 45 years ago.

Joining the panto legend will be Rikki Jay, North East panto favourite Steve Arnott, Darlington returner Peter Peverley, West End performers James Hameed and Tegan Bannister, and newcomer Sheri Lineham.

Follow our hero Peter Pan as he sets sail on a brand new adventure this holiday season – an adventure which will see amazing special effects, sensational sets, beautiful costumes, plenty of laughter and even a little bit of pixie dust. The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan will take your whole family on a swashbuckling trip to Neverland that they’ll never forget.

Be part of the panto magic and hook – sorry, book – your tickets today. With generous discounts for groups and concessions, special rates for schools available and relaxed, signed and audio described performances scheduled, there’s a show just waiting for you. 

Tickets from £19.50



20th – 22nd January, 2023 

One of CBeebies biggest stars is taking to the stage for the first time ever this winter and your little ones willnot want to miss him.

Hey Duggee – The Live Theatre Show promises to be a huge theatrical exhibition showcasing everyone’s big, loveable dog Duggee alongside all his friends (including the Squirrels!) and introducing your children to theatre in some of the most fun, engaging and immersive ways.

Meet the Hey Duggee gang: Betty wants to make costumes, Happy wants to sing, Tag wants to make music, Norrie wants to dance, Roly wants jelly and they all want you to join them at the Clubhouse.

There’s so much to do; but, luckily, Duggee has his theatre badge. Will you get yours, too?

Bursting with music, puppets and barrels of laughs along the way, take this chance to be a part of the hit CBeebies show and join Duggee and the squirrels in this vibrant, interactive production.

The BBC and Studio AKA TV series Hey Duggee has won no fewer than six BAFTAS and multiple EMMYs, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to see Duggee live.

Tickets from £14.00

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