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FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER

RAladdin Coliseum Theatre, Aberdare. 7pm, £15.50/£12.50. Info 0300 0040444. Panto, starring Frank Vickery as Widow Twankey. On at 2pm tomorrow, Sun 3 and Sun 10; 2pm and 6pm on Sat 9. No performances from Mon 4-Fri 8. In Treorchy from Sat 16-Sun 24. (Until Sun 10)

Andrew O’Neill + Sarah Breese Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli. 7.30pm, £12. Info 0845 2263510. Comedy Club night.

Andy Parsons Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen. 7.30pm, £15. Info 0845 2263510. In Abergavenny on Fri 8.

RAwful Auntie Theatr Hafren, Newtown. 6.30pm, £13/£11. Info 01686 614555. Theatre adaption of a David Walliams kids book. On at 11am and 2pm tomorrow and Sun 3. (Until Sun 3)

RCinderella The Met, Abertillery. 7pm, £8. Info 01600 772467. Presented by Abertillery Amateur Dramatic and Musical Society. On tomorrow also, at 2.30pm and 6pm. (Until Sat 2 Dec)

RCraig Murray + Jen Brister + Steve Gribbin + Marlon Davis Glee Club, Cardiff Bay. 6.45pm, £25. Info 0871 4720400. On tomorrow also (£30 – these are Christmas party prices, normal service resumes in January).

DanceFit Christmas Showcase New Theatre, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £12.50-£15. Info 029 2087 8889.

RDrones Comedy Club Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. 8.30pm, £3.50. Info 029 2030 4400. Also on Fri 15.

Hard Times Miners Theatre, Ammanford. 7.30pm, £10/£8. Info 0845 2263510. Dickens, adapted for the stage by Lighthouse. In Ystradgynlais tomorrow.

Hello Cabaret Ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 8pm, £15. Info 029 2063 6464.

RIntimate Apparel Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7pm, £6-£13. Info 029 2039 1391. Lynn Nottage’s play about the travails of a black woman in early 20th century New York. Also on at 2pm on Sat 2 and Wed 6 Dec. No performances on Sun 3 or Mon 4. (Until Sat 9)

RJack And The Beanstalk Beaufort Theatre, Ebbw Vale. 7pm, £14/£11. Info 01495 357777. Panto, presented by Rainbow Valley Productions. On at 2pm and 5.30pm tomorrow and Sun 3. In Blackwood from Fri 8-Sat 30 Dec; Maesteg from Fri 12-Sun 21 Jan. (Until Sun 3)

RJack And The Beanstalk Princess Royal Theatre, Port Talbot. 6.30pm, £14/£12. Info 01639 763214. Panto, presented by Jermin Productions. On at 2pm and 6.30pm tomorrow; 1pm and 5pm on Sun 3; 2pm Tue 5; 6.30pm Wed 6. No performance on Mon 4. In Carmarthen from Fri 8-Sat 16; Llanelli from Tue 19-Sun 24. (Until Wed 6)

RJohn Bishop Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. 8pm, from £25. Info 029 2022 4488. On tomorrow also, these being his fourth and fifth dates here on this tour. Nuts. Also John Bishop went to Gwdihw for a pint after one of the November gigs and bought a bottle of Guinness Foreign Extra (aka the good Guinness) but abandoned it after one sip. SOFT LA!

RMiss Saigon Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 7.30pm, £25-£64. Info 029 2063 6464. Famous musical. Previewed last month. Also on at 2.30pm on Sat 2, Thurs 7, Sat 9, Thurs 14, Sat 16, Thurs 21, Sat 23, Wed 27, Thurs 28 and Sat 30 Dec, plus Thurs 4 and Sat 6 Jan. No performances on Sundays, or Christmas Day. (Until Sat 6 Jan)

RPunk Rock Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7.45pm, £6-£13. Info 029 2039 1391. See Stage for more on the Richard Burton Company’s take on Simon Stephens’ play. Also on at 2pm on Thurs 7. No performances on Sun 3 or Mon 4. (Until Sat 9)

Rich Hall Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 8pm, £17. Info 01874 611622. Performing his Hoedown show. In Aberystwyth on Fri 8.

RSecond Star To The Right Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 7pm, £9. Info 029 2063 6464. Odyssey, Hijinx’s community theatre group, present a family-friendly riff on Peter Pan. On tomorrow also, at 3pm. (Until Sat 2)

RThe Agony And The Style Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7.15pm, £6-£13. Info 029 2039 1391. Lope de Vega’s “cautionary tale of the dangerous strategies lovers use on each other”. This evening is a BSL interpreted performance. Also on at 2pm on Tue 5. No performances on Sun 3 or Mon 4. (Until Sat 9 Dec)

The Bear + Tatyana’s Party Pieces Congress Theatre, Cwmbran. 7pm, £10. Info 01633 868239. Theatr Hafren and Mid Wales Opera present two mini-operas.

The Light Princess Maesteg Town Hall. 7.30pm, £15.50/£14.50. Info 01656 733269. Ballet.

RThe Magic Porridge Pot Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. 11am, £9/£6.50 schools. Info 029 2064 6900. Kids’ theatre based on a Brothers Grimm story, and the Sherman’s Christmas 2017 show for the younguns. All performances are schools-only until the morning of Wed 20, with the exception of Sat 2 (1.20pm), Sat 9 (11am), Fri 15 (4.30pm) and Sat 16 (11am, BSL performance, and 1.30pm). Schedule after that: Wed 20 and Thurs 21 4.30pm; Sat 23 11am and 1.30pm; Sun 24 1.30pm; Thurs 28 11am and 1.30pm; Fri 29 1.30pm; Sat 30 11am and 1.30pm. No performances on Sun 3, Mon 4, Sun 10, Mon 11, Sun 17, Fri 22 or Mon 25-Wed 27. (Until Sat 30)

RThérèse Raquin Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £12. Info 029 2030 4400. Emile Zola’s thriller, courtesy of Everyman Theatre in this case. On tomorrow also, with an extra show at 2.30pm for £10.

RThe Wedding Singer Dolman Theatre, Newport. 7.15pm, £12. Info 01633 263670. Musical based on the late-90s movie. On tomorrow also.

RThe Wind In The Willows Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. 7pm, £8-£26. Info 029 2064 6900. Kenneth Grahame’s book is turned into the Sherman’s other Christmas 2017 show for the younguns. Tonight, tomorrow (7pm), Mon 4 and Tue 5 (both 10.30am) are preview performances. Wed 6-Fri 8, Mon 11-Fri 15, Mon 18-Thurs 21 are all at 10.30am, with an extra 2pm showing on Wed 20. Sat 9: 2pm; Sat 16 and Sat 23: 2pm and 7pm; Sun 24: 4pm; Thurs 28-Sat 30: 2pm and 7pm. No performances on Sun 3, 10 or 17, or Mon 25-Wed 27. (Until Sat 30)

SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER

Andy Parsons Torch Theatre, Milford Haven. 7.30pm, £15. Info 01646 695267. Sold out.

Golden Thread Playback Theatre Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. 1pm, £3-£7/free under-5s. Info 029 2030 4400.

RHansel & Gretel The Gate, Cardiff. 11.30am, £6-£8.50. Info 029 2048 3344. Christmas production for kids, presented by Black RAT. Also on Fri 8 (6pm), Sat 9 (10.30am and 12.30pm), Fri 15 (6pm) and Sat 16 (10.30am and 12.30pm).

Hard Times The Welfare, Ystradgynlais. 7.30pm, £10/£7.50. Info 01639 843163.

Rising Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 7.30pm, £10-£12. Info 01970 623232. Dance production by Aakash Odedra.

Theatre-In-Focus: Neil Simon Circle Bar, Grand Theatre, Swansea. 12.30pm, £6/£4.50. Info 01792 475715. Talk on playwright Simon followed by a script-in-hand performance of their work.

The Rat Pack Christmas Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 7.30pm, £20/£18. Info 01874 611622.

SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER

Angela Barnes + Clint Edwards + Amy Howerska Buffalo, Cardiff. 7pm, £6-£10. Info 029 2031 0312. Presented by Buffalo Comedy. More acts TBC.

Christmas Wonderland 2017 St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 12.30 + 5.30pm, £12/£10. Info 029 2087 8444. Youth dance showcase.

Santa’s Christmas Wish Savoy Theatre, Monmouth. 1pm, £9/£8. Info 01600 772467. Kids’ show in which all of said kids meet Santa and get a present from him.

The Light Princess Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 7pm, £6-£14. Info 01970 623232. Ballet, presented by Ballet Cymru.

RLive Cabaret Market Street Club, Barry. 8.30pm. Info 01446 733863. Every Sunday.

MONDAY 4 DECEMBER

Father Christmas Comes Up Trumps! Grand Theatre, Swansea. 11am + 6pm, £12.50/£10.50. Info 01792 475715. This festive kids’ musical is the sequel to Father Christmas Needs A Wee. In it, Father Christmas attempts to stop himself breaking wind and waking a family up. Eager to see where the production team go next with this running concept.

TUESDAY 5 DECEMBER

RAladdin The Riverfront, Newport. 7pm, £6. Info 01633 656757. Panto, presented by The Production Exchange. Tonight’s price is a Christmas Cracker discount; 7pm on Thurs 7 is the same, otherwise it’s £17.50/£15.50. On at 10am and 2pm on Wed 6, Fri 8, Mon 11-Fri 15 and Mon 18-Wed 20 Dec; 11.30am and 7pm on Thurs 7 and Thurs 21; 1.30pm and 5.30pm on Sat 9, Sat 16 and all shows from Sat 23 Dec-Sun 7 Jan. No performances on Sun 10 Dec, Sun 17 Dec, Mon 25 Dec and Mon 1 Jan. (Until Sun 7 Jan)

Another Christmas Carol Gwyn Hall, Neath. 7.30pm, £5-£10. Info 0300 3656677. Theatrical storytelling presented by Don’t Go Into The Cellar.

RFlossy And Boo: The Alternativity The Other Room at Porter’s, Cardiff. 7.30pm, free. Info 029 2128 0189. Christmas cabaret with adult themes, as they say. Tonight and tomorrow are free preview shows (book in advance please); afterwards it’s £12/£10/£5 JSA claimants. No performances on Thurs 7, Sun 10 or Sun 17. (Until Sat 23)

Llandough Comedy Club Christmas Special Llandough Legion Club, Penarth. 8-10.30pm, £5 adv. Info 029 2070 7572. Hosted by Ignacio Lopez.

Playpen: Get to The End Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 7.45pm, £5. Info 01970 623232. Rehearsed reading of new theatre material.

Rhondda Road Parc & Dare, Treorchy. 4pm, free. Info 0300 0040444. This is a new venture taking place here on the second Tuesday of each month and is a continual theatrical drama. Kinda like a live action soap opera, yep. Book in advance please.

Santa In Love Memorial Hall Theatre, Barry. 1pm, £8.50/£7.50 adv. Info 01446 738622. Kids’ theatre. In Swansea on Thurs 14.

That’s Life! Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £20. Info 01792 475715. Tribute show to Frank Sinatra, who is played by the improbably named Frank Cognoscenti.

The Nutcracker Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan. 7.15pm, £16/£15. Info 01239 621200. Presented by the Royal Ballet.

The Secret Policeman’s Ball Comedy Night The Big Top, Cardiff. 7.30-10.30pm, £4 adv. Info 029 2022 8883. Comedy night in aid of Amnesty International.

WEDNESDAY 6 DECEMBER

RAwful Auntie Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 7pm, £15/£13/£10 schools. Info 01874 611622. Theatre adaption of a David Walliams kids book. On at 10am and 1pm tomorrow and Fri 8; 2pm and 7pm Sat 9; 3pm Sun 10. (Until Sun 10)

Bubble Schmeisis Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 7.45pm, pay by donation. Info 01970 623232. Pay-what-you-feel-like play set in Canning Town’s Jewish community. This sounds fun and promises to feature live klezmer.

Milton Jones Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £26.50. Info 01792 475715. See Upfront, I think.

RMirror, Mirror Pulse, Cardiff. 7pm, £16. Info 029 2064 1010. Snow White-referencing panto by Cardiff Uni theatre company Act One. Why is it performing in a gay club? Why not? (Until Fri 8)

RRumplestiltskin Dylan Thomas Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £10/£9. Info 01792 473238. Christmas panto presented by Swansea Little Theatre. Also at 2.30pm on Sat 9. (Until Sat 9)

THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER

RBeauty And The Beast Paget Rooms, Penarth. 7.30pm, £8-£10. Info 029 2070 0721. Panto. On at 2.30pm on Sat 9 and Sun 10. (Until Sun 10)

RCharlie & The Golden Ticket Memorial Hall, Newbridge. 6pm, £8/£6. Info 01495 243252. Panto. Can a Roald Dahl story be a panto? Ask the Rubber Chicken Players, who are presenting this. Also on at 12pm on Sat 9. (Until Sat 9)

RHairspray Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells. 7.30pm, £10/£8. Info 01982 552555. Musical presented by Builth Wells High School. (Until Sat 9)

RLloyd Langford + Scott Gibson + Mike Wilmot + Kevin McCarthy Glee Club, Cardiff Bay. 6.45pm, £17. Info 0871 4720400. Fri 8: £28; Sat 9: £30; Sun 10: £17. (Until Sun 10)

RMovie Night Congress Theatre, Cwmbran. 7.30pm, £9.50/£8. Info 01633 868239. Showcase by Annette’s School Of Dance. (Until Sat 9)

RThe Chimes St John’s Church, Canton, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £12. Info 029 2030 4400. Chapter and Judith Roberts adapt the Dickens novel. Among the cast are an emsemble of recently homeless people from this area; additionally, each showing will offer 10 free tickets to those currently homeless. Also on at 3pm on Sat 16; no performance on Sun 10. (Until Sat 16)

RThe Wind In The Willows Dolman Theatre, Newport. 7.15pm, £10/£8 NUS. Info 01633 263670. Presented by Dolman Theatre Works. Also on at 2.30pm on Sat 9. (Until Sat 9)

FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER

RAladdin Pontardawe Arts Centre. 7pm, £7-£12. Info 01792 863722. There are lots of Aladdin productions already and I’ve only just started listing the pantos. This one is by It’s An Act and stars Tony Wright as Widow Twankey. Also on at 1pm on Sat 9, Sun 10, Sat 16 and Sun 17. No performances on Mon 11-Wed 13, or Fri 15. In Abertillery from Tue 19-Fri 22. (Until Sun 17)

Andy Parsons Borough Theatre, Abergavenny. 8pm, £15. Info 01873 850805.

RJack And The Beanstalk Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen. 7pm, £10. Info 0845 2263510. On tomorrow and Sat 16 at 2pm and 7pm; Sun 10 1pm and 5pm; Thurs 14 and Fri 15 7pm. No performances from Mon 11-Wed 13. (Until Sat 16)

RJack And The Beanstalk Miners Institute, Blackwood. 7pm, £13.50-£17.50. Info 01495 227206. Owen Money stars in this Rainbow Valley Productions panto. Tonight also has £8 ‘recession buster’ tickets. Sat 9, Sun 10, Sat 16, Sun 17, Sat 23 and Wed 27-Sat 30 are at 2pm and 5.30pm. Tue 12: 6pm (relaxed performance); Mon 18-Tue 21: 7pm; Sun 24: 12pm and 3pm; Tue 26: 2pm.  There are various other daytime performances until Fri 22 but they’re schools-only. (Until Sat 30)

Noel James + Gareth Thomas + Dai Davies + John Collins + Shift Supervisor Jones Cinema & Co, Swansea. 7pm, £10 adv/£8 NUS. Info 07982 624959. Comedy night.

Rich Hall Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 7.30pm, £17. Info 01970 623232.

RSleeping Beauty Miners Theatre, Ammanford. 7.30pm, £8/£6. Info 0845 2263510. Panto presented by Ammanford Community Theatre. On at 1.30pm and 5.30pm tomorrow; 1.30pm only on Sun 10. (Until Sun 10)

SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER

Christmas In The Basement The Riverfront, Newport. 8pm, £5. Info 01633 656757. Cabaret night.

Christmas Queens Tramshed, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £35 adv. Info 029 2023 5555. Dragtastic doings hosted by Michelle Visage and featuring performances from Peppermint, Sharon Needles, Thorgy Thor, Ivy Winters, Ginger Minj and Jiggly Caliente.

Des O’Connor & Jimmy Tarbuck Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £30.50/£26.50. Info 01792 475715.

RDynamix Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan. 6pm, £7/£5. Info 01239 621200. Variety show. On tomorrow also at 2pm.

Mr Zacoor’s Magic Toy Shop Princess Royal Theatre, Port Talbot. 11am + 2pm, £10/£6.50. Info 01639 763214. Show aimed at kids aged 3-7, presented by Little Blue Monster.

Phill Jupitus Torch Theatre, Milford Haven. 8pm, £15. Info 01646 695267.

Snow Queen Theatr Hafren, Newtown. 7.30pm, £9.50/£8. Info 01686 614555. Musical theatre presented by mid-Wales’ NYP Theatre Group.

RSnow White And The Seven Dwarfs New Theatre, Cardiff. 2.30 + 7pm, £13-£34. Info 029 2087 8889. Starring Samantha Womack, Gareth Thomas, Chico and some other people. This price range runs until Fri 15, then again from Tue 19-Thurs 21, then again from Tue 9-Fri 12 Jan. All other shows are £16-£37. On at 1pm and 5pm tomorrow, Sun 17, Sun 24 and Sun 31 Dec, plus Sun 7 and Sun 14 Jan; 1.30pm and 7pm from Tue 12-Fri 15 and Tue 19-Fri 22 Dec, plus Wed 10-Fri 12 Jan; 2.30pm and 7pm on Sat 16 and Tue 26-Sat 30 Dec, plus Tue 2-Sat 6 and Sat 13 Jan. No performances on Mondays. (Until Sun 14 Jan)

The Snow Baby Queens Hall, Narberth. 2pm, pay by donation. Info 01834 869323. Kids’ theatre presented by Span Arts.

SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER

The Magic Toyshop Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 2pm, £7-£8.50. Info 01970 623232. Christmas-themed theatre for kids.

MONDAY 11 DECEMBER

RCaterpillar Comedy Gwdihw, Cardiff. 8pm, free. Info 029 2039 7933. Open mic standup night hosted by James Dunn. Also on Mon 8 Jan.

TUESDAY 12 DECEMBER

RBeauty & The Beast The Muni, Pontypridd. 7.15pm, £10/£8. Info 01443 490390. Presented by Pontypridd Theatre Company. (Until Fri 16)

RThe Bear Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 10.30am + 1.30pm, £10. Info 029 2063 6464. Kids’ festive production based on Raymond Briggs’ book. Also on at 4.30pm on Sat 16, Sun 17 and Sat 23; 1.30pm and 4.30pm only on Tue 26. No performances on Mon 18 or Mon 25. (Until Sun 31)

WEDNESDAY 13 DECEMBER

A Christmas Carol Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli. 7pm, £10/£5 NUS. Info 0845 2263510. One-man show with James Hyland as Jacob Marley.

Aladdin Savoy Theatre, Monmouth. 6pm, £12/£8 under-16s. Info 01600 772467. Panto, presented by Spontaneous Productions. There are also schools-only shows running from Mon 11-Fri 15; this is a one-off relaxed performance before it returns from Fri 29 Dec-Wed 3 Jan.

RBig Dolman Theatre, Newport. 7.15pm, £12. Info 01633 263670. Musical presetned by the Young Venture Players and based on the late-80s movie starring Tom Hanks. Don’t think I’ve encountered this adaption before. Also on at 2.30pm on Sat 16. (Until Sat 16)

RCinderella Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil. 7pm, £12/£10. Info 01685 384111. Panto featuring children from Redhouse Performance Academy. Also on at 2.30pm on Sat 23. (Until Sat 23)

Fairytales In Reality Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 7pm, £6.50. Info 01874 611622. Family show presented by Theatr Wildcats.

Old Road Christmas Extravaganza Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli. 1.30pm, £6 adv. Info 0845 2263510. Two-part event with a panto and Nativity show.

Paul Chowdhry Glee Club, Cardiff Bay. 6.45pm, £20. Info 0871 4720400. Sold out.

THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER

RChildren Of Eden Dylan Thomas Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £12. Info 01792 473238. “A joyous and inspirational musical about parents, childen and faith” apparently. Also at 2.30pm on Sat 16. (Until Sat 16)

Dolly Chicken Comedy: Fun At The Flute Flute & Tankard, Cardiff. 7.30-10.30pm, £5/£4. Info dollychickencomedy@gmail.com. Featuring five standup comedians including headliner Dan Glyn, plus house band Molly Katz.

RJarlath Regan + Carl Donnelly + Paul McCaffrey + Andy Askins Glee Club, Cardiff Bay. 6.45pm, £17. Info 0871 4720400. Fri 15: £28; Sat 16: £30; Sun 17: £17. (Until Sun 17)

Nick Doody + Tom Houghton + Caroline Mabey Queens Hall, Narberth. 8pm, £8-£12. Info 01834 869323. Comedy Club night.

RNolton Comedy Nolton Corner, Bridgend. 7.30pm, free. Info 01656 655015. With standups TBC, every second Thursday of the month (also on Thurs 11 Jan).

Santa In Love Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea. 1 + 4.30pm, £8.50. Info 01792 602060.

The Snow Queen: A Frozen Tale Memorial Hall Theatre, Barry. 7.30pm, £13/£11. Info 01446 738622. BillBoard Ensemble’s production of Hans Christian Andersen’s wintry story, tricked out with some songs off of Frozen because your children can’t be trusted not to cause a scene otherwise. On at 11am and 2.30pm on Sat 16; 2.30pm on Sun 17.

FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER

A Child’s Christmas In Wales Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea. 1pm, £4 adv. Info 01792 463980. Presented/adapted by Fluellen and featuring Delyth Jenkins on harp.

RAladdin Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7pm, £12.50-£26. Info 01792 475715. Panto starring some people I don’t really know plus Dooby Duck, who was on Children’s BBC when I was a kid and whose name, it now occurs to me, is probably a reference to the dangerous and disgusting drug cannabis. On at 2pm and 7pm tomorrow, Tue 19-Sat 23, Thurs 28-Sat 30, Tue 2-Sat 6 Jan and Tue 9-Sat 13 Jan; 1pm and 5pm on Sun 17, Sun 24, Sun 7 Jan and Sun 14 Jan; 2pm and 6pm on Tue 26 and Wed 27; 1pm only on Sun 31 Dec. No performances on Mon 18 Dec, Mon 25 Dec, Mon 1 Jan or Mon 8 Jan. (Until Sun 14 Jan)

RAladdin After Dark Pontardawe Arts Centre. 8pm, £12. Info 01792 863722. This is a ‘rude’ adults-only spinoff from the standard Aladdin panto running here at the moment. Catch me sitting at the back writing down everything problematic in the script and not talking to anyone. On tomorrow also.

RCinderella Congress Theatre, Cwmbran. 7pm, £15/£11. Info 01633 868239. Panto starring Carwyn Jones (not that one), Samantha Link and Briony Powell. On at 2pm only on Sat 16 and Sun 17; 7pm only on Fri 22; 2pm and 5.30pm on Sat 23 and 11am and 3pm on Sun 24. No performances from Mon 18-Thurs 21. (Until Sun 24)

RCircus: 250 Years Young NoFit State, Four Elms Road, Adamsdown, Cardiff. 6.30pm, £4-£10. Info 029 2022 1330 / www.nofitstate.org. An attempt to “explore the past, celebrate the present and shape the future of circus” via youth and adult performance showcases plus a cabaret turn. On tomorrow also, at 2.30pm and 6.30pm.

Ernie Sparkles’ Office Christmas Party Ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 9pm, £15. Info 029 2063 6464. Cabaret, music and gameshow combine here.

RMargaret And The Tapeworm Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. 2.30pm, £5. Info 029 2030 4400. Script development performance of this new work by Triongl. On tomorrow also, at 7.30pm.

Straw And Order Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli. 12.30pm, £6 adv. Info 0845 2263510. A Nativity with catchy songs would you believe.

SATURDAY 16 DECEMBER

RAladdin Parc & Dare, Treorchy. 2pm, £15.50/£12.50. Info 0300 0040444. Panto. On at 2pm tomorrow; 7pm on Wed 20 and Thurs 21; 2pm and 7pm on Fri 22; 10.30am and 2pm on Sat 23 and Sun 24. No performances on Mon 18 and Tue 19. (Until Sun 24)

RBert & Cherry’s Christmas Plum Pudding St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 10.30am + 12.30pm, £7.50. Info 029 2087 8444. Kids’ musical theatre presented by Tiddly Prom. Also on Mon 18 and Tue 19.

RBibbidi Bobbidi Baubles! A Festive Cabaret Miners Theatre, Ammanford. 7pm, £8/£5. Info 0845 2263510. Created by the young people of Mess Up The Mess alongside Dick Johns and Llinos Mai. On tomorrow also, at 2.30pm.

Bluestocking Lounge Grand Theatre Arts Wing, Swansea. 8pm, £15.50. Info 01792 475715. Burlesque night featuring Tricity Vogue, Vivid Angel and DeeDee De La Rouge.

Cardiff Cabaret Club: Burlesque Baubles! St Peters Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £15 adv. Info www.cardiffcabaretclub.com. With MC Paulus, Miss Betty Blue Eyes, Lynn Ruth Miller, The Persian Belles and Barry Island plus FooFooLaBelle and the Cardiff Cabaret Club troupe.

Christmas Comedy Club Maesteg Town Hall. 7.30pm, £9/£7.50. Info 01656 733269. With acts TBC.

RCinderella Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl. 1 + 5pm, £13.50-£18. Info 01656 815995. Panto. On at 1pm and 5pm tomorrow, Sat 23, Wed 27-Sat 30 Dec and Fri 5 and Sat 6 Jan. Fri 22: 7pm. Sun 24 and Sun 31: 11am and 3pm. Tue 26: 2pm. Wed 3 Jan: 2pm and 6pm. No performances on Mon 18-Thurs 21 Dec, Mon 25 Dec, Mon 1 Jan or Tue 2 Jan. (Until Sat 6 Jan)

Matt Ricardo + Pete Wardell Ffresh, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 8pm, £15. Info 029 2063 6464. Magicians/cabaret performers.

SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER

Christmas Cabaret & Afterparty NoFit State, Four Elms Road, Adamsdown, Cardiff. 2.30 + 6.30pm, £10/£8. Info 029 2022 1330 / www.nofitstate.org.

The West End At Christmas The Welfare, Ystradgynlais. 7.30pm, £12/£10. Info 01639 843163. Hits from the musicals, with added #FestiveFlavour.

Welcome To Christmas 2017 Borough Theatre, Abergavenny. 7.30pm, £8/£7. Info 01873 850805. Theatre revue.

MONDAY 18 DECEMBER

RDick Whittington Torch Theatre, Milford Haven. 6.30pm, £18/£16. Info 01646 695267. In-house panto production, directed by Peter Doran. Tonight is a relaxed performance. On at 12pm and 6pm on Sat 23; 12pm and 4pm Sun 24; 3pm and 7.30pm Tue 26; 2pm and 6.30pm Wed 27 and 2pm and 6pm Thurs 28-Sat 30. (Until Sat 30)

TUESDAY 19 DECEMBER

RAladdin The Met, Abertillery. 6.30pm, £14/£11. Info 01600 772467. (Until Fri 22)

RCinderella St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7pm, £16.50-£45. Info 029 2087 8444. The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia with the first of their Christmas period ballets here. On tomorrow also, at 2pm and 5.30pm.

RFootloose Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £10-£14. Info 029 2039 1391. Musical presented by Kinetic Theatre Arts. Also on at 2.30pm on Thurs 21. (Until Tue 5)

RJack And The Beanstalk Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli. 7pm, £14/£12. Info 0845 2263510. On at 2pm and 7pm on Sat 23; 11am and 3pm on Sun 24. (Until Sun 24)

RYsgol Gynradd Aberteifi: Sioe Nadolig 2017 Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan. 10am, £5. Info 01239 621200. Infant school nativity play. On tomorrow also.

WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER

RCut And Run Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £8/£6. Info 029 2030 4400. Play by Branwen Davies and presented by Dirty Protest. (Until Sat 23)

THURSDAY 21 DECEMBER

RAndy Robinson + Jimmy McGhie + Jarred Christmas + John Fothergill Glee Club, Cardiff Bay. 6.45pm, £17. Info 0871 4720400. Fri 22: £28; Sat 23: £30; (Until Sat 23)

Santa’s Christmas Wish Theatr Hafren, Newtown. 10.30am, 1.30pm + 3.30pm, £10.50/£9.50. Info 01686 614555. Festive kids’ show.

RSweeney Todd The Gate, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £10. Info 029 2048 3344. Performed in Welsh by students from BA Canolfan Berfformio Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant. On tomorrow also.

RThe Little Match Girl Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 7.30pm, £8-£10. Info 01970 623232. Wintry fave presented here by Aberystwyth Arts Centre Community Theatre Company. On at 2pm and 7.30pm tomorrow and Sat 23. (Until Sat 23)

RThe Nutcracker St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 2 + 7pm, £8.25-£45. Info 029 2087 8444. Presented by The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia. On at 2pm and 5.30pm tomorrow and Sat 23; 2pm only on Sun 24. (Until Sun 24)

FRIDAY 22 DECEMBER

Santa’s Christmas Wish Memorial Hall, Newbridge. 3.30pm, £8.50/£7.50. Info 01495 243252. Kids’ show.

RThe Giant Who Had No Heart In His Body Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. 6pm, £5. Info 029 2030 4400. Kids’ comedy theatre presented by Likely Story. On tomorrow also, at 11.30am + 3.30pm.

SATURDAY 23 DECEMBER

RBeauty And The Beast Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan. 2 + 7.30pm, £7. Info 01239 621200. Panto, presented by Cardigan Theatre. On at 2pm only on Sun 24, Wed 27, Thurs 28, Fri 29 and Sun 31; 2pm and 7.30pm on Sat 30. No performances on Mon 25 or Tue 26. (Until Sun 31 Dec)

WEDNESDAY 27 DECEMBER

RSwan Lake St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 2 + 7pm, £8.25-£45. Info 029 2087 8444. Presented by The Russian State Ballet & Orchestra of Siberia. On at 2pm and 5.30pm on Sat 30; 2pm only on Sun 31. (Until Sun 31)

THURSDAY 28 DECEMBER

RDick Whittington Miners Theatre, Ammanford. 1.30 + 6pm, £8.50/£6.50. Info 0845 2263510. Panto. On tomorrow also, at 12pm and 3pm.

RJack & The Beanstalk Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 2 + 7pm, £14/£12. Info 01874 611622. Panto. On tomorrow, Sat 30 Dec, Tue 2-Thurs 4 Jan and Sat 6 Jan at 2pm and 7pm; 1pm and 5pm on Sun 31; 2pm and 8pm (the latter show being ‘adults only’) on Fri 5 Jan. (Until Sat 6 Jan)

FRIDAY 29 DECEMBER

RAladdin Savoy Theatre, Monmouth. 2 + 6pm, £12/£8 under-16s. Info 01600 772467. Panto, presented by Spontaneous Productions. On at 12pm and 4pm on Sun 31. (Until Wed 3 Jan)

Mike Bubbins + Jonnie Price + Tom Lucy + Mark Olver Glee Club, Cardiff Bay. 7pm, £15. Info 0871 4720400.

SUNDAY 31 DECEMBER

Scott Gibson + Jarred Christmas + Mike Bubbins + Mark Olver Glee Club, Cardiff Bay. 7pm, £35. Info 0871 4720400.

THURSDAY 4 JANUARY

RJack And The Beanstalk Paget Rooms, Penarth. 7pm, £8. Info 029 2070 0721. Panto. On at 2pm and 5.30pm on Sat 6; 2pm Sun 7; 9.45am and 12.45pm Tue 9 and Wed 10. No performance on Mon 8 (Until Wed 10)

FRIDAY 5 JANUARY

Jonathon Mayor + Mike Newall + Wes Packer Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli. 7.30pm, £12. Info 0845 2263510. Comedy Club night.

SATURDAY 6 JANUARY

RCinderella Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 3 + 7.30pm, £12-£41. Info 01970 623232. Panto, presented by Wardens Theatre Company. On at 11am and 2.30pm tomorrow; 7.30pm Wed 10-Fri 12 and Tue 16-Fri 19; 11am, 2.30pm and 7.30pm Sat 13 and Sat 20. (Until Sat 20)

MONDAY 8 JANUARY

Cinderella For The Young At Heart Gwyn Hall, Neath. 7.30pm, £10. Info 0300 3656677. Panto.

TUESDAY 9 JANUARY

RThe Band Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 7.30pm, £19.50-£49.50. Info 029 2063 6464. Musical based on the career of Take That, and featuring lots of their songs. Also on at 2.30pm on Wed 10, Sat 13 and Sat 20. Fri 12 and Fri 19: 5pm and 8.30pm. (Until Sat 20)

WEDNESDAY 10 JANUARY

RCinderella The Met, Abertillery. 6.30pm, £7.50. Info 01600 772467. Panto, presented by Encore Theatre Academy. Also on at 2.30pm on Sat 13. (Until Sun 14)

THURSDAY 11 JANUARY

RCinderella Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli. 7pm, £13/£11. Info 0845 2263510. Panto by Denny Twp and the Friendship Theatre Group. On at 2pm and 7pm on Sat 13 and Sat 20; 11am and 3pm on Sun 14; 1pm on Sun 21 and Sun 28; 2pm on Sat 27. No performances on Mon 15 and Mon 22. (Until Sun 28)

FRIDAY 12 JANUARY

Chris Rock Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. 8pm, £40-£95. Info 029 2022 4488. This sold out very quickly but I think we’re going to write about it Upfront anyway.

Drag For Autism Mary’s, Cardiff. 8pm. Info 029 2066 8647. Featuring host Polly Amorous and lots of drag performers TBC. Aiming to raise funds for The Welsh Autism Ball, which is part of World Autism Awareness Month and is on Sat 21 Apr at The Vale Resort.

RJack And The Beanstalk Maesteg Town Hall. 7pm, £11. Info 01656 733269. Panto. On at 2pm on Sat 13, Sun 14, Sat 20 and Sun 21; 7pm on Fri 19. No performances from Mon 15-Thurs 18. (Until Sun 21)

RSisters Acting Up The Riverfront, Newport. 7pm, £7. Info 01633 656757. A concert style blend of choir and drama from locals. On tomorrow also.

SATURDAY 13 JANUARY

A Night At The Musicals: RSD Academy The Muni, Pontypridd. 5pm, £8.50/£7.50. Info 01443 490390.

SUNDAY 14 JANUARY

Henry V Wyeside Arts Centre, Builth Wells. 3pm, £10/£5 under-16s. Info 01982 552555. Shakespeare, presented by the Willow Globe Company.

MONDAY 15 JANUARY

RHeaven On Earth Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. 7.30pm, £19-£65. Info 029 2022 4488. A lavish theatrical/pop opera dramatisation of the plight of Adam and Eve, with lots of people from various other musicals plus Russell Watson doing some singing. (Until Thurs 18)

TUESDAY 16 JANUARY

Neville’s Island Dolman Theatre, Newport. 7.15pm, £12.50/£8.50. Info 01633 263670. “A fast-talking, fast action comedy telling the story of four middle-aged businessmen, sent on a teambuilding exercise in England’s Lake District.”

WEDNESDAY 17 JANUARY

RAmerican Idiot Dylan Thomas Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £12/£10. Info 01792 473238. The Self Proclaimed Theatre Co do the Green Day musical. (Until Sat 20)

Circus Of Horrors Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £18.50-£26.50. Info 01792 475715.

THURSDAY 18 JANUARY

Don’t Get Your Vicars In A Twist Mecca Bingo, Cwmbran. 7.30pm, £7. Info 01633 868239. “A farce of ecumenical proportions” apparently.

Kiri Pritchard-McLean Redhouse, Merthyr Tydfil. 7.30pm, £8. Info 01685 384111. Performing her Appropriate Adult standup set. In Llanelli tomorrow; Ammanford on Sat 20.

Spotted Dick Carnegie House, Bridgend. 1pm, £6.50. Info 01656 815757. Lunchtime theatre presented by Fluellen.

FRIDAY 19 JANUARY

Kiri Pritchard-McLean Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli. 8pm, £10. Info 0845 2263510.

Mark Watson Savoy Theatre, Monmouth. 8pm, £17 adv. Info 01600 772467. Another show on MW’s tour where he only plays in towns whose names begin with M or W. Indeed he is in Milford Haven on Fri 26.

SATURDAY 20 JANUARY

RAladdin Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon. 4pm, £14/£13. Info 01874 611622. Panto, presented by Westenders. On tomorrow, at 4pm; Tue 23-Fri 26 at 7pm; Sat 27 2pm and 7pm. (Until Sat 27)

Ed Byrne Parc & Dare, Treorchy. 8pm, £24. Info 0300 0040444. Comedian, consistently popular-ish since the 90s as far as I can tell.

Ken Dodd Theatr Hafren, Newtown. 7pm, £25. Info 01686 614555. Sold out.

Kiri Pritchard-McLean Miners Theatre, Ammanford. 8pm, £10 adv. Info 0845 2263510.

RLittle Red & The Big Bad Wolf Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 2.30 + 5.30pm, £7. Info 029 2039 1391. Little Red Riding Hood, but with a slightly different name, presented by Unity Theatre. On tomorrow also, at 11.30am.

SUNDAY 21 JANUARY

Sean Lock Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 7.30pm, £23. Info 029 2063 6464. Touring his latest set, titled Keep It Light.

MONDAY 22 JANUARY

2071 Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen. 7pm, £8. Info 0845 2263510. Production outlining some of the environmental issues of the day and looking into the future in that context.

La Traviata St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £17-£34. Info 029 2087 8444. An Ellen Kent opera production.

TUESDAY 23 JANUARY

Circus Of Horrors The Riverfront, Newport. 7.30pm, £24/£19 early bird. Info 01633 656757.

RNew Jersey Nights New Theatre, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £13-£32. Info 029 2087 8889. Frankie Valli-themed musical. Yes, another one. Also on at 2.30pm on Thurs 25 and Sat 27. (Until Sat 27)

Space Oddity Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 7.45pm, £5. Info 01970 623232. Playpen present a play about the repercussions of a trip to Mars.

THURSDAY 25 JANUARY

RAbandoned Little Man Coffee Co, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £9. Info 07933 844234. New play by Matthew Fisher, about a country torn apart by terrorists. Ticket price includes a beer or a coffee/cake combo. (Until Sat 27)

Dear Esther Royal Welsh College Of Music & Drama, Cardiff. 8pm, £12-£18. Info 029 2039 1391. This features a live playthrough of a video game which is being touted here as having a sombre, and literature-like, story arc. It’s accompanied by narration and an orchestral performance of the score.

In The Absence Of Silence Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £12/£10. Info 01792 602060. Chickenshed and Creu Cymru present a play about five women who meet for lunch and share their experiences.

Sasha Velour Mary’s, Cardiff. 7-11.30pm, £25-£50. Info 029 2066 8647. Previous winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race visits Cardiff. On the ticket page the terms and conditions for this event are about five times as long as the description of the event itself.

uSleeping Beauty The Welfare, Ystradgynlais. 7pm, £7.50/£6.50. Info 01639 843163. Panto, presented by the Glantawe Theatre Company. On at 1.30pm on Sat 27 and Sun 28. (Until Sun 28)

FRIDAY 26 JANUARY

Between The Crosses Maesteg Town Hall. 7.30pm, £9.50. Info 01656 733269. WWI-themed theatre examining “society’s need to create heroes”.

Elis James Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen. 7pm, £12. Info 0845 2263510.

Ian Cognito + Rob Hughes + Paul James Carnegie House, Bridgend. 8pm, £9/£7.50 adv. Info 01656 815757.

Mark Watson Torch Theatre, Milford Haven. 8pm, £17. Info 01646 695267.

Max Boyce Aberystwyth Arts Centre. 8pm, £25. Info 01970 623232. In Ebbw Vale tomorrow.

SATURDAY 27 JANUARY

Drew Taylor + Steffan Evans + Col Howarth Creature Sound, Swansea. 7pm, £8/£5. Info 01792 301178. Standup comedy under the Tales From Wales banner.

Matt Edwards Grand Theatre, Swansea. 7.30pm, £20/£14 kids. Info 01792 475715. Comedian and Britain’s Got Talent finalist, also features in the Grand’s panto earlier this month.

Max Boyce Ebbw Vale Sports Centre. 7.30pm, £25. Info 01495 357777.

Paul Sinha Maesteg Town Hall. 7.30pm, £12.50. Info 01656 733269. Comedian with a show titled Shout Out To My Ex, about being given the old heave-ho.

Translunar Paradise Y Ffwrnes, Llanelli. 7pm, £14. Info 0845 2263510. Ad Infinitum present a piece of poignant theatre without words.

Vampires Rock Ghost Train St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £28.50/£26.50. Info 029 2087 8444. Steve Steinman rock musical.

TUESDAY 30 JANUARY

RGallowglass New Theatre, Cardiff. 7.30pm, £13.50-£31. Info 029 2087 8889. Ruth Rendell thriller, presented by the Middle Ground Theatre Company. Also on at 2.30pm tomorrow, plus Thurs 1 and Sat 3 Feb. (Until Sat 3 Feb)

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