Panto fever

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COLERAINE’S Riverside Theare is promoting one of the best-value Christmas shows in the whole of Northern Ireland – particularly with all seats for children being around £5 and with discounts for party bookings.

And at £9 for a grown-up’s ticket, that represents the best possible price for this time of the year.

This year, it’s the magical story of Hansel and Gretel and the show is being presented in Riverside by the c21 Theatre Company, from Belfast.

Using the cautionary fairytale of the Brothers Grimm for inspiration, the c21 company and its writer/director Peter Quigley, have created the ideal show for families at Christmas.

Hansel and Gretel are the young children of a poor woodcutter and his wife – a family so penniless that they’re almost starving.

The children encounter a magical house in the woods, made entirely of sweets, inhabited by a Witch – who’s quite determined to have Hansel and Gretel as part of the menu for her supper!

Join in the fun, adventure and laughs galore in a family treat leading up to the Christmas week. It’s perfect for all ages – and there are choices of performances (in the mornings, the afternoons and the evenings) all during its playing week, which is from Monday to Saturday, December 12-17 inclusive.

Bookings can be made online via or by calling the Riverside Box Office on 02870 123 123.