Sleeping Beauty
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Sleeping Beauty

Until Sat 8 Jan 2022

Location: Derby Arena

Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes - approximate, including any interval(s).

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About the event

After an extra year of beauty sleep, the Derby Arena pantomime is back with a bang!

Enjoy a brand-new spin on a much-loved yarn this Christmas with a spectacular and spellbinding adventure.

Deep in Derbion Castle, Nurse Nancy is making plans for the christening of the baby Princess Rose. When the wickedly glamorous Carabosse, played by EastEnder's icon Rita Simons and a thorn in the royal family's side, discovers she’s not invited she sets out to put a spindle in the works!

It’s down to the dashing Prince Vince to hack his way through the thorny thicket, wake his true love and help her save the kingdom.

With daring duels, doting dragons, lavish sets and costumes, and bucket loads of laughs, the team behind smash hits - Jack and the Beanstalk and Peter Pan are back to lift the spell over Derby with this magical new pantomime.

 Car parking £3 (cash only) or pre-pay when you book. 

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Prices & Offers

£31.50 - £13.50

Concessions: £29.50 - £13.50

Click Buy Tickets to see what concessions are available for this event, and for more price information and availability. Children 12 months and over require a ticket, unless otherwise stated. Proof of entitlement to concession may be required on collection of tickets or on entry to the event.

Early bird offer

Discount of £2 per ticket for tickets bought before Mon 1 Nov has already been deducted from the prices displayed on the website. Any other offers (e.g. family ticket or group discount) will be deducted at the checkout.

Advance Programme Offer

Save £1 by buying your panto programme before Mon 1 Nov.

You will be able to purchase your voucher when you click through to your basket screen. Exchange your voucher for a programme at Derby Arena on the day of the performance.


Reviews for Sleeping Beauty 2021

“…Sleeping Beauty is an impressive pageant from start to finish.” “…everything you expect from a panto: songs, slapstick and spectacle.” “… of the best dames in the business.” British Theatre guide

“….a fantastic magical show,” “We highly recommend Sleeping Beauty as the perfect panto for all the family!” Derby Days Out

“…Lots for Tots Ten from us, for this glitteringly fabulous night out for all the family.” “Sleeping Beauty doesn’t disappoint with all the thigh slapping, boo-hissing, pun groaning, costume changing, high-kicking, side-splitting fun we’ve come to expect from our Derby panto.” Lots for Tots

"…..we were spellbound by the cast on stage.” “….many laugh out loud moments.” “….it most certainly had everything we expected to see on stage during a panto and so much more.” “We throughly enjoyed the show, the venue was great and plenty of parking available too.” What's good to do

“… of the best pantomimes I have seen in many a year.” “The cast is superb with excellent acting, singing and dancing…” Theatre online 

“…..the kids were wide-mouthed throughout!” “….the kids were completely mesmerised.” “…the set and costumes were breathtaking…” Boom Magazine

“It was really nice to have such as warm atmosphere and parents and kids were having the same amount of fun.” Derby Telegraph

Reviews for Peter Pan 2019

“Go and see this pantomime, if you can: it’s an awfully big adventure, and a festive treat that you won’t beat this Christmas.” Derby Telegraph

“Peter Pan is a panto that soars above the rest and has the arena buzzing with excitement from start to finish.” Derbyshire Times

“…..a magical night out with your family….” Artsbeat

★★★★1/2 “….it was brilliant, the smiles on my children’s faces … made it worth every penny.”

"In the role of Hilda, Brind has surely earned his place in the Great Hall of Dame" British Theatre Guide

"Entertaining and warm … There’s slapstick and exuberant choreography" The Stage

“… excellent family show that is suitable for young and old.” Theatre Online Facebook

“….a fabulous family night out.” Derby Days Out

“…..absolutely captivating for the little ones with glittering stage sets, special effects, fabulous costumes, marvellous singing and wonderful dancing!” Lots for Tots Derby

“A really good amusing family show that got us feeling Christmassy.” Boom Magazine Belper Facebook

“Another amazing performance …." Raring2go Burton upon Trent and Ashby de la Zouch

“….. jokes to suit all ages, and a lovely feel good feeling as we left the Arena.” Nailed Community – Belper Independent News

Reviews for Jack and the Beanstalk 2018

“the finest pantomime I have ever seen” – Artsbeat ★★★★★

“dazzling and thoroughly engaging” – The Stage ★★★★

“it’s a happy, sing-a-long fun night out for the children!” – What’s good to do

"Plenty of laughs for all ages, local references, faaabulous costumes.. the panto dame surpassed herself! Great songs, Duncan off of Blue... what more could you want?!"Lots for Tots

"This has to be the most gag-packed panto in history. With slapstick, schtick, nonsense, spectacle and hilarity – you cannot fail to be wowed by the end." Celebrity RadioYouTube review ★★★★

"With its bouncing energy and a whole heap of panto silliness, Jack and the Beanstalk has the arena buzzing with excitement from start to finish." Buxton Advertiser

Jack and the Beanstalk is spectacular in every sense of the word”  British Theatre Guide

"Entertaining until the very end" Raring 2 Go

Reviews for Beauty and the Beast 2017

“The glittering set was lavish and spectacular….” Artsbeat

“….our cheeks are still hurting from laughing so hard and for so long!” Derby Days Out

“Warm-hearted and lavish panto….” The Stage ★★★★

“Beauty and the Beast was full of humour, gorgeous singing and dancing with a fabulous glittery set and costumes. Highly recommend !!” Boom Magazine Belper

“Boos and hisses in all the right places.” Derby Telegraph

“…a fantastic production full of exuberant and slick performances, local gags galore, laugh-out-loud moments, hilarious slapstick and impressive stunts all bound together with a great storyline that sticks close to the fairy tale that we all know and love.”  Burton Mail

“….a production that is strong on story and offers many a magical moment.” British Theatre Guide