Cbeebies Christmas Show Thumbelina on iPlayer from Saturday, December 15

by Lauren Abbott

Young fans of a Cbeebies pantomime are in for a treat this weekend as the first showings of this year's production Thumbelina are released.

And now for the first time the Cbeebies Christmas Show can also be watched on the big screen.

Just like previous performances, this year's festive production features many of the channel's most popular actors and presenters including Kent favourites Phil Gallagher (Mister Maker) and Gemma Stamp (Swashbucklers).

Watch Thumbelina at a Kent cinema or on BBC iPlayer
Watch Thumbelina at a Kent cinema or on BBC iPlayer

The pantomime, filmed in front of an audience at the Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent, will be available to watch via BBC iPlayer from Saturday (December 15) ahead of being screened on Cbeebies on Friday, December 21.

But for the first time in its history, cinemas will also be screening Cbeebies Thumbelina in special showings this weekend.

Katrina Bryan (Nina and the Neurons, Molly and Mack) takes the role of Thumbelina, while Justin Fletcher (Mr Tumble) stars as Mrs Toad with Phil Gallagher (Mister Maker) as her son, Barney Toad.

The show stars all the Cbeebies favourites
The show stars all the Cbeebies favourites

The unique adaption is a colourful spectacle of 60s-influenced music, dance and action-packed comedy which is guaranteed to get audiences joining in. It follows the adventures of a thumb-sized girl in an oversized world of woodland creatures and giant plants as she tries to find out the truth about her identity.

Odeon cinemas in Maidstone and Chatham, Bluewater's Showcase Cinema, Vue at Westwood Cross, Cineworld in Ashford and Kavanagh Cinema in Herne Bay are among those listed on the Cbeebies Christmas Show website as showing the production.

To learn more please visit www.cbeebieschristmasshow.com

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