Local events in Essex this week: 9 to 16 December
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The build-up to Christmas is well and truly upon us and the panto season continues in earnest across the county's theatres.
The Towngate Theatre in Basildon has "Dick Whittington" until Sunday 2 January.
"Beauty and the Beast" is the panto of choice at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester until Saturday 7 January.
The Civic Theatre in Chelmsford has "Sleeping Beauty" until Monday 2 January.
"Peter Pan" is at the Harlow Playhouse until Monday 2 January.
"Jemima Puddle-Duck and Friends" at the Brentwood Theatre from Monday 5 December until Friday 30 December.
"Aladdin" at the Thameside Theatre in Orsett from Wednesday 7 December to Wednesday 7 January.