Best Christmas Shows and Pantomimes this Christmas

By Adam Kirkham


The nights are drawing in, the temperature's been dropping, and the shops will soon be featuring red and green rather prominently... it can only mean one thing: Christmas is a coming! There are simply loads of things to look forward to this Christmas, but the very best Christmas present of all has got to be spending time with your loved ones. It may be a bit too early in the year to start all this Christmassy business but there's just something unparalleled about going to a Christmas show with your family or friends, experiencing the buzz of anticipation as it spreads through the audience, and feeling the nostalgia of seeing young children getting all over excited like you used to. If you're thinking of organising a family night out over Christmas, here's a 2016 panto guide with a mix of classic all time favourites and exciting new shows in town you need to look out for.

Find a Christmas show near you...

So, here are our top tips about the best Christmas shows to go and see this year. There's something in here for everyone, whether you're from the south coast, the Scottish highlands, or anywhere in between:

Unmissable Christmas shows & Pantos in London

 

Panto sizzles in the south

Bristol

Woking

Folkestone

Torquay

 

There's Magic in the Midlands this Crimbo

Aylesbury

Milton Keynes

 

Nothing Wows like panto in the North West of England

Manchester

Stoke

 

Noel Enjoyment in the North East of England

York

Sunderland

 

This Panto Party is set to be a Scottish scorcher

Glasgow

Unmissable Christmas Shows & Pantos in London:

 

Cinderella, Richmond Theatre

Join Cinderella as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her wicked sisters and meets her dashing Prince Charming. Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients audiences expect, Cinderella features laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses.

Dick Whittington, New Wimbledon Theatre

With over 50,000 theatregoers attending pantomime at Wimbledon each festive season it’s never too early to book for next year’s show! Starring Shane Richie! Join our hero Dick Whittington (and his trusty cat Tommy) as he seeks fame, fortune and happiness journeying to become the Lord Mayor of London. Guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells on an adventure that sends him from London town to the High Seas headed for Morocco don’t miss the action-packed pantomime full of laughter, music and dance. Can he outwit the evil rodent King Rat, free London from his team of revolting rodents and win the beautiful Alice’s hand in marriage? Find out in the ultimate magical pantomime adventure!

Panto sizzlers in the South:

 

Snow White, Bristol Hippodrome

Starring John Barrowman as the Wicked Queen and packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients Bristol audiences have come to expect, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of jaw-dropping dance, side-splitting comedy, sensational special effects and plenty of festive magic from producers Qdos Entertainment.

 

Cinderella, Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

With one charming Prince, two Ugly Sisters and a huge sprinkling of Fairy Godmother magic, join us this Christmas to find out if the glass slipper fits and if Cinderella will make it to the ball and back again before midnight in this classic rags to riches tale that proves that dreams really do come true.

Featuring breath-taking special effects, spectacular scenery and sparkling costumes along with plenty of traditional pantomime mayhem, laughter and chances for you to join in the fun… the clock is ticking to Folkestone’s most magical pantomime yet!

 

Snow White, New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery. Throw in a magical mirror, seven friendly dwarfs, a beautiful princess, a handsome prince and plenty of audience participation as we outwit the Wicked Queen and let love prevail in this glittering festive treat for all ages.

 

Cinderella, Princess Theatre, Torquay

You shall go to the ball this Christmas with the spectacular family pantomime Cinderella. Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients audiences expect, Cinderella features laugh out loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. Join Cinders as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her very ugly sisters and meets her dashing Prince Charming.

There's Magic in the Midlands this Crimbo:

 

Cinderella, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Due to popular demand, Andy Collins (BBC Three Counties Breakfast presenter) and La Voix (Britain’s Got Talent, Absolutely Fabulous) are returning to panto this year in Cinderella between Fri 4 Dec 2020 – Sun 3 Jan 2021. 

Jack and The Beanstalk, Milton Keynes Theatre

Starring Britain’s Got Talent winners, Street Dance sensations Ashley Banjo & Diversity, Jack and the Beanstalk will be a GIANT adventure for all the family!

Nothing Wows like panto in the North West:

 

Aladdin, Opera House Manchester

Aladdin will feature a lamp-load of comedy, jaw-dropping special effects, sensational song and dance and plenty of boos and hisses the whole family will enjoy. It's never too early to make wishes come true so be a genie-us and book your tickets for this magical carpet ride today!

Cinderella, Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent

You shall go to the ball this Christmas with the spectacular family pantomime Cinderella. Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients audiences expect, Cinderella features laugh out loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. Join Cinders as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her very ugly sisters and meets her dashing Prince Charming.

Noel Enjoyment in the North East:

 

Dick Turpin Rides Again, Grand Opera House York

The Grand Opera House are delighted to announce York legend Berwick Kaler will be dusting off his frocks and making his much-anticipated, triumphant return to panto to star in Dick Turpin Rides Again this Christmas!

Snow White, Sunderland Empire

They had a ball in last year’s panto extravaganza, Cinderella, so we just had to get them to do it again then didn’t we ‘woo!’ We are delighted to announce the return of North East Queen of comedy, Miss Rory (Boulevard, aka Dan Cunningham) who will star as the hilarious Nurse Rorina, and we say ‘Alreet’ to South Shields comic Tom Whalley, as the side splitting Muddles the Jester in the canniest panto of them all – Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs.

This panto party is set to be a Scottish scorcher:

 

Cinderella, King's Theatre, Glasgow

Join Cinderella as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her wicked sisters and meets her dashing Prince Charming. Starring Elaine C Smith and Johnny Mac, you shall go to the ball this Christmas with the spectacular family pantomime Cinderella!

 

Top Panto Tip:


Where ever you are this Christmas, there will most definitely be magical show close to home. If you have not yet experience family panto night out then 2016 could be the year to do so. Bear in mind that pantomime tickets can sometimes sell out quicker than you can say crimbo! So to avoid disappointment over the Christmas period make sure you book in advance.