Christmas Pantos: 12 Must-See Pantomimes Near You in 2018
Fancy taking the kids to a pantomime near you? Well, we’ve got 12 of the best laugh-out-loud Christmas pantos for 2018 in the UK, all wrapped in a nice pantomimes list right here!
1. Snow White, The London Palladium
11th December 2018 - 13th January 2019
When it comes to 2018 pantomimes, Snow White at the London Palladium is one of the biggest. Dawn French is making her Christmas pantomime debut - you cannot miss that!
The classic tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be put on stage by the UK’s biggest producer of old-school pantos - Qdos Entertainment. It’s going to be a spectacularly funny performance, featuring Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace.
2. Elf: The Christmas Spectacular, Birmingham Genting Arena
20th - 24th December 2018
Elf is one of your all-time favourite Christmas movies to watch with the kids? Head out to Resorts World Birmingham, do your last-minute Christmas shopping, grab a treat to eat and finish the day with a lovely Christmas panto-style take on the story of Buddy the Elf at the Genting Arena.
Just so you know, you may end up feeling quite starstruck. With comedy legend Tam Ryan as Buddy, pop star David Essex as Buddy’s dad and Martine McCutcheon from Love Actually as Buddy’s girlfriend - you’ll have a proper A-list cast standing in front of you.
3. Peter Pan, Birmingham Hippodrome
19th December - 27th January 2019
If you live in the West Midlands, Birmingham definitely has some of the best pantomimes near you this year. In fact, this swashbuckling adventure in Neverland, promises to be one of the most hilarious shows to hit theatres in the UK in 2018.
All-star line-up? Check! Amazing acrobatics and aerial stunts which will take your breath away? Check! Fairy dust, magic and adventure? Check! If one or two scary scenes and the occasional naughty joke don’t bother you, Peter Pan is the perfect Christmas pantomime for your family.
4. Aladdin, King’s Theatre Glasgow
1st December 2018 – 6th January 2019
Beautiful costumes, belly laughs and a hilariously wacky twist on Aladdin’s story - that’s what Glasgow has to offer as your local Christmas pantomime in 2018.
Did you know Aladdin had a brother called Wishee Washee and his mother’s name was Widow Twankey? No? Oh, well, you’ve got the chance to meet them at King’s Theatre this festive season. They sure are a funny bunch and they fit right in with Aladdin's crew, alongside Gennie and the Flying Carpet.
5. Beauty and the Beast, The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds
23rd November 2018 - 31st December 2018
Who doesn’t love the tale of the everlasting romance of Beauty and the Beast? Carriageworks Theatre will bring your favourite enchanting story to life, complete with lots of glitter and mayhem.
Whether you’re a fan of the classic animated Beauty and the Beast or last year’s live movie adaptation (or both!), and you live in West Yorkshire, this certainly is the best pantomime near you. Oh, and by the way, Belle will be played by Emmerdale’s Sapphire Elia, so telly lovers will be happy too!
6. Jack and the Beanstalk, Grand Opera, Belfast
1st December 2018 - 13th January 2019
Not afraid of giants, evil henchmen and probably scariest of them all - audience participation? Join thousands of viewers at the the Grand Opera House in Belfast to see the biggest Christmas pantomime in Northern Ireland - Jack and the Beanstalk.
Jack’s adventure, involves magic beans, saving a princess, defeating a giant and protecting the family’s cow. Trust us, with so much fantastic action, the kids will be fully immersed into the story the whole way through. However, the show is quite popular, so be sure to book early!
7. The Astonishing Adventures of Pinocchio, Hertford Theatre
5th December 2018 - 6th January 2019
The 2018 pantomime at Hertford Theatre is none other than the whimsical story of Pinocchio - the little wooden puppet who sets out to become a real boy.
You’re welcome to clap, boo, hiss and cheer throughout the whole show. It’s going to be a loud, noisy and thoroughly exhilarating Christmas panto experience for both you and the kids. Sounds a tad too loud for your little ones? Just bring ear defenders and you’re all-set!
8. Dick Whittington, Theatre Royal Plymouth
14th December 2018 - 12th January 2019
We can’t have a best pantomimes list without Dick Whittington and his trusty cat popping up sooner or later! This is a true Christmas pantomime classic and the wonderful cast at Theatre Royal Plymouth knows exactly how to make it work.
An adventure at sea, an evil rat king to defeat and a young lady’s heart to be won - Dick Whittington will have his hands full and you’ll have the chance to tag along for the ride. Sounds like a pantomime near you worth a visit, doesn’t it?
9. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen
1st December 2018 - 6th January 2019
Here’s another Qdos Entertainment production for you to enjoy! His Majesty’s Theatre Aberdeen is doing Snow White in a way you’ve never seen before - with an all-male lead cast.
The dashing prince (Lee Mead) will take centre stage alongside HMT’s Alan McHugh and Jordan Young. The moment you spot these three, you should already know you’re in for a couple of hours full of outrageously funny panto shenanigans.
10. The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan, Marina Theatre Lowestoft
13th December 2018 – 1st January 2019
There’s no story more fitting for the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft than the swashbuckling, buccaneer adventure of Peter Pan in the magical Neverland. The constant game of cat and mouse between our fearless hero and Captain Hook is sure to keep you on the edge of your seats!
For those of you, who live in the East, this is the one Christmas pantomime near you to put down in your diary. With 32 performances to choose from, you should have no trouble bagging yourself pantomime tickets for a convenient date and time.
11. Miracle on 34th Street, The Terry O’Toole Theatre, North Hykeham
13th December 2018 - 15th December 2018
Miracle on 34th Street is a timeless Christmas classic, no doubt about it! This makes Terry O’Toole Theatre’s choice of a Christmas panto in 2018 a great one.
The story of Kris Kringle’s journey to becoming Santa, paired with romance and magical Christmas wishes makes for one heartwarming and brilliantly festive Christmas outing for the whole family. If this is your top choice of a pantomime near you, don’t wait around before booking; the show is only on for a couple of days.
12. Pinocchio, Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo
23rd - 26th January 2019
Ok, let’s face it, with so much stuff going on around Christmas, it’s not always possible to do all we want during the holidays. If you think you won’t be able to make it to a pantomime near you before Christmas, then a local January performance like Pinocchio at the Hawk’s Well Theatre should do the trick.
It also gives you a chance to do good while you laugh your socks off. Pinocchio is Sligo Hospital Musical Society’s 22nd annual pantomime. Over the years, the actors have donated over €180,000 from show proceedings to local charities. Helping out a charity - that’s a great way to kick off 2019!
Festive fun doesn’t end with Christmas pantos! We’ve got lots more ideas for family Christmas days out for you: