Pantomime Guide 2020 – A few months ago it appeared that this Christmas might be the first in living memory to be lacking pantomime as a result of COVID-19. However, some survived to bring us joy this Christmas.
Here is our Pantomime Guide 2020 listing the pantos that have survived to entertain us this Christmas. New pantos are still coming to our attention so keep watching this page. To get your panto listed please email us the details email@example.com
Beccles Public Hall and Theatre – Inside The Snowglobe
19 – 24 December 2020
Inside the Snowglobe follows the journey of a child who wonders if there is life inside their snowglobe. When they believe there is, they are magically transported to the North Pole and have fun and mayhem at Santa’s HQ, even becoming one of Santa’s Elves! A festive feel-good production not to be missed, with stunning scenery, special effects and dazzling costumes! Early booking recommended. Includes a socially distanced meet and greet with Santa at the end of the show for each child, where they will receive a gift. Suitable for all ages, and COVID-19 safe show and venue.
Blackburn Empire Theatre – Dick Whittington
28 November – 31 December 2020
A Purr-fect Family Pantomime Following last year’s record-breaking run of “Aladdin”, Pendle Productions are delighted to be returning to the Blackburn Empire once again. Dick Whittington is set to have more sparkle, more dazzle and more magic than you could ever imagine. Take a wicked King Rat and you certainly need a good Fairy Bow Bells and Dick Whittington and his cat to make sure everything works out ‘right’ in the end. With all the traditional thrills of a family pantomime, popular songs, dancers, comedy, beautiful sets and costumes, only you can help Dick to stop the King Rat’s plan to take over the whole of England. Set sail with Dick and his friends as they adventure on the voyage of a lifetime.
Blackpool Grand – Pantomonium
18 December 2020 – 3 January 2021
Blackpool Grand Theatre has announced that with the generous support of producer Martin Dodd of UK Productions, panto legend, BBC Radio Lancashire presenter, and Britain’s Got Talent ‘finalist’ Steve Royle, and special guest West End and TV’s Tom Lister a condensed and COVID-safe pantomime fundraiser will ensure Christmas isn’t cancelled this year at Blackpool’s Grand! The Christmas production Pantomonium! will run with strict COVID safeguards for a limited time and for a limited period – a sell-out is guaranteed! Created by Jon Monie (winner of Best Script at The Great British Pantomime Awards 2019 for ‘Beauty & the Beast’), Pantomonium! is a specially written, one-act pantomime about pantomime. When the beloved panto character, Fairy Tales, is kidnapped by the villainous Killjoy, an extraordinary adventure unfolds as the hunt for the all-powerful magic book begins. Stepping out of the chorus-line, a young unnamed girl from the village of Ensemble joins the adventure to help find the missing manuscript. Along for the ride is the handsome Prince Charmless, and the hapless Tilly and Billy Topps from the local Panto Emporium. With laughter and mayhem at every turn, the forces of good and evil fight to the final page over the future of pantomime itself. A concentrated pantomime……just add laughter!
Blackpool Pier – Cinderella
15 – 27 December 2020
For the first time ever, a Blackpool Cinderella Pantomime is coming to The Joe Longthorne Theatre North Pier. The only theatre big enough to run a completely safe and socially distanced event. This Christmas they will bring Blackpool’s biggest ever show Cinderella to the North Pier this Christmas, featuring amazing special effects, a fantastic fairy, beautiful costumes, wicked ugly sisters and a soundtrack of hit songs you can sing along too. Polish your pumpkins, dust off your gowns and grab your glass slippers to find out if Cinderella will go to the ball. Will she find her Prince Charming or will the Ugly Sisters ruin the day? With an all-star cast including BGT winner Jai McDowall as The Prince and Blackpool born actress Lucy-Ella Smith as Cinderella.
Bradford Playhouse – Sleeping Beauty
17 – 24 December 2020
The Pantomime you have been dreaming of is coming to Bradford Playhouse. Join us for one of the most popular fairy tales, Sleeping Beauty this Christmas!
When the wicked fairy Carabosse’s evil curse causes Princess Beauty to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and fall into an enchanted sleep can anyone rescue her from the magical slumber before it is too late? Join Joey the Jester, Fairy Kindheart and The Prince in their attempts to rescue the Kingdom from the wicked Carabosse and rescue Princess Beauty before it’s too late!
With music, Comedy and fun for all, Sleeping Beauty is the pantomime of your dreams so join us this Christmas for some great social distancing pantomime fun. Sleeping Beauty will follow government guidance at the time of the event and will go on sale as a socially distanced event
Canterbury Malthouse Theatre – Beauty and the Beast
11 – 18 December
A socially distanced COVID-19 safe family pantomime. Written by Paul Tate and directed by Joseph Hodges, Beauty and the Beast features Sophie Camble (White Christmas), Sinead Kenny (Disney’s Aladdin), Jonathan Carlton (Kinky Boots), Louise Young (Mamma Mia!) and legendary panto dame Paul Tate (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat).
Chesham Elgiva Theatre – Sleeping Beauty
5 December – 3 January 2021
Something wonderful to look forward to! Book now for our enchanting family pantomime, the timeless, magical fairytale of The Sleeping Beauty. This professional production is packed with excitement, special effects, delightful songs, slapstick, gags and lots of audience participation – it’s the perfect Christmas treat! We’re delighted to welcome Ben Moseby, Chris Casey and Sean Luckham back to The Elgiva – the triple threat! More star cast news announcing soon. So… don’t be caught napping – book for Sleeping Beauty!
Ely – The Maltings – The Wizard Of Oz
18 December 2020 – 3 January 2021
Follow us down the yellow brick road for our ‘socially distanced’ Christmas Adventure to the Land of Oz! Join Dorothy as she goes on a magical adventure, over the rainbow, where along the way she makes new friends with the Scarecrow who longs for a brain, the Tin Man who really wants a heart and the very cowardly Lion who is desperate to be brave and have some courage. Dorothy needs to find her way home, but it’s not going to be easy with the Wicked Witch of the West keeping a close eye on her! Will the Great and Powerful Oz be able to help? This spectacular, pantomimic, colourful story is packed with hilarious jokes, dazzling dance routines, glittering scenery and plenty more for all the family!
Gravesend – The Woodville – Rapunzel
11 December 2020 – 3 January 2021
This Christmas it’s time to ‘let down your hair’ and join in the fun at our socially distanced family pantomime of ‘Rapunzel’. From the producers of last year’s smash hit Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel has all the best traditions of a fairytale, but with a new twist and written especially for the whole family to enjoy. Gravesend favourite ‘MAMA G’ (Aka: Robert Pearce) returns as Dame Dolly Dumpling, along with the side-splitting ventriloquist ‘Nicky Trix’ as Joey the Jester. The Hilarious Rob Cummings as King Albert completes the professional cast. See the evil Witch Horrorbella cast a spell on young Rapunzel, locking her away in a tall tower deep within the woods. But in her bid for freedom, she falls in love with the dashing Finn Strider while Dame Dolly Dumpling and her witless son Joey the Jester do all they can to locate the princess and return her to her loving father, King Albert. There will, of course, be laughs aplenty this Christmas with all your favourite routines. The Boombox will make a return along with a gaggle of ghosts to hinder the quest to find Rapunzel. And before your hairy eyes joy the Jester will discover his limbs have a life of their own in a hilarious ultra-violet sequence. We guarantee you won’t be ‘let down’.
Liverpool M and S Bank Arena 0 Jack And The Beanstalk
18 – 27 December 2020
Starring Jake Quickenden (X Factor, I’m a Celebrity and winner of Dancing On Ice) Leanne Campbell (Radio City) & Comedy Favourite Bippo, Jack and the Beanstalk will be the usual family fun but with a socially distanced audience and other changes throughout the building to keep everyone safe. Panto classic Jack and the Beanstalk tells the story of Jack, his brother Silly Billy & his mother Dame Trott as they attempt to beat the evil giant in the sky and save the village. This promises to be a spectacular pantomime featuring a superb cast, live band, brilliant scenery and costumes, amazing special effects and lots and lots of laughs!
London – National Theatre – Dick Whittington
11 December 2020 – 23 January 2021
For one year only, pantomime comes to the National Theatre. Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd’s hilarious and heartfelt version of Dick Whittington, first staged at Lyric Hammersmith in 2018 and freshly updated for 2020, will open in the socially distanced Olivier theatre on the 11 December.
Directed by Ned Bennett, this wild and inventive production explores what it is like to come from a small town and arrive in a big city today, exploring the ideas of community and togetherness. Initial casting includes Dickie Beau, Amy Booth-Steel, Lawrence Hodgson-Mullings, Georgina Onuorah, and Cleve September.
Set and costume designs by Georgia Lowe, choreography by Dannielle Rhimes Lecointe, compositions, arrangements and music production by DJ Walde, music supervision by Marc Tritschler and music direction and additional composition and arrangements by Benjamin Kwasi Burrell. Lighting designed by Jessica Hung Han Yun and Sound Design by Paul Arditti. Denzel Westley-Sanderson is Associate Director, Debbie Duru is Associate Set Designer and Fiona Parker is Associate Costume Designer.
London (Vauxhall) – Above The Stag – Dick Whittington – A New Dick In Town
17 November 2020 – 10 January 2021
You’re never more than six feet from a rat. They don’t do distancing….
After years of acclaimed smashes, Above The Stag’s pantomime team is back with a fabulous and filthy retelling of the great London legend. This Dick might not be straight, but he’s got a good head on him. Like many a gay lad he comes to town in search of men and money, but finds himself in mortal combat with devilish mayoral candidate Queen Rat. With distanced seating, reimagined pantomime traditions and a cornucopia of dick jokes, this rude, riotous and romantic adventure promises a much-needed winter treat. This is a socially distanced production.
Maidenhead Braywick Leisure Centre – Jack and the Beanstalk
29 – 24 December 2020
We are delighted to present this year’s COVID secure pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk – a GIANT of a show suitable for the whole family! All tickets have a 100% money-back guarantee (excluding booking fees), so if government guidelines change and results in Maidenhead Pantobeing cancelled, full refunds will be issued. Join us at Maidenheads’ new Braywick Leisure Centre in the Baylis Theatre between 19 – 24 December and get ready to roar with laughter as we cheer on our hero Jack on his climb to defeat the Giant, save the village and his best friend – Daisy the cow! This one-act show (75mins) is packed with all the traditions of pantomime (plus a few extra treats!) and featuring the feisty, fun-loving Dame Trott. Expect charming animated scenery, sensational songs, delightful costumes, plenty of audience participation and belly-laughing comedy.
Norfolk Corn Hall – The Magic Of Panto
10 – 24 December 2020
Diss’s traditional pantomime mayhem may not be able to go
ahead in its usual format during these strange times, but we wouldn’t let that
stop the show going on, would we? Oh no, we wouldn’t! Join JezO (BGT 2020 magician, comedian and panto favourite), Dave Short (Top UK Dame) and the enchanting Emily-Grace Fox for all of the fun and madcap ingredients repackaged to meet the latest safety guidance – we promise to dazzle and delight the whole family. The Magic of Panto packs a first-class Christmas caper into
a 70-minute pantomime show for a small (but perfectly formed) audience.
Portsmouth King’s Theatre – Dick Whittington
28 November – 31 December 2020
Join our hero Dick Whittington on his thrilling quest to find adventure, fame and fortune in the glittering streets of London. Will he be able to defeat villainous rodent Queen Rat, save the city and win the hand of his love, Alice. Get ready to follow your dreams as this classic tale is re-imagined for our annual fun-filled pantomime. Expect Pompey’s much-loved mix of songs, bonkers humour, stunning sets and don’t forget the hilarious 12 Days of Christmas (with those all-important toilet Rolls) all wrapped up in a magical festive treat for all ages. Starring one-half of X Factor Finalists Same Difference, Sean Smith as Dick Whittington, our very own Jack Edwards as Dame Dolly and a host of West End talent including local favourites Julia Worsley and James Percy.
Rotherham – Dearne Playhouse – Mother Goose
17 – 22 December 2020
Rugby Benn Hall – Cinderella
22 December 2020 – 3 January 2022
The most magical pantomime story of all – Cinderella – is coming to The Benn Hall this Christmas, brought to you by the team behind last year’s hilarious Dick Whittington. Join the beautiful Cinderella and her silly best friend Buttons, as the handsome Prince Charming searches for a wife, assisted by his funny footman Dandini. Will Cinderella’s ugly stepsisters finally find a boyfriend? They intend to fight over the Prince at the Winter Ball, which Cinderella cannot attend due to her ever-growing list of household chores…but the Fairy Godmother is watching over Cinderella and has plans to ensure that she will go to the ball! Celebrating 5 years of Rugby panto, this year’s production has more glitter and magic than ever before. Beautiful sets, stunning costumes and impressive special effects are on offer in this year’s Rugby panto! Please note that seating is subject to change due to social distancing
Skegness Pantomime at the Richmond – Peter Pan
18 – 24 December 2020
This year from mid August Gary Starr Pantomimes have produced and toured both indoor and outdoor Pantomimes including Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Jungle Book and Goldilocks. The shows have been recreated to be covid compliant without losing the magic and spirit of Pantomime. This Christmas we are proud to be collaborating with our friends at Richmond Holiday Centre to transform their stunning spacious Venue into this year’s Pantomime venue. The show must go on!
Southport, The Atkinson – The Wizard Of Oz
18 – 31 December 2020
Follow the yellow brick road to The Atkinson this festive season, where LHK productions will whisk you over the rainbow in their wizardly wicked Christmas pantomime, The Wizard of Oz. Appearing larger than life in virtual reality, the multi-talented musician, Dancing on Ice and Hollyoaks star Ray Quinn as the magical Wizard of Oz. The fabulous cast also includes the voice of the airwaves, Claire Simmo from BBC Radio Merseyside & Sandgrounder Radio as Glinda The Good Witch, West End star Chris Barton as the Cowardly Lion, the hilarious Lewis Pryor as Scarecrow, the loveable Mia Molloy as Dorothy, Southport’s Tom Burroughs as Tinman and everyone’s favourite dame Michael Chapman as The Wicked Witch.
Tamworth – Statfold Barn Railway – Jack and the Beanstalk
11 – 20 December 2020
Tunbridge Wells – E M Forster Theatre – Robin Hood and his Socially Distanced Merry Men
18 December 2020 – 3 January 2021
Wicked Productions are set to leave audiences in a QUIVER as they return this Christmas to bring some much-needed fun and MERRY MEN-T with this year’s alternative production of Robin Hood and his Socially Distanced Merry Men. Following such a difficult and challenging year, the team at the EM Forster Theatre and Wicked Productions were determined to bring some panto magic to families this Christmas. The planned extravaganza Beauty and the Beast has been postponed until 2021, and all ticket holders have had their bookings transferred to next year. In its place for two weeks in December comes a laugh out loud family pantomime Robin Hood and His Socially Distanced Merry Men. The EM Forster auditorium is a flexible space which allows for safe audience social distancing in bubbles and family groups, and the exceptionally talented small cast are local (some live together) and will maintain social distance from each other throughout the rehearsal and performance process. While the panto may be socially distanced, it is still an unmissable, family festive show packed full of all the slapstick, crazy jokes, and lashings of traditional panto magic that audiences have come to love and expect from Wicked
West End – Potted Panto
5 December 2020 – 10 January 2021
7 classic pantomimes in 70 hilarious minutes!
Double Olivier nominees Dan and Jeff return for a tenth-anniversary festive season of Potted Panto, hot on the heels of their world tour and Las Vegas residency of Harry Potter parody Potted Potter. In a madcap ride through the biggest stories and best-loved characters from the wonderful world of pantomime, our dastardly double act dash from rubbing Aladdin’s lamp to roaming the golden streets of Dick Whittington’s London and making sure that Cinderella gets to the Ball. It’s all unmissable fun, whether you’re six or 106.
Weymouth Pavillion – Rapunzel
4 December 2020 – 3 January 2021
As Rapunzel nears her 18th Birthday the evil witch, Gothel, and her scheming wizardly brother, Alphonso are plotting to kidnap her. Hey, plan to lock Rapunzel away in a secret tower in a bid to gain eternal youth from her magical hair. In a trance and with no memory of her real family Rapunzel is doomed to spend the rest of her life in the tower….. Can her determination and a little help from her friends in the palace save the Princess and give her a ‘Happy Ever After’?
Windsor Theatre Royal – Cinderella
19 November 2020 – 10 January 2021
Featuring Theatre Royal Windsor’s traditional pantomime comedy capers, with a sprinkle of fairy dust, dazzling dancers, colourful costumes and a glittering star cast featuring Movie Legend and star of The Real Marigold Hotel Britt Ekland and not forgetting the little fox with the big laugh … Basil Brush! Joining Britt and Basil are Windsor favourites, calamitous comedian Kevin Cruise and dotty Dame Steven Blakeley in their 11th year in Panto together at Theatre Royal Windsor.
York – York Stage Panto – Jack and the Beanstalk
11 December 2020 – 3 January 2021
Christmas in York just wouldn’t be complete without a family outing to the Pantomime! Producer Nik Briggs, and York Stage, are excited to be presenting a brand new professional panto this year, made in York for the people of York!
Join us this December for some magical Christmas entertainment as we present Jack and the Beanstalk at the John Cooper Studio in the Theatre@41 Monkgate building in the heart of York. With a cast filled with West-End talent (all born and bred in Yorkshire) and a creative team led by the producer who brought shows such as Shrek, The Sound of Music, Hairspray and many more musical classics to York, you can be assured of a night of true panto magic. Cue glitzy sets and costumes, a show filled with singing and dancing, lots of laughs and of course a huge Beanstalk… So book now for a giant slice of traditional Christmas fun at one of the cities most magical, bean-sized, theatres for you and all the family! This traditional family pantomime is presented in a slightly less than traditional venue with full Covid Secure safety measures so you can safely enjoy your trip…