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It’s panto time!

It's what you've all been waiting for. Oh no it isn't! Oh yes it is! Oh no.... OK, enough! Here are the perkiest pantos in Wilts and beyond. You ready, Widow Twanky?

Ready or not, here come the pantos! Dig out your stripy tights, winkle pickers, false eyelashes and wiggery, and book in for one of these panto productions in Wilts and beyond.

 

Robin Hood, Salisbury, 30 Nov – 12 Jan

Join Robin and his merry band for a fantastic adventure this Christmas. With all the elements of a traditional pantomime – comedy, dance, audience participation, fantastic sets – and familiar songs, you won’t want to miss this year’s Playhouse extravaganza. It’s the perfect treat for all ages. www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk

 

Sleeping Beauty, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, Sat 7 Dec to Sun 5 Jan

Michelle Collins and Chris Jarvis are starring in the Wyvern Theatres adaptation of Sleeping Beauty. This hilarious, must-see panto has all the bells and whistles including dance, side-splitting comedy, sensational song and plenty of festive magic. swindontheatres.co.uk

 

The Selfish Giant, Pound Arts, Corsham, 21-24 Dec 

“The snow covered up the grass with her great white cloak and the frost painted all the trees silver…” Not a panto, but this festive season you and your families are invited to step into a theatrical worlds where giants are your neighbours and a once beautiful garden is stuck in everlasting winter. Explore an extraordinary friendship, and how even the grumpiest giant’s heart can melt when Spring finally comes. poundarts.org.uk

 

Robinson Crusoe, Arc Theatre, Trowbridge, 14 – 17 Nov

This swashbuckling show promises to be a treat for the whole family with plenty of laughs, colourful costumes, and bundles of energy brought to you by local young performers. www.wiltshire.ac.uk

 

Cinderella, Wharf Theatre, Devizes, 6-14 Dec

The story of a young girl who just wants to meet her prince and live happily ever after; however her truly ugly sisters have other ideas. With a few unexpected twists along the way, will she get her prince so we need to buy another hat or will the ugly sisters royally mess it up? www.wharftheatre.co.uk

 

FURTHER AFIELD

 

Puss in Boots, Theatre Chipping Norton, 13 Nov – 12 Jan

Last year’s Aladdin

The Theatre in Chippy always punches above its weight and this year’s Puss in Boots, set in 1950s London, offers a cool twist on the usual routine. For those not encumbered by little people, there are adult-only evenings on offer – the mind fair boggles, doesn’t it Puss?   chippingnortontheatre.com

 

Beauty and the Beast, Oxford Playhouse, 29 Nov – 12 Jan 

Can’t stand Z-list pantos? The Oxford Playhouse continues its policy of not bothering with the soap star brigade, with its in-house panto. If you enjoyed last year’s Dick Whittington and his Cat then it’s a dead cert as it’s the same team behind the production. oxfordplayhouse.com

 

Cinderella, The Hexagon, Sat 7 Dec – Sun 5 Jan

Just over the Berks border in Reading, CBeebies’ Justin Fletcher, aka Mr Tumble, returns to The Hexagon stage (he received raving reviews for Aladdin last year btw) to star in Cinderella.  readingarts.com

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Dick Whittington, The Theatre Royal, Winchester, Sat 30 Nov 2019 – Sun 5 Jan 2020

Join Dick and his cat on their wild adventure to the streets of Winchester. As Dick seeks to make his fame and fortune, he must overcome challenges and obstacles (such as the Winchester one way system) set by the sinister King Rat and his revolting rodents. Filled with plenty of audience participation, festive songs and ‘oh yes you did’ this is a great take on a classic panto. theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk

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Jack and the Beanstalk, The Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth, Wed 4 Dec 2019 – Sun 5 Jan 2020

Jack is back, and he’s thrown those magic beans down in Portsmouth. One of the most magical pantomimes is brought to life this Christmas and you don’t want to miss out. Full of laughter and colourful costumes this pantomime is perfect for all families. Tickets

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Aladdin, Kings Theatre, Portsmouth, Wed 11 Dec 2019 –Sun 5 Jan 2020

Aladdin Kings TheatreAladdin is all the rage this year and I promise you that this show is worth it. With a star-studded cast including The Voice’s Lucy Kane, Phats & Small’s Ben Ofoedu and none other than (drum roll, please) Boyzone’s Shane Lynch  this pantomime will be an epic festive production. kingsportsmouth.co.uk

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LONDON

 

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, London Palladium, Sat 7 Dec – Sun 12 Jan

This is like fantasy panto casting. I mean, seriously, does it get better than this? Paul O’Grady, Julian Clary, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot and  – well who cares about the rest, I’m sold.  lwtheatres.co.uk

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Cinderella, Lyric, Hammersmith, Sat 16 Nov– Sun 5 Jan 2020

Expect wicked stepsisters, evil stepmothers, sweet mice, caring fairy godmothers and so much more at this London show. You’ll want to be quick to get these tickets, rumour has it if you leave it until midnight you might turn into a pumpkin! lyric.co.uk

 

Dick Whittington and his Cat, Hackney Empire, Sat 23 Nov – Sun 5 Jan 

The unashamed home of Panto has chosen Dick Whittington and his Cat for this year’s festive offering. Olivier award-winner and panto dame extraordinaire Clive Rowe stars in his 13th panto for the theatre alongside Hamilton’s Tarinn Callender in the leading role. hackneyempire.co.uk

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Pinocchio on Ice, Alexandra Palace, Fri 13 – Mon 16 Dec

A panto but with a few triple salchows thrown in for good measure. This show features pro skaters, a mix of modern and traditional music, a performance from a West End star and lashings of festive spirit all performed on Ally Pally’s ice rink. alexandrapalace.com

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