It’s time to raise the curtain on this year’s Pantomime season and we’re convinced that children of all ages are going to love the flamboyant characters, dazzling musical numbers, cheesy one-liners and vast amounts of slapstick humour involved. The variety of Pantomimes taking place in the UK this year is outstanding and with so many fantastic options available it can be hard to choose which show to see. So to help you make up your mind this December, we’ve put together a list of our favourite Pantomimes and included some information on where to find them.
Image from The SECC – Clyde Auditorium website.
Thanks to Disney, everyone knows the story of Cinderella; a poor young girl forced to work hard under the rule of her evil step-mother and ugly sisters. The pantomime tale of Cinderella follows a similar track to the movie so the audience are guaranteed excitement, a handsome price and of course a happy ending.
Why we love it: My Birthday is in mid-December so as I child I was always treated to a day at the Pantomime and Cinderella was my favourite show! I loved the way it brought the movie to life, the songs, dances, audience participation and atmosphere really made my Birthday special. – Nicole
Showings: The SECC – Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow is hosting a wonderful rendition of Cinderella this year, filled with famous faces including John Barrowman, The Krankies and X-Factor’s Melanie Masson.
Image from the Kings Theatre website.
Aladdin is one of the most spectacular Pantomimes out there with a captivating story line, magic, musical numbers and plenty of humour. The memorable characters are enthusiastic and do a fantastic job of encouraging audience participation which really makes you feel like part of the production.
Why we love it: I love Aladdin because it’s a proper, traditional pantomime that’s fun for all the family, full of laughs and slapstick humour. It’s got a prince and princess, Panto dame, a genie, sparkly costumes and stunning sets – what more could you want from a pantomime! – Lousie
Showings: The Kinds Theatre in Portsmouth is putting on a fantastic showing of Aladdin this year. Their star-studded cast is sure to keep you entertained with fantastic musical numbers and classic Pantomime pranks.
Image from the Hippodrome Theatre website.
The classic rags to riches tale of Dick Whittington and his cat offers something for everyone this Christmas; with a lovable hero, menacing villain, classic Panto Dame and thrilling musical numbers it is sure to keep the whole family entertained.
Why we love it: Sadly, it’s been years since I went to see a panto, but one I remember fondly from childhood is the story of Dick Whittington and his Cat. This rags to riches tale of one orphan’s journey to London’s golden streets – accompanied of course, by his rat-catching feline – is infused with some brilliant comedy, and the arrival of King Rat makes for some classic “it’s behind you” moments. – Jonathan
Showings: The Hippodrome Theatre in Bristol are serving up a very special rendition of Dick Whittington this year, one that features the amazingly talented ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ winners Ashley and Pudsey!
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Image from the Manchester Opera House website.
As a fairy-tale classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has everything you need in a Pantomime, the dashing hero, beautiful princess, wicked queen and of course seven wonderful Dwarfs – Just add a sprinkle of comedy and you have the perfect Panto.
Why we love it: As a child Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs was one of my favourite films and I remember being amazed at my first pantomime experience, where I got to see my favourite fairy tale come to life! It’s still a favourite to this day and I hope I can catch a show of the pantomime at my local theatre this year. – Leanne
Showings: Promising to be bigger and better than ever the performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Manchester Opera House is sure to delight audiences of all ages and even features Hollywood superstar Warwick Davis!
Image from the Cliffs Pavilion website.
Peter Pan is a world class show, one that transports the audience to Neverland where they will find pirates, mermaids, Indians and the boy wonder himself. With musical numbers, adventure and tones of Pantomime puns you wont be bored at this show.
Why we love it: Back in the day I used to love being treated to a Panto but I’d have to say that my favourite was always Peter Pan. I adored the Disney film version of it throughout my childhood but it never quite matched seeing it in pantomime, before you know it you’ll be roaring with laughter and this year you’ll be able to see many famous faces with Bradley Walsh, Christopher Biggins and even the Hoff taking centre stage! – Jamie
Showings: Cliffs Pavilion in Southend-on-Sea is really setting the standard with their performance of Peter Pan. This Pantomime promises excitement, adventure and a number of famous faces including David Hasselhoff and Christopher Biggins.
As a food lover Nicole can often be found in the kitchen, covered in flour and experimenting with new tastes! When not making a mess she loves to explore her Celtic roots by roaming the Scottish countryside or exploring the bays along the Anglesey coast with her fiancé.