Pantos and Christmas shows to book now
Oh no it isn't! Oh yes it is! It's the Muddy guide to the best pantomimes and Christmas shows in Somerset, Dorset and Bristol
From good ol’ puns-a-plenty panto to thought-provoking modern takes on traditional tales, shows for little kids, relaxed performances and more – there’s something for everyone in our festive lucky dip.
Beauty and the Beast, Lighthouse Poole, 9 Dec – 31 Dec
Michelle Collins (EastEnders, Coronation Street and Two Thousand Acres of Sky) plays Nightshade the enchantress alongside Lighthouse regular Chris Jarvis in this production of the classic tale, produced for the first time entirely in-house.
Mother Goose, The Octagon, Yeovil, 3 Dec – 2 Jan
Fab fairy? Check. Dastardly baddie? Check. Bloke in a dress? Check. Everything needed for a rollicking time at the panto, then. The evil, self-obsessed Demon Vanity offers to make Mother Goose beautiful but there’s a price to pay – her beloved goose.
Aladdin, Weymouth Pavilion, 11 Dec – 3 Jan
Hop on a flying carpet over to Old Peking where Aladdin enters the Cave of Wonders and discovers the magic within.
Cinderella, Theatre Royal Bath, 16 Dec – 9 Jan
Tracy Beaker fans: BAFTA winning and Strictly finalist Dani Harmer is the Fairy Godmother alongside Bath fave Jon Monie as Buttons – and there are miniature ponies too.
Peter Pan: the Return of Captain Hook, Bournemouth Pavilion, 4 Dec – 2 Jan
Shaun Williamson (EastEnders), David Ribi (Milkshake), Sarah Jane Buckley (Hollyoaks) and Holly Atterton (Nick Jnr’s Go Go Go band) are onboard for this swashbuckling adventure. Relaxed show 15 Dec; captioned show 18 Dec.
Jack and the Beanstalk, Playhouse Theatre, Weston-super-Mare, 11 Dec – 2 Jan
A boy (Milkshake’s Derek Moran) plants some beans with BIG consequences.
Snow White, Bristol Hippodrome, 4 Dec – 2 Jan
Rob Rinder (Judge Rinder, Who Do You Think You Are?) and Lesley Joseph (Birds of a Feather) competed against each other in Strictly a few years ago. Now they’re together again as The Man in the Mirror (we’re guessing nothing to do with Michael Jackson) and The Wicked Stepmother in this year’s Hippodrome panto.
Jack and the Beanstalk, The McMillan Theatre, 17 Dec – 29 Dec
A giant adventure (ho ho ho) with Jack, mother Dame Trott, little brother Silly Billy, the beautiful Jill, magical Floral Fairy, Daisy the Cow and the scary sounding Giant’s henchman, Fleshcreep. Relaxed performance 21 Dec.
Sleeping Beauty, The Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, 17 Dec – 2 Jan
A young princess nods off when she pricks her finger. Relaxed show 21 Dec.
Follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City via a magic land of potent poppy fields, ferocious flying monkeys and rogue rulers – will Dorothy find her way home? Based on the original The Wizard of Oz books by L. Frank Baum.
Five Children and It, the egg, Bath, 10 Dec – 16 Jan
When a magical, mischievous and grumpy Sand Fairy called It grants the kids a series of wishes, they discover a wish isn’t always the dream come true you might expect. Based on E. Nesbit’s classic fantasy story by E. Nesbit.
Robin Hood: the Legend of the Forgotten Forest, Bristol Old Vic, 27 Nov – 8 Jan
A 21st century kid slips through a crack in the time-space continuum and lands in the middle of a battle between good and evil in 12th century Sherwood Forest. Can Robin Hood and the Merry Crew prevent baddie the Sheriff of Nottingham from making a total power grab? You’ll have to go to find out.
The Panto and the Pea, Rondo Theatre, Bath, 9 – 19 Dec
Can’t decide which panto to go and see? Book this: it links all the pantomimes and Christmas tales in the world ever into one fabulous festive family treat. Relaxed and Big Scream (for youngest kids) performances available.
Wind in the Willows, The Brewhouse, Taunton, 9 Dec –2 Jan
From the team that brought you The Railway Children (which was fabulous) comes the heartwarming musical adventures of Mole and his friends Ratty, Mr Badger and Toad, based on the Kenneth Grahame classic. Limited availability so book now.
Squirrel, the egg, Bath, 27 Nov – 24 Dec
One for the littlies. Squirrel has buried an acorn but can’t remember where. Bath’s dedicated children’s theatre’s Christmas production is about new growth, with snowy magic and puppetry high jinx. Suitable from 6 months to 4 years.
Little Red Riding Hood, Lighthouse Poole, 18 – 24 Dec
Another one for the youngest members of the family. Aimed at 3-8 year olds, the Lyngo Theatre’s show based on the familiar tale is highly interactive, with ‘Behind yous’ and ‘Oh no it isn’ts’ , puppets, music and songs.
Anansi’s Big Big Adventure, Bristol Old Vic, 17 – 3 Dec
One of the great figures of African and Caribbean folklore, comes to life through puppetry, music and dance and tells a universal story of bravery, teamwork and finding your inner strength.