The Panto Season extends from mid-November to mid February all over the UK. Check out what's on in theaters around the UK for the 2019/2020 season.
Cities, towns and villages all have one or more pantos on for the holiday season. Use this list to find some of the bigger productions.
What's that? You don't know what a panto is? Click to find out about pantos - the traditional British family entertainment.
In the past few years, many companies have introduced at least one "Relaxed Performance" during their runs. Open to all, these are specifically designed to allow children with special needs, learning disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Condition and their families to enjoy live panto. Auditorium lights are kept on at a low level, onstage noises are softened and audience members can leave and enter the auditorium as needed. Plus staff are on hand to help.
Meanwhile, here's where to find the best pantos this holiday season:
- Aldershot, Princes Hall, Jack and the Beanstalk, December 6 to December 31
- Bath Theatre Royal Beauty and the Beast, winner of the best panto script award for 2019, December 12 to January 12
- Birmingham Hippodrome Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with Lesley Joseph of Birds of a Feather as the Wicked Stepmother, December 21 to February 2
- Bristol Hippodrome, Dick Whittington, December 7 to January 5, with Shane Richie of East Enders.
- Camberley Theater Robin Hood, December 9 to 31
- Cambridge Arts Theatre Cinderella with Wayne Sleep and Liza Goddard back this year along with favorites from Coronation Street and Les Mis, November 28 to January 11
King's Theatre Jack and the Beanstalk, November 30 to January 5
Tron Theatre Cinderfella. As ever, Tron Theatre's own special twist on seasonal panto. November 27 through January 5.
Websters Theatre, The Pure Amazing Wiz of Oz, November 30 to January 4.
SEC Armadillo, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. December 14 to 31
- Hastings, White Rock Theatre Aladdin, December 13 to 29
- Leeds, Carriageworks Sleeping Beauty, November 22 to January 4; and once again, a double-dip as the first panto is followed by Peter Pan, Selected dates between January 24 to and February 1
- Llandudno,Venue Cymru, Sleeping Beauty, December 7 to 29
Liverpool Empire Peter Pan, December 7 to 29.
MandS Bank Arena, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 13 to 24 December
Neptune/Epstein Theatre, Cinderella in Liverpool, December 6 to January 5
Everyman Rock and Roll Panto, Sleeping Beauty, 23 November to 18 January
- London and London area
The Beck Theatre in Hayes, Middlesex Sleeping Beauty with Debbie McGee, December 6 to 29
The Compass Theatre, Ickenham, Middlesex, Jack and the Beanstalk, December 5 to January 5
Hackney Empire Dick Whittington and his Cat, November 23 to January 5
Greenwich Theatre, Sleeping Beauty, Everyone loves the Greenwich Panto - so popular they don't even need TV stars to draw the crowds.November 22 to January 12
King's Head Theatre The Nativity Panto - don't expect anything too traditional from this established fringe theatre. Some of the late night shows are adults only. Selected dates from December 7 to January 11
Lyric Hammersmith Cinderella, November 16 to January 5
New Wimbledon Theatre Cinderella with soprano Lesley Garrett, December 7 to January 5
The Shaw Theatre Cinderella, December 7 - 29
Theatre Royal Stratford East Dick Whittington, November 23 to January 11
- Manchester The Opera House Snow White, with Craig Revell Horwood, Strictly Come Dancing's wicked judge as the Wicked Queen, December 6 to 29
- Musselburgh, Brunton Theatre Cinderella, November 26 to January 4
- Norwich,Theatre Royal Cinderella, December 17 to January 19
- Nottingham,Theatre Royal Cinderella, with Les Dennis as one of the Ugly Sisters and Gareth Gates as Prince Charming, November 30 to January 5
- Oxford Playhouse, Beauty and the Beast, November 29 to January 12
- Richmond Theatre Snow White, with Jo Brand as the wickedly funny Wicked Queen, December 7 to January 5
- Sheffield, Lyceum Cinderella, December 6 to January 5
- Swansea, Grand Theatre Peter Pan, December 13 to January 12
- Winchester Theatre Royal Dick Whittington, November 30 to January 5
- Woking, New Victoria Theatre Aladdin with comedian Bobby Davro as Wishee Washee, , December 6 to January 6.
- Theatre Royal Sleeping Beaurty, December 7 to January 25
- Grand Opera House Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, December 12 to January 4