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Oh yes they are! 13 pantos and festive shows to book now

Love 'em or hate 'em, pantos are back this year. So dig out your stripy tights, winkle pickers, false eyelashes and wiggery, and book in for one of these productions in Kent and beyond.

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 14 festive panto/Xmas production picks in Kent and beyond!

Beauty & The Beast, The Malthouse Theatre, Fri 10 – Fri 24 Dec

Belle will have her Ball (oh yes she will) in The Malthouse Theatre’s spectacular family pantomime Beauty and the Beast this December. Featuring stunning sets & costumes, side splitting comedy, catchy hit songs and a dazzling West End cast, you don’t want to miss this festive treat for the whole family! Make sure to book before the last rose petal falls…

OR enjoy family favourite The Nutcracker at The Malthouse Theatre on Mon 20 Dec and journey through the magical night with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, meet the Mouse King and join the Sugar Plum Fairy in the beautiful Land of Sweets.

Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, The Assembly Hall, Fri 17 Dec – Mon 3 Jan

Mirror, Mirror on the wall… What is the greatest pantomime of them all? Look no further than Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs at The Assembly Hall this Christmas starring Shirley Ballas, head judge of Strictly Come Dancing as the Wicked Queen! Joining her is an amazing West End cast including; Cameron Blakely (The Addams Family), Leon Craig (Everyone’s Talking About Jamie) and Rhiannon Chesterman (Rock of Ages). One for all the family, prepare for top-quality entertainment with lavish sets and a seriously funny script!

Cinderella, Leas Cliff Hall, Fri 10 – Fri 31 Dec

With one charming Prince, two Ugly Sisters and a huge sprinkling of Fairy Godmother magic, join Leas Cliff Hall this Christmas to find out if the glass slipper fits and if Cinderella will make it to the ball. Featuring breath-taking special effects, spectacular scenery and sparkling costumes along with plenty of traditional pantomime mayhem and laughter – exciting star cast to be announced soon!

Jack & The Beanstalk, The Marlowe Theatre, Fri 26 Nov – Sun 9 Jan

Don’t miss this fun-filled family pantomime at The Marlowe Theatre this December! Starring West End star and pop icon Duncan James, Strictly Come Dancing’s Joanne Clifton, alongside Marlowe favourite Ben Roddy, returning villain Marc Pickering (Mother GooseBoardwalk Empire), Milkshake! presenter Nathan Connor and Bobbie Chambers (South Pacific). Jack And The Beanstalk, promises to be a giant of a pantomime, so book your tickets now.

IF YOU FANCY SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT…

Prince & Pauper, Trinity Theatre, Weds 8 Dec – Sun 2 Jan

Not into Pantos? You’ll love Trinity Theatre’s answer! Don’t miss this charming and hilarious adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic story this December. As King Henry VIII lays on his death bed, his son Edward is reluctant to face the trials of kingship whilst in Pudding Lane an impoverished Tom Canty dreams of a better life. A chance encounter between the two reveals that they look almost identical. Let the farce begin!

The Three Scrooges, The Beacon, Tunbridge Wells, Weds 1 – Sun 19 Dec

If you’ve never experienced a GOOMs production before, well you are in for a treat! Their Christmas production of The Three Scrooges is a fast-paced, hilarious and heartfelt immersive dining and theatre production of the all-time favourite classic, A Christmas Carol, where YOU get to decide who plays Scrooge. During the evening, you’ll be fed a three course Christmas dinner, designed by the local legend, Scott Goss, who won Chef of The Year 2019 in the Kent Life Magazine Food and Drink Awards, and represented London and the South East in the 2018 series of Great British Menu. Whilst enjoying this meal, you’ll be immersed in Dickensian London and witness Scrooge’s transformation as he learns to love Christmas. Which Scrooge will you choose? There’s still early-bird tickets available!

Royal Opera House: The Nutcracker, The Gulbenkian, Thurs 9 & Sun 12 Dec

Enjoy a sparkling ballet as an enchanting, festive treat for the whole family. The story of Clara, a girl on a magical Christmas Eve adventure, who’s accompanied by sparkling music and even dancing sweets! Watch the full company of The Royal Ballet in this much-loved classic. The screening will be live streamed on Thurs 9 Dec and a recording on Sun 12 Dec.

White Christmas, The Marlowe Theatre, Fri 19 – Sat 20 Nov

Entertain all the family with the spectacular, toe-tapping production of Irving Berlin’s classic musical, White Christmas. Direct from the West End and in The Marlowe this November. A tale of love and friendship, White Christmas features the dazzling songs Blue SkiesSisters and the most famous festive song of all, White Christmas. Don’t miss this timeless romantic comedy to warm the hearts of all ages.

AND THE REST…

Royal Opera House: The Nutcracker, The Gulbenkian, Thurs 9 & Sun 12 Dec

Enjoy a sparkling ballet as an enchanting, festive treat for the whole family. The story of Clara, a girl on a magical Christmas Eve adventure, who’s accompanied by sparkling music and even dancing sweets! Watch the full company of The Royal Ballet in this much-loved classic. The screening will be live streamed on Thurs 9 Dec and a recording on Sun 12 Dec.

Jack & The Beanstalk, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, Sat 11 Dec – Sun 2 Jan

Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum, the legend Christopher Biggins will be starring in this year’s sensational family pantomime at The Orchard Theatre joined by Kiera-Nicole (Milkshake!) and comedian Rikki Jay (The Big Big Talent Show).

The Pirates of Treasure Island, Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks, Fri 10 Dec –  Sun 2 Jan

Don’t miss this swashbuckling adventure to Skull lsland! Sevenoaks Panto is back with The Pirates Of Treasure Island – it’s a bit different isn’t it? Ant Payne and Jamie Alexander Wilson will reunite as Silly Billy Bones and Mrs Smollett, and they’ll be joined by Ru Paul’s Drag Race star Vinegar Strokes! Why are pirates perfect for panto? Because they Aaarrrrrrrrh!

Jack and the Beanstalk by FHODS, Tower Theatre, Tues 14 – Mon 27 Dec

Another spectacular production from the team at FHODS with Mike Nolan from The Fizz and John Pritchard playing Dame Trott. Expect stunning costumes, fabulous scenery, a giant, a beanstalk, a cow, fabulous lighting, music, mayhem, laughter and of course, the terrible jokes!

Rapunzel, EM Forster Theatre, Fri 10 Dec – Sun 2 Jan

Don’t miss this HAIR-larious Pantomime ‘Rapunzel’ at The E.M Forster this Christmas! Let your hair down and join the family pantomime of Rapuznel. Tonbridge favorite funny man ‘Tom Swift’ returns as Joey the Jester with Amanda Swift returning to bring her evil side as the wicked ‘Horrorbella’ the Witch along with a full professional cast. 

FURTHER AFIELD…

Pantoland, London Palladium, 4 Dec – 9 Jan

A mash up of all of panto’s best bits, starring American musician Donny Osmond and panto legend Julian Clary. Expect show-stopper songs, coarse comedy, and — well, all the things you’d expect from a great panto, really.

Potted Panto, Garrick Theatre London, 11 Dec – 9 Jan

From the people behind the wildly successful Potted Potter, this show promises a whirlwind tour of seven classic pantos in 70 minutes. Sure to be a madcap hoot.

Want more festive fun? Check out our round-up of the best ice rinks for 2021 and 10 lovely light trails in Kent and beyond.

6 comments on “Oh yes they are! 13 pantos and festive shows to book now”

  • A.T December 10, 2019

    You got to be in it to win it!!!!

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  • Leigh Baynes December 10, 2019

    I’d love to win this . Oh yes I would

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  • Gude H-G November 28, 2019

    The Marlowe is my absolute favourite – especially the legendary ghost bench! 😉
    That London Palladium one is incredible though, isn’t it? An absolute all-star cast…
    I’ve written a blog post with lots of fun festive things to do in Kent (and linked to this one of course) here: https://watermarkhomes.co.uk/christmas-things-to-do-in-kent/
    Merry Christmas to you!

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  • Twirlywhirly November 17, 2019

    Some fantastic pantomimes,Going to book a couple to take the grandchildren too & the nieces & nephews. We are also going to the Gravesend one who are Performing Beauty & The Beast, Always a great show. Some I wouldn’t of known about until my email
    Thank you for a great Blog as always

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  • Wendy Horton November 12, 2019

    Did you know about Beauty and the Beast at the Woodville Theatre in Gravesend? Last year’s panto was amazing, old school panto, the cast work very well together to pull off a polished panto.

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    • aliagnew November 13, 2019

      Oh thanks Wendy! Sounds like a brilliant option (love old school!). Thanks for sharing xAli

      Reply

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