The pantomime – a staple of many a yuletide calendar. When booking that annual family pantomime trip, you often find you’re spoiled for choice. We here at Fantastic for Families have decided to make finding that anticipated festive fixture a little easier, with five top pantomime picks.
Whether you’re looking for a panto with a twist, something to entertain the little ones, a sensory or deaf-friendly experience, you’re sure to find something that will entertain the whole family.
Cinderella – The Rockin’ Panto, London
Saturday 30th November – Sunday 5th January, artsdepot, 5 Nether St, Tally Ho Corner, London, N12 0GA
Get ready to Rock Around the Clock this December, as a dazzling cast of actor-musicians take to the stage performing your favourite story, alongside iconic rock, pop and soul classics.
Immerse yourself in the story of Cinderella and Buttons, as the Mayor (Cinderella’s father) has his lonely-hearts ad answered by Rubella De Zees, with her two dangerous daughters – Hernia and Verruca – in tow. With a Fairy Godmother on-side, I Gotta Feeling Cinderella may live happily ever after.
The Polar Bears Go Up, Darlington
Friday 6th – Tuesday 24th December, The Hullabaloo, Borough Road, Darlington, DL1 1SG
Aimed at younger adventurers between 2 and 5 years old, The Polar Bears Go Up is a fun, engaging and exciting theatre experience.
Follow The Polar Bears on their adventure upwards – up trees, above clouds, reaching for the stars – as they set out to retrieve their missing balloon. Of course, these determined Polar Bears are famous for their fearless expeditions, and you can join them on their wild adventure.
This performance is non-verbal and deaf friendly.
Beauty and the Beast, Oxford
Friday 29th November – Sunday 12th January, Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LW
Beauty and the Beast could not be more different. Whilst Beauty is smart and bold with a heart of gold, the Beast grumpy, rough and tough to get on with. See what happens when the pair find themselves inside the magical castle together. Follow this enchanting tale and even lend a helping hand to Beauty and the Beast along the way.
You can enjoy fabulous fun, song and dance, with a healthy dose of silliness, with this Oxford Playhouse Production.
Jack & The Beanstalk: multi-sensory pantomime fun for children with disabilities & their families, across the South East
Saturday 30th November – Sunday 15th December, Chatham, Great Bookham, Crowborough, Camberley, Crawley, Maidstone
This multi-sensory, accessible performance brings fun songs, sensory experiences and more to children with disabilities and their families. A sensory room is also available before, throughout and after the performance, as a space to chill out and relax.
Head2Head Theatre provide an advance pack. Chatham, Camberley, Crawley and Maidstone performances have hoists for wheelchair users.
Mr Popper’s Penguins
Wednesday 27th November – Tuesday 31st December, Waterside, 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, M33 7ZF
Bringing together performing penguin puppets and original songs, Mr Popper’s Penguins is a fun, action-packed family crowd-pleaser.
Based upon Richard and Florence Atwater’s book (which was also recently adapted into a Hollywood film featuring Jim Carrey), see what happens when painter, decorator and Antarctic fan, Mr Popper, finds a penguin on his doorstep.