A Christmas pantomime plays an important part in traditional British Christmas festivities.
Performed in theatres, village halls and community centres across the UK, they bring a real sense of festive fun for all ages throughout the months of December and January.
With lots of booing and hissing of the villain and cheering for the hero, audience participation encourages confidence and social bonding, making it a great way to reward your students at the end of the winter term.
The WST team have got into the festive spirit and found some of the best Christmas pantomimes to visit throughout the UK, which are easily accessible. Oh no they’re not! Oh yes they are!
Beauty and the Beast
Bringing the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast to life on stage through a musical tale, this production is suitable for all ages and features amazing sets and costumes from brilliant beasts to pretty princess dresses.
Theatre Royal Stratford East, London, 29 Nov-17 Jan
This will definitely be one of your students’ three wishes when they rub Aladdin’s magical lamp.
Enter the fun fairy-tale world of wonderful songs and dazzling dancing, topped off with laughter there will be lots of audience participation to get your pupils involved.
Empire Theatre, Liverpool 13th Dec – 4th Jan
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Your pupils will watch as beautiful Snow White and her comedic seven dwarfs take on the wicked Queen in one of the most traditional fairy tales of all time. The seven dwarfs bring lots of good old fashioned laughter to this Christmas panto.
Manchester Opera House, 5th Dec – 4th Jan
Follow Cinderella’s tale as she journeys from rags to riches, helped along by her famous Fairy Godmother and trusty Buttons; this is the perfect festive entertainments for all to enjoy at the end of term.
Grand Opera House, York, 12th Dec- 4th Jan
Peter Pan tells the ultimate childhood fairy-tale, with everything from Tinkerbell and Captain Hook to Neverland and special flying effects, it’s got all you need to make it an unmissable Christmas treat.
Theatre Royal, Bath, 12th Dec – 12th Jan
Jack and the Beanstalk
Known as Britain’s biggest pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk presents magical special effects, breath-taking musical numbers and laugh-out-loud comedy for everyone. On his adventure, Jack is joined by the comedy trio of Dame Trot, Simple Simon and Silly Billy who return by popular demand following their hilarious antics last year.
Birmingham Hippodrome, 19th Dec – 1st Feb
Visiting a panto can be both fun and educational for everyone, however, for all those budding performers out there who are interested in learning more, we provide a great range of theatrical trips all year round. Why not take a look at our fantastic range of Theatre, Drama and Performing Arts trips?
We’d love to hear which of the UK’s Christmas pantomimes your school are planning on attending, or if we have missed any out, do let us know on Twitter .