Costumes, Chaos, Comedy: it must be Panto Season!

Data Thistle
3 min readNov 30, 2022


This year’s pantomimes are the best we’ve ever seen!

Oh no they’re not!

Oh yes, they are!

Filled with double entendres, wit, and slapstick, pantomimes are quintessentially British. Dating back to the 18th century in the UK, Pantomimes are a well-established Christmas custom that brings all the family together on a cold winter’s eve!

This year’s Christmas pantomimes range from takes on the Grimm brothers Cinderella to Disney’s Aladdin. We’ve picked out a few of these across the UK so you don’t have to do the digging.

Give the kids the chance to see all their favourite characters live, whilst you can see some of your favourite on screen actors dressed up as Robin Hood or Cinderella — truly a laugh for all! This year’s line-up features the likes of Dawn French, Julian Clary, John Bishop and Ian McKellen. These well-known names are destined to bring some Christmas cheer!

Where are your favourite Celebs on stage?

Ian McKellen and John Bishop in Mother Goose

Come along and see Gandalf play Mother Goose in Mother Goose at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London.

Dawn French in Jack and the Beanstalk

French sheds her dog collar and robes to take on the role as Jack’s Mother, Dame Trok, at the London Palladium.

Diversity in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Come down to Essex to see your favourite dancing feet starring in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Or come along and find some new favourite faces to look out for…

Cinderella at the Aberdeen Arts Centre

TaleGate Theatre Productions brings Cinderella to the Stage this Christmas!

All New Adventures of Peter Pan at York Theatre Royal

Starring Maddie Moate as Tinkerbell. Moate is a highly-acclaimed presenter for the BBC CBeebies, who now takes to the stage for the first time.

The Little Theatre’s production of Aladdin

Come along and support Leicester’s Drama Society this Christmas! Written and directed by John Bale.

Robin Hood is on at The Oldham Coliseum in Manchester

This traditional pantomime in the traditional village of Oldham already has raving reviews! Filled with heritage and popular attractions such as Alexandra Park, Oldham is a great place for a Christmas family day out!

We have over 600 pantomimes listed on our site, so look out for one near you!

Find your nearest Pantomime here!

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