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UK Pantomimes happening in 2021 – oh yes they are!

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Here’s a joyous news story no other country in the world is going to appreciate in quite the same way: UK pantomimes will be happening in 2021.

Panto is a Christmas tradition that people just don’t get outside of UK waters. The slapstick comedy, panto dames and chucking sweets at the crowd is a wholly British and Irish phenomena.

And thankfully Christmas pantomimes in 2021 are back. After all, Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of ‘he’s behind you’ and ‘oh no she isn’t’.

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UK pantomimes near you in 2021

Here’s a list of 2021 pantomimes that have been confirmed:

Car park pantos around the country

Following a SOLD-OUT tour in 2020 CAR PARK PANTO in partnership with Birmingham Stage Company are pleased to announce that Horrible Histories Horrible Christmas is coming back to a car park near you this December and January!

Here’s where to find the show:

  • Friday 17th December – Chelmsford City Racecourse – 4.30pm and 7pm 
  • Saturday 18th December – IWM Duxford – 2pm and 5pm 
  • Sunday 19th December – London Stansted Airport – 2pm and 5pm 
  • Tuesday 21st December – Cheltenham Racecourse – 11am, 2pm & 5pm
  • Wednesday 22nd December – Cardiff Airport – 2pm and 5pm 
  • Thursday 23rd December – Cardiff Airport – 11am, 2pm & 5pm 
  • Friday 24th December – Southampton Airport – 2pm and 5pm 
  • Sunday 26th December – East Midlands Airport – 2pm and 5pm 
  • Monday 27th December – East Midlands Airport – 11am, 2pm & 5pm
  • Tuesday 28th December – Montgomery Waters Meadow, Shrewsbury – 2pm & 5pm 
  • Wednesday 29th December – AJ Bell Stadium, Manchester – 2pm and 5pm
  • Thursday 30th December – AJ Bell Stadium, Manchester – 11am, 2pm & 5pm
  • Friday 31st December – Crewe Alexandra F.C. – 11am, 2pm & 5pm
  • Sunday 2nd December – Elvington Airfield, York – 11am, 2pm & 5pm    

There are limited tickets for each show priced at £49.50 per car (£2.50 booking fee applies). Tickets & T&C’s are available on the Car Park Panto website.

Christmas pantomimes in Aberdeen 2021

Jack and the Beanstalk at the Tivoli Theatre

Jack and the Beanstalk appears to be the most popular Christmas pantomime in 2020. And there will be Fi-Fi-Fo-Fun aplenty at Tivoli Theatre as they retell this classic panto story.

Jack and the Beanstalk, Tivoli Theatre, 3 to 22 December 2021.

Pantomime in Berkshire 2021

Jack and the Beanstalk at the Theatre Royal Windsor

Windsor’s favourite calamitous comedy duo, Kevin Cruise and Steven Blakeley will be back in 2021 for another magical Windsor panto!

Featuring our traditional pantomime comedy capers, dazzling dancers, colourful costumes – and some magic beans to make all your wishes come true – this GIANT pantomime spectacular is not to be missed!

Jack and the Beanstalk, Theatre Royal Windsor, 26 November 2021 to 9 January 2022.

Cinderella at the Corn Exchange Newbury

You shall go to the ball with the Corn Exchange’s 2021 pantomime! The classic rags to riches tale has delighted generations and now Plested and Brown (Claire Plested, Adam Brown and Amanda Wilshire) are back with their fresh take on this beloved story. 

is full of traditional Corn Exchange pantomime fun with plenty of jokes, songs from across the decades, and more magic and sparkle than you can shake a wand at.

Cinderella, Corn Exchange Newbury, 30 November to 17 December 2021.

Pantomime in Buckinghamshire

Jack and the Beanstalk at Milton Keynes Theatre

Starring Britain’s Got Talent winners, Street Dance sensations Ashley Banjo & Diversity, Jack and the Beanstalk will be a GIANT adventure for all the family!

Expect laughs, music, special effects, magic beans and bundles of audience participation in this giant of a pantomime!

Jack and the Beanstalk, Milton Keynes Theatre, 11 December 2021 to 8 January 2022.

Pantomimes in Dorset 2021

Jack and the Beanstalk at the Tivoli Theatre

Made-to-Measure Productions are delighted to be returning to Wimborne’s Tivoli Theatre this Christmas with a hilarious, brand new production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Join Jack on his adventure to Cloudland to save Princess Apricot from the clutches of the evil Giant Blunderbore!

Jack and the Beanstalk, Tivoli Theatre Wimborne, 2 to 6 June 2021.

Beauty and the Beast at The Lighthouse, Poole

Ooh la la! The stage is set for magic, mayhem and brilliantly beastly fun as this famous fairy tale is brought to life.

With love and laughter, music and mayhem, all the elements you’d expect from a classic pantomime come together to make this spellbinding tale a Christmas treat for all the family…C’est magnifique!

Beauty and the Beast, The Lighthouse, Poole, 9 to 31 December 2021.

Pantomimes in Devon

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! at The Theatre Royal Plymouth

Nutcracker! provides family-sized helpings of Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy, as you follow Clara’s bittersweet journey from a darkly comic Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross’ Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland, influenced by the lavish Hollywood musicals of the 1930’s.

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!, The Theatre Royal Plymouth, 15 to 20 November 2021.

Slava’s Snowshow at The Theatre Royal Plymouth

This multi-sensory show for all ages set in a dream-like world will touch both your heart and funny bone!

Enter Slava’s snowy world for a once in a life time, joyous, fun packed event culminating in a blizzard that puts you firmly at the centre of the action leaving you literally knee-deep in show!

Slava’s Snowshow has entertained audiences in over 80 countries including, Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Rome, Hong Kong and Moscow, receiving universal worldwide acclaim.

Slava’s Snowshow, The Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 30 November to 5 December 2021.

White Christmas the Musical at The Theatre Royal Plymouth

This spectacular brand-new production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is coming to Plymouth direct from the West End.

This timeless romantic comedy will warm the hearts of all ages with classic songs Blue SkiesSisters, and the most famous festive song of all White Christmas.

White Christmas the Musical, The Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 7 to 11 December 2021.

Aladdin at The Theatre Royal Plymouth 

Follow Aladdin, his brother Wishee Washee, and of course his mother Widow Twankey, on a spectacular adventure. Expect flying carpets, a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and a lamp-full of laughs, so book your magic carpet ride to old Peking to the magical pantomime Aladdin!

Tickets are on sale now!

Aladdin The Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 17 December 2021 to 3 January 2022.

Cinderella at Queens Theatre Barnstaple

From the team that brought you Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, the much loved classic rags to riches fairytale, Cinderella, bursts to life with heaps of audience participation, spectacular costumes, dazzling sets and enchanting special effects, Cinderella is guaranteed to be an unforgettable pantomime experience.

So polish your pumpkins, dust off your gowns, grab your glass slippers and head to the ball of the year for the ultimate pantomime.

Santa’s Christmas Cracker, Queens Theatre, Barnstaple, 10 to 31 December 2021.

Jack and the Beanstalk at The Palace Theatre

Jack’s back to deliver another fabulous pantomime at the Palace Theatre, Paignton in 2021. Jack’s task is to scale the beanstalk and rescue the Princess from the scary giant with the help or hindrance of the usual pantomime characters both good and bad.

Will he succeed? A professional script, five professional musicians, dazzling costumes, wonderful dancing and humour brought to you by the best of local talent and a few surprises.

Jack and the Beanstalk, The Palace Theatre, Paignton, 18 December 2021 to 2 January 2022.

The Magic of Christmas at The Palace Theatre

Torbay’s ultimate Christmas show is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit. With singing, dancing and laughs all round, this show will take you on a sleigh ride through classic, pop and rock Christmas hits to fill you full of festive cheer. 

Sit back and enjoy beautiful harmony, toe-tapping routines and sketches that will have you laughing to the North Pole and back. 

The Magic of ChristmasThe Palace Theatre, Paignton, 1 to 3 December 2021.

Visit the Devon with Kids website to find more Christmas events in Devon.

Pantomime in Flintshire 2021

Beauty and the Beast at Theatr Clwyd

This rock ’n’ roll panto written by Wales’ Christian Patterson is back, with bonkers frocks, dazzling sets and the anarchic panto puppets!

Beauty and the Beast, Theatr Clwyd, Mold, 19 November 2021 to 15 January 2022.

Pantomime in Hampshire

Jack and the Beanstalk at The Kings Theatre

Can Jack get back the family cow he swapped for magic beans? Can Dame Trott keep a roof over her head and save the family farm?

Find out as the Kings Theatre throws a huge sprinkling of fairy dust over an unmissable mix of madcap action, non-stop gags, brilliant songs and of course the 12 Days of Christmas!

Jack and the Beanstalk, The Kings Theatre, Portsmouth, 27 November 2021 to 2 January 2022.

Cinderella at The Mayflower Theatre

A strictly magical star cast has been announced with Craig Revel Horwood as The Wicked Stepmother, Debbie McGee as The Fairy Godmother and the legendary Richard Cadell & Sooty in Mayflower Theatre’s pantomime for 2021 – Cinderella.

Cinderella, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 10 December 2021 to 2 January 2022.

Pantomime in Kent

Jack and the Beanstalk at Marlowe Theatre

Don’t miss this year’s fun-filled, family pantomime Jack And The Beanstalk, starring Marlowe favourite, Ben Roddy, and a star-studded cast to be announced soon.

Once again, the show will be written and directed by Paul Hendy and we’ll be co-producing with Evolution, the same team behind the Box Office smash-hit, Mother Goose.

Jack and the Beanstalk, Marlowe Theatre, 26 November 2021 to 11 December 2020 to 9 January 2022.

Pantomime in Lancashire

Aladdin at the Opera House Manchester

Aladdin will feature a lamp-load of comedy, jaw-dropping special effects, sensational song and dance and plenty of boos and hisses the whole family will enjoy.

Aladdin, Opera House Manchester, 11 December 2021 to 2 January 2022.

Sleeping Beauty at Lowther Pavilion

Featuring all of the best-loved panto shenanigans with an abundance of laughter, dance and music along with dazzling scenery and costumes, spectacular special effects and plenty of audience interaction, this is the perfect Christmas treat for all the family to enjoy! 

Sleeping Beauty, Lowther Pavilion, 6 to 30 December 2021.

Pantomime in Merseyside 2021

Cinderella at The Atkinson

You can expect to see some famous faces in this traditional panto with a modern twist.

The full cast announcement will be made in Summer 2021, alongside regular panto pro’s Claire Simmo (Greatest Hits Radio), Michael Chapman (Liverpool’s favourite Dame), Lewis Pryor (Britain’s Got Talent 2016), Southport’s Tom Burroughs and Holli Jo Bradley(choreographer).

Cinderella, The Atkinson, 10 December 2021 to 2 January 2022.

Pantomime in Northamptonshire

Aladdin at The Deco in Northampton

The classic adventure story of Aladdin and his magic lamp springs to life with flying carpets, genies and lots of comic mayhem.

Aladdin, The Deco, Northampton, 10 to 31 December 2021.

Pantomime in Northumberland

Jack and the Beanstalk at Tyne Theatre & Opera House

Climb up Tyne Theatre’s socially distanced beanstalk this December with a giant of a show starring the hilarious Charlie Richmond as Simple Simon and a cast of some of the North East’s best panto talent.

Jack and the Beanstalk, Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 19 May to 6 June 2021.

Pantomime in Shropshire

We’ll Have to do it Again Then, Won’t We?! at Severn Theatre

Shrewsbury’s Severn Theatre is putting on an alternative pantomime lead by Dame Brad Fitt. Meet the man behind the make-up and enjoy a ‘socially distanced’, side-splitting journey through pantoland with stories, slapstick and songs.

We’ll Have to do it Again Then, Won’t We?!, Severn Theatre, Shrewsbury, 2 to 4 July 2021.

Pantomime in Somerset

Snow White at Bristol Hippodrome

Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients Bristol audiences have come to expect, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be spectacularly brought to life with an abundance of jaw-dropping dance, side-splitting comedy, sensational special effects and plenty of festive magic.

Snow White, Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, December 2021 to 2 January 2022.

Jack and the Beanstalk at The Playhouse Theatre

Make next Christmas a GIANT of a family experience as The Playhouse Theatre brings to life one of the most loved and classic pantomimes of all time, Jack and the Beanstalk!

In this magical story, poor Dame Trot and her son Jack hardly have a bean!

Jack and the Beanstalk, The Playhouse Theatre, Weston Super Mare, 11 December 2021 to 2 January 2022.

Pantomime in Staffordshire

Peter Pan at Lichfield Garrick

Peter Pan is now flying into 2021! Get ready for the swashbuckling adventure of a lifetime!

Peter Pan, Lichfield Garrick, 25 November 2021 to 2 January 2022.

Pantomime in Yorkshire

Aladdin at The Bradford Playhouse

Join the hilarious Aladdin and his wacky washerwoman mother Widow Twankey along with the beautiful Princess Jasmine, her guardian the crazy but strict police chief and a magical spirit to guide our hero along the way on this magical carpet ride of a pantomime!

Aladdin, Bradford Playhouse, 18 to 29 December 2021.

If you are looking for more ideas for winter 2021 here’s the Christmas family days out and events that are going ahead.

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Searching for UK pantomimes happening in 2021? It's no easy task! Luckily for you I have put together a list of the pantos confirmed for this Christmas #2021 #panto #show #theatre #live #family #Christmas #event #festive #comedy #TinBoxTraveller #UK #England #Scotland #Wales

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