Fab-u-lous festive family pantos
Celebs, slapstick, dames, unicorns and gunge. Look out for these Hampshire and Isle of Wight pantos at a theatre near you...
Cinderella at The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, Fri 10 Dec 2021 – Sun 2 Jan 2022
Cinders will go to the ball at The Mayflower this December. Starring Craig Revel Horwood as the Wicked Stepmother, the lovely Debbie McGee as the Fairy Godmother plus, err, Sooty and some sparkly unicorns, this production of Cinderella has got all the right ingredients for a great night out (or a post cheese-binge dream – you decide). Fab-u-lous.
Beauty and the Beast at Anvil Arts, Basingstoke, Thurs 9 Dec 2021 – Sun 2 Jan 2022
Beauty & The Beast makes its Anvil Christmas debut. Actor and veteran panto dame Nick Wilton stars with Joe McFadden who won Strictly in 2017, so we’re expecting some decent ballroom…
Jack and the Beanstalk at The King’s Theatre, Southsea, Sat 27 Nov 2021 – Sun 2 Jan 2022
Cheer up! See the fabulous Dame Trott (above) as Jack’s mother star alongside Love Island guest star Amy Hart (Princess Jill) in Jack and the Beanstalk at The King’s Theatre, Southsea – aka the always reliably uproarious ‘Big Pompey Panto’.
Aladdin at The Theatre Royal Winchester, Winchester, Sat 4 Dec – Sun 2 Jan
Can Aladdin find the magic lamp and marry Princess Jasmine? Or will his plans be thwarted by the villainous Abanazar? Find out at the Theatre Royal Winchester, in this original production from the team behind 2019’s panto, Dick Whittington and 2020’s Four Dames in Search of a Panto. Genie-us.
Cinderella at the New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, Wed 15 Dec – Fri 31 Dec
For the first time in over fifty years, Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal is staging a traditional pantomime. Having a ball, Cinderella the Fairy Godmother and slapstick Buttons bounce off a pair of fearsomely ugly sisters. Classic.
Jack and the Beanstalk at The Point, Eastleigh, Thurs 13 – Sat 16 Jan 2022
No time for Christmas pantos this December? Book ahead for some January panto fun instead with this traditional, family-friendly production of Jack and the Beanstalk at The Point, Eastleigh.
ISLE OF WIGHT
Beauty & the Beast at The Shanklin Theatre, Shanklin, Wed 22 Dec – Mon 3 Jan
Singing, dancing, jokes, mayhem and gunge… Like an old-style Saturday morning kids’ TV show, this Spotlight IOW production of Beauty and the Beast at the Shanklin Theatre is bound to excite its youngest critics.
OVER THE BORDER
Beauty And The Beast at The Hexagon Theatre, Reading, Sat 4 Dec – Mon 3 Jan 2022
Just over the Berks border, littlies will be starstruck by this big production of Beauty and the Beast, starring CBeebies demigod, Justin Fletcher and award-winning Dame, Paul Morse, as Billy and Nanny Pastry in the Covid postponed Beauty And The Beast. Expect hilarious slapstick humour, plenty of audience interaction and loads of cheesy panto patter. Hop over to Muddy Berks and enter to win one of three family tickets!
Snow White and the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon at The Playhouse, Salisbury, Fri 3 Dec – Fri 31 Dec
Festive theatre brought bang up-to-date? Loving the sound if this! Set in the 1950s, rather than being imprisoned by a wicked stepmother, Snow White is a young apprentice working in her aunt’s beauty salon. When she comes across her aunt’s magic mirror there’s all sorts of magic and mayhem – and a few catchy songs along the way… A Wiltshire Creative production coming soon to Salisbury, go quick and enter here to win one of four family tickets.