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The top Christmas pantomimes of 2018 and where to see them

Nothing says Christmas quite like a larger-than-life pantomime dame, a hefty dose of audience participation and a chorus of ‘it’s behind you’ – right? So, with panto season well and truly upon us, we’ve scoured the UK theatre listings to put together a rundown of the best festive Christmas shows for 2018. That way you can get your tickets booked now, then sit back and be wowed by Widow Twankey and friends. All together now: oh no she didn’t…

Panto in Plymouth – Dick Whittington

If you're looking for an action packed panto full of laughter, music and dance, Dick Whittington at Plymouth’s Lyric Theatre is definitely one to watch. Get ready to travel on a journey with Eastenders stars John Partridge and Samantha Womack and Andy Ford as Dick Whittington.

Theatre Royal Plymouth Lyric Theatre, 14 December 2018 to 12 January 2019


Panto in Glasgow – Cinderella

The Krankies take on the popular Cinderella at the SEC Armadillo in Glasgow this year. Playing Baron Hardup and Buttons, they'll be entertaining audiences with their slapstick comedy and will be joined by Gavin Mitchell and Frances Thorburn.

SEC Armadillo, Glasgow, 12 December 2018 to 30 December 2018

Panto in Cardiff – Beauty and the Beast

Lisa Riley, Gareth Thomas and Ben Richards will be spending the festive season in Wales this winter, with starring roles in Beauty and the Beast at Cardiff’s New Theatre. These guys will be bringing Wales' No.1 pantomime to life with a mixture of comedy and music. Expect lots of special effects and plenty of laughs courtesy of this spellbinding pantomine.

Cardiff New Theatre, 08 December 2018 to 13 January 2019


Panto in Birmingham – Peter Pan

A whole host of stars are joining the Birmingham Hippodrome this Christmas for Peter Pan. You've got the likes of Jimmy Osmond, Meera Syal and Hippodrome favourite, Matt Slack. So we’re certain this pantomime performance is going to be a sell-out.

Birmingham Hippodrome, 19 December 2018 to 27 January 2019

Panto in London – Snow White

Snow White returns to the iconic London Palladium with a bang with its all-star cast. French and Saunders star, Dawn French, Nigel Havers and comedy favourite Julian Clary. Familar faces Paul Zerdin and Gary Wilmot will also be taking a turn on stage. Definitely one for name-droppers!

London Palladium, 8 December 2018 to 13 January 2019


Panto in Swansea – Cinderella

Steps star Ian Watkins, heads up Cinderella at Swansea’s Grand Theatre. Expect laugh out loud comedy, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. It runs until 13 January, so you won't want to miss this one.

Swansea Grand Theatre, 14 December 2018 to 13 January 2019


Panto in Bristol – Cinderella

Strictly star and popular comedian, Brian Conley leads the cast at Bristol Hippodrome Theatre's, Cinderella. You can expect laugh out loud comedy, special effects and style tips from everyone's favourite stylist, Gok Wan. 

Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, 8 December 2018 to 6 January 2019

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Published 24th October 2018