Who can resist the lure of traditional Christmas pantomimes? Men dressed as women, sweets hurled into the audience, no one frowning over your rowdy children, and some risqué gags for the parents thrown in for good measure. What’s not to love! We’ve pulled together a great list of family-friendly pantomimes in Berkshire this Christmas 2018.
The Hexagon, Reading – Aladdin
8 December 2018 – 6 January 2019
The 2018 family pantomime at The Hexagon in Reading will be Aladdin. And even more exciting is that Cbeebies superstar Justin Fletcher will once again be returning to Reading. Paul Morse, one of the most loved of Dames, has also confirmed he will once again be teaming up with Justin for some more sloshing around and slapstick high-jinx.
Tickets are now on sale, and following on from the success of last year’s Peter Pan, it’s advisable to book tickets in advance to secure the best seats and dates. Ticket prices are from £14.00 and the show will run from Saturday 8 December 2018 – Sunday 6 January 2019. For more information, show times and to book now, click here.
Theatre Royal Windsor – Dick Whittington
23 November 2018 – 6 January 2019
This Christmas, Dick Whittington and his cat are getting ready to help celebrate 80 years of traditional pantomime at the beautiful Theatre Royal Windsor. Get ready for even more laughs, splosh and Days of Christmas than ever before. There will be new stars including Anne Hegarty, The Governess from The Chase, as well as your old favourites – Basil Brush is back! And not forgetting panto veteran Kevin Cruise and resident Dame Steven Blakeley who’ll be getting his frock on for the 10th year! Plus more stars to be announced soon!
Dick Whittington will run from Friday 23 November 2018 – Sunday 6 January 2019. Tickets are from £17.00. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
Corn Exchange Newbury – Jack & the Beanstalk
30 November 2018 – 6 January 2019
Fee Fi Fo Fum, we smell lots of panto fun. Expect adventure, mayhem and a gigantic helping of magic in the Corn Exchange’s spectacular 2018/19 pantomime – Jack & the Beanstalk. Join Jack and the whole gang on an adventure of enormous proportions… from high-flying dreams to magical beans; prepare to be transported to the enchanted panto-land of Newbury Bottom, where anything is possible. Climb the beanstalk with Jack and enjoy high-energy dance routines, tunes to sing along to and plenty of audience participation, which will leave you on cloud nine! This ever-popular pantomime has become a fun-filled tradition for the families of Newbury and beyond.
The show runs at the Corn Exchange Newbury from Friday 30 November 2018 – Sunday 6 January 2019. Tickets are from £20.00 and available now. For more information, show times and to get your tickets, click here.
South Hill Park, Bracknell – Dick Whittington & his Cat
30 November 2018 – 5 January 2019
With the success of Beauty and the Beast still ringing in the air, South Hill Park are pleased announce their 2018/19 family pantomime, Dick Whittington and his Cat. Join Dick Whittington and his Cat on their daring journey through the streets of London to seek fame and fortune. Will the streets be paved with gold? Will he defeat the dastardly King Rat? Will he win the hand of the lovely Alice?
The Pearce Suite Theatre at Magnet Leisure Centre, Maidenhead
22 December – 30 December 2018
You shall go to the ball as the most magical pantomime of them all arrives in Maidenhead this Christmas! Following the success of last year’s Aladdin, we’re delighted to announce that Cinderella will be at the Pearce Suite Theatre. The classic rags to riches tale will feature West End performers, popular songs and plenty of silliness. Expect lots of laugh-out-loud comedy, traditional audience participation, and enchanting and magical animated scenery. Ticket prices from £14.50.
For more information and to book now, click here.
The Memorial Hall Pantomimes, Old Windsor – Peter Pan
30 November – 2 December & 6 – 8 December 2018
This year’s Old Windsor panto at The Memorial Hall will be Peter Pan.
For more information and to get your tickets, click here.
Fancy Something a Little Further Afield…
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre – Peter Pan
7 December – 31 December 2018
Flying into Aylesbury Waterside Theatre for Christmas 2018 is the swashbuckling family pantomime adventure Peter Pan from Friday 7 – Monday 31 December 2018.
Meet the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and Tinkerbell, and get ready for a fun-filled show full of fairy dust and pirates galore. Set sail for Neverland, take on Captain Hook and prepare for out-of-this-world flying effects, galleons of laughter, and the hungriest of crocodiles!
Suitable for young tinks (and those who never want to grow up!) this festive extravaganza is on sale now, so hook your tickets today.
For more information and full details on dates, times and prices, click here.
Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe – Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
7 December – 30 December 2018
This Christmas bring the kiddies to the fairest panto in all the land, staring none other than Strictly Come Dancing legend Brendan Cole in his pantomime debut! This year’s panto will be spectacularly bought to life with an abundance of comedy, sensational song and dance numbers, fabulous costumes and stunning scenery. Throw in a magical mirror, a beautiful princess, a handsome prince and plenty of audience participation as we outwit the Wicked Queen, and let love prevail in this glittering festive treat for all ages.
Suitable for all ages, running time is 2 hours 10 mins including an interval. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
The Anvil, Basingstoke – Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
13 December 2018 – 6 January 2019
Heigh-Ho, Heigh-Ho, it’s off to The Anvil we go for this year’s panto, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs starring Dani Harmer (CBBC’s Tracy Beaker) and Chris Pizzey (Basil Brush’s Mr Stephen). Join the Wicked Queen, handsome prince, seven mischievous dwarfs, and Snow White herself, for festive fun packed full of glittering costumes, sumptuous sets, catchy songs, and heaps of audience participation. Mirror, mirror on the wall, this is the must-see panto of them all!
Tickets from £16.00, suitable for all ages. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
New Victoria Theatre, Woking – Cinderella
7 December 2018 – 6 January 2019
You shall go to the ball this Christmas with the spectacular family pantomime Cinderella, staring the fab-u-lous Craig Revel Horwood as the Wicked Stepmother! Packed with all of the traditional pantomime ingredients audiences expect, Cinderella features laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. Join Cinders as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her very Ugly Sisters, and meets her dashing Prince Charming. Tickets from £14.00.
For more information and to book your tickets now for this fab panto, click here.
We really hope you found this post on pantomimes in Berkshire useful. For other ideas on what’s on for families this Christmas, click here.