Going to the panto like for many families has become an annual tradition for us and we absolutely love it. We have pulled together a list of pantos and Christmas shows in and around Oxfordshire this Christmas.
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Beauty and the Beast Panto, Oxford
29 November – 12 January
Beauty and the Beast will be the 2019 panto at the Oxford Playhouse showing from 29 November 2019 – 12 January 2020
Beautiful beasts and where to find them…
Meet Beauty– smart as a whip, bold as brass, with a heart of pure gold. She’s the opposite of the Beast – gruff, rough and in need of a shave. But when Beauty finds herself trapped in a magical castle with the Beast, the two of them have to learn to get along.
Will they meet a beastly end? Or have a beautiful ‘happily ever after’? One thing’s for sure, our mismatched pair will need a hand from you to make their dreams come true.
Full of super singing, dazzling dancing and lashings of slapstick silliness, this year’s panto is brought to you by the team behind Dick Whittington and His Cat and Jack and the Beanstalk. So get ready to boo and cheer – another smashing panto is here!
Duration: 2 hours with interval
An Oxford Playhouse production
Written and Directed by Steve Marmion
Age guideline 5 to 105!
To book Beauty and the Beast Pantomime at the Oxford Playhouse this Christmas please click here
Peter Pan at North Wall
1 December – 5 January
A shadow at the window, a sprinkling of fairy dust and then straight on till morning: the Darling children are off on an adventure. Can Peter Pan lead the Lost Boys to victory, or will Hook win Neverland?
This winter, pull up a chair for Creation Theatre’s eighth family Christmas show at The North Wall. From the creative team behind last year’s sell-out A Christmas Carol and 2016’s anarchic Snow White and Other Tales from the Brothers Grimm, this brand-new adaptation of J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan is packed full of songs, sword fights and awfully big adventures.
Recommended for ages 7+
For more details and to book tickets please click here
The Adventures of Pinocchio at Cornerstone
7 – 29 December
The 2019 Christmas show at the Cornerstone in Didcot is The Adventures of Pinocchio and we are delighted to hear that it is being produced by the same creative team behind The Nutcracker and the Mouse King and The Pied Piper which we absolutely loved.
Join the Cornerstone for this magical tale about a naughty runaway puppet who dreams of being a real boy. No matter how hard Pinocchio tries, he just keeps getting in to trouble. And whenever he tells tales his nose grows…
Watch as Pinoccio tumbles in and out of adventures as tries to find his way home to his old wood carver ‘father’ Geppetto and learns that if he wants to become human, he must first learn to be honest.
To book tickets or more information please click here or call the box office on 01235 515144
Morgan & West: A (Sort of) Christmas Carol Magic Show
13 – 24 December
Morgan & West: A (Sort of) Christmas Carol Magic Show is showing at The Mill in Banbury from 13 – 24 December 2019.
The world’s most distinguished duo of time-travelling magicians Morgan & West present Charles Dickens’ timeless classic: A Christmas Carol.
There is only one problem – they haven’t read it. Well not just one problem, there are also only two of them to play all the parts. Oh, and Mr West is rather insistent on doing a magic show at the same time. How hard can it be?
Morgan & West have appeared on your television screens as part of The Next Great Magician (ITV), Penn & Teller: Fool Us (ITV), and The Slammer (CBBC).
Fun for all the family in this utterly splendid (and totally silly) Christmas magic extravaganza!
Winners: Best Family Show Buxton Fringe 2013
To book tickets click here
Pantos and Christmas shows a bit further afield
Nativity! The Musical -Aylesbury Waterside
6 – 10 November
Back by popular demand and after sold out performances last year, the producers of NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL are delighted to announce the return of a UK tour for 2019, appearing at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Wed 6 – Sun 10 Nov.
Producer, Jamie Wilson said “Nativity! The Musical is currently one of the largest and most logistically challenging shows touring the UK with a cast of adults, live band, over 35 children and a dog. We are so thrilled with the phenomenal success of the show over the last two years and delighted to be bringing it back for a third year running”.
Every child in every school has one Christmas wish, to star in a Nativity, and at St Bernadette’s School they’ve decided to mount a musical version! Join teacher Mr Maddens and his crazy assistant Mr Poppy as they struggle with hilarious children, and a whole lot of sparkle and shine to make everyone’s Christmas wish come true. Featuring all of your favourite sing-a-long songs from the smash-hit films including Sparkle and Shine, Nazareth and One Night One Moment. NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL promises to be the perfect feel-good comedy for all the family.
NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL is written and directed by the creator and director of the blockbuster film series, Debbie Isitt. Debbie said “I am so proud of Nativity! The Musical and everything it has achieved over the last two years. We had over 150 fantastic child actors involved last year, an absolutely stunning adult company (including some terrific celebrities) and the return of the incredibly talented Simon Lipkin as Mr Poppy. The show has brought joy to so many families across the UK in 2018 and we can’t wait to do it all again!”
Written and Directed by Debbie Isitt with music and lyrics by Nicky Ager and Debbie Isitt, NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL is choreographed by Andrew Wright, designed by David Woodhead, with lighting design by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Tom Marshall and musical supervision and orchestrations by George Dyer.
Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)
Age guidance: 5+
To book tickets for Nativity the Musical click here
Beauty and the Beast at Aylesbury Waterside
6 December – 5 January
Are you looking at going to the panto? We have been to the pantomime at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre for the last few years and we absolutely love it. We are very excited to hear that Aylesbury Waterside Theatre and UK Productions have announced Beauty and the Beast as next year’s panto!
Unleash the beast and the magic of pantomime with Aylesbury Waterside Theatre’s enchanting family production Beauty and the Beast en route to town for Christmas 2019 from Fri 6 Dec 2019 – Sun 5 Jan 2020.
The sparkling fairy tale invites you to join Belle, the Beast, magical Fairy Bon Bon, larger-than-life Polly La Plonk and cheeky chappy Louis La Plonk to be transported into a cursed castle, under the spell of an evil enchantress! Can Belle see beyond the Beast and fall in love with her captor? Will the Beast’s heart be melted by Belle’s beauty? With an unmissable transformation moment, sumptuous costumes and stunning scenery, join us for a must-see, magnificent fairy tale adventure!
With cast to be announced, remember to follow @thewaterside1 on twitter, like Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on Facebook and follow Aylesburywaterside.theatre on Instagram for all the latest news.
Book now, and be the Belle of the ball! Please click here for more information and a full listing of dates, times and prices, visit the venue Box Office, or call 0844 871 7607 (Calls cost up to 7p per min plus your phone company’s access charge).
EATING OUT WITH THE KIDS IN OXFORDSHIRE THIS CHRISTMAS?
If you fancy grabbing a bite to eat while you’re out and about with the kids over Christmas we’ve got loads of suggestions for child-friendly restaurants in Oxfordshire. Check out our handy guide, click here.
We hope you have found this Panto and Christmas Show guide useful. For days out in Oxfordshire click here