Christmas shows and pantomimes: there's nothing like a dame

After a traditional panto with a healthy sprinkling of audience participation? Or hankering for something a little bit different? We have the show for you.

Peruse our selection of 10 outstanding pantos around the UK, or scroll down to click on your nearest Local site for more Christmas shows. Behind you...


Potted Panto
Potted Panto, Vaudeville Theatre - London

Wooden Pinnochio
Pinocchio, The Old Market -
Brighton & Hove

Peter Pan
Peter Pan, Phones 4 U Arena - Manchester


10 stand-out pantomimes around the country...


Mumsnet Local Manchester & TraffordPeter Pan: The Never Ending Story World Arena Tour at Phones 4 U Arena Manchester

This international show promises to be high-flying, high-tech and high drama - in other words, panto on steroids. With an outstanding set and original music score this will be a memorable family outing.


Mumsnet Local GreenwichPuss in Boots Pantomime at Greenwich Theatre London

Andrew Pollard writes the script for this "razor-sharp" panto, and, if previous years' pantos at Greenwich Theatre are anything to go by, this is going to be one of the best family shows in London. 

Cornwall Woodland panto


Mumsnet Local CornwallWinter Wood at Tehidy Woods Cornwall

Interactive panto like you've never known it before: explore the     magical stories of the forest, following a path of adventure through the atmospheric spaceTehidy Woods. Expect a festive show, live music and warming hot chocolate in this Christmas woodland experience.


Mumsnet Local Westminster and CityPuss in Boots at Hackney Empire London

The award-winning team at Hackney Empire are putting on another marvelous panto - this year it's Puss in Boots. Hackney Empire's pantos are a local treasure, so don't miss out!


Mumsnet Local Brighton HovePinocchio at The Old Market Brighton & Hove

Hackney Puss in Boots panto

Your average panto doesn't generally seek critical acclaim or promise theatrical brilliance, but this heart-warming alternative Christmas show offers just that. Watch puppetry at its best - and witness Pinocchio carved before your eyes.


Mumsnet Local Westminster and CityPotted Panto at Vaudeville Theatre London

Watch seven of the best panto stories, all in the space of eight minutes. Brought to you by double Olivier award-nominees Dan and Jeff, this performance will have the kids squealing with delight at the slapstick mayhem of panto at its best.


Mumsnet Local Haringey

Dick Whittington at Millfield Theatre London

Be entertained by the wonderful story of Dick Whittington, in a show which promises all the panto essentials of sparkle, music and comedy in a high-quality production. The theatre also offers a Relaxed Performance, specially designed for people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder.


Mumsnet Local Newcastle and GatesheadThe Suggestibles Infamous Impro Pantso at the Northern Stage Newcastle

Giving panto a twist with this improvised musical extravaganza, the audience lead the performance with their song suggestions - but expect all the usual panto ingredients and trimmings, too. 


Mumsnet Local Bournemouth and PooleAladdin at Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre Bournemouth

Taking time out from being the Sexiest Male Soap Star award-winner for four years running (how exhausting!), Scott Maslen (Jack Branning from EastEnders) performs in this Aladdin panto, which promises to be entertaining in more ways than one.


Mumsnet Local LeedsCinderella at Yeadon Town Hall Leeds 

Dick Whittington panto

Celebrating its 75th Anniversary, Yeadon Charities Association is putting on another fantastic pantomime to raise funds for local charities. If you like Yeadon Charities on Facebook you spacecan also find out about the children's open audition for next year's panto. 


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Last updated: 25-Nov-2013 at 9:08 AM