Christmas UK top 5 Preview:
We have previewed the very best of Pantomime and Christmas Shows from around Scotland but following the popularity of last year’s top 5 outside of Scotland, we just had to bring it back for 2019! There are over 500 professional pantomimes and Christmas shows around the UK and many hundreds more in church halls and community theatres the length and breath of the country. We have selected just 5 Pantomimes from out with Scotland that we believe are unique, special and worthy of your ticket money! You may or may not agree but we hope you visit your nearest theatre this festive season for a real treat.
Qdos presents Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The London Palladium.
The London Palladium holds a very special place in the hearts of Londoners and theatre goers throughout the UK and thanks to QDOS they brought pantomime back to this historic venue in 2016 and have become Olivier award winners along they way. The Gang are back and will transform the Palladium into a circus for a panto spectacular like no other. Paul O’Grady returns along side Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot plus a new galaxy of stars.
Fusing together circus, stunts, spectacular effects, a brand new set, costumes worthy of the west end and the biggest orchestra in panto the palladium is out to top its itself once more, you would be fool to miss this and it only plays for 5 short weeks and many performances are already sold out! Time to book now before it’s all too late.
Qdos presents Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The London Palladium. Sat 7th Dec – Sun 12th Jan 2020 for tickets go to: https://www.palladiumpantomime.com/
Qdos Presents Beauty and the Beast, Theatre Royal, Newcastle.
The biggest panto in the North must be the annual extravaganza at the Theatre Royal directed by Michael Harrison ( who also helms the London Palladium) and always acts as a test bed for ideas and effects that will pop around the country in subsequent years. 2019 For the first time ever the spellbinding pantomime Beauty and the Beast comes to the Newcastle Theatre Royal in a spectacular and enchanting production for all the family, starring legendary Theatre Royal panto stars Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward. Join them on a magical adventure to help the beautiful Belle on her quest to unleash the Beauty within the Beast. With everything you’ve come to expect from the Theatre Royal’s pantomime; spectacular special effects, hilarious comedy and a few surprises along the way, Beauty and the Beast is set to be the North East’s biggest panto ever!
Qdos Presents Beauty and the Beast, Theatre Royal, Newcastle. Tue 26th Nov – Sun 19th Jan 2020 for tickets go to https://www.theatreroyal.co.uk/whats-on/panto-beauty-and-the-beast
The York Theatre Royal Presents, The Sleeping Beauty, Theatre Royal York.
For the first in 40 years, Berwick Kaler will not be on stage at the Theatre Royal York but he is behind the pen of this brand new production. Introducing Martin Barrass as the Queen, alongside Suzy Cooper as Beauty, A.J Powell and the dastardly David Leonard as the wicked Evil Diva. Spinning together hilarious gags, stunning costumes, thrilling dances and foot-tapping songs – you’ll cheer the heroine, boo the villain, laugh-out loud and sing-along! It may just be the start of a new era at the Theatre Royal York so why not catch it.
The York Theatre Royal Presents, The Sleeping Beauty, Theatre Royal York. Sat 7th Dec – Sat 25th Jan 2020 for tickets go to: https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/show/sleeping-beauty/
City Variety Theatres Present Red Riding Hood the Rock and Roll Pantomime, City Varieties Music Hall Leeds.
To Yorkshire next and the run away success that is the Rock and Roll Pantomime at the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds. From the enchanted pen of Peter Rowe, CVT present RED RIDING HOOD!
You’ll be wowed by this breath-taking production which mixes traditional elements of audience participation and corny gags with a jukebox full of classic rock anthems and chart-toppers, all performed live on stage by our ultra-talented cast of actor-musicians. Be sure to keep your wits about you though, or you may just get rocked by the legendary Boulder Battle !
City Variety Theatres Present Red Riding Hood the Rock and Roll Pantomime, City Varieties Music Hall Leeds Fri 29th Nov – Sun 12th Jan 2020 for tickets go to: https://www.cityvarieties.co.uk/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=7F9A3ECA-C417-43BE-BAFD-458AF6459B75
Qdos Presents Beauty and the Beast, Grand Opera House, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
May McFettridge celebrates her 30th season as the Queen of Belfast Pantomime and is joined by star of stage and screen Ben Richards (Footballers Wives, Holby City, Hollyoaks, The Bodyguard in London’s West-End) as well as Comedy magician and Britain’s Got Talent favourite Mandy Muden. Don’t miss this magical adventure packed full of comedy, colour and amazing song and dance routines.
Dreaming of a happier life, the beautiful Belle finds herself transported to a cursed castle and held captive by a hideous beast. To her surprise, the castle is full of magical characters placed under a spell by an evil enchantress. Can Belle see beyond the monster and fall in love with her captor before the last petal falls from the enchanted rose? Or will the Beast’s selfishness cost him the world he once knew and the hand of the girl who has melted his heart?
With a huge cast of 30 and a spectacular set, Beauty and the Beast is the biggest show in Northern Ireland. It’s also a sumptuous gift of a show tied up in glittering ribbons, so treat yourself and your family to a Christmas present you can look forward to all year!
Qdos Presents Jack and the Beanstalk, Grand Opera House, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Sat 30th Nov – Sun 12th Jan 2020. For tickets go to: https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/beauty-and-the-beast/
So there it is our 5 picks of the panto’s out with Scotland and for those in wales there is many a panto too including Sleeping Beauty at the Venue Cymru Llandudno featuring legendry Dame Nigel Ellacott you can find more info by going to: https://venuecymru.co.uk/sleeping-beauty-0
Whatever panto you see this year have a ball its truly the most unique form of entertainment and one we should continue to embrace.