A Christmas with kids wouldn’t be right without at least one trip to the panto. Oh no it wouldn’t!
The most wonderful time of the year is here; panto season has arrived. Now’s your chance to take the kids to see their favourite fairy tales come to life.
If you’ve not got tickets yet, here’s a guide to all the fairest pantomimes in all the land this season – at least, the ones showing in and around Bath.
Beauty and the Beast, Theatre Royal Bath
12th December to 12th January
Kids will love watching Belle as she becomes imprisoned in an enchanted castle by a prince who has been transformed into a hideous beast. Wendi Peters (Coronation Street’s Hetty Feather) will appear as Fairy Bon-Bon, with Nick Wilton co-starring as Polly le Plonk, marking his 20th consecutive year of playing a pantomime dame. It’s going to be wild wigs and garish dresses a-go-go.
Rapunzel, Egg Theatre, Bath
16th December to 12th January
Let your hair down and make Rapunzel your family panto this year. This musical version of the classic fairy tale tells how the orphaned baby Rapunzel finds a mother, but then loses her freedom when she is locked in a tower. A story of true love, a magic pig and lots of hair will delight your little ones – and keep the rest of the family entertained, too!
Snow White A Pantomime, Rondo Theatre, Bath
16th to 19th January
We all know the story of Snow White: a jealous wicked queen, a young fair maiden, a poor market boy and a magical talking mirror. As far as fairy tales go, it’s got it all. Expect love, loss and redemption, plus plenty of laughs and songs along the way. Kids will love this version, staged by Bath Drama. So go on, have a bite. You know you want to…
Dick Whittington, Bristol Hippodrome
7th December to 5th January
It was scheduled to be Robin Hood, but after an offer of the London Palladium’s stage set for Dick Whittington and a script written with Shane Richie (this year’s star of the show) in mind, Dick Whittington it is! The whole family will enjoy this classic rags-to-riches story, which sees Dick outwit King Rat, win Alice’s hand in marriage and become the Lord Mayor of London. All together now: “It’s behiiiiind you!”
Beauty and the Beast, Redgrave Theatre
21st to 31st December
Redgrave Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast might not be as star-studded as the one at Bath’s Theatre Royal, but it’s sure to win over the audience, nonetheless. Two stars sure to steal the show are Noodle and Devon, the doggy performers taking it in turns to star as Belle’s best friend. This will be the first professional panto Redgrave Theatre has staged, so well worth a trip.
Whatever you do with your little ones this Christmas, make sure it’s full of festive fun. At Little Willows, we’ll be getting the children into the Christmas spirit with activities, games and crafts.
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