Pantomimes in 2021 - 2022
Covid-19: All theatres in the UK are currently closed.
You can still watch an Online or Streaming Panto, and a number of Christmas pantomimes have been rescheduled for Easter and May Half Term 2021.
Online & Streaming Pantos 2020-2021
Image Credit: Jens Kreuter/Big Panto Guide
While many theatres around the UK are planning to put on covid safe pantos for Christmas 2020, large numbers of theatres have been forced to cancel their pantomimes, or have postponed them until next year.
If you want to get your panto fix this year from the comfort of your own home, there are lots of online and streaming pantos that you can watch - and support theatres around the UK at the same time.
Here are some of the theatres that are streaming either recorded or live performances this year. Some are available on You Tube.
If your local theatre is streaming a panto, let us know so that we can add it to our list.
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- Jack and the Beanstalk Having played to thousands of children, by streaming to hundreds of classrooms in Ireland, Scotland and England … now, Ulster Theatre Company can bring this joyous pantomime directly to your sitting room. So, grab a mince pie and a glass of something, sit down in front of the fire with all the family, and leave all your worries ‘Behind You’. Jack and the Beanstalk stars Packy Lee (Peaky Blinders) as Jack, at £9.99 per household, this might just be the best Christmas present you can give: “Oh, yes it is!” Available from December 19th, 2020 to January 31st, 2021
Cinderella Live Online Chris Rankin, best known as Percy Weasley of the Harry Potter franchise, Jessica Ellis (Hollyoaks) and Kimberly Hart-Simpson (Coronation Street) join the cast of the first live fully interactive pantomime premiering from the UK this Christmas. International audiences will boo, laugh, cheer, clap, shout “Behind You!” and even sing along with the cast in this ground-breaking fully interactive pantomime.
- Snow White in the Seven Months of Lockdown This Christmas, Charles Court Opera return with the fairest, online panto of them all! Enjoy their festive frivolities from the comfort of your living room for the very first time. A brand new film, created over the last seven (or-so) months and featuring interactive, choose-your-own-adventure moments. As this cheeky and inventive take on the age-old story unfolds, what happens next is up to you!
Family-friendly and adult-only versions available, so make sure that you click for the right one!!
- Jack and the Beanstalk Panto dame and Blue Peter legend Peter Duncan is presenting Panto Online - see Jack and the Beanstalk, filmed on location and only available between 4 Dec 2020 - 10 Jan 2021.
- Aladdin Filmed at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire, it's the story of the boy plucked from poverty into an extraordinary adventure. Will the evil Abanazar get his hands on the lamp or will good overcome evil?
- Funbox Presents Santa's Big Surprise Streaming throughout December, Scotland's Legendary Funbox have decided to throw Santa a surprise party to say thank you for all the festive cheer he brings. But who’s on the guest list? Will Santa turn up? And what if the Hokey Cokey’s really what it’s all about? With traditional Christmas songs, exciting new festive Funbox singalongs and more silliness than you can shake a stocking at.
- Snow White The Online Panto A magic mirror, a wicked queen, a poisoned apple and the tiniest friends ever imagined - all online this Christmas in the family fun panto SNOW WHITE! Starring panto regulars Richard Aucott as Nanny Nora, Bessie McMillan as Snow White, Nik Grundison as the Wicked Queen, Nathan J Lloyd as Prince Harry and making his professional pantomime debut Aaron Barker as Silly Billy. Snow White The Online Panto will be streamed on both YouTube and Instagram for free on Sunday 20th December 2020 and is produced by Ben Brooks Productions.
- The Santa Show Online Presented by the Plowright Theatre Scunthorpe, Santa is presenting his hugely popular, sell-out show online and it’s coming to screens across the world via Zoom this December!
Enjoy a livestream of the show, meet Father Christmas & friends virtually afterwards and send your Christmas messages for Cosmo the Elf to share LIVE – it’s the most Christmassy Christmas show ever!
- Once Upon A Pantomime is a traditional family panto streamed online and brought to you by Anton Benson Productions Ltd. Featuring a host of your favourite panto characters from Buttons to Dame Trott, Snow White to Abanazar, Prince Charming to the Good Fairy. Along with stars from their regular panto casts, they will also have an abundance of celebrity guests making cameo appearances! Showing from 14th December to 1st January 2021.
- Sleeping Beauty A 5* production starring Crissy Rock (Benidorm & I'm a Celeb) of Sleeping Beauty, filmed live and re mastered for digital audiences will be available to stream into your living room this December, with proceeds going to UK charities.
- Goldilocks and the 3 Bearz is presented by
The Basel English Panto Group based in Basel, Switzerland. This year, to due to the Covid-19 restrictions, they have decided to put on a virtual pantomime, screening the show on Zoom and including some live scenes for audience interaction, streamed on 12th and 13th December 2020. Goldilocks is sent off on a quest to help her village. During her search in the woods, evil will confront her with a few obstacles, but she manages to find refuge in a cottage. Little does she know some very woke Bearz own the place.
- Dick Whittington & His Cat is a classic panto from Teddington Theatre Club reimagined in an audio production on YouTube. Written by Loz Keal, directed by Marc Batten.
- The Scunner That Stole Christmas is a free online 5 episode Ayrshire Christmas treat, bringing joy, adventure and togetherness! Presented by the The Gaiety Theatre in Ayr.
- My First Panto: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Head to the Wild West with The Garage Norwich and All-In Productions' interactive online show for ages seven and under. Life is sweeter than an enormous jar of honey for Mama Bear, Papa Bear and Baby Bear. But a mischievous wind is blowing down the prairie and with it the famous bandit Goldilocks. Full of singing, dancing and play streamed straight to your living room from December 4. Find out how to watch at thegarage.org.uk/panto
- Aladdin – Live online AMA Theatre Live online present Aladdin, a traditional family panto performed live in our theatre space and broadcast via Zoom on Boxing day, 26th December at 7pm This 1-hour show is priced at £11.37 per household. The show is fully interactive as we broadcast via Zoom. We also provide private live performances such as individual schools and care homes. Please see our website for details. Tickets for the public performance are available from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/aladdin-pantomime-tickets-124912497643
- Sleeping Beauty will be live-streamed from Studley Sports Club in Warwickshire on 13th December. Will Princess Beauty ever get to wrestle a dragon? Will Evil Carrabosse spoil every party? Will the Court Jester ever tell a funny joke? And will the King and Queen ever stop arguing??? Join us this Christmas to find out!
- Father Christmas is a production of Raymond Briggs much loved story which has delighted families at the Lyric Hammersmith for eight years running. Now newly rehearsed and filmed especially to be watched in your home, this is the perfect Christmas production at a time when we all need a gorgeous festive treat. From the comfort of your home, watch Briggs’ grumpy but loveable Father Christmas as he gets ready for his busiest day of the year, Christmas Eve. Brought to you by Tobacco Factory Theatre in Bristol it runs from 9th to 24th December.
- #Panto_demic! In a year where theatre doors are closed, #Panto_demic! is a short film created by The Conquest Theatre; bringing the tradition of pantomime safely to audiences. Join your favourite villains in a zoom call with songs and fun along the way! Available 5th to 28th December 2020.
- Sammy and the Beanstalk is an online panto presented by Oxford Playhouse, and is a fun, spooky and contemporary Christmas story, told from the perspective of 8-year-old Sammy. It’s a story of bravery and kindness, which also tackles the isolation we've all experienced over the past few months.
- Cinderella Oneline Online Cinderella Oneline is a unique online virtual pantomime produced by Alliance Theatre in Newtown, involving over 350 performers worldwide as featured on BBC Wales. Each recorded one line on their phone which they sent in and we created the show. Free on their website, from Christmas Eve. This is a unique project, in which anyone could take part. It has taken 3 months to produce and involved over 1000 videos.
- Aladdin is a fanatastic Family Friendly Panto streamed into your home on 28th December 2020. Sing, Dance and Join the professional cast including Wiggy Clive from Hitman & Her as they performe for you in your home. Aladdin is given a new modern twist. Only £8 per household.
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