Your Fairy Godmother has waved her magic wand & put together a fabulous collection of the best pantomimes & christmas shows you could wish for. Celebrity pantomimes, drama group shows & even seasonal performances without a pantomime dame in sight. Something for everyone & every age.

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Elf Jr: The Musical

Bristol Musical Youth Production
Redgrave Theatre, Clifton
19 Nov to 23 Nov – Family Show

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A modern day Christmas classic, based on the cherished film with Will Farrell.

ELF the musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s sack and is taken to the North Pole. There he grows up believing he’s an Elf, until one day he discovers he’s human and his real dad is in New York.  We follow him as he heads to the Big Apple to find his true identity and bring the true meaning of Christmas to cynical new Yorkers .

A seasonal  romp that’s sure to make everyone embrace their inner elf. “A splashy, peppy, sugar sprinkled holiday entertainment “ , New York Times

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Of Christmas Past

Tobacco Factory Theatre
Douglas Walker
27 to 29 Nov – ages 14+

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The only thing more devastating than finding out Santa Claus doesn’t exist… is finding out that he does.

Christmas is a time for joy and happiness, but there is a sinister secret at the heart of the stories we tell. Douglas Walker unwraps the shocking true origins of Santa Claus in a one-man epic taking in 100 years of history and almost as many characters.

Treading a fine line between fable, fiction and comedy, Of Christmas Past is a funny, festive story for grown-ups. Spanning the 20th century and with a cast including Rasputin, Trotsky, Edward VII & Mrs Simpson, Elvis, Idi Amin, Tupac and Diana Spencer, Of Christmas Past is a kaleidoscopic carousel which asks what would happen if you actually met Santa

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Snow White

Tobacco Factory Theatre
Tobacco Factory Theatres Production
28 Nov to 19 Jan – ages 5+

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This Christmas we’re thrilled to present an original take on much-loved fairy tale Snow White, created with the fabulous New International Encounter (Beauty and the BeastHansel and Gretel). Full of music, magic and fun, this festive adventure in the forest will enthral the whole family.

In a wild and windswept land, far, far away, snow falls on a castle nestled amongst the trees where a cruel Queen is assured by her magic mirror that her beauty surpasses all others. Until one day when the mirror proclaims that Snow White, the Queen’s step-daughter, is the fairest in the land. Fleeing the Queen’s rage, Snow White runs deeper into the forest where she finds refuge with a motley crew of characters that accept her as one of their own and show her a different way to live.

This joyful re-telling of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale is about growing up, growing old, growing your own food and why you shouldn’t trust a very shiny red apple. Overflowing with charm and wit, this laughter-filled festive delight celebrates how we can all make the world a better place.

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A Christmas Carol

Bristol Old Vic Production
Bristol Old Vic
28 Nov to 12 Jan – Family Show

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Returning Nov 2019 – Jan 2020 after its record-breaking run last year, Tom Morris’ (The Grinning ManSwallows & Amazons) enchanting adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale, A Christmas Carol, is back! With Lee Lyford at the helm and music by Gwyneth Herbert (The Snow Queen), this spectacular show is not to be missed.

The turkeys are hanging in St Nick’s butchers shop, the Christmas Steps are decked with holly, but Christmas Eve is a bleak night for miserly money-lender Ebenezer Scrooge. Before the night is through, he is visited by four ghosts who show him chilling portraits of his past, present and future. 

As the sun rises, he comes to see the bitter truth of his selfish life; learning kindness, compassion and, ultimately, the true meaning of Christmas.

Dickens’ classic comedy provides the perfect accompaniment to your 2019 festivities, exploring what it might take for a hard-hearted skinflint to transform into the living embodiment of the spirit of Christmas. 

So, from Nov 2019, join Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and Scrooge himself in this riot of music and theatrical imagination, with a heart as big as Bristol.

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The Snow Queen

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
Redgrave Theatre
29 Nov to 12 Dec – Family Show

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In a thrilling adaptation by Theresa Heskins of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale, young Gerda guides us on her quest to save her best friend Kai from the clutches of the wicked Snow Queen.

In a small Danish village where children are encouraged to ‘forget fancy and fix on facts’ Gerda is convinced that her playmate is not lost forever and embarks on a bold mission through the seasons to rescue him, meeting on her way, a chatty crow, a clever Princess and a motley band of robbers and their talkative menagerie of pets. As she journeys across icy plains and dark forests, through the garden of forgetting, can Gerda save Kai from eternal winter and help him ‘find the words’ in order to turn back time?

A story of friendship, hope and hot chocolate, join Gerda on her adventure as she battles brigands, fends off enchanted flowers and confronts a Snowflake Chorus. A Christmas classic packed with music, dance and tobogganing, The Snow Queen is a family treat for all ages.

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Boing!

Bristol Old Vic
Travelling Light & Bristol Old Vic
29 Nov to 5 Jan – ages 2-7

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We are thrilled that after nine years of delighting audiences from the West End to New York and Beijing, Boing! is returning home to Bristol Old Vic for Christmas 2019.

This exhilarating piece of dance-theatre captures the delirious excitement of two boys waiting for Father Christmas to arrive on the most magical night of the year. There are beds to be jumped on, pillows to be fought with, seas to be sailed… On this extraordinary night, let your imagination soar right up to the stars.

Combining breaking and contemporary dance, this award-winning D/deaf-friendly show is guaranteed to get your feet tingling and your head spinning with a whirl of colourful images and playful sounds.

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Hansel & Gretel

CBeebies on the big screen
Curzon Cinema, Clevedon (& others)
30 Nov & 1 Dec – ages 0-6

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As ever, the show will feature many of CBeebies’ most popular actors and presenters.

The show will be available on CBeebies and on BBC iPlayer from the 7th December.

There will also be an opportunity to see the show before the 7th December for a short run in cinemas nationwide from the 30th November, these screenings include additional exclusive content.

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Rose-Beauty & the Beast

Weston College Performing Arts
Blakehay Theatre, WSM
3 to 5 Dec – Family Show

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The students of Weston college’s Performing Arts department (FE) who bought us the sell out production of Made in Dagenham are back with their annual Pantomime.

You can be sure it will be packed with songs and dances and plenty of audience participation. A wonderful evening of top quality and lively entertainment for all the family.

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Noisy Nativity

Tobacco Factory Theatre
Kid Carpet
4 Dec to 5 Jan – ages 3+

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Bristol’s much loved Kid Carpet gives the traditional Christmas story a radical remix with big beat songs, live special effects, puppetry and animation. Prepare for the wonkiest Nativity ever!

Kid Carpet is putting on the local Christmas Nativity show, but no one has turned up to audition. Aye Carumba! Never fear, The Noisy Animals are next door at band practice and say they can help out. However, they want total control and have some really BIG demands. What could possibly go wrong…?

A ridiculous Christmas journey of silliness and mischief for the whole family. Will the Christmas story ever be the same again and more importantly, where can we get 6 million silk tinsel headbands? Will there be room in the Travelodge? And why is there a Golden Eagle in the dressing room?

Ed Patrick (aka Kid Carpet), is a Bristol-based maker of nonsense music and rock’n’roll theatre shows. Noisy Nativity is the third instalment of the Noisy Animals adventure.

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Dick Whittington

Re:ACT
The Princess Theatre, Burnham-on-Sea
4 Dec to 7 Dec – Family Show

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The streets and sewers of London face a plague of rats… that is until Dick Whittington arrives in town to seek his fortune…
Add a saucy cook, magical Fairy Bowbells, a shipwrecked crew, toe tapping songs and a bucket full of rhyme – you’ve got a recipe for pantomime mayhem!
Will Dick Whittington win the heart of Alice Fitzwarren? Will he defeat the meddling King Rat?
Who will be your next Lord Mayor of London?

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Winter Showcase

CLOC Juniors
Princes Hall, Clevedon
6 Dec & 7 Dec – Family Show

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CLOC Juniors present their annual Winter Showcase. An evening of songs from the best musicals the Westend and Broadway has to offer performed by the extremely talented members of CLOC Juniors.

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Hansel & Gretel

CBeebies Pantomime
CBeebies
7 Dec 1st tv broadcast  – ages 0-6

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As ever, the show will feature many of CBeebies’ most popular actors and presenters.

The show will be available on CBeebies and on BBC iPlayer from the 7th December.

There will also be an opportunity to see the show before the 7th December for a short run in cinemas nationwide from the 30th November, these screenings include additional exclusive content.

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While Shepherds Watched

Redgrave Theatre
Redgrave Theatre
7 Dec – Family Show

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Such a familiar tale – yet so strange and full of wonder. A young woman is expecting, three magi are researching the heavens and two shepherd children are bored out of their heads minding the sheep – well nothing interesting ever happens around Bethlehem in December, does it?! Wise men (and not so wise men), talking sheep, angels, a shepherd family, camels, a horrible Herod, and carols (old and new) all go to make up a magical retelling of the story of the first Christmas.

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Cinderella

Starring Linda Lusardi
The Playhouse, WSM
7 to 31 Dec – Family Show

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Don’t miss this year’s magical family pantomime, Cinderella… The timelessly classic tale of the poor servant girl who falls in love with Prince Charming.

The show will be packed full of classic comedy, sensational songs, dazzling dance numbers, sparkling scenery and super special effects guaranteed to entertain all ages. There’s something for everyone! 

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Dick Whittington

with Shane Ritchie
Bristol Hippodrome
7 Dec – 5 Jan – Family Show

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Join our hero Dick Whittington (soap legend, actor and music theatre star Shane Richie) as he seeks fame, fortune and happiness and becomes the Lord Mayor of London.

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The Wizard of Oz

Portishead Players
Somerset Hall, Portishead
12 Dec to 14 Dec – Family Show

A Dikensian Improvised Christmas

The Theatre Shop, Clevedon
Closer Each Day Company
13 Dec – ages 12+

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Steamed: A Dickensian Improvised Tale

Steam ships, steam trains, steamed puddings, hilarious comedy, astonishing drama, endearing orphans and perhaps the odd catchy music hall number!

Join creators of The Wardrobe Theatre’s cult comedy, ‘Closer Each Day: The Improvised Soap Opera’, for something distinctly Dickensian. Come along for a right old knees-up and enjoy improv in the time of cholera!

“Quick witted, very watchable ensemble, razor-sharp in timing and delivery” Stage Talk

Time: 7.30pm. Show duration 2 hours (inc interval)
Tickets: £12. Group and multi-booking ticket offers apply. Recommended age 12+

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A Christmas Carol

Blakehay Theatre
Apollo Theatre Company
13 & 14 Dec – ages 3+

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By Charles Dickens
A new adaptation by Joseph O’Malley

Ebenezer Scrooge is the meanest, most miserable man in London. He only cares for one thing – money. Of all the people and things Scrooge dislikes, he hates Christmas most of all.

One Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come, who attempt to show him the error of his ways and teach him to become a better man.

Following our sell-out production of The Snow Queen, Apollo Theatre Company return to the Riverhouse Barn with this brand-new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, a charming and beautiful story guaranteed to entertain the whole family.

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The Story of a Nutcracker

Crescendo Concerts
Tithe Barn, Nailsea
14 Dec – ages 3-11

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Think of the famous Nutcracker ballet by Tchaikovsky… Now turn it on its head and engage your wildest imagination… Add 6 amazing classical musician/actors, plenty of interaction and a roller-skating Sugar Plum Fairy and you might be beginning to scratch the surface… 

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The Elves & the Shoemaker

The Story Cellar
Pill Memorial Club
14 Dec – ages 5+

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A festive storytelling event for 5+ performed by Liz Felton and her Older Youth Theatre. Something strange is happening in the shoemaker’s workshop this Christmas Eve and her rather eccentric extended family help her solve the mystery. Join us for some family fun including puppetry, participation and perhaps even a little shoe making yourselves.
(Older & younger siblings welcome)
Tickets £4 per person
liz@thestorycellar.co.uk / 01275 373232

see the Facebook Page for more information

Dear Santa

Dear Santa
Redgrave  Theatre
14 to 18 December  – ages 2 to 7

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From the author of the well-loved children’s book DEAR ZOO, Rod Campbell

Santa is determined to deliver the Christmas present to our little hero Sarah. But he doesn’t get it right straight away! With the help of his cheeky Elf, he finally settles on something ‘perfect’, just in time for Christmas Eve.

All the ingredients of Rod Campbell’s ingeniously simple and charming style are brought to life on stage, plus a whole lot more… with music, laughter and plenty of audience participation.

Plus, the opportunity to meet Santa himself and after the show!

A perfect introduction to theatre for those aged 2 to 7 years old, DEAR SANTA is a Christmas present children and parents alike will never forget.

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The Elves & the Shoemaker

Folksy Theatre
Nailsea Little Theatre
15 December  – Family Show

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NLT is pleased to announce the return of the Folksy Theatre Company for two performances of the Elves and the Shoemaker on the 15th December 2019. Show times are 1.30 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. with tickets priced at £12.00 for adults and £8.00 for children. 

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Swan Lake

Living Spit
Theatre Shop, Clevedon
21 to 30 Dec – Family Show

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Swan Lake. The most famous magical water-based avian ballet ever performed. But expensive, high-brow and normally only at a big city theatre miles away from where you live. Well, not any more!

Theatre Orchard and Living Spit have teamed up to make the smallest ballet ever performed (probably) especially for Clevedon’s Theatre Shop.

With Howard & Stu joined on stage by two professional real-live ballet dancers this is a proper ballet in miniature. The dynamic duo have promised to leave the tutus at home but promises are made to be broken… Suitable for anyone aged 6-106 (no older that that please), this promises to be the funniest, danciest, water-fowlest micro- ballet the world has ever seen!

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Beauty & the Beast

Polka Dot  Pantomimes
Redgrave Theatre
21 to 31 Dec – Family Show

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Pantomime arrives at The Redgrave Theatre this Christmas with the spellbinding Beauty and the Beast!

Produced by the award winning Polka Dot Pantomimes the show features spectacular scenery, glittering costumes, amazing special effects and plenty of audience participation, as well as an appearance from the adorable panto pooches as Belle’s best friend!

Our version of this much loved classic fairy tale tells the story of a selfish Prince who is destined to spend the rest of his life hidden in his castle in the guise of a grotesque beast. Resourceful, the heroine Belle, our Beauty, rushes to the rescue with her pals French Franc and Dame Dolly Doughnut! Can the enchanting Fairy Flambe save the day and will Belle learn to love the Beast?

This is family pantomime at its best and is suitable for children aged 3 – 103 so book your tickets now and be our guest for Bristol’s finest festive treat.

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Swan Lake

Living Spit
Blakehay Theatre
15 to 18 Jan – Family Show

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Swan Lake, The most famous, magical water-based avian ballet ever performed. But expensive, high-brow and normally only at a big city theatre miles away from where you live.
 
Well, not any more! Theatre Orchard and Living Spit have teamed up to make the smallest ballet ever performed (probably). With Howard & Stu joined on stage by two real-live, profession-al ballet dancers this is a proper ballet in miniature. The dynamic duo have promised to leave the tutus at home but promises are made to be broken…
 
Suitable for anyone aged 6 – 106 (no older than that please), this promises to be the funniest, danciest, water-fowlest microballet the world has ever seen!

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Jack & the Beanstalk

Burnham & District Pantomime Society
The Princess Theatre, Burnham-on-Sea
18 to 25 Jan – Family Show

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Join Burnham and District Pantomime Society on the adventures of Jack and the Beanstalk.
The Fairy will guide you through Jack’s adventure, seeking happiness and wealth,
Which sees him on an adventure to a castle in the sky,
Where Jack hopes to witness a giant’s demise.
You’ll find out what happens in the fullness of time,
By booking tickets to our pantomime

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Cinderella

Nailsea Musicals
Scotch Horn Leisure Centre, Nailsea
23 to 25 Jan – Family Show

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With a wicked stepmother and two jealous stepsisters who keep her enslaved and in rags, Cinderella stands no chance of attending the royal ball. When her fairy godmother appears and magically transforms her reality into a dream come true, Cinderella enchants the handsome Prince Charming at the ball, but must face the wrath of her enraged stepmother and sisters when the spell wears off at midnight.

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Cinderella

Clevedon Comedy Theatre Club
Princes Hall Theatre, Clevedon
23 to 25 Jan – Family Show

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Clevedon Comedy Theatre Club’s production of Cinderella. A pantomime directed by Sarah Cochran-Meredith and Steve Price. 

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