The pantomime season is set to be rather different in 2020 but the shows must go on!
Against the odds, a number of productions have been announced for this Christmas - here we round the shows from across the UK so you can find a 2020 pantomime near you...
Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes Theatre - 12 December 2020 - 3 January 2021 - Get tickets The show will star Lee Mead (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Holby City) as the Prince, star of stage and screen, Claire Sweeney, as the evil Carabosse, Hearsay’s Suzanne Shaw as the Enchantress and comedian and magician, Peter Firman, as Sleeping Beauty’s best friend Get tickets here.
Manchester, Manchester Opera House - 19 December 2020 - 3 January 2021 - Get tickets This socially distanced 2020 panto will star Salford-born Jason Manford as Muddles, with comic legend Billy Pearce as King Billy, musical theatre leading lady Jodie Prenger as the Enchantress and Eric Potts as the Queen in this year’s unmissable family production. Get tickets here.
Stoke-on-Trent, Regent Theatre - 19 December 2020 - 3 January 2021 - Get tickets The socially distanced panto will star Stoke regulars Jonathan Wilkes and Christian Patterson in this year’s unmissable family production Get tickets here.
Bristol, Bristol Hippodrome - 18 December 2020 - 10 January 2021 - Get tickets The Bristol Hippodrome panto cast will star Craig Revel Horwood as the Sheriff of Nottingham, alongside hilarious funny man Matt Slack and the legendary pairing of Richard Cadell & Sooty in this year’s unmissable family production. Get tickets here.
Birmingham, Birmingham Alexandra - 15 January 2021 - 31 January 2021 - Get tickets Craig Revel Horwood stars as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Birmingham's panto superstar Matt Slack, the legendary pairing of Richard Cadell & Sooty and Black Country favourite Doreen Tipton in this year’s unmissable family production. Get tickets here.
London, The Turbine Theatre - 2 December 2020 - 23 December 2020 - Get tickets A brand new adult panto for 2020, written by Jodie Prenger and Neil Hurst and directed by Lizzy Connolly. The cast features Oscar Conlon-Morrey (Ugly Sister), Rufus Hound (Buttons), Debbie Kurup (Prince Charming), Scott Paige (Ugly Sister), Sean Parkins (Fairy) and Daisy Wood-Davis (Cinderella). Get tickets here.
London, Garrick Theatre - 5 December 2020 - 10 January 2021 - Get tickets Potted Panto takes you on a wild ride through all your most beloved pantos of recent years. Help Cinderella find her royal baby's daddy at the Ball! Stroll down streets paved with gold in Dick Whittington's London. Get tickets here.
London, National Theatre - 11 December 2020 - 23 January 2021 - Get tickets A pantomime production of Dick Whittington will open in the newly reconfigured Olivier theatre, written by Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd and directed by Ned Bennett. The cast will feature Dickie Beau, Amy Booth-Steel, Lawrence Hodgson-Mullings, Georgina Onuorah, and Cleve September. Get tickets here.
London, The Palladium - 12 December 2020 - 3 January 2021 - Get tickets A special pantomime show will play in London's iconic West End venue for 2020. The show will feature an all star cast including Elaine Paige, Palladium regular Julian Clary, dance group Diversity, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot, Charlie Stemp and Jac Yarrow. They'll be joined by special guest Beverley Knight. Get tickets here.
Plymouth, Theatre Royal - 12 December 2020 - 3 January 2021 - Get tickets The cast will feature television presenter, comedian and actor Les Dennis as Mrs Crusoe; soap star Connor McIntyre as Captain Cockle and pop sensation Simon Webbe. Joining Les, Connor and Simon will be returning panto favourite, comedian Andy Ford as Billy Crusoe while starring as the crooked Pirate Queen will be CBeebies star, Jennie Dale. Get tickets here.
Nottingham, Theatre Royal Theatre - 12 December 2020 - 3 January 2021 - Get tickets This socially distanced panto will star Paul Chuckle in the role of The King, comedian Ben Nickless as Muddles and street dance troupe Flawless, who will star as The Queen’s Guard. They'll be joined by David Robbins as The Queen, Kimberly Blake as The Enchantress, Hannah Grace Lawson as Princess Beauty and Jack McNeill as the Prince. Get tickets here.
Newcastle, Theatre Royal - 19 December 2020 - 10 January 2021 - Get tickets A special one-act panto production will run at Newcastle's Theatre Royal in 2020, featuring Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward with Joe McElderry, Phil Hitchcock, Zoe Birkett and Mick Potts. Get tickets here.
Guildford, The Back Room of The Star Inn - 5 December 2020 - 31 December 2020 - Get tickets Definitely one for the grown-ups only, this will be the ninth Adult Panto for Guildford Fringe, following sell-out success in recent years. Jack Marshall will play the title role of Dick with Olivia Rooks as Queen Rat/Fairy Big Bells, Rachel Warrick-Clarke as Fanny Fitznicely and Paul Toulson as Dame Dixie Normous Fitznicely. Get tickets here.
Nottingham, Nottingham Playhouse - 3 December 2020 - 16 January 2021 - Get tickets The show will be presented both in person to socially distanced audiences and online to viewers at home between 19 December and 24 December. The cast will feature Gabrielle Brooks as Cinderella, Nottingham Playhouse panto favourite John Elkington as Ugly Sister Kourtney, Tom Hopcroft as Ugly Sister Kylie, Tim Frater as Buttons, Max Runham as Prince, Sara Poyzer Fairy Godmother/Baroness Kim and Jessica Lee as Dandini. Get tickets here.
Southampton, Mayflower Theatre - 19 December 2020 - 3 January 2021 - Get tickets The special one-act 2020 panto will be produced by Qdos Entertainment and supported by The National Lottery. The show will feature Joe Pasquale, Lesley Joseph, Ceri Dupree, Neil Wright, Sarah Earnshaw, and Georgia Carr. Get tickets here.
Godalming, The Borough Hall - 12 December 2020 - 26 December 2021 - Get tickets Currently scheduled as Surrey's only family panto this winter, the production will feature Maria Coyne as Beauty with Lily de-la-Haye as Sybil, Paul Kemble as Monsieur Bertrand, Ben Redfern as Potty Pascal, Jordan Wheatstone as the Beast and Philip Day as Dame Dominique Derrière. Get tickets here.
Portsmouth, Kings Theatre - 8 December 2020 - 3 January 2021 - Get tickets X Factor star Sean Smith is to lead the panto cast in Portsmouth at the Kings Theatre this Christmas. The singer will play the title role of Dick Whittington at his hometown. Get tickets here.
Canterbury, Malthouse Theatre - 11 December 2020 - 18 December 2020 - Get tickets This show features Paul Tate (Joseph) as Dame Mona Lot, Sinead Kenny (Disney's Aladdin) as Belle, Jonathan Carlton (Kinky Boots) as Prince Louis, Joe Kelly (Saturday Night Fever) as Pierre A'Tights, Sophie Camble (White Christmas) as Marie-Ann Toilette and Louise Young (Mamma Mia) as Cherie Trifle. Completing the cast are Megan Dabbs and Katie Larbey. Get tickets here.