It is SO good to have live theatre back this Christmas. Whether panto is your thing or children's theatre there's something for everyone coming up this season. Take a look at what we've discovered so far:
The Magician’s Elephant – A New Musical - 14 October – 1 January - The Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Baltese is a town where nothing extraordinary ever happens. Recovering from a recent war, it’s a lonely place, where young Peter lives a harsh life. This brand new musical for all the family reminds us all that even the impossible can be possible when we open our eyes and hearts to those around us.
Gangsta Granny - 20 – 23 October - The Alexandra Theatre
It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny!
Nobody - 22 – 25 October - Midlands Art Centre
Fast-moving and highly physical, Nobody explores the tension between our inner lives and how we make sense of the world around us.
The Tiger who came to Tea - 26 – 28 October - Warwick Arts Centre
Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award nominated smash hit show, The Tiger Who Came to Tea returns on tour, celebrating over 10 years on stage! The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!
Bedknobs and Broomsticks - 10 – 14 November - The Alexandra Theatre
Enter a world of magic and fantasy as Disney’s classic movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks makes its world premiere as an exciting new musical.
One Snowy Night - 16 November – 28 December - Midlands Art Centre
The charming stage adaptation of Nick Butterworth's best selling book, featuring Percy the Park Keeper. As Percy goes to sleep after a hard day sweeping leaves, he’s woken by a knock at his door. Who could it be on a night like this? A snuggly, heart-warming story, with songs to sing along to, furry puppet friends to meet and blankets to be tucked up in, One Snowy Night is great fun for younger children!
Alice In Wonderland - 20 November – 17 December - The Old Rep Theatre
Join us on a magical adventure at The Old Rep this festive season. This adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale follows the story of Alice, a young, curious girl who follows a white rabbit down a rabbit hole and into Wonderland.
The Nutcracker - 20 November – 11 December - Birmingham Hippodrome
The show opens on a wintry soundscape; the Dickensian tones of Simon Callow as Drosselmeyer echo across the auditorium as he introduces the enchanting tale to our captivated audiences. The toyshop, the Stahlbaums’ beautifully decorated Christmas tree, and King Rat’s scary midnight world where he battles the Nutcracker doll are all brought vividly to life by Set Designer Dick Bird’s wall of mirrors, with beautiful projections by award-winning 59 Productions.
Beauty and the Beast - 24 November – 8 January - Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
This year we present the enchanting tale of Beauty and the Beast. One of the most popular panto titles ever, this long awaited production will be extra special and guaranteed to bring a touch of magic, mayhem and monstrous fun to your festive celebrations.
Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain - 1 – 4 December - The Alexandra Theatre
We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage with this special production of Barmy Britain!
Cinderella at Wolverhampton Grand - 4 December - 9 January
Wolverhampton Grand’s Theatre’s magical family pantomime, CINDERELLA starring AJ & Curtis Pritchard as Prince Charming and Dandini, CBeebies’ Evie Pickerill as Cinderella and Five Star’s Denise Pearson as the Fairy Godmother.
Jack and the Beanstalk at Redditch Palace Theatre 6th Dec- 2nd January Poor young Jack has his head in the clouds! His poor mother is at her wits end, Dame Trot can’t afford to pay the rent on her dairy but when she asks him to sell his beloved cow Daisy at the fair he comes back with just a handful of beans.
Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs at Norbury Theatre 7,9,13,16, 20th Dec
Would you take an apple from a stranger ? Family favourite show.
Aladdin, The Place, Telford. Wed 8 December 2021 – Sun 2 January
This magical pantomime features great songs, dazzling dance routines, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and amazing special effects. With interactive storytelling, language, humour and of course the audience participation you expect from panto. Starring Coronation Street’s Tom Roberts as Abanazar, Winner of BBC’s Let It Shine Sario Solomon as Aladdin and X Factor Finalist Sam Lavery as Princess Jasmine. www.theplacetelford.com
Santa’s Magical Mystery Guest - 9 – 24 December - Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Santa, Ellie and Rudolph are getting ready for the big night. One of their presents is a magic cabinet which mysteriously conjures up a pirate who seems to be lost. With lots of Christmas songs to sing along with and tons of magic and festive cheer, come and see if Santa can help our Pirate finds his way home in time for the big day.
Peter Pan is at Malvern Theatre 9 December to 2nd January
Flying into Malvern for Christmas 2021 is the swashbuckling adventure, Peter Pan starring West End and Emmerdale star Tom Lister as Captain Hook, Malvern's favourite funny man Mark James as Smee and Lloyd Warbey from Disney Junior's Art Attack as Peter Pan. www.malvern-theatres.co.uk
Dear Santa - 15 – 24 December - Birmingham Hippodrome
Santa is determined to deliver the most fantastic Christmas present to 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.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears - 18 December – 30 January - Birmingham Hippodrome
Actor, singer and much-loved personality Jason Donovan will make his pantomime debut as The Evil Ringmaster in Goldilocks and the Three Bears here at Birmingham Hippodrome alongside previously announced Birmingham panto favourite Matt Slack.
Stick Man - 26 December – 9 January - Town Hall, Birmingham
Touching, funny and utterly original, Freckle Productions’ delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man is back in town!
The Snowman - 6 – 9 January - Birmingham Repertory Theatre
When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. They meet Father Christmas, dancing penguins, reindeer and crowds of The Snowman’s friends, but will they escape evil Jack Frost and get back home for Christmas morning? This much loved classic is back on The Rep’s stage!