North East Theatre Guide Christmas 2021

North East Theatre Guide Christmas 2021

dcccd846eb717ca341cd711b22c92c47.jpgOur beloved theatres are putting on plenty of festive fun for us this Christmas. From traditional pantomimes to specially designed spectacles for our youngest audiences and lots of relaxed performances, there's a show to suit all families. Big question is, which one will you choose? 


ARC Stockton Arts Centre 7-24 Dec The Tin Foil Astronaut

This Christmas join the Man in the Moon on a journey to a little known planet called Earth, where Alba Dinkley is shooting for the stars and planning to enter the Space Race! A space adventure of discovery, individuality and believing in yourself. For 3-7 year olds and their grown ups. Exploding with rocking music, puppets and a smattering of space facts and science fiction. All shows are relaxed performances. BSL interpreted performances at 2pm on Sat 11 Dec and 11am on Thu 23 Dec.

Forum Theatre Billingham 4 Dec - 3 Jan Aladdin

A magical carpet ride to Peking! Join Aladdin (Ben Ryan Davies - Hollyoaks & Waterloo Rd) & a star studded cast on a spectacular adventure as he tries to win the hand of Princess Jasmine

Middlesbrough Theatre 3-31 Dec Peter Pan 

Philip Green is flying back to Middlesbrough Theatre for the Pantomime Season as the leader of the lost boys…the very energetic and mischievous Peter Pan! One of Australia’s best known acting and comedy exports, Mark Little (Joe Mangle from Neighbours) will lead this year’s cast as the immortal Captain Hook!

Middlesbrough Town Hall 20-22 December A Winter's Tale

aacbd005d6cb03a91376f8829809c4af.jpgFelix lives in the Town Hall’s organ with his Grandma, every night they climb the clock tower to look out over Middlesbrough. But tonight Felix cant sleep, Father Christmouse is coming and he’s far too excited. There’s only one thing that Grandma can do to calm this energetic little mouse – a tune or two on her own little mouse organ.Filled with fun, live music and snuggles with Grandma – A Winter’s Tail is the perfect start to Christmas for young children and their families.

Co Durham & Darlington

Darlington Hippodrome 10-31 Dec Cinderella

You shall go to the ball this Christmas with the spectacular family pantomime Cinderella. Starring much-loved Steps singer, television personality and West End star Faye Tozer! Middlesbrough-raised stand-up comedian Patrick Monahan will star as Buttons.

The Huiddllabaloo, Darlington 9-24 Dec Mavis Sparkle 

Reach for the stars! Join magical Mavis Sparkle on a journey north to see nature's biggest light show. For everyone age 4 +

"Enchanting ... a treasure trove of delights" The Stage

Gala Theatre, Durham 24 Nov - 9 Jan Robin Hood 

Created in the heart of Durham, Gala’s fabulous family panto has a magical mix of mayhem, live music, laughter and surprises.

7 - 24 Dec The Nutcracker Re-Miced

In the Durham Castle Clock Tower, three mice Spike, Cookie and their mum Molly are preparing for Christmas. But when a little girl needs their help, so begins their quest – with the help of an intriguing toy that’s been 617f737dd90eefe42d2651c02cada8cb.jpgleft at the railway station…
This sparkling new, music-filled adaptation for ages 3+ and their grown ups brings the classic Nutcracker tale to life in a magical new story.

Empire Theatre, Consett 27 Nov - 31 Dec Treasure Island 

A swashbuckling ‘Yo-Ho-Ho’ panto celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Empire Theatre’s partnership with Producer and Director Leah Bell.

Civic Hall, Stanley 15-24 Dec Beauty and the Beast

With hilarious comedy, toe-tapping tunes, dazzling costumes and sumptuous scenery.​Beauty and the Beast boasts fun family entertainment for all ages in this all-new enchanting fairytale adventure.​ Book your tickets to this Beauty of a Pantomime before the final petal falls!

Tyne and Wear

Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle 3 Dec - 3 Jan Sleeping Beauty

Starring Britain’s Got Talent Winner and singing sensation – Collabro’s MATT PAGAN as ‘Prince’. Plus, the return of hilarious North East panto comic CHARLIE RICHMOND as the silly ‘Jester’ as well as Karen The Mam’s LEWIS DENNY back as ‘Dame’. Packed with sensational songs, dazzling dance routines and fabulous costumes; this is a tremendous treat for all the family you won’t want to miss! 

Northern Stage, Newcastle 27 Nov - 31 Dec The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Grab your magical marching mop and join us in this enchanting new production. Harrietta Rabbit was just a normal girl from a normal family (well, as normal as families get). That is until a job offer arrives for Harrietta, in the form of a letter slid underneath the door on a cold winter’s f325dd83dfa16306d3c7c8b60bd338eb.jpgnight, she is to become the Sorcerer’s Apprentice…  A truly magical treat for the whole family that’s not to be missed this Christmas.

Playhouse Whitley Bay, 4 Dec - Jan 2 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Mirror Mirror On the Wall, Whitley Bay’s Pantomime is the greatest of all! Join us  for a fairy tale adventure when our highly-acclaimed pantomime returns with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Starring Linda Lusardi, one of Britain’s most famous models, as The Wicked Queen and the magnificent seven played by seven real dwarfs.  Playhouse legend Steve Walls returns as Muddles, providing silliness aplenty. What’s more, Daniel Mawston, the North East’s favourite Dame, is back as Patsy the Cook dishing up platefuls of comedy goodness. Will fair Snow White escape the clutches of the Wicked Queen with the help of the Magnificent Seven?

Little Theatre, Gateshead 14 - 24 Dec Jack & The Beanstalk

Join Cannyville's favourite yummy mummy Dame Bella Trott (Bella Bluebell) and her silly son Jack Trott (Simon Stuart) as they try to save Jill (Megan Laing) from the Giant of the North. In the land of Cannyville, Dame Trott is so poor she can’t afford to pay her bills. So she decides to sell Daisy her cow but silly Jack sells her for five ‘magic’ beans! Meanwhile, Fleshcreep (Brodie Daniel), the Giant’s manservant, has kidnapped Jill for his master, who can’t decide whether to eat her or make her his slave, along with the rest of 1992b9989198c772ef169c7547e83f30.jpgthe townspeople. Jill’s Mother, Mayoress Maggie (Dawn Wolfe) has ordered Colin the Town Cryer (Martin Anderson) to put across the land that anyone who can help save her Jill, and defeat the Giant of the north.

Arts Centre Washington, 9 – 11 December, Hansel and Gretel

Take a pinch of magic, a dollop of great music, a dash of thrill and a large portion of laughter, stir it all up with Lyngo’s much loved theatrical skill and you get this wonderful show about a brother and sister with the wit to win through all adversity – even being abandoned in the forest by their own parents! You won’t be able to resist this classic story of adventure and fun, as sweet as a gingerbread house!

Lancastrian Suite, Dunston 12 Dec Cinderella

Polish off your glass slipper and meet Cinderella at the Ball where she outwits her wicked sisters and meets her Prince Charming. Clap, boo and cheer along as this classic fairytale unfolds. Includes a visit from Santa and a selection box for each child.

Seaton Delaval Arts Centre, 3-11 Dec Robinson Crusoe and the Pirates

Ahoy me hearties! Young Robinson Crusoe has always had an appetite for adventure! Living with his old mother Dame Crystal Crusoe, his washed up Father Captain Crusoe and his silly billy brother Sprat, Robinson has no desire to take over the family Fish ‘n Chip shop. Meanwhile, the high seas are terrorised by the evil Captain Blacktashe in 0ce3babb4ed3d12603939afe0ad058a8.jpghis search for the lost temple of treasure on Skull Island. But the map where X marks the spot has been lost for years… 

Exchange Theatre, North Shields 30 Nov - 24 Dec Beauty and the Beast

In December 2021, meet Belle in this tale as old as time as she saves her beloved father from the clutches of the Beast. However, all is not as it seems as the young pair embark on a journey of self-discovery, a journey of love. Come join us as we all escape for a couple of hours of entertainment this Christmas!

Tynemouth Priory Theatre 7-16 Jan, Sleeping Beauty

Beautiful Princess Molly brings a lot of joy to her father, King Bumble and everyone else in the realm. During her Christening, the wicked Fairy Carabosse curses Molly to prick her finger on a spinning wheel on her 18th birthday and die. Will the Prince be able to wake her?  Can the good Fairy help? This cracking new version of Sleeping Beauty will keep the whole family entertained through fun and laughter with a few twists along the way for a novel and artistic production.

Theatre Royal, Newcastle 23 Nov - 9 Jan Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall – the Theatre Royal’s pantomime is the most magical of them all! With madcap comedy from Newcastle panto favourites Danny Adams (Muddles), Clive Webb (The Henchman) and Chris Hayward (who we discover for the first time has a ec7865eec704deafabf81bb6c4d8b4ec.jpgvillainous side, playing The Wicked Queen), the production also sees X Factor star Joe McElderry join the cast, as The Man in The Mirror. With a brand-new script, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will feature all the sparkle, scale and spectacle Newcastle has come to expect from the North East’s most lavish festive production in a show packed full of laughter, music, special effects and theatrical magic. 

People's Theatre, Heaton 11 - 19 Dec Sleeping Beauty

The People’s Panto is back with another magical adventure for the whole family! Can anyone break the wicked Carabosse’s curse and rescue Sleeping Beauty from her enchanted slumber? Join us to find out in what promises to the all-singing, all-dancing, toe-tapping Pantomime of your dreams!

Playhouse Whitley Bay 11-16 Jan Cinderella

Following their award winning shows Dick Whittington (2019) and Aladdin (2020), WBPS are back again in January 2022 with Cinderella. After 57 years on the coast, Whitley Bay Pantomime Society are still performing amazing shows so get along and join them for this family favourite. We are sure you will have a ball! Book now via email – or online at

Empire Theatre, Sunderland 10 Dec - 2 Jan Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Following her comical cooking antics on Celebrity MasterChef 2021, TV legend and national treasure, Su Pollard, is set to stir up a storm in Sunderland this Christmas as the dastardly Wicked Queen, in Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs.

Royalty 9e666c36e0179aabe75d8364cfeeb5fd.jpgTheatre, Sunderland, 3 – 19 December, Beauty and the Beast

A tale as old as time itself comes to the Royalty, as beautiful Isabelle sacrifices herself to save her father from the clutches of the mysterious "Beast". Joined by her friends Jacques and Madame Marmite, can Isabelle do what is necessary to break the Sorceress' spell before the walk-down song?

Customs House, South Shields 24 Nov - 8 Jan Rapunzel

Join Dame Bella, her hapless son Arbuthnot and the gang back in Cooksonville for another Adventure. This year the team will be putting the Little Panto with the Big Heart twist on the classic tale of Rapunzel.

Customs House 4 - 24 Dec, Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Fairy Flick, the fastest fairy in the land is zooming across the world on a very special mission when all of a sudden CRASH! She lands right in the middle of Cooksonville’s gadget shop where she meets our hero Dennis and his girlfriend Achoo. Now they all need your help. That’s right! You! You need to help Dennis and the gang create fairy dust and get it to the reindeers on time to make sure that this year Santa is coming to town! Perfect shows for under 7s, full of singing, dancing and even a visit from the big man himself.


Alnwick Playhouse, Alnwick 18-28 Dec A Viking Christmas 

A VIKING CHRISTMAS is a new mid-winter’s show with live music, spell-binding real magic, action and 99a83a98fb4971654ac4b259a04ee243.pnglaughter, set in the north of England, produced by Queen’s Hall Arts and written by North East playwright Gary Kitching. A magical, mythical tale from the frozen land of the Nordic Kings, evil wizards and the Great Warriors of the Kingdom of Northumbria. Join Lotte, a brave little girl, on her mid-winters adventure as she travels through the ice-covered kingdom of perilous, mystical placed and mysterious beings, to the land of high castles and dark places, to the home of the Red Caps and the scary All-Father. Weaving tales of the north, newly told, discover a new Viking twist on the Christmas story this December.

Queen's Hall, Hexham 10-28 Dec Remarkable Robin Armstrong’s Extraordinary Christmas Adventure

“Magic is for those who wish to see it…” Robin Armstrong is an adventurous young girl obsessed with all things magic, who lives in a northern mining village famous for its fairy tale and folklore. Join Robin for an extraordinary adventure as she discovers magic and the power of friendship. Let’s see if she can save her Grandma just in time for Christmas…

The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth 4-12 December Aladdin 

Following on from the sell-out success of Sleeping Beauty in 2019 we bring to you another family favourite guaranteed to be a hit with all the family – Aladdin! Join us on a fun filled quest with all your favourite pantomime characters, great family humour and special effects and let's make the magic happen!

If we've missed any local pantos please let me know and I'll add them on! Email 

I hope this festive season brings your family lots of joy. Do support your local theatre, the entertainment industry has been severly affected by the pandemic. Many thanks, Anna Skelton, editor. 

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