Oh yes they are! 13 pantomimes to book now
Love 'em or hate 'em, pantos are back this year. So dig out your stripy tights, winkle pickers, false eyelashes and wiggery, and book in for one of these productions in Bucks, Oxon, and beyond.
Peter Pan, Wycombe Swan, 10 Dec – 2 Jan
Jake Wood from Eastenders is Captain Hook in this year’s Wycombe Swan panto, joined by Jake Canuso from Benidorm. What a line up! Audiences are sure to be, ahem, hooked…
Cinderella, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, 3 Dec – 2 Jan
You might not go to the ball, but you’ll certainly have a ball at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre’s production of Cinderella, featuring panto veteran BBC Three Counties Breakfast presenter Andy Collins, CBBC’s Mark Rhodes and Britain’s Got Talent‘s divalicious La Voix.
Robin Hood, The Oxford Playhouse, 27 Nov – 9 Jan
Can’t stand Z-list pantos? Muddy Award-winning Oxford Playhouse continues its policy of not bothering with the soap star brigade, with its in-house panto. Watch Robin and his band of merry men outwit the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham and generally have a rip-roaring time.
School of Rock, New Theatre Oxford, 13 Dec – 1 Jan
Want a change from the traditional fairytale panto? Mix things up this Christmas with New Theatre Oxford’s head-banging School of Rock – glam rock sequins optional! This is our top pick if you have fussy teens who are ‘way too old, mum, god’ for your classic Mother Goose fare.
Rapunzel, Chipping Norton Theatre, 17 Nov – 9 Jan
The Chippy Theatre always punches above its weight, and this year’s Rapunzel is set to be as cheekily charming as ever. Full points for the horse and Jeremy Clarkson Diddly Squat joke in the trailer.
Cinderella, Kenton Theatre, 11-30 Dec
This year the Henley-based theatre will be donning glass slippers and waving wands in Cinderella. Pantos in this funky local space are always a full house, and we love that it’s close to the river for a walk after the matinee.
Jack and the Beanstalk, Milton Keynes Theatre, 11 Dec – 8 Jan
Britain’s Got Talent‘s favourite dance group Diversity will be doing backflips and climbing beanstalks in this Milton Keynes panto. Can Jack rescue the beautiful Princess? Will we be amazed by gravity-defying street dance? Almost certainly!
Snow White, Elgiva Theatre Chesham, 4-31 Dec
Bodybuilder and TV personality James Crossley and rising TikTok star Hannah Lowther are the draws for this panto. Expect your standard family fun, audience heckling, and grown-up wink-nudges.
Cinderella, The Venue Milton Keynes, 18 Dec – 2 Jan
The last of three Bucks/Oxon Cinderellas this year — they don’t call it the nation’s favourite panto for nothing! The familiar rags-to-riches, glass slipper shenanigans, with plenty of brash ugly step-sister action.
Pantoland, London Palladium, 4 Dec – 9 Jan
A mash up of all of panto’s best bits, starring American musician Donny Osmond and panto legend Julian Clary. Expect show-stopper songs, coarse comedy, and — well, all the things you’d expect from a great panto, really.
Potted Panto, Garrick Theatre London, 11 Dec – 9 Jan
From the people behind the wildly successful Potted Potter, this show promises a whirlwind tour of seven classic pantos in 70 minutes. Sure to be a madcap hoot.
Beauty & the Beast, Hexagon Theatre, Reading, 4 Dec – 3 Jan
CBeebies megastar Justin Fletcher (aka Mr Tumble) is a Reading panto regular and he’s back again for a charm-filled sojourn at Beauty & the Beast. Oh no he isn’t, oh yes he is, et cetera.
Jack and the Beanstalk, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham, 26 Nov – 9 Jan
Giffords Circus legend Tweedy the Clown is fronting this panto, which promises a night of Christmassy comedy. Songs, laughs, and sound effects… frankly, we’re sold.