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Brighton’s Best Pantos for Christmas 2019

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Book in the festive fun now to avoid disappointment!

Ok, ok, so we know it’s a bit too early to start talking about the dreaded c-word. After all Spooky Season isn’t even over yet! However, with things like festive theatre and Xmas pantos we always advise booking early to avoid disappointment. Here’s what you’ve got coming up in Brighton over the coming months…

Peter Pan at Hilton Brighton Metropole

Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2FU

Brighton’s popular yearly panto takes place at Hilton Brighton Metropole, and after the sell-out success of Jack and the Beanstalk in 2018, the cast and crew have a lot to live up to! Luckily, Peter Pan is flying in from Neverland to ensure a wonderful family excursion. Join the Lost Boys, Tinkerbelle, pirates and mermaids in an excitable and energetic pantomime. The production is produced by E3, a dynamic and creative production company that are sure to create a show that’ll impress both adults and children alike. Watch with adoration as your children see Peter Pan swoop across the stage, getting into the festive spirit with a bit of fantastical fun.

The show runs from 19 – 28 December 2019, with morning, matinee and evening performances available. Tickets are available here.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong at Theatre Royal

New Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1SD

This might not be a pantomime, but it’s certain to deliver the same humour and excitability as any other traditional festive show! It’s also on in the latter end of November, which is officially when you’re allowed to start being excited for Christmas. The show is brought to you by the cast and crew behind the multi award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong. Watch as members of Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society try their very best to tell J.M Barrie’s classic tale of Peter Pan, battling flying mishaps and technical issues along the way! The show describes itself as being ‘suitable for everyone, especially adults’, making it the perfect option for families with older kids and teenagers.

The show runs from 19 – 24 November 2019 with matinee and evening performances available. Tickets are available here.

Dick Whittington at Windmill Theatre

Nevill Avenue, Hove, Sussex, BN3 7BW

A traditional family pantomime in Brighton, the story of Dick Whittington and his trusty cat. This pantomime will be guided by the magical Fairy Bowbells and see Dick and his cat travel far and wide in search of fame, fortune and happiness. This show promises to involve plenty of audience participation so be sure to grab a ticket in the back if you don’t want to be singled out! Enjoy a Christmas Eve or Boxing Day show here in Hove, the ideal family trip out to walk off that Xmas food-coma!

This show runs 22 – 29 December 2019, with matinee and evening performances. Tickets available here.

The Wizard of Oz at Attenborough Centre

University of Sussex, Gardner Centre Road, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RA

Nothing says Christmas quite like sitting down to watch the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, and here in Brighton you can even catch an on-stage panto adaptation! Brought to you by JW Productions and the crew behind 2018’s show Peter Pan and 2017’s show The Amazing Adventures of Pinocchio. Join Dorothy and Toto on a trip to down the yellow brick road, singing age old songs along the way that’ll no doubt have you skipping down the yellow brick pavement on your way home. There’s over two weeks of matiness and evening shows on offer, but please note that the 14 December show (at 6pm) is a Pay What You Decide show. Available on a first come, first served basis, this show is a great chance for low-income families to catch a bit of festive magic before Christmas.

The show runs 13 – 31 December 2019 with morning, matinee and evening shows available. Tickets available here.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Ropetackle Arts Centre

Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG

For a short trip out of Brighton, head to Shoreham-by-Sea and visit the award-winning Ropetackle Arts Centre this Christmas. This theatre’s annual pantomime will be Snow White, a classic fairy tale that’s been adapted to panto time and time again. With beautiful skin as white as snow and lips as red as rose, join the fairest of them all and her band of seven dwarves in a panto filled with twists and turns. This is the arts centre’s seventh yearly panto produced by LP Creatives, and each year provides even more entertaining than the last.

The show runs from 13 – 31 December 2019, with matinees and evening performances available. Please note, the 13 December 2pm show is a Relaxed Performance. For all tickets click here.