Image © Dick Whittington at the London Palladium via Facebook

Bristol’s Best Pantos For Christmas 2019

Charlie Kenber

With a noticeable chill hitting the air and the days getting shorter, it’s time to start thinking about how you can keep the thrills going in the winter months. With such a booming creative scene Bristol has more than its fair share of Pantos to catch – so make sure to get booking now…

Dick Whittington at Bristol Hippodrome 
St Augustine's Parade, Bristol, BS1 4UZ

First off, for your panto glitzy, raucous and featuring all your TV celebs, don’t look any further than the Bristol Hippodrome. Home this year to the London Palladium’s production of Dick Whittington, come along for your festive gags and bawdy fun. With Shane Ritchie playing the lead this year, get booking if you want to catch the high-profile show.

The show runs from 7 December 2019 – 5 January 2020. Tickets from £16.65, available here.

A Christmas Carol at Bristol Old Vic 
King Street, Bristol, BS1 4ED 

Over at our local producing house the Bristol Old Vic you’ll find a new rendition of Dickens’ classic seasonal tale. Not so much panto but with plenty of comedy, and original music by Gwyneth Herbert, this new adaptation is sure to set you right in the mood for Christmas; the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge learning the wrongs of his miserly ways is the ideal fit for the season of goodwill. Get your tickets now!

The show runs from 27 November 2019 – 12 January 2020. Tickets from £7.50, available here.

Image credit: Tobacco Factory Theatres via Facebook
Snow White at Tobacco Factory 
Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1TF

Over at the Tobacco Factory you can catch this Brothers Grimm retelling, co-produced with New International Encounter. Telling the story of growing up and learning to find your place in the world, as Snow White flees the cruel Queen’s fury by fleeing into the forest. Last year’s Beauty and the Beast was hailed as a cracker of a family show, so get in now to secure your tickets for Snow White. The show is filled with music and suitable for everyone aged 5+!

The show runs from 28 November 2019 – 19 January 2020. Tickets from £12, available here.

Drac & Jill at Wardrobe Theatre 
The Old Market Assembly, 25 West Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0DF

An alternative Christmas offer here at the glorious Wardrobe Theatre – one of the brightest lights in Bristol’s fringe scene. This in-house show is a hilarious new comedy, and if their previous productions are anything to go by it’s sure to be a gem. Dark, dramatic and funny: think belated Halloween and Christmas all rolled up in one!

The show runs from 21 November 2019 – 19 January 2020. Tickets are £15, available here.
Beauty and the Beast at Redgrave Theatre 
Percival Road, Bristol, BS8 3LE

Head over to the Redgrave Theatre for a chance to see this classic pantomime. Presented by Polka Dot Pantomimes, this is your chance to catch a panto in a much more intimate setting, so be prepared for plenty of audience participation! It’s also a more affordable option with family tickets at just £58.

The show runs from 21– 31 December 2019. Tickets from £15, available here.

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