For so many of us going to watch a pantomime is as much as essential part of our Christmas as a turkey, crackers and gifts under the tree – “Oh yes it is!”
This wonderful, very British, tradition is something that, young and old, we have all come to know and love. What could be better than a colourful, comical show to bring us together and brighten up the darkest evenings of winter? Fortunately this year in Cornwall we have some truly outstanding shows to take us right into 2023 with bells on!
Sleeping Beauty – Miracle Theatre
This popular Cornish company have been producing delightfully different and entertaining pantos for many years now. In 2022 they are treating us to a reimagined Sleeping Beauty.
Be transported to the stage of the ‘Cornwall Riviera Holiday Camp’ in 1959 where the legendary Yellowjackets are bursting to entertain the campers with their unusual version of this classic story – told with a song and a dance, a wink and a nudge! Audiences can follow the adventures of a resourceful princess with insomnia when a resentful fairy’s wicked spell goes horribly wrong . . .
This is a scary-fairy-tale to uplift and entertain dreamers of all ages!
Catch Miracle Theatre at St Ives Guildhall and Falmouth’s Princess Pavilions.
Treasure Island – Hall for Cornwall
This Christmas Cornwall Playhouse presents a classic panto story with a Cornish twist. Staring Edward Rowe, aka the Kernow King, as Long John Silver get ready for a rip-roaring, island hopping, nautical adventure!
With pirates, mischievous monkeys, a Cornish chough mascot and motley crew of ne’er do wells and wrong-uns we all set sail for a silly island full of treasure, treachery and adventure. This is a festive treat, packed to the gunnels with family fun, songs you’ll know, and enough silly jokes to make the sternest pirate giggle!
Tickets are available for dates throughout December at the Hall for Cornwall.
Snow White – Lane Theatre, Newquay
This December Old Socks Entertainment are returning to Newquay with another classic pantomime. Expect a traditional show with the beautiful princess, wicked queen, seven dwarfs and a colourful dame, a story where good always triumphs over evil and there is plenty of the usual audience participation too – “He’s behind you!”
Tickets for Lane Theatre can be found HERE.
Dick Whittington – The Regal, Redruth
The ever popular RAMPS – Redruth Amateur Musical and Pantomime Society are really spoiling us this winter.
Follow the story of poor Dick Whittington as he travels to London to find his fortune, believing of course that “the streets are paved with gold.” Will he triumph and his dreams come true or will he be foiled by the evil King Rat. Throw into the mix, a Dame, a Moroccan Sultan, a Cat, a Captain and his mate, and loads of Rats. Finally add in magic, music, dancing, and slapstick comedy and you have the recipe for another wonderful show for all the family.
This show had to be cancelled last year due to covid but to make up for that RAMPS have added extra dates all through January 2023 and well as in December!
Cinderella – The Keay Theatre, St Austell
The St Blazey Amateur Operatic Society was originally formed back in 1950 by a group of enthusiastic thespians to bring joy to this quiet rural village. Each year they delight audiences with their pantomimes and in 2023 at The Keay theatre they will be taking us to a fairy-tale kingdom, where poor Cinderella is a servant to her cruel stepmother and ugly stepsisters, and answering the important question . . . Will our heroine make it to the ball?
A Christmas Carol – The Acorn, Penzance
For something a bit different this Christmas why not try this ambitious one man show at The Acorn in Penzance.
With David Mynne performing Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ you can spend an evening in the company of a mean, tight-fisted, squeezing, grasping, clutching old miser. Watch horrified as Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by four creepy ghosts each one more terrifying than the last! In this show Dickens’ original words are combined with anarchic comedy to great effect.