Magical, festive and fun: pantomimes to see in and around Newcastle

Christmas pantomimes are a huge festive tradition for families - here are the ones in your area!

Pantomimes are an incredibly wholesome festive tradition, one that all of the family can be part of. The shows are usually littered with slapstick comedy, sing-a-longs and glittering costumes, as well as shouts of “he’s behind you”, and have been loved for many years.

We have picked out the best pantos to go and see this Christmas in and around Newcastle, and all you need to know about them!

Cinderella at Theatre Royal

Panto superstar Danny Adams leads the cast in a brand-new production of Cinderella, with sets and costumes from The London Palladium at Theatre Royal Newcastle from November 29 to January 15. Joining Danny will be panto favourites Clive Webb and Chris Hayward, with Joe McElderry making a triumphant return as The Fairy Godfather following his acclaimed debut last Christmas.

Theatre Royal will be putting on a production of Cinderella for this year’s panto. The show will star 2009 X Factor winner, Joe McElderry for the second year in a row as the Fairy Godfather, alongside other panto returners such as leading panto star, Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Haywards as well as some new faces. Britain’s Got Talent finalists dance troupe Flawless will be the dancers for the show. The panto will be performing from November 29 until January 15. Tickets start from £12.50, and can be purchased here.

Beauty & The Beast at Tyne Theatre

Beauty and the Beast is at Tyne Theatre, Newcastle, from December 9 - January 8. It stars North East panto comic Charlie Richmond and Karen The Mam’s Lewis Denny, as well as Amelle Berrabah, who is best known as one of the members of Sugababes, as Good Fairy and Union J’s JJ Hamblett as Prince/Beast.

Another pantomime for Newcastle, as Enchanted Entertainment brings Beauty and the Beast to the Tyne Theatre. Starring in the show is local talent Lewis Denny, Charlie Richmond, Beth Clarke and Micky Cochrane. The big stars of the show are Sugababes’ Amelle Berrabah as Good Fairy and Union J’s JJ Hamblett as Prince. The panto will be on from December 9 right up until January. Tickets start from just under £20, and can be purchased here.

Dick Whittington at The Exchange

Dick Whittington at The Exchange

The Exchange in North Shields will be performing a production of Dick Whittington this year. The show has been written and directed by former Emmerdale and Byker Grove star Dale Meeks. The show will run from December 10 until Christmas Eve. Prices start from £18 and can be purchased here.

The Adventures of Robin Hood in Cooksonville at The Customs House

Families are set to feel well and truly festive as a much-loved pantomime returns for the Christmas season. The Customs House will take audiences on a trip to the magical land of Cooksonville Forest, telling the enchanting tale of Robin Hood. Producers say the legend of the medieval outlaw has been turned into ‘a rollicking family panto’ by deft writing team Ray Spencer and Graeme Thompson, the pair previously responsible for award-winning pantos such as Snow White, Rapunzel and Beauty and the Beast. The show will open at The Customs House on Thursday, November 24, 2022 and run until Saturday, January 7, 2023.

Director of The Customs House Ray Spencer returns for yet another year as Dame Bella, alongside his sidekick Davey Hopper as Arbuthnot. This year, the South Shields theatre will be performing a production of Robin Hood - set in the fictional town of Cooksonville (named after iconic South Shields author Catherine Cookson). Tickets start from £12 and can be purchased here. The show will run from November 24 until Jan 7.

Cinderella at Little Theatre

Cinderella at the Little Theatre

Lastly, another Cinderella performance as the Little Theatre in Gateshead put on their own production of the much-loved story. The cast is packed with local talent, including Lee Brannigan-Howes as Evil Stepmother and Kayt Drysdale as Cinderella. Tickets start from £16, and can be purchased here. The performance will be take place from December 13 until Christmas Eve.