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Panto season is just around the corner, and there are plenty of opportunities to grab the whole family and head off to the theatre in Newcastle and the North East this Christmas.

Let us help you find the perfect panto or festive, family performance in Newcastle, Gateshead and the North East...

Aladdin at Sunderland Empire 9 Dec 2022 - 2 Jan 2023

The most mystical pantomime of all time, Aladdin, flies in on a magic carpet to the Sunderland Empire from 9 December 2022 - 2 January 2023, with a sparkling cast!

From the streets of Chester to the city of Sunderland, Hollyoaks’ Gary Lucy is set to stir up a storm as the villainous Abanazar, alongside North East Queen of Comedy, Miss Rory as Widow Twankey and hilarious local comic Tom Whalley as Wishee Washee, for a mystical adventure, a lamp load of comedy and sensational song and dance numbers.

Book tickets to Aladdin at Sunderland Empire

Beauty and the Beast at Tyne Theatre & Opera House 9 Dec 2022 - 8 Jan 2023

Beauty and the Beast

Enchanted Entertainment return to the Tyne Theatre & Opera House in 2022 with another spellbinding Pantomime, Beauty and the Beast!

Starring the hilarious North East panto comic Charlie Richmond, Karen The Mam’s Lewis Denny, Union J’s  JJ Hamblett and Amelle Berrabah from the Sugababes, it's one not to miss!  If this star studded cast is not enough, Belle will be played by the North East’s own home-grown talent Beth Clarke as Belle!

Book tickets for Beauty and the Beast at Tyne Theatre and Opera House

Cinderella at Theatre Royal 29 Nov 2022 - 15 Jan 2023

Newcastle Theatre Royal never fail to bring the very best in panto glitz and glam, gags and giggles and this year will be no different.

Join panto favourites Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Howard as they bring to life the story of Cinderella.

Book tickets for Cinderella

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice at Northern Stage3 December 2022 - 7 January 2023

Grab your magical marching mop and join Northern Stage in this enchanting production about a young girl set to become the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. This magical performance is returning for its second year from December 3 2022 until January 7 2023.

Book tickets for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at PLAYHOUSE Whitley Bay 9 Dec 2022 - 7 Jan 2023

Aladdin Playhouse Whitley Bay

Following on from the smash hit Snow White, North Tyneside’s No 1 Pantomime team return this December with another Christmas cracker! The classic adventure story of Aladdin and his magic lamp is brought to life as always in Blue Genie Entertainments own unique style. With special effects, flying carpets, fantastic scenery and dazzling costumes and all the usual mad comedy mayhem. This all-singing, all-dancing, feel good family festive treat promises to be the highlight of your year! Staring Playhouse legend Steve Walls and your Favourite Dame Patsy Twankey, you don’t have to be a Genie-us to work out this is one pantomime not to be missed.

Book tickets for Aladdin at PLAYHOUSE

Robin Hood at The Customs House 28 Nov 2022 - 7 Jan 2023

A classic story with a twist is coming to South Shields this winter. Experience the Adventures of Robin Hood in Cooksonville at Customs House the panto way. With vibrant costumes and the unique Customs House twist, you're in for a treat.

Book tickets for Robin Hood at The Customs House

Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the People's Theatre 10 Dec 2022 – 18 Dec 2022

The People's Panto is back with a festive treat that's just right! Join Heaton’s local community theatre for a Christmassy performance of Goldilocks and the Three Bears which is sure to tick all the pantomime boxes. Dame Gertie’s Circus needs a miracle after its honeypot of pennies is accidentally stolen by three porridge-guzzling, talking bears. Can Dame Gertie and her son Silly Billy save their circus? Book your tickets to find out…

Book tickets for Goldilocks and the Three Bears at the People’s Theatre

The Glasshouse International Centre for Music: The Snowman 22 Dec 2022 - 24 Dec 2022

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to The Glasshouse International Centre for Music to experience Christmas classic The Snowman, accompanied by the incredible Royal Northern Sinfonia. This is a truly atmospheric experience combining live orchestral music with Raymond Brigg’s poignant story of The Snowman.

Book tickets for The Snowman at The Glasshouse International Centre for Music

Festive Lunch with Panto at Spanish City 28 Dec 2022 – 29 Dec 2022

If you’re looking for a panto day out look no further than Spanish City in Whitley Bay. Spanish City will be hosting two days of panto with a festive themed lunch. It wouldn’t be Christmas without a pantomime. Oh no, it wouldn’t! All the family can join in with the singing and cheering as we host a fun afternoon with a magical pantomime production. Guests of this event will also enjoy a stunning three-course lunch.

Book tickets for Spanish City’s Festive Lunch with Panto

Panto not really your thing?

This December The Glasshouse International Centre for Music is bringing the very best of Broadway to the North East, with an evening of huge musical theatre hits. Michael England conducts Royal Northern Sinfonia and a cast of West End and Broadway stars. There’ll be songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, The Lion King, Wicked and Frozen, plus a selection of seasonal musical numbers to put you in the Christmas spirit.

The Glasshouse International Centre for Music: Christmas on Broadway 14 Dec 2022

Book tickets to RNS: Christmas on Broadway

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