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Pantomime season may look a bit different this year due to Covid-19 (oh no it doesn’t…no really, it does!) but there are still plenty of chances to experience some safe and festive fun this Christmas in NewcastleGateshead.

If you’re looking for Christmas family and adult only events in Newcastle, Gateshead and the North East then you're in luck, there are a whole range of side-splitting, festive pantos and performances tailored for children, families and adults. There are classic pantomimes, new performances, theatre for the kids and shows for the big kids at popular venues across the North East which run throughout the festive season.

The curtains are up, the glitter is on and the Christmas gags are loaded and at the ready. Grab your household, bundle into your bubble, the show goes on.

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

ONLINE Northern Stage: The Emperor's New Clothes

  • Family Friendly
  • Northern Stage
  • 12th - 31st December 2020
The Emperor's New Clothes at Northern Stage


This Christmas, Northern Stage are bringing theatre directly to your living room! This digital festive fiasco is a brand new take on the the classic folktale, The Emperor's New Clothes which follows two friends who try to pull off the greatest con of all time. Will they succeed or will their mischief unravel before your very eyes? Book your tickets now for Northern Stage's first-ever virtual Christmas show!

Find out more and book tickets for The Emperor's New Clothes

ONLINE Live Theatre: 5 Plays of Christmas

  • Available to download mid-December
  • Family friendly
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5 Plays of Christmas is the festive selection box we all need this year! The countdown is on for the virtual theatre boxset that features five new stories from the some of the best North East writing talent. The latest Covid-19 restrictions may have derailed Live Theatre's plans for performing this Christmas creation in front of a live audience, but this virtual treat is the perfect present for theatre lovers to share and enjoy from the comfort of their own home.

Rehearsed, performed and filmed behind closed doors, 5 Plays of Christmas will be shared for FREE across digital platforms in mid-December.

Find out more about 5 Plays of Christmas here

Socially-distanced: Theatre Royal Newcastle: Robin Hood

  • Family Friendly
  • Theatre Royal Newcastle
  • Saturday 19th December – Thursday 24th December 2020
  • Saturday 26th December – Thursday 31st December 2020
  • Saturday 2nd January – Sunday 3rd January 2021
  • Tuesday 5th January 2021 – Thursday 10th January 2021
Robin Hood Theatre Royal

Watching the panto at Theatre Royal has become a  Geordie Christmas tradition and although things may be slightly different due to Covid-19, families will still have plenty of opportunity to safely enjoy this year’s magic of pantomime. Theatre Royal never fail to bring the very best in panto glitz and glam, gags and giggles, so head along to see their version of the classic tale of Robin Hood and enjoy the return of comedy trio Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward alongside special guest, Joe McElderry for an unmissable family show.

Find out more and book tickets for Robin Hood at Theatre Royal

Socially-distanced: Tyne Theatre and Opera House: Carl Hutchinson’s Christmas Comedy Night

  • Adults Only
  • Tyne Theatre and Opera House
  • Saturday 5th December 2020

Join ho-ho-host (sorry) Carl Hutchinson at Tyne Theatre and Opera House for a one-off night of live stand-up comedy. The ‘Live from the Tyne’ comedian has hand-picked three of the best names in UK comedy to join him on stage for a Christmas comedy show set to make you laugh your stockings off! 

Find out more and book tickets for Carl Hutchinson’s Christmas Comedy Night at Tyne Theatre and Opera House

Socially-distanced: Tyne Theatre and Opera House: Jack and the Beanstalk

  • Family friendly
  • Tyne Theatre and Opera House
  • Friday 18th December 2020 – Thursday 24th December 2020

Fi Fo Fum, Tyne Theatre and Opera House is hosting panto fun for everyone! For one week only, this huge adventure promises to be a rib-tickling treat for the whole family. It may be socially distanced but still packed with bags of Christmas fun from some of the North East’s best panto talent.

Find out more and book tickets for Jack and the Beanstalk at Tyne Theatre and Opera House

Tyne Theatre and Opera House are asking for your help to #SaveOurTheatres. Find out how to donate here.

Socially-distanced: Alphabetti Theatre: Love From

  • Family Friendly
  • Alphabetti Theatre
  • Thursday 3rd– Saturday 5th December 2020
  • Tuesday 8th– Saturday 12th December 2020
  • Tuesday 15th – Saturday 19th December 2020
  • Monday 21st – Thursday 24th December 2020

Is a turnip-eating villain responsible for love and magic being sucked out of our world? Will you be able to help find the answer and save Christmas? Join Alphabetti Theatre for a family-friendly, festive and immersive adventure which is performed for only one household / support bubble at a time. This brand-new, mesmerising production has been specifically designed for these unprecedented times and is the ultimate feel-good show that’s a must on anyone’s Christmas list.

Find out more and book tickets for Love From at Alphabetti Theatre

Socially-distanced: The Boulevard, Jack and the Beanstalk

  • Family friendly
  • The Boulevard
  • Thursday 24th December 2020, Saturday 26th – Wednesday 30th December 2020

This family friendly age-old classic is the ‘giant’ adventure you’ve all ‘bean’ waiting for. Join Jack and his mother Dame Trott as they encounter a hungry giant with a taste for princesses. With nothing other than a bag of beans, will Jack be able to save the day? Fun for the whole family, this laugh a minute pantomime is the ultimate feel good, festive show.

Find out more and book tickets for Jack and the Beanstalk at The Boulevard

Socially-distanced: The Boulevard, Sinderella

  • Adult only
  • The Boulevard
  • Friday 8th – Sunday 10th January 2021
  • Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th January 2021

Sinderella is a naughty twist on the ‘rags to riches’ tale that will most certainly jingle your bells. Strictly for grown-ups, The Boulevard take on the Christmas panto classic promises side-splitting laughs and tongue-in-cheek gags. Will Cinderella meet her Prince Charming, or will she lose more than her glass slipper at midnight?

Find out more and book tickets for Sinderella at The Boulevard

Socially-distanced: The Boulevard: Christmas Spectacular 2020

  • Adults only
  • The Boulevard
  • Friday 3rd December 2020 – Tuesday 3rd January 2021
Boulevard Christmas Spectacular

This year’s Christmas Spectacular promises to be the most wonderful time of year over at The Boulevard. Join Danny Dee and the Broadway Dancers who will get you in the festive spirit with twinkling costumes, sleigh rides, music and dance routines that will make sure you have a very merry Christmas time!

Find out more and book tickets for the Christmas Spectacular at The Boulevard

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