Pantomimes in Dorset

"It's behind you!"  The 2023 Panto season is here again - a magical time full of fun, laughter, music and song for all the family!

For many people a visit to the pantomime is as much a part of Christmas as decorating the tree and giving presents!

Whether you go for the terrible jokes or to see your favourite television personalities, you will find a fantastic pantomime in Dorset to visit this Christmas.

Book your ticket today and enjoy some festive family fun!

Cinderella at Wimborne’s Tivoli Theatre

Following the record-breaking success of their last 5 pantomimes at the Tivoli Theatre, Made-to-Measure Productions are delighted be returning to Wimborne this Christmas with a brand new enchanting family pantomime, Cinderella!

Performances take place between 15th December 2023 and 2nd January 2024. 

There is a relaxed performance on 20th December at 10:30am.

And, by popular demand, there will also be 3 adults only performances on 29th December, 30th December and 2nd January!

Snow White at Weymouth’s Pavilion Theatre

Welcome to the most magical pantomime ever told, where poor Snow White is doomed to live UN-happily ever after...with her horrid stepmother the Wicked Queen.

In a true rags to riches story Snow White manages, with the help of her madcap friend Muddles the Jester, to meet a handsome Prince and make all her dreams come true. A pantomime full of excitement, including a Good Fairy, a Magic Mirror and the craziest Seven Dwarfs you've ever seen!

Starring Britain's Got Talent winner George Sampson as the Prince and Jamie Riding as the Dame!

Pre-show and post-show meals are available served in the Piano Bar - booking recommended.

Performances take place from 16th to 31st December 2023.

Aladdin at Poole’s Lighthouse Centre for the Arts

Take a magical carpet ride with the BBC's Ionica Adriana as Princess Jasmine and West End actor Benjamin Armstrong as Aladdin.

Produced by an award-winning creative team and featuring pop hits and breath-taking special effects, Aladdin promises to be another high-flying traditional pantomime.

Performances take place between 7th and 31st December 2023.

There are audio-described and British Sign Language performances on the 14th and 27th December, with a captioned performance on 27th December.

Christmas Spectacular at Christchurch's Regent Centre

The Glad Rag Production Company is delighted to bring the Christmas Spectacular back to the Regent Centre stage.

This year’s Spectacular features Squash the Elf and Santa's daughter Joy as they race through time to save Santa and Christmas!

With a fabulous musical blend of up-beat dance routines, popular ballads and Christmas favourites all performed by theatre professionals and adorable elves, this is a festive treat for the whole family to enjoy.

Performances take place between 16th and 24th December 2023.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Bournemouth's Pavilion Theatre

Book your tickets for the greatest magical pantomime ever told; poor Snow White is doomed to live unhappily ever after with her horrid stepmother, the Wicked Queen. In true rags-to-riches style, Snow White manages, with the help of her madcap friend Muddles, to meet a handsome Prince and make her dreams come true.

With a beautiful princess, a jealous Wicked Queen, seven bumbling dwarfs, a naughty nurse, a hilarious jester and not forgetting a poisoned apple and a magic mirror, it's not to be missed!

The legendary Su Pollard will be playing the role of Wicked Queen and joins Noel Brodie, who is returning for his 9th hilarious season and this year playing the role of Muddles.

Performances take place from 2nd to 31st December 2023. A relaxed performance is on 12th December with a captioned performance on 9th December.

Stay a little longer

If you are looking to stay in Dorset for Christmas, Twixmas or New Year, we have a great selection of hotel packages to choose from.

Or for other dates in December and January, take a look at our huge variety of places to stay. From town centre apartments and spa hotels to coastal B&Bs, we're sure you'll find your perfect escape in Dorset.

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