Pantomimes in Dorset
"It's behind you!" 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!
Aladdin at Wimborne’s Tivoli Theatre
Following the record-breaking success of their last 4 pantomimes at the Tivoli Theatre, Made-to-Measure Productions are delighted be returning to Wimborne this Christmas with a brand new enchanting family pantomime, Aladdin!
Performances take place between 16th December 2022 and 2nd January 2023.
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, 31st December and 2nd January at 7.30pm!
Cinderella at Poole’s Lighthouse Centre for the Arts
You shall go to the ball as the classic rags to riches fairy-tale comes to life. Packed with traditional pantomime fun, Cinderella has plenty of songs, laughter and more magic and sparkle than you can shake a wand at. The clock has started ticking!
Performances take place between 8th and 31st December 2022.
A relaxed performance suitable for people with aspergers, autism or learning difficulties takes place at 2pm and 6pm on 20th December. There are also audio-described and captioned performances on the 28th and 29th 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 is set in the North Pole at Santa’s Magic Toy Workshop. The story follows Santa and his elves busily preparing for another festive season but sabotage is afoot and a nasty frost is spreading throughout Christmastown.
Will the elves work out who is plotting to ruin Christmas? Or will the frightening frost succeed in freezing Christmas forever?
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 17th and 24th December 2022.
Sleeping Beauty at Weymouth’s Pavilion Theatre
Set your alarm clocks early for Christmas 2022 as Enchanted Entertainment, the team behind the fantastic recent tour of The Wizard of Oz, return with their magical pantomime Sleeping Beauty.
Packed with sensational songs, dazzling dance routines and fabulous costumes; this is a tremendous treat for all the family you won't want to miss! Featuring for the first time ever at Weymouth Pavilion, amazing 3D projection! Starring X Factor and Celebrity Big Brother's Stevi Ritchie as Jester.
Pre-show meals are available served in the Piano Bar from 5pm.
There is a relaxed performance on 28th December and Adults Only shows on the 1st and 2nd January.
Performances take place from 10th December 2022 until 2nd January 2023.
Beauty and The Beast at Bournemouth's Pavilion Theatre
One of the most popular fairy tales of all, Beauty & The Beast is the story of Belle who finds herself imprisoned in an enchanted castle by a prince who has been transformed into a hideous beast by an evil sorceress.
Can Belle see beyond the beast’s appearance and fall in love with her captor? Will the beast return to the world he once knew and win the hand of the girl who has melted his heart?
With a cast of larger than life characters, side-splitting comedy, sumptuous costumes, fabulous scenery and a thrilling transformation scene, this traditional family pantomime has received 5 star reviews.
Panto favourite Noel Brodie returns to star as Louis La Plonk, with Eastenders star Emma Barton as Fairy Bon Bon.
Performances take place from 3rd December 2022 until 2nd January 2023. A relaxed performance is on 13th December with a captioned performance on 17th 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.
The Christmas party season is upon us. It's a time for crackers, party poppers and lots of fun.
Take advantage of late-night shopping, free parking and Christmas markets.
Ice-skating, festive markets, pantomimes and not forgetting meeting Father Christmas.
Book your Christmas or New Year holiday to Dorset and make it one to remember.
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