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14 of the best pantomimes and productions in Berkshire this festive season

PUBLISHED: 11:37 18 November 2019 | UPDATED: 14:35 18 November 2019

The Bear (Photo by Paul Blakemore)

The Bear (Photo by Paul Blakemore)

PAUL BLAKEMORE

The time for family fun, frolics and theatre chaos is upon us. Here's our round-up of Berkshire's best pantomimes for December 2019-January 2020

The Prince and the Pauper - 14 November 2019-4 January 2020

The Watermill Theatre, Bagnor, Newbury

The Prince is bored of royal life. Outside the palace, a girl who loves to play music and dance dreams of escaping her humble life to perform for wealthy people. When their two worlds collide, the prince and the pauper embark on a thrilling adventure beyond their wildest imaginations.

watermill.org.uk

 

Aladdin - 20 November 2019-5 January 2020

Theatre Royal Windsor

Traditional pantomime comedy capers, with a sprinkle of magic and dazzling dancers, colourful costumes and a glittering star cast featuring actor Paul Nicholas, musical legend Marti Webb, Basil Brush, Kevin Cruise and Steven Blakeley!

theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk

 

The Bear - 26 November-29 December

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead

From the book by Raymond Briggs. The story of a girl who befriends a polar bear. This playful, funny and heart-warming tale is one of imagination and growing up.

norden.farm

 

Dick Whittington - 28 November-7 December

The Memorial Hall, Old Windsor

The Riverside Players star in this classic panto tale, which is great fun for all the family.

riversideplayers.com

 

Sleeping Beauty - 29 November 2019-4 January 2020

The Corn Exchange, Newbury

This ever-popular pantomime is full of songs to sing along to and stunning dance routines, plus lots of magic and sparkle.

cornexchangenew.com

 

Aladdin - 29 November 2019-4 January 2020

Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park, Ringmead, Bracknell

Will Aladdin and his magical lamp defeat the forces of evil? Will the princess and Aladdin find true love? Join a host of colourful characters in this magical carpet ride.

southhillpark.org.uk

 

Cinderella - 7 December 2019-5 January 2020

The Hexagon, Queens Walk, Reading

CBeebies star Justin Fletcher will be returning once again for this year's panto. Will the Wicked Stepsisters succeed in ruining Cinderella's dreams? Go to the ball and find out!

readingarts.com

 

Dick Whittington - 11-15 December

Desborough Theatre, Maidenhead Town Hall

This classic panto is the perfect Christmas family adventure.

desboroughtheatre.co.uk

 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - 13-23 December

The Curve, Slough

Click your ruby heels together and join the cast over the rainbow for a magical pantomime adventure.

thecurveslough.com

 

Christmas With The Three Billy Goats Gruff - 15 December

Shaw House, Newbury

What happens on Christmas Eve when the Troll is fishing for his dinner? A festive twist on the classic story of the three hungry goats and a grumpy old troll. Garlic Theatre create a magical world to entrance and delight young and old. With beautifully crafted puppets, live music, storytelling and lots of joining in.

westberkshireheritage.org

 

Christmas Carol Concert and Dinner with The Queen's Six - 20 December

Cliveden

The Queen's Six will be performing a special Christmas Carol concert in the Great Hall. A number of different carols will be performed. Arrive at 6.30pm for a reception in the house with Champagne and canapés, enjoy the carol concert, a three-course festive dinner with wines, and coffee and bonbons.

clivedenhouse.co.uk

 

Christmas Concertini - Family Concert - 20 December

The Methodist Church, Cookham

A Christmas treat for everyone! Bring the whole family and sing along with members of one of the finest chamber choirs in the country. The Cantorum Choir will be performing highlights from their annual Christmas Concert as well as some well known carols. Audience participation is a must!

concertini.co.uk

 

Snow White - 21-29 December

Pearce Suite Theatre, Magnet Leisure Centre, Maidenhead

This panto is packed with all the traditional pantomime ingredients, animated scenery, sensational songs, delightful costumes, plenty of audience participation and comedy.

maidenheadpanto.co.uk

 

A Christmas Carol in Concert - 23 December

Shaw House, Newbury

This heart-warming tale is presented entirely in narrative song, using brand new lyrics set to traditional English folk and carol melodies.

westberkshireheritage.org

 

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