It’s the most wonderful time of the year – make the most of it with a trip to the theatre. Whether you’re looking for a traditional panto that will have the whole family roaring with laughter, or something a little more alternative, Plymouth’s theatres have got you covered over the festive season.

Theatre Royal Plymouth  

The Gingerbread Man – 4 December to 19 January

Come and see the adventure of the deliciously smelling Gingerbread Man and meet the bravest biscuit of all time! Suitable for children aged 3 plus, expect puppetry, music and humour in adventure that kids of all ages will enjoy.

Awful Auntie – 4 to 8 December  

From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of David Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very large owl, a very small ghost and a very awful Auntie!

Rocky Shock Horror – 5 to 30 December

It’s a comedy-drag-boxing-musical extravaganza! Enjoy this darkly comic, adult only show which offers a playful fusion of the boxing classic and the cross-dressing cult musical masterpiece.

Polyester – 10 to 12 December

Follow a heart-warming story of love and laughter into the heart of an Irish family, with sing-a-longs, stories, laughter and tears. Suitable for age 12+.

Bulls*** - 13 to 15 December

Presented by an emerging theatre company, this show is an exploration of identity, gender, power, and the things we love to do. It’s about the roles we get given – and the ones we choose.

Dick Whittington – 14 December to 12 January

You can’t beat a traditional panto at Christmas! Join Dick Whittington (and his trusty cat) as he seeks fame, fortune and happiness journeying to become the Lord Mayor of London. Starring John Partridge and Samantha Womack, it’s guaranteed to be fun for the whole family.

COW – 17 to 18 December

Set in Devon, COW explores the transition to a particular stage of adulthood when parents are no longer around, encompassing themes of loss, community and the role of women in rural society.

Barbican Theatre

 An Evening with Krampus – 11 to 22 December

Enjoy this adults-only, darkly delicious festive treat. Leave the kids at home and escape with this cabaret style theatrical experience featuring comedy, live music, storytelling and song.

A Causley Christmas – 19 December

Sick of the commercialisation of Christmas present? Take a trip to Christmas past with proud Devonian Jim Causley, as he performs lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular songs – all with a dollop of festive fun.

Plymouth Athenaeum

Aladdin – 12 December to 6 January

The inimitable Le Navet Bete return with their physical, off-the-wall comedy version of this traditional tale. It promises to be a unique festive experience for the whole family featuring some truly magical special effects!

Stiltskin Soapbox Children’s Theatre

Stardust – 8 to 24 December

This magical story is full of festive cheer and there are two versions – a gentle one for under 5s, and a family version with baddie included (so get ready for lots of booing and hissing!).

New Year Bubblicious – 31 December

Celebrate New Year’s Eve on a different time zone! The clock will be reset to count down to ‘midnight’ for children, under 5s will celebrate with Papua New Guinea while over 5s will be joining Thailand. With complimentary bubbly for adults and glow sticks, UV face painting and arts and craft for kids, the whole family will enjoy waving goodbye to 2018.

Devonport Playhouse

Cinderella – 5 to 8 December

No Walls Creative Arts and Plymouth University – Musical Theatre Group present the most enchanting pantomime of them all! Join them for a brand new take on the classic story.

Theatre Royal Plymouth
In the entrance of Theatre Royal in Plymouth

The Theatre Royal Plymouth is the largest & best attended regional producing theatre in the UK and the leading promoter of theatre in the South West. The Theatre Royal makes the best theatrical productions available to the widest possible audience.



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