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From enchanting theatre productions designed especially for little ones to hilarious comedy shows for adults to enjoy, there’s lots taking place on Plymouth’s stages this Christmas!

Here’s our guide to the unmissable shows to see in Plymouth this festive season. They’re set to be popular to make sure you snap up your tickets fast!


For children…

The Man Who Wanted To Be A Penguin

1 December to 22 January 2022, Theatre Royal Plymouth  

This is the story of an extraordinary explorer, a curious conjurer and pioneering problem-solver. With a playful energy and a mix of puppetry, music and song, this show will be a delightful celebration of wild creativity and the joy of individuality. Waddle on down and join the expedition! This family show is suitable for everyone aged 3+.

Tickets cost from £12.

The Christmas Mouse

8 to 24 December, Stiltskin Soapbox Children’s Theatre

Featuring snowy scenes, colourful characters and enthralling puppets that will catch toddlers’ attention, this is specifically designed as a festive treat for under 5s.

Tickets cost from £10.

The Magic Lantern and the Story Thief

5 to 31 December, Stiltskin Soapbox Children’s Theatre

Wrap up warm to enjoy this festive outdoor show in the amphitheatre in Devonport Park. Set in a Dickensian world where nothing is quite as it seems, stories will be brought to life by the light of the lantern in a way that will ignite young imaginations on dark winter nights. This show will delight everyone over the age of 4.

Tickets cost from £10.


For the whole family…

White Christmas The Musical 

7 to 11 December, Theatre Royal Plymouth 

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Family members of all ages will charmed by this delightfully escapist musical as the brand new production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas comes to Plymouth direct from the West End. It’s a timeless, heart-warming romantic comedy featuring classic songs.

Tickets cost from £32


17 December 2021 to 15 January 2022, Theatre Royal Plymouth  

It simply wouldn’t be Christmas without a panto! Enjoy traditional festive fun with laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. Follow Aladdin, his brother Wishee Washee, and of course his mother Widow Twankey, on a spectacular adventure. Expect flying carpets, a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and a lamp-full of laughs in this year’s pantomime, starring comedian Joe Pasquale.

Tickets cost from £18.

Joe Pasquale and cast of Aladdin hold the magical lamp


For grown-ups…

Sleighing It

15 to 23 December, Barbican Theatre

End the year with a big glittery bang! A light-hearted Christmas cabaret style show celebrating the best talent in the South West, expect everything from musicians, comedians and dance acts to drag artists and burlesque performances. There are 14 performances in total – any at 7pm are more family friendly, but the 9pm showings will feature cheekier content that’s only suitable for adults.

Tickets are ‘pay what you decide’ - it's up to you!

Plymouth Comedy Club’s Christmas Cracker

3 December, The Green Taverners Suite at Plymouth Argyle

It’s set to be a corker of a comedy night, with three top comics guaranteed to get you giggling – it’s great for date night or bring your mates along for a festive gathering that will leave you all laughing. 

Tickets cost £15.



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