Christmas Shows

The Puppet Panto that goes wrong

BRIDPORT’s Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company brings a unique homegrown pantomime, Puppet Panto, to the town’s Electric Palace from 28th to 31st December. When a group of puppets put on a show, how will they cope when everything starts to go wrong? What will they do to make sure the show can go on? Can…

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Octagon Theatre Yeovil

PANTOMIME is a peculiarly British phenomenon, so when Crewkerne boy, Octagon favourite and successful actor and singer Thom Ford introduced his American wife Kathryn Nash to the genre, it was only natural for the versatile Texas-born actress to give it a go. She’s a perfect Snow White in Thom’s favourite theatre in Yeovil this year,…

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Solo Christmas Carol

THERE  is an alternative one-man version of the best-loved Christmas show from Dave Mynne, on a short Artsreach tour, from 13th to 15th December. Multi-talented Dave, a familiar face from Kneehigh Theatre productions, brings his Christmas Carol to Sixpenny Handley Village Hall on Friday 13th December, Shipton Gorge on Saturday 14th and Shillingstone on Sunday…

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Robin Hood at Salisbury Playhouse

THIS year the posters advertising Christmas shows are  jostling for space with those pushing candidates for a general election.  Both have their  pantomime elements, but if it’s fun, good humour, slick jokes, colourful costumes and a large dose of love that you want, I’d suggest Salisbury Play­house’s Robin Hood. It’s Good Good Good! It was…

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Snow White, Tobacco Factory Bristol

IF you want the perfect alternative Christmas show, look no further than Bristol’s Tobacco Factory, where a wonderful new version of Snow White is on stage until 19th January. Adapted by Mike Tweddle and the company, and directed by Alex Byrne, it manages that gargantuan challenge of being woke, politically aware, plant-based and very, very…

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Beatrix Potter family musical at Salisbury

A NEW  musical version of Beatrix Potter’s The Tailor of Gloucester opens at Salisbury Playhouse’s Salberg Studio on 9th December, and runs until 28th. Wiltshire Creative has commissioned this new adaptation for young children, written by Gareth Machin and Glyn Kerslake. Their previous collaborations include The Night Before Christmas and Little Robin Redbreast, both seen…

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Christmas – fun and behind bars!

CHRISTMAS plays at Dorchester Arts at the Corn Exchange continue continue on Thursday 19th December, when Near-Ta Theatre takes an original look at the season in Christmas.Time. Set in prison where Charlie and Toby are serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure, the question is why shouldn’t they have a Merry Christmas too? Inventive and hugely…

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Time to Boing! again

SALLY Cookson’s award-winning show Boing! returns to Bristol Old Vic this Christmas, to the delight of younger children and their families. It opened in 2010 in the old studio space, and will now be staged in the newly-created Weston Studio in the historic theatre, running from 29th November to 5th January. Wilkie Branson reprises his…

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All the better to entertain you with Bumblefly

THE traditional Bumblefly trio is out on the road again with the 2019-2020 show, Little Red Riding Hood. David Haworth’s new adapation of the famous story will tour until 18th January. The company ­– Anna Harriott in the title role with Michelle O’Brien and Dom Phillips  playing all the other characters – will once again…

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