It’s Behind You – Welcome to Panto Season

It’s Behind You – Welcome to Panto Season

Your guide to rib tickling, pantomime fun in the Beds and Bucks area.

Cinderella at MK TheatreSat 09 December 2023– Sun 14 January 2024

For guaranteed laughs a plenty and lots of ad-libs, audience interaction and great production you can’t beat Milton Keynes Theatre. This year Brian Conley stars in Cinderella as Buttons. We’ve seen Conley in previous MK pantos and he delivers cheeky fun that has something for the children and adults alike.

The sets, costume and production are all top quality so if you like your pantomime with all the bells and whistles this one is highly recommended.

Online Booking: ATGTICKETS.COM/MiltonKeynes

Jack & the Beanstalk at Grove Theatre Dunstable 8th – 31st December

Starring Eastender’s Steve McFadden alongside Jaymi Hensley (Union J), and Dunstable’s favourite Dame, Will Kenning.

Dunstable Theatre gives you a more intimate panto experience but you can still expect great laughs, amazing costumes and crowd interaction. Having been to a few pantos at Dunstable Grove Theatre the more intimate atmosphere is great for children who might feel overwhelmed in bigger theatres and on stage the actors seem to be having as much fun as the crowd with plenty of ad libs tricks going on. Still one of our favourites and who doesn’t love a Fe Fi Fo Fum!

Dunstable Grove Theatre Panto

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre 1st December 23 to 3rd January 24

Another Eastender appears in the beautiful Waterside Theatre. James Bye of Eastenders and Strictly fame stars as the Prince alongside Bucks Radio’s Andy Collins in this stunning production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Expect plenty of boos and hisses as the Wicked Queen Grimelda (Lyndsey Gardiner) appears.

Alice In Wonderland at Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre 12th – 27th January 24

There’s plenty of home grown family fun to be had with Leighton Buzzard Drama Group. There is a special performance on 11th January too for those that struggle with the usual noise bangs and whistles of a regular panto.

When Alice pops into the local wood for a cosy snooze, she finds herself confronted with a pesky white rabbit, who leads her into a completely bizarre world – a world with a very unpleasant Queen, a completely Mad Hatter enjoying a tea party, and Nursie who has been ordered to prepare the queen’s dinner!

To make matters worse, the white rabbit is being pursued by an evil rabbit hunter, and then when the queen’s jam tarts go missing, Alice becomes the prime suspect! Will she get a fair trial and find her way home?

Panto Express with Father Christmas at Buckingham Railway Centre – see below for dates

For something a little different from your regular theatre trip and sure to be a great hit with the little ones combine a mini Beauty and the Beast panto with a steam train ride.

All aboard The Panto Express to enjoy a visit from Father Christmas, plus, enjoy our mini family pantomime, brought to you by a professional touring theatre company! 

See Father Christmas in a ‘Grotto with a Difference’ – on a vintage steam train! Why queue for hours when you can sit on a steam train and wait for Santa to come to you?! You will be shown to your compartment on the steam train, and you will be taken up and down our 1/3 mile length of track whilst you wait for Father Christmas, who will be making his way along the train visiting all the children. When he comes to you, one of his elves will pull gifts for the children from his huge toy sack! Once your train arrives back at Platform 4, make your way to the Pantomime seating at the far end of the Visitor Centre, sit back and enjoy the show! Enjoy the festive Christmas atmosphere inside our large Visitor Centre with decorations, huge Christmas tree, festive music, plus cafe and gift shop


25/26th November
2nd/3rd December
9/10th December
16/17th December

Times vary and booking in advance is recommended

Tickets for Panto Express

Hansel & Gretel at The Stables MK 18th to 23rd December

“Would you like to hear the story? It begins two days before Christmas, with a Witch and a magic spell…”

Join award-winning Box Tale Soup for a brand new festive take on this classic fairy tale adventure, with beautiful puppets, innovative theatre and magical original music.

Tickets for Hansel and Gretel

The Tinderbox Outdoor Panto Queensway Bletchley – 2nd December

The Tinder Box is a traditional Hans Christian Anderson fairytale. Delivered as a Christmas pantomime, suitable for ages 5+

Cheer as good triumphs over evil, boo the villains and laugh at the Dame as we follow the story of a soldier, three magic dogs and an eccentric professor for whom a humble tinder box holds the key to health, wealth and happiness

Delivered by local performance group Tread The Boards

Tickets are only £2 but will need to be pre-booked and include one hot chocolate drink or a can of soft drink plus a bag of popcorn (vegan and gf available)

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