I'm a Mum of two boys living in Oxfordshire, enjoying lots of fun activities and writing about them when I get a chance.
Published November 19th 2012
There's something very British and magical about watching a Pantomime. I loved the family trip around Christmas time as a child to watch the local panto. It's such an interactive and fun way to introduce children to theatre productions and is sure to create long standing memories. There's a special formula in most successful pantos that involves a hero, a villian and a love interest and usually lots of jokes that parents can enjoy too.
Dick Whittington - Oxford Playhouse Running from 30th November to 13th January, the Oxford Playhouse always puts on a good show. Based on the well known English children's story, Dick Whittington is on a mission to make it to London where the streets are paved with gold. The show will be full of everything you want from a panto with King Rat to shout Boo at and Alice as the object of Dick's affection.
Peter Pan - Forest Hill Village Hall One of my all time favourite stories is that of Peter Pan. I grew up close to Kirriemuir in Scotland which is the birthplace of the author J.M. Barrie so it's always been a tale close to my heart. The big panto theatre productions are fantastic but at the same time a smaller more intimate show is just as excting for children. The local residents will perform and it's sure to be full of fun with fairies, flying and of course pirates. Matinee productions are already sold out but tickets are still available for the evening production on 15th December. Part of the ticket price also goes to the Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Prizes are available for the best fairy and pirate at each production so be sure to dress up. After the evening show, the ticket also includes a party with live music so you can get down and boogy with cast and crew.
Cinderella - The Theatre Chipping Norton This year The Theatre Chipping Norton will be putting their fortieth pantomime. What could be better than two ugly sisters and an evil stepmother to shout at and a handsome prince to rescue poor Cinderella from their clutches? Ticket prices start from £8.50 and the show runs from 20th November to 6th January next year.
A pantomime is guaranteed to delight young and old with music, laughs and a little festive magic.