Pantomimes, or simply “pantos,” are a beloved and time-honoured form of theatrical entertainment that have been enchanting audiences, especially in the United Kingdom, for generations. These lively and family-friendly shows blend comedy, music, dancing, and slapstick humour to tell classic fairy tales and stories. What sets pantomimes apart is the interactive nature of the performance, with actors engaging the audience through call-and-response, encouraging boos and cheers, and often featuring a “dame” character played by a man in flamboyant, over-the-top costumes. The plots are typically based on well-known tales like Cinderella, Aladdin, or Jack and the Beanstalk, and they often feature a hero, a villain, and a generous dose of fairy-tale magic. Pantomimes are a delightful tradition that brings communities together during the holiday season, offering a fun and light-hearted escape from everyday life, making them a cherished part of many families’ festive celebrations.
The annual popular pantomime provides sparkling festive entertainment, glittering sets, gorgeous costumes and bewitching special effects. Singing, dancing and plenty of audience participation provide fun and laughter for the whole family at the Assembly Hall Theatre and this year we see the return of the Panto at Trinity Theatre as well!