Fancy a family trip to the theatre that the whole family will enjoy? A good Panto is guaranteed to get everyone into the Christmas spirit..oh yes it is! We have a round up of the best pantos on offer in Ireland this year for everyone from 4 to 104!
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Pantos in Dublin 2019
Robin Hood, dlr Mill Theatre, Dublin
The Mill Productions 1 hour Robin Hood panto is the perfect family treat for children of all ages! Running from 7 December to 5 January, show times: 12pm, 2pm and 4pm.
Oh noooo!!! The wicked Sheriff of Nottingham is set on raising the taxes of the town until the lovely Maid Marion agrees to become his wife. But this Maid Marion is not one to give up on a fight and with the help of Robin Hood and his gang sets out to overthrow the nasty Sheriff.
Will Cupid’s arrow strike love for Robin and Marion? Will Massive Milly lead Little John to the gold? or will Friar Tuck eat all the pies? Will Aunt Polly find that unicorn in Sherwood Forest and will she snag a rich husband before the show is over? Join the Mill Productions gang for lots of fun, audience participation, songs, dancing and a host of crazy, zany and colourful characters.
Admission: €18/€16 Family of 4 €65. Book Tickets online
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The Three Musketeers, Helix Panto, Dublin
TheatreworX is back with this year’s Helix Panto ‘The Three Musketeers’. With all the wit, magic and fun that audiences have come to expect from their hilarious pantos! TheatreworX is renowned for its hilarious scripts with the perfect cast resulting in the best family Christmas outing. With audience favourites Aidan Mannion and Colin Hughes returning along with Chris Corroon’s Lola amongst others, this year’s production is set to tickle the funny bone yet again.
Tickets from €17.50 + booking fees
Dates: November 22nd 2019 to January 19th 2020. There will be a special Sensory Friendly Performance on Wednesday, December 18th at 7pm.
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Aladdin Gaiety Panto 2019, Dublin
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the Gaiety Panto! The Gaiety Theatre has hosted the annual Christmas Panto each year since 1873. Today, families come from far and wide to experience the Gaiety Christmas Panto and for many it has become as much a family Christmas tradition as Santa himself! The 2019 – 2020 fabulous Gaiety Theatre pantomime is Aladdin, directed by Daryn Crosbie.
Tickets from €19.50
Dates: 24th November 2018 to 6th January 2020.
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Cinderella The Cheerios Panto, Dublin
Tickets from €16 + booking fees
Dates: Thursday 5th December 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020.
Robin Hood The Panto Coolmine Panto Group at Draoícht, Dublin
Coolmine Panto Group are back with a pantomime treatment of the Robin Hood legend for all the family. Join in the fun as Sir Robin of Locksley together with his Mother, Lady Rose Bud, draw swords and arrows with the money grabbing Sheriff of Nothingdoing, Sir Guy Sterling. Can Sir Robin rescue Maid Marion from the evil Sheriff? Fun and laughter are guaranteed with Robin’s Merry Men, Friar Tuck and his Snoring Monks and the Singing Nuns of Mirth.
Tickets €22 / €19 conc / Relaxed performance €19
Dates: January 4th to 19th 2020. Special relaxed performance on Wednesday 8th January 2020. At this performance there will be no loud or sudden noises, the music will be softer, lights will be brighter, you will be able to move around the theatre and there is a chill out zone.
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Christmas Panto on Wheels! Dublin
Hop aboard Ireland’s only custom built Christmas bus for a puzzling panto adventure like no other.
The letters are missing and Santa is sick you have to save Christmas for Jolly St. Nick! Can you help the elves save the magic of Christmas and get onto Santa’s nice list?
Everyone onboard must help to solve the clues, find the letters and prove you believe in all the good that Christmas can bring. But be wary! Some that seem nice might actually be naughty! If Santa is saved and Christmas Magic restored, there’s a spot on the good list for everyone on board! This adventure is suitable for young and old alike.
Christmas Bus Tours daily during December. Tours take 45 mins start to finish and depart from 61 Upper O’Connell St (outside Flanagans Restaurant) and returns to the same spot. Cost €15 per seat.
Cinderella: the Story of Cinders and Her Fella, Olympia Theatre Panto, Dublin
Cinderella – The Story of Cinders & Her Fella – is the most entertaining, magical and funniest family Panto you are ever likely to see!
Tickets from €27
Dates: Friday 20th December 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020.
Robin Hood, Liberty Hall Theatre, Dublin
Join Robin Hood, Maid Marion, Nurse Nellie Nu Nu & the Merry Men at Liberty Hall Theatre, as they try to defeat the wicked Sheriff of Snottingham (Simon Scowl) in this fantastic traditional Panto this Christmas time.
The show features all the usual singing, dancing, fun and laughter you have come to expect from ‘The Liberty Panto’ and if you fancy being a part of the show it’s not too late. Robin Hood is recruiting his Merry Men and you could be picked for a walk on part in this year’s show! Why not meet the cast for photos afterwards and join in the fun! Starring Dublin’s wickedly funny Comedian & Fair City Bad guy ‘Eric Lalor’.
Tickets from €17.00
Dates: Thursday 19th – Tuesday 31st December 2019
Pantos in Cork 2019
Jack and the Beanstalk, Everyman Cork
Cork’s favourite panto is back – and it’s full of beans – oh, yes it is! When you think of a huge beanstalk, magic beans, a giant and a golden goose – what have you got? This year’s panto, Jack and the Beanstalk. Don’t ‘leaf’ it to chance – book your tickets now! Come and enjoy Jack and the Beanstalk starring the same zany gang as last year’s sold-out panto Cinderella and directed by the zaniest one of all Catherine Mahon-Buckley!
Tickets from €22
Dates: Saturday 30th November 2019 until Sunday 12th January 2020
Peter Pan, Cork Opera House
The Cork Opera House 2019 Panto is the swashbuckling and magical story of Peter Pan. Join Peter, Wendy, Hook, Tinkerbell, Nanny Nellie and many more in a spectacular show packed with amazing colour, fantastic costumes, live music, breath-taking dance, a tonne of belly laughs and lots and lots of pirates and fairies!
Tickets from €27.50 (Limited early bird tickets for €15 available)
Thursday 28th November 2019 until Sunday 19th January 2020
Pantos in Limerick 2019
Aladdin, University Concert Hall Limerick
The Specsavers 2019 UCH and Robert C Kelly Panto has been announced as Aladdin. Featuring some of the funniest, wackiest characters in pantoland – Abanazer, Widow Twankey, Wishey Washey, the Genie to name but a few – Aladdin at UCH promises to transport you to a whole new world this Christmas!
Tickets from €22.50
Dates: Monday 16th December 2019 to Sunday 5th January 2020. There will be a sensory friendly performance on Friday 3rd January 2020 at 2pm
Beauty and the Beast Panto, Lime Tree Theatre Limerick
“A tale as old as time” – the important message in Beauty and The Beast is never to judge the book by its cover. Throw in a number of strange and interesting characters with sparkling comedy and high class musical numbers and this year’s Panto offering from the Limerick Panto Society promises a great night’s entertainment for all the family.
Tickets from €18.50
Dates: Friday 27th December – Sunday 5th January 2020
Pantos in Galway 2019
Aladdin Renmore Pantomime
Aladdin 2020 Renmore Pantomime’s 41st Annual Pantomime ‘Aladdin’ will run for 20 performances between Sunday 29th Dec 2019 and Sunday 12th Jan 2020 at Town Hall Theatre, Galway
Aladdin Trouble, Clarenbridge, Galway
The annual Stageworks Christmas Panto takes place in the Brothers of Charity Hall at Kilcornan, Clarinbridge. Join them on a magical journey of the much-loved tale of Aladdin! All the way in China, young Aladdin dreams of finding love and making his fortune. When he discovers an enchanted lamp and meets a mysterious genie, it looks like all his wishes are about to come true – with the help of his brothers, thier panda Kung Fu and his larger-than-life mum, can he win the hand of his Princess? Or will an evil magician, some crazy policemen and a very large pile of laundry stand in his way? The best song and dance numbers and plenty of chances to boo and cheer in this perfect Christmas & New Year family treat.
Show dates: 29th, 30th December and 2nd, 3rd and 4th of January, Kilcornan Hall, Clarinbridge. Matinees: 29th Dec at 2pm and 4th Jan at 2pm. Evening Shows: 7.30pm nightly
Pantos in Clare
Mother Goose, glór, Clare
Pantaloons are back at glór Ennis with the hilarious Mother Goose… It wouldn’t be Christmas without Panto, and Pantaloons – now in their 17th year, have firmly established themselves as a wonderful family tradition in Clare. Pantaloons will be joined on stage by Sparks Hip Hop Dance School.
This is the story of Mother Goose who, about to be thrown off her land because she cannot pay the rent, gets a gift of Priscilla – the golden egg laying goose – from The Good Fairy. Mother Goose becomes rich, but the Demon King and his Bailiffs are on hand to tempt her with the things she doesn’t have – youth and Beauty. Will Mother Goose enter the Fountain of Youth? Will everybody love her?
Tickets from €15/€50 Family of 4, book online
Dates: Saturday 21 December to Tuesday 31 December (NB no shows on Tuesday 24 – Thursday 26 December)
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Pantos in Wexford
This Christmas you shall go to the ball with the spectacular rags to riches family pantomime Cinderella at the National Opera House. Brought to you from the creative team behind last year’s smash hit Sleeping Beauty, and jam-packed full of famous faces, Cinderella has all the traditional elements of a fabulous festive outing for all the family.
The dashing prince is hosting a ball and Cinderella would give anything to go, but her wicked ugly sisters have other plans. Can Cinderella escape their evil clutches and find true love with the help of her Fairy Godmother and her best friend Buttons? Star cast to be announced.
Tickets start from only €25, family ticket €80
Dates: December 27th to December 30th 2019.
Other Pantos in Ireland
Aladdin The Panto, Kildare
The Moat Club annual panto this year is Aladdin. A traditional tale that takes you to exotic lands filled with magic and adventure and maybe even a bit of romance! With a treasure cave, magic carpet, genie in a bottle and an evil villain this show will appeal to all ages.
Dates: November 29th to December 14th 2019
Sinbad The Panto, Tipperary
Thurles Panto Society is back at The Source Arts Centre again with another fun-filled show this Christmas – Sinbad! Come on board and follow the amazing adventure of Sinbad the Sailor, as he travels the seven seas. Along the way he encounters all sorts of heroes and villains, rogues and rascals, in his amazing quest to find his one true love. This show promises to be an action-packed performance which will enthral audience members of all ages. They’re might even be a few songs thrown in for good measure!
Tickets from €13
Dates: Sunday 29th December to Tuesday 31st December 2019.
Aladdin Christmas Panto Kerry
Oliver Hurley Productions presents Aladdin at Siamsa Tíre in Tralee. Hop on your magic carpet and fly on a magical journey, with sparkling costumes, loads of laughs and fun for all. This production has some fantastic special effects, plenty of audience participation and of course a sing-along.
ALADDIN is an age old story of forbidden caves, magic lamps, flying carpet and happily ever after for a boy from the laundry and an Arabian Princess. It’s so funny it’ll have you rolling in the aisles and we can ensure that everyone will have a great time. We recommend this production for children of all ages, from 5 to 95!
Tickets from €17 (Early bird available €16)
Dates: Sunday 29th December 2019 – Saturday 4th January 2020
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Aladdin The Panto Sligo
After their spectacular 40th Anniversary production of Rumpelstiltskin, Coolera Dramatic Society return with their 41st annual pantomime, Aladdin at The Hawkswell Theatre in Sligo.
With all your favourite actors returning, and some exciting new talent, wonderful music and dance, and of course lots of magic and exciting adventures, this will be one not to miss.
Tickets from €17, on sale Tuesday 1st October, 10am.
Dates: Saturday 7th – Friday 20th December 2019
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Donegal
The annual panto in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal in the Abbey Arts Centre is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs this year.
Dates: 7th-14th December 2019
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Are you planning to go to any of these pantos? Please let us know in the comments box below.