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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The Grimm Tale of Cinderella, Dublin
The Smock Alley Theatre presents the true story of the girl who became known as Cinderella in their Christmas production The Grimm Tale of Cinderella.
Two brothers lost in the woods have a chance meeting with an old woman and swop tales they have gathered on their travels. The brothers are intrigued by the tale of a girl called Ella, a cruel step-mother, a handsome prince and a night that would change her life forever.
Children aged 6+ and adults will enjoy the re-telling of this classic tale.
Dates: December 5th to 23rd 2017.
Pantaloons are back at glór Ennis for their 15th panto production “Cinderella“.
The tale of a beautiful girl, two nasty sisters a handsome prince, a fairy godmother and a glass slipper will encourage the audience to participate with lots of hisses, boos, laughter and singing. You will also enjoy epic dancing from Sparks Hip Hop dance school.
Dates: Friday 22nd December to Sunday 31st December 2017. There will be a relaxed performance on December 22nd.
Beauty & The Beast Renmore Panto, Galway
Back for the 39th year, The Renmore Panto will be a spectacular adventure of music, dance, song and fun and will feature a host of Galway performers at The Town Hall Theatre.
The King and Queen of the Kingdom of Renmore have had their son turned into a beast and exiled to a castle. The beast captures a father for picking a rose, his daughter Belle begs for mercy and trades places with her father. Can she be rescued or will true love win the day? You’ll have to come along to find out!
Dates: Saturday December 30th 2017 to Sunday January 14th 2018.
Star Warz The Panto Menace, Westmeath
The Dean Crowe Theatre & Arts Centre in Athlone will transport you to a galaxy not so far away with their annual Panto Star Warz The Panto Menace. Featuring heroes, goodies, baddies, spaceships, aliens, far flung planets and more than a few stars, audience participation is a must!
Dates: Friday 5th & 12th @ 7.30pm, Saturday 6th & 13th @ 2pm & 7.30pm, Sunday 7th & 14th @ 2pm January 2018.
Beauty And The Beast – A Robert C Kelly Panto, Wexford
The National Opera House Wexford presents a Robert C Kelly Panto, Beauty and The Beast. Starring Limerick comedian Karl Spain, Adam Weafer and Clara Murray along with a host of other stars, the show is guaranteed to be a Christmas treat for all the family. Expect amazing sets, chart-topping hits and plenty of comedy in the re-telling of this classic tale.
Dates: December 27th to December 30th 2017.
Cinderella Spar Panto, Limerick
University Concert Hall (UCH) Limerick presents the greatest fairytale of them all Cinderella. With magic, romance a handsome prince, a feisty heroine, dubious sisters, chart toppers and hilarious antics this promises to be the most wondrous panto ever seen.
The cast includes Samantha Mumba, Richie Hayes, Leanne Moore, Dayle Cronin, Tom O’Mahony, Myles Breen, Hayley-Jo Murphy, Richard Lynch and many more. Prepare to boo, sing and laugh in equal measure.
Dates: Monday 18th December 2017 to Sunday 7th January 2018.
Beauty & The Beast Panto, Dublin
The Helix Panto for 2017 is a Theatreworx production of Beauty & The Beast. Starring Orla Jennings, Chris Corron & Paul Byrom and it promises to be the best panto ever seen!
Follow Belle on her journey to the beast’s castle in the woods and find out if she can break the magic spell and release the beast. There will be plenty of adventure along the way!
Dates: November 24th 2017 to January 21st 2018. There will be a special Sensory Friendly Performance on Tuesday, December 19th at 7pm.
The Snow Queen Panto, Donegal
The Letterkenny Pantomime Society presents The Snow Queen at An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny. A take on the Disney classic Frozen audiences can expect fun, adventure and lots of songs to join in with.
Dares: Saturday January 13th to Saturday January 20th 2018.
Sleeping Beauty The Cheerios Panto, Dublin
Mary Byrne as Good Queen Mary will star alongside Alan Hughes & Roy Murphy in this years Cheerios Panto, Sleeping Beauty at The Tivoli Theatre, Dublin.
Written by Karl Broderick, it tells the tale of the young princess, destined to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and sleep for 100 years. But can the handsome prince save her and defeat the evil queen? He may need some help from the audience.
Dates: December 7th 2017 to January 14th 2018.
Beauty And The Beast, Limerick
The County Limerick Youth Theatre presents Beauty and The Beast by Thomas O’Leary at Friars Gate Theatre. A new and exciting panto following the beautiful Belle into the magical world of the Beast. She must learn to love to break the spell that is upon him.
This action packed, fun version of the classic tale has Scary Baddies, Scottish Gardeners, French Butlers, a Mad Inventor and even a Panto Horse! Beauty and the Beast is the perfect panto for family entertainment, and includes everyone’s favourite songs so you can join in the action.
Dates: Thursday 7th, Friday 8th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December @ 7.30pm
Hansel and Gretel The Panto, Tipperary
The Source Arts Centre in Thurles welcomes back the Thurles Community Panto Society with their production of Hansel & Gretel.
The story of a young brother & sister left alone in the woods. Will they find their way home? The show promises to captivate audience members both young & old as they help Hansel and Gretel along the way.
Dates: Friday December 29th to Sunday December 31st 2017.
Rapunzel The Panto, Dublin
Rapunzel is the annual panto at The Gaiety this year. Expect a hair-larious, hair-raising adventure with dancing, singing, shenanigans and plenty of hair as you follow Rapunzel on her adventures as she attempts to escape from her evil stepmother!
Dates: November 26th 2017 to January 7th 2018.
Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs Panto, Waterford
The Waterford Panto Society presents Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs at The Theatre Royal Waterford this December 2017.
With a live band, spectacular scenery and costumes and starring panto favourites Tony Corcoran, Richie Hayes, Paula Weldon and many more, this is one panto you won’t want to miss.
Dates: December 2nd to 30th 2017. There will be a special Sensory Performance on December 7th 2017.
Cinderalla The Greatest Panto Of All Times, Kerry
Oliver Hurley productions presents Cinderella, the greatest panto of all times, at Siamsa Tíre, Tralee. It will include all the usual characters and a few extras to guarantee a night of laughter, magic, song, dance and comedy for all the family.
Dates: December 29th 2017 to January 4th 2018.
Alice in Wonderland Coolmine Panto Group, Dublin
Follow Alice as she chases the White Rabbit on a journey into Wonderland. The Coolmine Panto Group bring their pantomime version of the classic tale Alice in Wonderland to Droícht, Blanchardstown.
Expect to see the usual characters, the white rabbit, Tweedledum & Tweedledee, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat and a few extras too! Guaranteed fun for all the family.
Dates: Friday January 5th to Sunday January 21st 2018. Special relaxed performance on Wednesday January 10th 2018.
Aladdin The Magical Panto, Limerick
The Limerick Panto Society presents Aladdin at the Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick.
The cast includes; Tim Cusack, Emma O’Driscoll, Paul Fitzgerald, Jason Ronan and Stuart Mackey who will bring you on a magical adventure sure to wow audiences of all ages.
Dates: Thursday December 28th 2017 to Sunday January 7th 2018
The Frog Prince Panto, Sligo
The Sligo Hospital Musical Society presents The Frog Prince Panto at The Hawk’s Well Theatre Sligo. They promise plenty of toe-tapping, hand-clapping and side-splitting laughs in this their 21st annual pantomime.
Prince Norman is about to be crowned king but his aunt Phibian has other ideas. She turns him into a frog so she can take his place on the throne. But can the evil curse be reversed in time to save the kingdom?
Dates: Wednesday 24th to Saturday 27th January 2018.
Prince Handsome Panto, Mayo
The Westport Town Hall Theatre presents Prince Handsome Panto written by Brendan Williams and performed by a cast of 50+, it is sure to be a hit.
A handsome Prince needs to marry a rich princess to save his kingdom from ruin. No problem you may think but the road to riches is not without challenges. Can good triumph over evil? You will have to go along to find out.
Dates: January 3rd to 7th 2018.
Sleeping Beauty The Panto of Your Dreams, Louth
The Dundalk Musical Society presents Sleeping Beauty The Panto of Your Dreams at An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk.
With a chorus of over 100 children and young adults this is going to be a feast for the senses.
Nanny Lola is charged with looking after Princess Aroura for King Anto but can she protect her from the evil Magnificent and her equally evil son Rupert? There will be dancing, comedy, music and some panto magic.
Dates: January 9th to 14th 2018.
Polly & The Beanstalk, Dublin
Enjoy the antics of Dustin & Rory Cowan at this years Applegreen Christmas panto ‘Polly & The Beanstalk’ which takes place at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin.
Fun, laughter and an all singing, all dancing cast awaits you at this family favourite.
Dates: December 15th 2017 to January 7th 2018.
Beauty & The Beast, Cork
Everyman Cork presents Cork’s favourite, traditional Panto, Beauty & The Beast. The panto will be jam packed with panto fun for all generations with re-telling of the old tale as you have never seen it before!
Dates: December 9th 2017 to January 14th 2018 with a special signed performance on January 5th.
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