Fancy a virtual 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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As they say ‘the show must go on’ and although the Panto Season will be very different this year with many places hosting their annual panto later in 2021 or cancelling altogether, some theatres, producers and venues have come up with novel ways to run their annual panto. We have rounded up some online and socially distanced options for the whole family to enjoy.
Pantos in Dublin 2020
Helix Christmas Panto The Sword & The Stone – Online
Dates: December 19th 2020 to January 5th 2021
As the saying goes the show must go on and The Helix are going online this year with their annual Christmas Panto – The Sword & The Stone. You can enjoy the magic of the panto from the comfort of your sofa with treats & pj’s and a roaring fire.
How To Book: There are 2 booking options. You can view a scheduled performance on dates from December 19th to January 2nd @ 7pm with live post show interviews with the cast or you can book an on demand version, to watch when you want anytime from December 23rd to January 5th.
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Peter Pan Panto, Dublin – Drive-In
Dates: From December 11th 2020 to January 5th 2021. Tickets go on sale on Friday, 27th.
Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick present this year’s Panto, Peter Pan as a magical drive-in experience at Malahide Castle, Dublin. The show will be 70 minutes with no interval. You can watch all the action from the safety of your car.
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Making Music with Dabbledoo at Draoícht, Dublin – FREE Online
Dates: December 1st to 31st 2020 (select dates)
Daroícht will not have their annual panto this Christmas season but are giving the gift of music free to families and schools across the country. They have teamed up with Dabbledoo Music to bring you 2 great interactive shows, Quest for a Jingle and Making Music to Save Christmas, that can be streamed live into your classroom or living room. Find out more and reserve your slot here.
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Once Upon a Panto Olympia Theatre Panto, Dublin – Online
Dates: Wednesday 23rd December to Sunday 3rd January – On Demand
Experience the magic of the panto from a front row seat in your living room! Once Upon A Panto has a star studded cast to entertain all ages with a hilarious original script and lots of surprised along the way. The show has been recorded live at the Olympia Theatre and you can book your on demand streaming into your home from November 27th.
The Olympia have postponed their original Panto – Freezin II until December 2021 Jan 2022. Tickets purchased for this year will be valid for the new dates.
The Little Mermaid Gaiety Panto 2020, Dublin – Rescheduled to 2021
Dates: 28th November 2021 to 9th January 2022.
It usually wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the Gaiety Panto! The Gaiety Theatre has hosted the annual Christmas Panto each year since 1873 and families come from far and wide to experience the Gaiety Christmas Panto. For many it has become as much a family Christmas tradition as Santa himself!
However this year, due to the restrictions, they have rescheduled their planned performance of The Little Mermaid to run from next November 2021 and into January 2022. Tickets purchased for this year’s panto will be valid for next year.
Cinderella, dlr Mill Theatre, Dublin – Cancelled
Dates: December 5th 2020 to January 10th 2021
The Mill Productions have unfortunately had to cancel their planned Cinderella Panto for 2020. They are hoping to be back bigger and better in 2021.
They do have some online events for families to enjoy, so do check out the line up here.
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Christmas Panto on Wheels! Dublin – Check with Office
Dates: Currently all bus tours, including the Christmas one are suspended but please do get in touch with the office for details of what may or may not go ahead this year.
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.
Pantos in Cork 2020
Nanny Nellies Panto Telly, Cork Opera House – Streamed Online
Dates: December 22nd to 30th 2020
Although the usual panto cannot go ahead this year, Cork Opera House have teamed up with Nanny Nellie to take you on on a trip down memory lane with a brand newe show Nanny Nellie’s Panto Telly! The show will be filled with recordings from past pantos and Nanny Nellie will regale audiences with magical stories, comedy caper and wonder memories. Book your preferred date here.
The Snow Queen Audio Drama, The Everyman Theatre Cork – Online
The Everyman Theatre will not run their annual panto but have teamed up with BrokenCrow and Garter Lane to bring a new audio version of the much loved fairytale The Snow Queen. Told over 8 parts each lasting 8 minutes, you can order your audio pack online.
Pantos in Limerick 2020
Jack And The Beanstalk Panto, University Concert Hall Limerick – Online
Dates: Saturday 26th December to Thursday 31st December 2020
Jack And The Beanstalk is the UCH Panto in association with producer R C Kelly this year and for now all shows will be streamed online through Dice FM. Get your PJ”s on, treats at the ready and prepare for some magic panto fun direct to your living room! Book your tickets here.
[email protected] and Rockin’ Christmas Rhymes, Lime Tree Theatre Limerick – Online
Dates: Select dates in November & December 2020 & January 2021
In lieu of their annual panto, Lime Tree Limerick have teamed up with Lyngo Theatre and Branar to bring 2 family shows for you to enjoy at home this Christmas season.
[email protected] in association with Lyngo Theatre is an interactive online show the families can create at home and not just watch! Follow the fun instructional videos to make your own props and follow the music, songs and narration to create the story of how Christmas got it’s colour! It will feature your Christmas tree and household objects as you never imagined them! Find our more here.
Branar in association with Town Hall Theatre Galway have produced a Rockin’ Rhymes Christmas Show for families and schools to enjoy this year. The show is live from the Black Box Theatre and will have everyone up singing and dancing around the living room or class room! Find out more here.
Pantos in Galway 2020
Renmore Pantomime, Galway
Sadly the Renmore Pantomime Society have decided to postpone their annual panto for 2020/21 until 2022 due to the current restrictions. With a cast of over 50 it is just not possible to safely run the show this year.
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Rockin’ Christmas Rhymes with Branar Productions – Online Event
Dates: Various dates in December 2020
Push back the couch and get ready to jingle with some Rockin’ Christmas Rhymes from Branar Productions. Live from the Black Box in Galway there will be a festive mix that will appeal to all the family from 2 to 102!
To enjoy a live stream from the comfort of your home check out the screening dates on offer from these local theatres around Ireland:
- Town Hall Theatre, Galway
- Linehall Arts Centre, Castlebar, Mayo
- Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick
- glór Ennis, Clare
- Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Wicklow
- Daríocht, Blanchardstown, Dublin
- Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Laois
- Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Kildare
- Backstage Theatre, Longford
How to Book: Visit the website for a link for each venue to book your tickets for your online screening.
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Pantos in Clare
A Christmas Carol & Other Christmas Family Shows from glór – Online
Dates: December 2020
glór will not host their annual panto this year but have 3 family shows that will be streamed online for families to enjoy.
- A Christmas Carol by Aaron Monaghan & Brian Burroughs, online family and schools performances
- Rockin’ Christmas Rhymes by Branar, online family and schools performances
- The Nutcracker by Whistleblast, online family performance
Full booking details for all shows here.
Have your say! Are you planning to enjoy any of these pantos or Family Christmas Shows? Please let us know in the comments box below.