Round Up of the Best Pantos in Ireland 2023


September 11, 2023

Christmas pantos in Ireland

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Fancy a 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 in Ireland this year for everyone from 4 to 104!

This all-singing, all-dancing, all-laughing form of Christmas entertainment has become a firm family favourite for the festive season.

These brilliant shows are creatively produced, offering lots of laugh out loud fun for the whole family to enjoy. With shows taking place around the country, you’ll definitely find one to suit. Get booking early though, tickets sell out fast!

Best Pantos in Dublin 2023

Rapunzel at Liberty Hall

Best pantos in Ireland 2023

Dates: December 18th to 31st 2023, 2 shows daily from December 21st

Many years ago, the King and Queen of a far off Kingdom were blessed with a baby girl with magical, golden hair. They named her Rapunzel. One day, the jealous, evil witch Mother Gothel kidnapped the child and locked her in a tower; selfishly squandering all her powers for herself. With the help of local hairdresser Dame Fanny Follicle (Dame Nellie Nu Nu), her silly son Pascal and the dashing Prince Rider plus the familiar Liberty Panto Team in action…… will Rapunzel ever escape her tower?

There’s only one way to find out!

The Gaiety Panto – Cinderella

Best Pantos in Ireland 2023

Dates: November 26th 2023 to January 7th 2023

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 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!

Join the magic of this rags to riches tale to see what dreams are rally made of!

The Helix Panto – Treasure Island

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Dates: November 24th 2023 to January 14th 2024; sensory night on December 29th @ 6pm

This year’s show promises to be as fun, fresh and magical as ever. Creating an exciting new script with plenty of twists, turns and adventure, the Helix panto promises yet another hilarious production for all the family to enjoy.

Join the cast as they on their journey of intrigue and adventure for this year’s TheatreworkX panto Treasure Island

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Sammy Buffy and the Beanstalk at the National Stadium

Dates: From December 12th 2023 to January 7th 2023

Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick present this year’s Panto, Sammy, Buffy and the Beanstalk at the National Stadium, Dublin. Sammy Sausages, Buffy, Sparkle and friends will be back for more family fun.

Sleeping Beauty at dlr Mill Theatre

Dates: December 7th 2023 to January 7th 2024

Once upon a time in far, far, away land, the beautiful Princess Aurora pricks her finger on a spinning wheel and is doomed to sleep for 100 years by the wicked Maleficent. Join Nanny Nelly and the gang in this spellbinding tale of magical fairies, dastardly deeds and a desperate attempt to break the curse. Did we mention that the charming Prince might need saving?

With a surprise or three, Mill Productions’ one hour panto is packed with colourful costumes, sparkling songs, dazzling dance routines and enough laughs to keep the whole family buzzing.

Olly, Polly and the Magic Lamp, 3Olympia Theatre

Best pantos in Ireland 2023

Dates: December 20th 2023 to January 7th 2024

Join Olly, Polly on their magic carpet for a roof raising, action packed spin on the classic tale of Aladdin!

With a laugh-a-minute script, dazzling dancers and all star cast, Olly, Polly & The Magic Lamp is bursting with magic and mayhem and is not to be missed!

Cinderella at The Civic, Tallaght

Sensory Friendly Christmas shows

Dates: December 6th to 31st 2023. Sensory performance on December 19th 2023

The team who brought you ‘Jack & The Beanstalk’, ‘Snow White’ and ‘Sleeping Beauty’ return for The Civic Panto 2023.

Cinderella lives a life of drudgery, bullied by her horrible Ugly sisters, Dottie and Lottie and her only comfort is her pal Tickles! Prince Charming is holding a ball to meet his bride to be. Could this be the chance that Cinders has been waiting for?

This is the classic tale of rags to riches with our usual magic of panto antics at The Civic.

For more information and booking details, click here.

Freezin The Panto at Draiocht, Blanchardstown

Sensory friendly pantos and christmas shows

Dates: January 4th to 21st 2024; sensory show on January 11th 2024

Panto is back…oh yes it is!

Once again Coolmine Panto Group will be back in Draíocht with Freezin!

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters Princess Ella and Princess Hannah, Freezin. Ella has magical powers to freeze objects and people, which she doesn’t know how to control. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood.

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Best Pantos Around Ireland 2023

Jack and the Beanstalk at Cork Opera House

Sensory shows and pantos

Dates: November 29th 2023 to January 21st 2023 with Relaxed Performances on December 13th for families and January 11th for schools

Full of fe-fi-fo-FUN, join Jack, Nanny Nellie and a host of lovable companions in a spectacular show packed with amazing colour, spellbinding costumes, music, breath-taking dance, and a tonne of belly laughs – this production will be a magical musical rollercoaster ride for all the family to enjoy this Christmas.

Sleeping Beauty at University Concert Hall, Limerick

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Dates: December 21st 2023 to January 14th 2024

Sleeping Beauty will see Panto favourites, including Richie Hayes & Myles Breen, along with some fun new faces, come together for a show packed with comedy, music, glitz, glamour and a heroine that thinks nothing of nodding off mid show (we might need to have a word with her!).

Renmore Pantomime, Galway

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Dates: 29th December 2023 to 14th January 2024 – Sensory Friendly Performance will take place on January 7th at 12pm.

When the Wicked Witch Bogzilla is rejected by King Barney, she transforms him into an Ogre and wreaks havoc on his beloved Kingdom. However, all may not be lost. With enough trickery and charm from an amazing talkative cat and the good services of the kind Fairy Cakes, watch the characters undertake their fight for justice to restore harmony to their haven and save their King.

Aladdin at the National Opera House, Wexford

Dates: January 18th to 22nd 2023

Join hero Aladdin and his best friend Bish Bosh who, along with his Mammy the Widow Twankey and little sisters Wishy and Washy, are out on a new and exciting Arabian adventure to get rich quick and win the hand of the beautiful Princess Jasmine.

But Aladdin has to watch out as the evil Abanazar wants to get his hands on “The Mystical Lamp of Salsabar” and control Omar the magical all powerful Genie inside.

Your three wishes are granted as Wexford Panto returns in their new home The National Opera House with the South East’s biggest Panto!

For more information and booking details, click here.

Rapunzel at Theatre Royal, Waterford

Best Pantos In Ireland 2023

Dates: December 1st to 30th 2023 – Tickets on-sale from September 26th

Join the Waterford Panto Society for the tangled tale of Rapunzel as the Theatre Royal once again becomes the happiest place to be in Waterford this December.

All the familiar faces are back in a fun-filled, action-packed show for all the family. You’ll get all the usual up-to-date pop songs, laugh-out-loud comedy, slick choreography, sets by Waterford Spraoi, spectacular sound and lighting and a full live band.

Jack and The Beanstalk at glór, Clare

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Dates: December 23rd 2023 to January 1st 2024; sensory show on December 22nd

Jack lives in a lovely little cottage, with his mother and his sister, Sara. They are very poor and are way behind on their rent. The Wicked Squire is about to evict them if they can’t pay their rent. Jack’s mother sends him to the local market to sell their only possession – their beloved cow Dave. On the way to the market Jack meets two Strangers and they convince him to exchange Dave for a bag of magic beans!!!

Join Pantaloons and find out how the story ends in another spectacular pantomime, packed with smash-hit songs, stunning sets, fabulous dance routines, lots of laughs and plenty of seasonal sparkle.

The Little Mermaid at Mullingar Arts Centre, Westmeath

Dates: December 7th to 30th 2023

This Christmas, Mullingar Pantomime Group bring to the stage The Little Mermaid.

Featuring well known songs and the immensely talented dancers, it is an experience not to be missed. The show will include the ever-present Movie, which has become an integral part of the annual Panto.

Aladdin and His Magic Lamp at Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick

Dates: December 8th 2023 to January 7th 2024

Christmas without a panto is like Summer without ice cream, Easter without eggs or Halloween without witches!

Aladdin and his long-suffering mum, Widow Twanky, have fallen on hard times. At their laundry, the spin drier has stopped working. So has Aladdin. He’s super lazy – which is like normal lazy but wearing a cape.

So when the mysterious Abanazar appears and promises untold wealth if he will just fetch a lamp from a cave, Aladdin jumps at the opportunity. (Well maybe not ‘jumps.’)

And so begins an adventure involving magic lamps, genies, flying carpets and a chance encounter with the Princess Jasmine. How will it all end?

Find out at the Lime Tree Theatre where the team who brought you the hit Jack And The Beanstalk take you on the hilarious musical adventure that is Aladdin And His Magic Lamp.

The Night Before Christmas at The MAC, Belfast

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Dates: November 30th 2023 to January 7th 2024

Meet a storyteller who loses her words in this festive fable about the power of stories. Will our spinner of yarns rediscover her wonderful tales in time for Christmas?

Written by Stephen Beggs and Simon Magill. Produced by the MAC.

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