Christmas pantomimes: The best socially-distanced pantos and shows to stream at home

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Christmas will be a lot quieter than usual, with many pubs closed and families only able to get together for a few days. Despite this, shouts of ‘Oh no he didn’t!’ could still continue, but from our own homes. Here rounds up the best of the online pantomimes and those with socially-distanced audiences.

Dame Trott’s Panto Palaver

Cambridge Arts Theatre will be returning pantomimes but in a very different setting.

Their panto, Dame Trott’s Panto Palaver, sees Count Covidula steal the master scripts for the pant, with various strange characters coming to light to bring fans everything they love about pantomimes.

This pantomime is socially distanced, meaning fans can buy tickets on the Cambridge Arts Theatre website for shows on December 11 to January 3.

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Cinderella: The Socially Distanced Ball

The Turbine Theatre is bringing a classic to the stage but in a socially distanced way.

The show stars Rufus Hound and follows the magical story as everyone knows it, but with some panto twists.

Tickets are available on The Turbine Theatre website and shows are from December 3 to 23.

Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington is another favourite, and he will be returning to the stage at the National Theatre.

While fans may not be able to see this in person, the National Theatre is streaming the panto for free from December 23 at 3pm until midnight on December 27.

The show will be made available on The Shows Must Go On and National Theatre YouTube channels.

Snow White in the Seven Months of Lockdown

A Covid-19 twist on a classic, The King’s Head Theatre is bringing Snow White into the panto world in a brand new way.

The show will allow fans to interact with the players as the show goes on, and comes in both family and adult versions, meaning it is perfect for whomever you are spending Christmas with.

The show is streamed online but is still a ticketed event, and tickets are available for shows on December 14 to 31.

Pantoland at the Palladium

The official synopsis for this pantomime reads: “The home of pantomime will welcome back Palladium panto favourites Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot as well as the return of some past stars of the Palladium’s festive treat Ashley Banjo & Diversity and Charlie Stemp…

“Celebrating the very best of pantomime, with comedy in abundance and big show-stopping numbers, this star-filled extravaganza will play to a socially distanced audience for three weeks only.”

Tickets are available from December 12 to January 3.

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