Wednesday 11 September 2019

10 Pantomimes To See In The North East This Christmas

As a family we love nothing more than a family day out at the panto each year, it always gets us in the festive spirit and is something we can all enjoy together. I love watching the kids face light up, watching them shout 'he's behind you' and giggle at all the slapstick humour that panto brings. For the past few years, we have always headed to Whitley Bay Playhouse to see Blue Genies Pantomime production as they are perfect for young families and it is local to where we live - plus I highly recommend it as it is always a great show. 

If you're looking for a festive pantomime to see here in the North East this year then I thought I would put together this little guide to what pantomimes are on this year as we all know they can get booked up super early!

Whitley Bay Playhouse - Jack and the Beanstalk

As previously mentioned we love the pantomime at Whitley Bay Playhouse, the theatre is perfect for young kids as it is not too big and there is plenty of room to get up and shout 'he's behind you'. My little boy adores Steve Walls Ghostbusters scenes (if you know, you know) and Blue Genie the production team behind the pantos do a fantastic job. You can read what we thought of last years production of Peter Pan or 2017's Cinderella

This year's show is Jack and the Beanstalk and it is starting playhouse legend Steve Walls, Ashley Butler and her dog Sully (BGT fame) and Molly Scott from the X-Factor along with Playhouse favourites Damian Patton and Dame Patsy Trott. 

The show is running from Saturday 30th November 2019 until Saturday the 4th January 2020. Tickets start at £18.65 and can be purchased now from the Playhouse box office or online at where you can find out more details.

Tyne Theatre & Opera House Newcastle - Aladdin

The Tyne theatre is such a lovely theatre and always feels like such a treat visiting this grand historic building. We went to see Snow White here a couple of years ago. 

This year Enchanted entertainments production company are back again with this year's production of Aladdin. Tyne Theater favourite Charlie Richmond is playing Wishee Washee and X-Factor and West End star Marcus Collins as the Genie. The show will feature a live band and more of the cast are due to be announced soon. 

The show is running from Friday the 6th of December 2019 until Sunday the 5th January 2020. Ticket prices start at £16 for adults and £14 for children and over 60s. Full details can be found online at where you can also book or you can also book at the box office. 

Newcastle Theater Royal - Beauty and the Beast

Set in the heart of Newcastle city centre the Theatre Royal always puts on popular Christmas panto. I used to visit here as a child myself every year to see pantomimes but I have not taken my own children yet. This year much-loved Theater Royal panto stars Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward return to put on a tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast. 

The show is running from Tuesday 26th November 2019 until Sunday 19th January 2020 tickets start at £14 and can be booked at the box office or online at where further details of the shows can be found. 

Sunderland Empire - Cinderella

This years pantomime is Cinderella starring Scarlett Moffat as the Fairy Godmother along with Nick Jrs Gemma Naylor as Cinderella, ITVs Superstars finalist Jon Moses as the prince, Miss Rory and Duncan Burt will play the ugly sisters and Tom Whalley is Buttons. 

The show is running from Friday the 13th December 2019 until Sunday the 5th January 2020. Tickets start at just £10.25 and can be bought online from where you can also find out more about the show. 

Gateshead Stadium - Cinderella 

Gateshead Stadium will be hosting a panto again this year which will also be Cinderella but with a Geordie twist from the Geordie panto company. Running from Friday the 6th December 2019 until Sunday 29th December 2019. 

Tickets start from £20 for adults and £18 for children/OAPs and can be booked online at where more details of the show can also be found. 

Customs House South Sheilds - Snow White

Customs House in South Shields will be showing Snow White as there panto this year. Running from Wednesday the 27th November 2019 until Sunday the 5th of January 2020. With tickets starting at just £9.99 it sounds good value. 

You can find out more and book tickets online at

Durham Gala Theatre - Aladdin 

Durhams Gala Theater is presenting Aladdin this year and I heard great things about last years show. Running from Thursday the 21st November 2019 until Sunday the 5th January 2020 with tickets starting at just £7. 

You can find out more and book at 

Darlington Hippodrome - Jack and the Beanstalk

Darlington Hippodrome is bringing Jack and the Beanstalk to life this Christmas with a star-studded cast of Strictly head judge Shirley Ballas, Britains Got Talents George Sampson, comedian Phil Walker and actor Daniel Taylor. 

Running from Friday 6th December to Sunday the 5th January 2020 with tickets starting at £22 per person. Full details and booking info can be found at

Blyth Phoenix Theatre - Sleeping Beauty 

Phoenix theatre company in Blyth present Sleeping beauty this December at the Phoenix theatre in the town. 

Running from Saturday the 7th of December until Sunday the 15th of December 2019. Tickets start at £13.50 per person and full details and booking info can be found at 

Northern Stage - The Snow Queen 

Not quite a pantomime but a few people have recommended the Northern Stage Christmas shows to me and this looks great for families and is recommended for children aged 5+. This year they have a production of The Snow Queen which sounds thrilling. 

Showing from Saturday 30th November 2019 until Saturday 4th January 2020 they have tickets available from just £10 per person. They currently have an offer on if you book an adult full-price ticket before the 16th September 2019 you will receive a child's ticket free (t&Cs apply) Please check the website for more details and to book

Which panto do you fancy seeing this year? let me know in the comments below.

Please check individual theatres for the latest updates and prices. 


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