Yes, there’s been a real change since the Culture Recovery Fund began helping out theatres – and a most welcome one too! Pantos and Christmas shows are making a come-back. They’re going to be different: to ensure Covid-security most theatres have to reduce their capacity to around 25%; to reduce movement around the building there will be no interval (with most shows being no more than 60 minutes or less long) and bars will be closed; most venues will insist on advanced online booking (although some will allow booking by phone) and there will be no walk-ups, and there may be other restrictions according to each individual venue.
Here are those we know about and we will be adding to the list whenever new announcements are made, so do keep checking back for shows in your area.
The Forum Theatre presents Aladdin from 1 December to 3 January (not 4, 11, 18 and 25 Dec or 1 Jan). There will normally be 2 performances a day – various times.
At The Phoenix Santa Claus Is Coming to Town runs on 12 and 13 December (4 shows a day).
The Majestic Theatre in Bondgate presents Dick Whittington which runs from 19 to 23 December (1.00 and 6.00), 24 (1.00), 26 (2.00), 27 – 30 (1.00 and 6.00) and 31 (1.00).
Alphabetti Theatre’s Love from is a show for just one household/bubble (maximum 5) and runs from 3–24 December 2020 (excluding 6, 7, 13, 14 & 20) with various time slots available. A family/bubble tickets is £30.
At Boulevard Nightclub there will be a family panto, Jack and the Beanstalk, on 24 and then 26 – 30 December (various times) and an adult show, Sinderella, from 8 to 20 and 22 to 24 January.
Newcastle Theatre Royal’s Robin Hood runs from 19 December to 10 January.
Jack and the Beanstalk at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House will run from 18 to 24 December (3 shows a day).
Tom Rolfe Productions brings Dick Whittington to Coatham Memorial Hall, Redcar from 24 to 30 December (various times). Some shows are already sold out.
Walton-Gunn Productions present A Christmas Story for the under-7s at The Charles Young Centre on 12 and 13 December at 10:30, 12:30, 2:30 and 4:15. A very limited number of tickets are currently available.
Walton-Gunn are also producing an adult panto, Dickless Whittington, at Clover and Wolf at 7:00 on 20 and 21 December.
Cinderella is at Hedworth Hall for just six performances, three of which are sold out, from 3 to 6 December.
The Customs House will present Arbuthnot & Dame Bella’s Christmas Adventure from 11 to 24 December. More details to be announced soon.
Tom Rolfe Productions brings Dick Whittington to The Princess Alexandra Auditorium in Yarm from 19 to 22 December (various times).