Pantomimes and Christmas Shows in Oxfordshire in 2021

Pantomimes and Christmas Shows in Oxfordshire in 2021

Pantomimes and Christmas shows in Oxfordshire in 2021

It’s panto time. Oh no, it’s not. Oh yes, it is.

A great pantomime – a very British tradition at Christmas – is full of larger than life characters and plenty of laughs – a villain that everyone hates, a comical dame and young love.

From Oxford to Banbury, Henley to Chipping Norton, here’s our pick of the unmissable Pantomimes in Oxfordshire in 2021 and a list of the best ‘non panto’ family-friendly Christmas theatre shows in Oxfordshire.

We’ve also included the note-worthy non-Christmas themed shows taking place in Oxford and across Oxfordshire during this festive season, as well as Pantomimes worth travelling beyond Oxfordshire for.

So what are you waiting for, it’s time to get booking!

1. Rapunzel at The Theatre Chipping Norton

Rapunzel Pantomime at The Theatre Chipping Norton

Rapunzel at The Theatre Chipping Norton

17 November to 09 January
The Theatre Chipping Norton

Knights and maidens, sword fights and sea-storms, sweeties and singalongs – this joyful reimagining of the classic tale has it all! So let your hair down and enjoy the latest and greatest adventure from Chipping Norton Theatre, the home of traditional family panto.

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2. Robin Hood at Oxford Playhouse

Robin Hood Pantomime at Oxford Playhouse

Robin Hood Panto at Oxford Playhouse

27 November to 09 January
Oxford Playhouse

Feared by the bad, loved by the good, taking from the rich to give to the poor. Robin Hood and his Merry Band are our favourite outlaws, especially when they treat us to songs, dance, laughter, and derring-do in an Oxford Playhouse Christmas Panto!

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3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas Show at Mill Arts Centre, Banbury

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas Show

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas Show

30 November to 06 December
The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury

Created by Jonathan Rockefeller, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Christmas Show is a vibrant celebration of Eric Carle’s adored classics and the perfect introduction to live theatre. Four timeless stories are brought to life in one delightful show – including a special edition of Eric Carle’s ‘Dream Snow’!

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4. Suddenly A Star at The Story Museum, Oxford

Suddenly A Star at The Story Museum

Suddenly A Star at The Story Museum

01 December to 02 January
The Story Museum, Oxford

A mother and her son share traditional tales of clever grandparents (as if there’s any other kind), donkeys, wishes, and cunning mice that will be music to your ears. Join them as they explore how a star can suddenly appear and strike an unexpected chord.

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5. Mrs Delgado at Old Fire Station, Oxford

Mrs Delgado at Old Fire Station

Mrs Delgado at Old Fire Station

06 to 21 December
Old Fire Station

Mrs Delgado at Old Fire Station is a world premiere from Olivier Award-winner Mike Bartlett. It is a funny and poignant new play tells a story of desire, control, raised blinds and lowered boundaries pPerformed by acclaimed actor Rakhee Sharma and directed by Olivier Award-winner Clare Lizzimore.

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6. Home In Time for Christmas at Oxford Playhouse

Home In Time for Christmas at Oxford Playhouse

Home In Time for Christmas

09 to 31 December
Oxford Playhouse

Will Kayla and Snowy get back home in time for Christmas? Take a starlight adventure with amazing puppets made by theatre company Smoking Apples and join Kayla and Snowy as they journey around the world, making new friends with the animals they meet along the way!

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7. Cinderella at Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames

Cinderella panto at Kenton Theatre

Cinderella panto at Kenton Theatre

11 to 30 December
Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames

After the postponement of last year’s pantomime, the Kenton Theatre is pleased to announce that there will be a ball this Christmas, with Cinderella being the pantomime for this year. The year’s panto is a wonderful love story full of magic, wonder, and silly jokes.

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8. Margot’s Magical Winter Wonder Party at Pegasus Theatre, Oxford

Margot’s Magical Winter Wonder Party at Pegasus Theatre, Oxford

Margot’s Magical Winter Wonder Party

11 to 23 December
Pegasus Theatre, Oxford

Margot’s Magical Winter Wonder Party is a party like no other. It’s a celebration of the here and now – using physical comedy, original music, magical lights and puppetry as we collectively celebrate being back at the theatre. Join Margot and her cat Simon at Pegasus Theatre this winter and get ready to dance in your seats for the party of the year.

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9. School of Rock at New Theatre Oxford

School of Rock at New Theatre Oxford

School of Rock at New Theatre Oxford

13 December to 01 January
New Theatre Oxford

Mix things up this Christmas with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End and Broadway hit musical School of Rock at New Theatre Oxford. The global head-banging hit musical is based on the iconic movie starring Jack Black and features original songs from the movie, as well as new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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10. Pinocchio at North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford

Pinocchio at North Wall Arts Centre

Pinocchio at North Wall Arts Centre

15 December to 03 January
The North Wall Arts Centre

Brimming with heart and humour, this high-energy retelling of Carlo Collodi’s classic tale of a wooden puppet who yearns to be a real child sees The North Wall transformed into a magical wonderland. The brand new version of this familiar story promises to be an unforgettable adventure for the whole family.

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11. The Ballad of Rudy at Cornerstone Didcot

The Ballad of Rudy at Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot

The Ballad of Rudy at Cornerstone Didcot

18 to 24 December
Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot

Funny, warm and with a massive heart, this show features live music, original songs and lots of imagination, guaranteed to have children aged 3+ mesmerised throughout. Sing the blues with a Polar Bear, jam with the Puffins and beat-box with an Arctic Fox. It all happens at the North Pole Jazz Lounge - the coooolest place on earth.

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12. Dick Whittington Panto at Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon

Dick Whittington Panto by Abingdon Drama Club

Dick Whittington Panto by Abingdon Drama Club

07, 08, 09, 13, 14 & 15 January
Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon

The classic tale of a young lad going to London to make his fortune and his adventures with his new best friend, Tommy the cat. Boo the villains and cheer the heroes as pantomime returns to the Unicorn Theatre!

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13. Robin Hood: A Musical-Pantomime at Wykham Theatre, Banbury

Robin Hood: A Musical-Pantomime

Robin Hood: A Musical-Pantomime

20 to 22 January
Wykham Theatre, Banbury

Robin Hood arrives in Banbury in January 2022 for a beloved classic tale with a unique twist by Avocet Theatre Company. Featuring a hilarious script and brilliant musical numbers, Banbury’s favourite pantomime specialists return to bring this dazzling summer pantomime spectacle to Wykham Theatre.

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And further afield...

14. Cinderella Panto at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Cinderella Panto at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Cinderella Panto at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

03 December to 02 January
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1UG

This most popular of fairy tales is heading to town with dashing Dandini, CBBC’s Mark Rhodes (from Sam and Mark’s Big Friday Wind Up) playing loyal servant to the handsome prince, alongside stunning Cinderella AKA Gemma Naylor (Nick Jnr) and of course, panto favourites BBC 3 Counties’ Breakfast Show presenter Andy Collins and Britain’s Got Talent’s La Voix (or flamboyant Fairy Godmother to you!).

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15. Pantoland at The Palladium, London

Pantoland at The Palladium

Pantoland at The Palladium

04 December to 09 January
The London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London W1F 7TF

This Christmas, American musician Donny Osmond and panto legend Julian Clary will take you on a magical trip to Pantoland at The Palladium. This star-filled extravaganza promises to be the ultimate feel-good show, with a celebration of the very best of pantomime, comedy in abundance and big show-stopping numbers. Expect all the things you’d expect from a great panto, really.

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Looking for more festive things to do? See our full guide to Christmas in Oxfordshire.