For some people Christmas kicks off when the Coca-Cola Truck starts doing the rounds, for some it’s the screening of John Lewis’ TV advert, and for others it’s pantomime season! Yup it’s that time of year where pies go flying, double entendres are second nature, and audiences are advised to not sit back and relax!

Snowflake at Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford

The award-winning writer, Mike Barlett, will be premiering his latest show ‘Snowflake’ in Oxford, December 5.

Known most recently for his shows Doctor Foster, Press and King Charles III, the British playwright’s latest work is “Full of the warmth, wit and heartbreak of Christmas”, as it explores the relationship between a father and his daughter who haven’t spoken in three years. It may not be a pantomime but Snowflake feels like a good breath of honest air as we enter a time of year which can be incredibly difficult for many people.

Snowflake runs at Arts at the Old Fire Station from Dec 5 to Dec 22 and stars Elliot Levey, Racheal Ofori and Ellen Robertson.

Beauty and The Beast

Where: Salisbury Playhouse

When: December 1 to January 13

Following the classic fairytale of Beauty and The Beast, – with some minor panto adjustments – the team that brought you Jack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin and Cinderella are back! Join Salisbury Playhouse for a “spellbinding” tale as old as time.

Dick Whittington and His Cat

Dick Whittington Portraits CREDIT Geraint Lewis

Where: Oxford Playhouse

When: November 23 to January 6

This new retelling of the traditional English fairy tale tells the story of a boy from rural Oxfordshire who ventures off to the big city to seek his fortune. But with King Rat out to get him, and pirate ships on the horizon, he’s going to need a little help from his faithful feline friend!


Where:  The Wyvern Theatre, Swindon

When: December 8 to January 6

EastEnder’s star Adam Woodyatt returns to Swindon this month as Abanazar!

Families are invited to join Aladdin for adventures in the Far East on a magic carpet to witness impressive stage designs, dazzling costumes and a cave of wonders.