Pantomimes and winter family theatre in Cornwall - 2023/2024

Check out our guide to family theatre and pantomime experiences that families in Christmas can enjoy during Christmas and beyond in 2023 and early 2024. We have also included some Plymouth events.

Keep checking our website for more events as they are announced.

Check out our full event listings, including non-theatre and free events here

 

 

Hall For Cornwall, Truro

www.hallforcornwall.co.uk

 

4th to 31st December 2023

Peter Pan

Starring Edward Rowe (Kernow King) as Captain Hook, JM Barrie’s timeless coming-of-age adventure, Peter Pan, will land at the Cornwall Playhouse in December. Stuffed full of pesky pirates, freewheeling fun and a gaggle of lost boys, take flight with Peter, Wendy and of course Tinkerbell too!

Following the fizzing festive fun of 2022’s Treasure Island, we’re getting ready to sprinkle fairy dust through Cornwall as we journey to naughty Neverland where dangerous pirates and a certain crocodile are lurking…

Forget all your worries, sew on your shadow and think your happiest thoughts!

 

 

Regal Cinema/Theatre, Redruth

www.redruth.merlincinemas.co.uk

 

21st and 22nd December

Santa’s Christmas Wish 2023

https://www.merlincinemas.co.uk/film/76796-santas-christmas-wish-2023?forcechoice=true

stmas is a season of joy, love and sharing, a time when Santa delivers presents all over the world... but what would Santa himself like for Christmas? Dasher the Reindeer has an idea...Pompom the Penguin thinks he knows... or maybe Snowy the Snowman has the answer? Dotty the Elf needs all their help - and yours - to find out!

Join a fun, festive, musical adventure to give Santa the very best Christmas, then meet him at his home in the North Pole! There every child will receive a special present from Father Christmas in our popular meet, greet and treat, after the most Christmassy Christmas show ever!

Santa's Christmas Wish is a festive, song-filled, interactive family show particularly suitable for 2-8 year olds. It lasts 45 minutes and is followed by a special meet, greet and treat with Father Christmas himself!

 

10th to 14th January 2024

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

https://www.merlincinemas.co.uk/film/77554-snow-white-and-the-seven-dwarfs?forcechoice=true

Pantomime performance presented by R.A.M.P.S

Mirror, mirror on the wall.  What's the greatest panto of them all? Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at The Regal of course! With a beautiful princess, a fiendish Wicked Queen, seven funny dwarfs, and not forgetting a poisoned apple and a magic mirror, it's not to be missed. Bursting with toe tapping songs, spectacular dance routines and plenty of laughter, this is a treat for all the family.

 

Sterts

www.tickets.sterts.co.uk

 

17th December

The Christmassy Christmas Show

https://www.squashboxtheatre.co.uk/christmassy-christmas-show

The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! is an over-stuffed stocking of seasonal surprises crammed with puppets, songs and comedy, and over-flowing with crazy characters, silly slapstick, tall tales and fantastic facts - all presented in that unique Squashbox style!

For children aged 4+ and their families.

 

Liskeard Public Hall

www.tickets.sterts.co.uk

 

17th and 18th November

Frozen Jnr

https://tickets.sterts.co.uk/sales/genres/family/frozen-jnr

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humour, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

 

15th to 20th December

Elf The Musical

https://tickets.sterts.co.uk/sales/genres/family/elf-the-musical

Based on the cherished 2003 New Line Cinema hit, Elf features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (Disney's Aladdin On Broadway, The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The DrowsyChaperone).

 

 

Kidz R Us/St Ives Theatre

www.kidzrus.net

Dates from 20th December

Frozen Jr

https://kidzrus.net/events-2/

Do you want to build a snowman? You’ll love this fanciful and heart-warming stage adaptation of the top-grossing animated film of all time! Join Anna, Elsa, and all of your favourite characters as they embark on an epic, ice-filled journey of self-discovery, camaraderie, and the real meaning of true love. Adapted for young performers, this musical includes favourite Frozen songs such as “Love Is an Open Door,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?,” and “Let It Go,” as well as wonderful new songs from the Broadway production.  With its empowering message of love and understanding, Frozen JR. is sure to melt your heart!

 

 

The Poly

www.thepoly.org

20th and 22nd December

Elf (20th Anniversary) (PG)

https://thepoly.org/whats-on/event/1693/elf

For the human living life as an Elf in the North Pole, life can be tough among the elves and for adult Buddy, it's easy to see why he doesn't fit in. 

Leaving everything he has known at the South Pole behind, Buddy (played by Will Ferrell) travels to New York in search of his father. Hilarity ensues as this adult human elf tries to win over his cynical businessman father with magical moments like spaghetti, maple syrup and candy for breakfast! Loved by kids and adults alike, this is the must-see festive movie!

Tickets: £6 adult / £5 child

 

23rd December

It’s A Wonderful Life (U)

https://thepoly.org/whats-on/event/2648/it-s-a-wonderful-life-u

For the human living life as an Elf in the North Pole, life can be tough among the elves and for adult Buddy, it's easy to see why he doesn't fit in. 

Leaving everything he has known at the South Pole behind, Buddy (played by Will Ferrell) travels to New York in search of his father. Hilarity ensues as this adult human elf tries to win over his cynical businessman father with magical moments like spaghetti, maple syrup and candy for breakfast! Loved by kids and adults alike, this is the must-see festive movie!

Tickets: £6 adult / £5 child

 

 

Acorn Theatre

www.theacornpenzance.com

 

16th November

Splash Test Dummies

www.theacornpenzance.com

Rub-a-dub-dub, The Dummies are here with some splish-splashing circus set to drown you in tears of laughter.

The Splash Test Dummies are off on an exciting adventure of oceanic proportions! With a brilliant array of catch-your-breath stunt work, dazzling acrobatics, dexterous juggling and side-splitting, slapstick comedy, the Dummies are ready to roll out their beach towels and spring into an exciting hour of circus-filled hilarity for the whole family.

 

22nd December

The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmasssy Christmasness

https://www.theacornpenzance.com/events/the-christmassy-show/#:~:text=Meet%20a%20snowman%20who%20lives,even%20explore%20some%20festive%20science.

The Christmassy Christmas Show of Christmassy Christmasness! is an over-stuffed stocking of seasonal surprises crammed with puppets, songs and comedy, and over-flowing with crazy characters, silly slapstick, tall tales and fantastic facts - all presented in that unique Squashbox style!

For children aged 4+ and their families.

 

 

Launceston Town Hall

www.carntocove.co.uk

 

17th November

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/launceston/launceston-town-hall/splash-t-st-dummies/e-zqpxmy

Rub-a-dub-dub, The Dummies are here with some splish-splashing circus set to drown you in tears of laughter.

The Splash Test Dummies are off on an exciting adventure of oceanic proportions! With a brilliant array of catch-your-breath stunt work, dazzling acrobatics, dexterous juggling and side-splitting, slapstick comedy, the Dummies are ready to roll out their beach towels and spring into an exciting hour of circus-filled hilarity for the whole family.

 

 

Solomon Browne Memorial Hall, Mousehole

www.cousinjacks.org/the-mousehole-cat

 

16th to 31st December

The Mousehole Cat

Cousin Jacks return with their magical puppet and live-action production for the eighth consecutive year.
Based on the well-known Cornish legend this uniquely heartwarming story of the friendship between a fearless fisherman and his devoted cat will warm the cockles of everyone's hearts... almost as much as an ‘efty portion of stargazy pie!

 

 

Epworth Hall, Helston

www.helstontheatrecompany.co.uk

 

23rd to 28th January

Sleeping Beauty

https://www.helstontheatrecompany.co.uk/posts/sleeping-beauty

"In the enchanting kingdom of Helston, a joyous celebration is underway as Princess Aurora is christened, welcoming all except the malevolent Carabosse. Unable to resist the allure of the festivities, Carabosse arrives in a furious storm, casting a wicked curse upon the innocent princess and the entire kingdom.

As the years pass, Princess Aurora matures into a graceful young woman, but the kingdom faces financial ruin. To save Helston, Aurora must embark on a quest to find true love and break the curse. But Carabosse's evil plan threatens to prevail.

With the help of her loyal fairy godmothers and a dash of magic, Aurora navigates a whimsical journey filled with humor, adventure, and unexpected surprises. Can true love conquer the malevolence that Carabosse has woven? Will Aurora's fairy godmothers succeed in their mission to protect her and the kingdom ?Join Helston Theatre Company in this captivating pantomime adventure, a timeless tale woven with tradition and sprinkled with magical moments.

 

Dates from 6th December

Jack Frost

https://www.coppicetheatre.co.uk/whats-on

17th December - The Poly, Falmouth

21st December - The Acorn, Penzance

Jack Frost is back for more fantastic festive storytelling! Join Jack and friends for his 7th festive adventure in Cornwall! Wintery storytelling for the whole family. Using projections, innovative lighting and traditional storytelling Jack Frost 7 is a magical experience for young and old.

 

 

Dates from 6th December

Father Christmas at the Museum

Royal Cornwall Museum. https://www.coppicetheatre.co.uk/whats-on

Rumour has it that Father Christmas is hiding in the Royal Cornwall Museum this year and the elves need your help to find him. Explore the fascinating exhibits of the museum, befriend an elf, listen to their stories, and help them find Father Christmas.

Finding Father Christmas returns to Truro for its third year – this time amongst the fascinating curiosities of the Royal Cornwall Museum in this family storytelling and grotto experience.

Finding Father Christmas at the Museum is a unique walking theatre and grotto experience brought to you by Truro BID in association with Coppice Theatre and with kind permission from the Royal Cornwall Museum.

9th to 30th December

Winter Wood

Tehidy Woods, North Cliffs

https://rogueotherworld.co.uk/winter-wood-23/

 

Rogue returns to Tehidy Woods, North Cliffs this December with a wild-magic celebration of winter; Winter Wood!

Follow the path into the Winter Wood and lose yourself in the dreamscape of nature.

Gather, as Old Man Winter stirs the night with flying deer magic and ember tales, and catches a wish upon the stars’ pale light.

 

 

Various locations across Cornwall from 2nd December

Nadelik

https://www.instagram.com/p/C0Je27JoHcc/?hl=en

It’s Christmas Eve in Cornwall and two little girls and their Gran are excitedly preparing for the big day. But where’s dad?

As night falls, their fisherman father is caught in a storm far out at sea. Will he make it home for Christmas? Perhaps — with some extra special help.

Based on the beloved children’s book A Christmas in Cornwall by Craig Barr-Green, featuring original live music and songs by Matthew Thomason, NADELIK is a delightful, interactive festive show for children and their families, with live action, puppetry, and a heap of festive cheer.

Suitable for ages 3 - 103

 

 

 

 

 

 

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