The Berkshire Big Panto Guide 2019

Christmas is a great time to go to the theatre to see a panto or a family Christmas show.  Here’s our guide to the best 2019 pantomimes in Berkshire from Newbury and Reading to Maidenhead and Basingstoke,  as well as the best ‘non panto’ family Christmas theatre shows.  If you live close to county borders, why not check out our guides for Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire too.


Featuring inventive design, original music, and magical puppetry, The Bear is the performance to go to with your children.  It will be performed at Norden Farm in Maidenhead, Tuesday 26 November – Sunday 29 December.

Ever wondered what it would be like to sit on a polar bear’s lap? Or ride on its back? Have you ever tried to give a polar bear a bath, or clear up its poo?
One night when she’s fast asleep, Tilly is visited by an enormous bear. It has a big black tongue and a yawn as big as your head. But Tilly’s not scared.

The story of a little girl who befriends a mischievous polar bear, this playful, funny and heart-warming tale is one of imagination and growing up.

2019 Pantomimes in Berkshire

He’s behind you, oh no he isn’t, oh yes he is.   A great pantomime is full of larger than life characters, lots of laughs, a villian that everyone hates, a comical dame and young love.  A very British tradition a Christmas, here’s the definitive list of pantomimes in Berkshire for 2019.

Sleeping Beauty at the Corn Exchange (Newbury)

Cinderella at the Hexagon (Reading)

Aladdin is on at Windsor Theatre Royal

2019 Panto tbc at the Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park, Ringwood

Maidenhead Pantomime performed last year at the Pearce Suite Theatre at the Magnet Leisure Centre in Maidenhead. 2019 details tbc

Riverside Players at The Memorial Hall, Old Windsor – awaiting 2019 details.

Twyford & Ruscombe Theatre Group at Loddon Hall, Twyford – awaiting details

Crowthorne Amateur Theatrical Society at the Methodist Hall in Crowthorne – awaiting details

Aladdin takes to the stage at The Anvil in Basingstoke.

2019 Family Christmas Theatre Shows (not pantos) in Berkshire

Pantomimes can be a little overwhelming for young kids or not your cup of tea.  A family outing to the theatre over the Christmas holidays is a lovely treat, often experiences make the best presents.  Here’s a lineup of some great children’s theatre around Berkshire this December.

The Bear at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts (Maidenhead)

Last year I had the pleasure of taking my youngest for his first ever experience of the theatre at Reading Rep for their wonderful production of A New Coat for Christmas.  Details of their 2019 tbc.

Prince & the Pauper at the Watermill Theatre (Newbury)

Last year Aladdin On Ice was performed at Bracknell Ice Rink.  Awaiting details for this years show.

The Wizard of Oz Ballet family friendly production on 4th December at the Haymarket (Basingstoke)

Dear Santa running 6-8th December from Anvil Arts at the Haymarket (Basingstoke)

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