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 Oxfordshire, as well as the best ‘non panto’ family Christmas theatre shows. If you live close to county boarders, why not check out our guides for Berkshire and Buckinghamshire too.
So many people have raved to me about going to see a panto at The Theatre Chipping Norton and I was lucky enough to experience it last year with my boys. It lived up to and exceeded all expectations. An intimate theatre, with lots of personality, their panto had the perfect mix of colourful characters and lots of laughs. I’m really excited about their pantomime this year, Puss in Boots. A panto twist on this classic tale, it’s set to be stuffed full of daring escapes, ruthless robberies and frankly spectacular car chases. It will be a fast and furr-ious adventure! Family friendly from start to finish, and with all the sumptuous costumes, great original music and daft theatricality that only comes from the national home of traditional pantomime.
2019 Pantomimes in Oxfordshire and surrounds
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 Oxfordshire in 2019.
Puss and Boots is on at Chipping Norton Theatre
Beauty and the Beast is the 2019 panto at the Oxford Playhouse
Cogges Manor Farm usually hold a one day pantomime performance. Details tbc
Kenton Theatre in Henley-On-Thames will be showing Sleeping Beauty
Wallingford Corn Exchange’s pantomime took place in January so likely to be the same again this year with tickets estimated to go on sale in November. Details tbc
Kennington Amateur Dramatic Society also tend to run their panto in late Jan and early Feb. Details tbc
Sleeping Beauty at the Newbury Corn Exchange
2019 Family Christmas Theatre Shows (not pantos) in Oxfordshire
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 Oxfordshire this December.
The Adventures of Pinocchio at the Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot
Last year saw Nativity! The Musical on at the New Oxford Theatre , details for 2019 tbc
The North Wall Arts Centre in Summertown near Oxford is a lovely theatre, awaiting 2019 details.
The Pegasus Theatre in Oxford has a great lineup of children’s shows, 2019 December performances tbc.
Morgan & West Christmas Carol Magic Show at the Mill Arts Centre in Banbury
Details of the annual Christmas theatre production at the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building in Oxford tbc
Unicorn Theatre in Abingdon – details tbc