Ten top pantomimes and Christmas shows

LOOKING for a pantomime or Christmas show to go to this festive season?

Meredith Willson's musical version of the classic feelgood movie Miracle on 34th Street. Picture: Contributed


King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, until 18 January

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Magic-carpet romp with lots of special effects and the dream team triple act of Allan Stewart, Andy Gray and Grant Stott.


MacRobert, Stirling, until 4 January

Written by Johnny McKnight (who’s on stage at the Tron this year), this raucous panto takes us to Discotopia where Marge O’Reen Twankey is finding business slow in her launderette.


Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, until 3 January.

After last year’s A Christmas Carol, Andrew Panton returns to direct Lewis Howden in the title role of the Roald Dahl favourite.

A Christmas Carol

Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, until 3 January

Artistic director Dominic Hill turns to Neil Bartlett’s version of the spooky Dickens classic. Cliff Burnett, recently seen as Polonius in Hill’s Hamlet, plays Scrooge.

Hare & Tortoise

North Edinburgh Arts Centre, 1–20 December

Junior fun as NEAC regular Licketyspit gives a tenth anniversary airing to its retelling of the story of the competitive creatures.

Jack And The Beanstalk

Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, until 31 December

Talented young performers from East Lothian join the professionals in the traditional panto written and directed by Mark Cox.

Miracle On 34 Parnie Street

Tron Theatre, Glasgow, until 4 January

Johnny McKnight returns as dame, writer and director in a Glaswegian reworking of Miracle On 34th Street.

Miracle On 34th Street

Pitlochry Festival Theatre, until 21 December

A musical version of the Christmas movie favourite about the time the real Father Christmas decided to join in the seasonal festivities.

Sleeping Beauty

Perth Concert Hall, 11–26 December

While Perth Theatre continues its renovations, the panto fun shifts to Perth Concert Hall where Kenny Miller directs Barrie Hunter as the dame in Alan McHugh’s version of the story.


Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 17–24 December

Exemplary theatre for the youngest audiences as Catherine Wheels returns with its vision of an all-white world threatened by the arrival of colour.