Many people kick-off the festive season by going to the theatre to see a well-known Pantomime or Christmas show.

Although there have been many shows that have been postponed or cancelled due to Covid-19, that doesn’t mean there isn’t any to enjoy at all.

There are still some great shows that are happening across December to bring some early Christmas cheer- oh yes they are!

From classic stories we all know and love, former television popstars, Christmas sing-alongs and tales that have had pandemic twist added into the story.

Make sure to add these to your Christmas calendar as there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.

Here’s a list of all the Christmas shows and pantomimes happening across Devon in December.

Did we miss one out? email tianna.corbin@reachpl.com to have it added to the list.

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Barnstaple

Queens Theatre:

A Christmas Coral

A Christmas Carol is coming to Queen’s Theatre

When: Thursday 17 – Saturday 19 December

Price: £14 – £22.50

Soap star Jason Merrells will be playing the infamous Ebenezer Scrooge in a one-person show taking guests on a frightening journey of ghostly encounters as he discovers the true meaning of Christmas, melting his icy heart.

Christmas would not be the same without the spirit of togetherness, friendship and community; ever-relevant themes for our world today as we prepare for a Christmas like never before.

The performance is recommended for people over the ages of 8.

Gareth Gates’ Christmas Cracker

Gareth Gates Christmas Cracker is coming to Barnstaple

When: Monday 21 December – Thursday 31 December

Price: Tickets £13.50 – £25

The former Pop Idol winner will be headlining his own Christmas show with a line-up of other great performers.

Guests can expect comedy routines. musical performances, acrobatics and a touch of pantomime- all the traits of a great festive show!

The Landmark:

Santa’s Christmas Cracker

North Devon theatres are opening this Christmas

When: Thursday 24 December

Price: Tickets £12

This socially distanced show treats children to a present from Santa a day early.

Everyone is invited to celebrate the holidays with Father Christmas and his friends as there’s plenty of fun, music and adventures as everyone discovers the wonder of Christmas.

An interactive 45-minute family show that is suitable for children aged 2-7.

Sing along with some festive favourites such as Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Deck The Halls and of course, We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

You can find out more information and book tickets through their website here.

Torbay

Babbacombe Theatre

Aladdin

When Saturday 19 December

Price: £12 (£2 booking fee)

Follow the tale of Aladdin, a poor street urchin who finds himself on a magical adventure involving a princess, evil sorcerer and a magic lamp- all with the help of a fun-loving genie.

Each performance will have socially distanced seating – the show will last 1 hour and 10 minutes and there will be NO interval.

Book tickets here.

Palace Theatre

Buttons – The one-man family panto!

The Palace Theatre, Paignton
The Palace Theatre, Paignton

When: Thursday 31 December

Price £11 – £20

Tom Binns, the Sheffield comedian, has written and produced this one-man show which he will play Buttons.

We all know that Buttons is the loveable character from Cinderella, however, after he’s on stage for a little while he realises he’s on his own because everyone else has been furloughed and he’s left to continue the show.

Binns said: “This is a dream come true for me, or it would be if only my dreams were this amazing, weird and specific.”

The performance will last one hour with the 7pm showing including a glass of fizz and canapes to celebrate the New Year!

Book tickets here.

Exeter

Exeter Corn Exchange

Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Where: Exeter Corn Exchange

Price: Standard tickets are £23 with under 16s, 60+ and student tickets costing £21

Double-act Matt Finegan and Daniel Page will be returning as Glinda and the Wicked Witch in the incredible story- Wizard of Oz.

Guests can expect sensational singing, incredible sets and stunning costumes in a 75 minute-long show with no interval.

People between the age of 11-100 are required to wear a mask unless they are eating or drinking.

To find out more and book your tickets click here.





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