Best of the Festive Pantos

Photo Above: Edinburgh King’s Theatre © Geograph Org

Pantomime Season? Oh no it isn’t! Oh yes it is!

As the festive season approaches, we round-up what local families can expect from this season’s pantomime offerings.

From handsome heroes to dashing dames, there’s sure to be something for everyone at theatres across Edinburgh this Christmas.

Cinderella is stopping by the Kings Theatre, hoping to find her Prince Charming. Tollcross will be littered with glass slippers from this weekend right through until 21st January 2018.

The Kings Theatre have issued the following advice for families with small children:
“Pantomime is loud for a small pair of ears, spectacular sights can sometimes cause tears!

”If bringing a little one, please be aware one or two scenes are intended to scare. The odd naughty joke for grown-up laughter ensures that we all finish happily ever after.”

For those who can’t get enough of Cinder’s rags-to-riches story, a puppet version is being shown at the Traverse Theatre, re-imagined by Shona Reppe and performed by puppeteer Rick Conte.

Staying on the Princess theme, Belle and Beast are hoping for a happily ever after at the Brunton in Musselburgh and the Howden Park Centre in Livingstone, as Beauty and the Beast hits the stage.

The Bathgate Community Theatre are taking a bite out of the magic apple, showcasing Snow White And the Seven Dwarves throughout the month of December.

Pit Pony Productions, a drama group from Newtongrange, are rolling out the magic carpet for Aladdin at Newbattle High School, 8th – 9th December.

For those with tastes more mature than the traditional Christmas Panto, Edinburgh’s Christmas and Spiegeltent International Productions are hosting a special seasonal version of Fringe show ‘La Clique Noel.’

Edinburgh Christmas 2017 said: “This theatrical phenomenon contains artists from around the world, a Christmas stocking (fishnets naturally) of seasonal treats – from the subterranean world of circus, comedy, cabaret, variety, magic, burlesque and subversive performance clubs – threaded together by a fabulous live band. La Clique Noël is compulsory Christmas fun!”

The cabaret- style production comes with this warning: “The show contains adult content including strong language and nudity.”

With so much on offer, there’s sure to be a theatrically festive treat suitable for the young and the young at heart this Christmas!