Pantomimes and Shows

We all love a panto, oh yes, we do!

Norwich Theatre Royal annually writes, produces and presents its own production – and it’s truly brilliant. This year Aladdin and his friends Widow Twankey and Wishee-Washee entertain us with a show that promises to be every bit as funny, clever and sensational as ever. From the actors to the scenery, the costumes to the live band, it’s a show to transport and thrill you.
This is a don’t-miss event for all ages!

Aladdin: 12 December – 13 January.



Steven Roberts as Aladdin at Norwich Theatre Royal


For younger children, The Garage stage ‘My First Panto’ for children ages 2-5. It is an immersive theatre experience, and the audience are asked to take part in the performance rather than simply watch. This year, we will be treated to the story of ‘Jack and the Beansprout’ – help get Daisy the Cow ready for market, help Jack plant magic beans in the garden and search the land of giants for golden eggs!

Jack and the Beansprout: 30 November – 5 January


Sensational Christmas Shows

Christmas is a great excuse to see a show’, and as a city that has 4 theatres you are truly spoilt for choice in Norwich.

Norwich Theatre Royal – with its grand auditorium – is Norwich’s largest theatre. This Christmas see a beautiful production of The Nutcracker (21 – 24 November) with a live score played by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.  Hot on its heels there’s period orchestral and choirs in Odes to Cecilla (25 November), then musical comedy with The Full Monty (26 – 1 December).


The Nutcracker at Norwich Theatre Royal


Norwich Playhouse is the Theatre Royal’s little sister; an intimate stage showcasing comedy, music and dramatic performance. Choose: Christmas comedy with The Scummy Mummies Christmas Show (29 November), The Joe Ringer Band Christmas Spectacular (5-6 December), and one for the whole family – Elf The Musical (12 – 22 December).


Elf the Musical at Norwich Playhouse


The Maddermarket is another small venue with oodles of charm. This Christmas get in the mood with ‘An Afternoon of Christmas words and music’ – it’s a festive sing-along (5-6 December). But their long run, big show this year is James and the Giant Peach between 15 – 31 December.

The magical Norwich Puppet Theatre has a wonderful programme of children’s workshops and performance (if you don’t have crafty hands), with four different shows on selected dates in November and December:  The Water Babies, Factory of Broken Dreams, Princess and the Pea and The Frog & The Princess.


The Frog and the Princess at Norwich Puppet Theatre


Finally, the headline show in Norfolk is the Thursford Christmas Spectacular – one of the UK’s largest and longest running Christmas shows – now in its 42nd year.  Over 6-weeks, in excess of 100,000 people enjoy performances with a cast of over 100 in this all-singing, all-dancing festive extravaganza.


Thursford at Christmas


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