Well of course there’s a Panto at the Palace this Christmas but in fact our festive season is packed with FIVE different, amazing Christmas shows and pantomimes. The main event is of course the legendary Paignton Pantomime Productions’ 2019 classic, Sleeping Beauty, but the Palace Theatre’s festive calendar starts on Saturday 30 November and the fun doesn’t stop until Sunday 12 January.
Santa’s Elves and the Shoemaker : 30 November to 1 December
With only three days left before Christmas, Mr. Klopp, the penniless shoemaker, has only enough leather left to make one pair of shoes. He sets the leather aside to be completed the next morning. That night two of Santa’s elves, Bip and Bop, appear thinking they’ve arrived at Santa’s grotto. They make the leather into a splendid pair of shoes.
Ideal for age 2+ from CBBC TV writer and children’s author, Ian Billings. The show includes original songs by Richard Lamming.
The next morning, Mr. Klopp awakens to discover the shoes. He sells the shoes at huge profit, gives away most of the money and uses the remainder to buy twice as much leather which he plans to make into two pairs of shoes. That night, Bip and Bop, return and once more find the leather which they then make into two pairs of even more splendid shoes. The third night Mr. Klopp stays awake to see what happens to the material but when Bip and Bop return, they are scared off and Mr. Klopp fears he will be poor again. However, everything changes when Santa arrives to reveal it was he to whom Mr. Klopp was selling the shoes.
With some Christmas Magic Santa saves the workshop and treats his hard working elves to some new cloths and he rewards the boys and girls for their help, with a exciting early Christmas present.
This show features original songs and energetic choreography, audience participation and gifts for all of the Children.
Christmas.Time. 8 December
Charlie and Toby are feeling low, and why wouldn’t they? It’s Christmas Day and they’re serving time at Her Majesty’s pleasure. But why shouldn’t they be having a Merry Christmas in spite of their incarceration? What’s stopping them from creating Christmas around them? Absolutely nothing! And so they set off on their festival of carols, Claus, Christ and custody!
Join them on a fantastical adventure through Dickens, pantomime, musical, Christmas dinner and Christmas films! See as they build a wonderfully Merry Christmas around them with songs, snowmen and lots of laughs in this truly festive show that puts the ‘cell’ firmly back in ‘celebration’!
Written and performed by Daniel Richards and Ciaran Clarke, and directed by Simon Harvey (o-region, Kneehigh) Christmas. Time. is a musical comedy for all the family and promises to be a fun, festive and fantastically funny Christmas offering from Near-ta Theatre!
Sing a Song O’Scrooge: 11- 14 December
A festive show setting Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol to music from many of the well-known and loved Gilbert and Sullivan Operas.
This is an innovative and brand new adaptation of a story that is a firm favourite among theatre audience as Christmas time. It retains much of the original tale with new lyrics full of humous and light-heartedness. It is suitable for the whole family and is a Christmas treat not to miss! Presented by the Torbay Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
Sleeping Beauty: 21 December to 5 January
“Before midnight on her 16th birthday, the Princess shall prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and she will die”. This chilling curse from the wicked witch at Princess Rose’s christening is the prelude to a series of events and scenes filled with tension, laughter, song, dance and everything a pantomime should be. Can she be saved from this fate and if so who will save her?
Winners of the NODA “Best Pantomime” in the South West award in 2014, 2017 and 2018 this Christmas Paignton Pantomime Productions brings “Sleeping Beauty”, another fabulous value for money pantomime to the Palace Theatre, Paignton. As regulars will know there will be numerous colourful costumes, a five piece professional band, a hilarious professional script, award nominated choreography together with a mixture of songs both old and new, all brought to you by the very best of local talent. There will also be lots of audience participation and who knows perhaps a little water.
Beauty and the Beast: 12 January
Be our guest this Christmas and enjoy a tale as old as time with Wonder Productions and their BRAND NEW production of Beauty and the Beast as part of a six week national tour.
Bookworm Belle lives a quiet provincial life but it quickly turns to danger when she finds herself imprisoned in an enchanted castle by a hideous Beast. Appearances can be deceiving. Can Belle see beyond the Beast’s façade to find true love with the cursed Prince Louis within?
Join Dame Tilly Tarte, Phillipe Fillop and the Enchantress of the Rose as they try to guide Belle and the Beast down the right path.