Christmas Pantomimes in Brighton and Sussex - 2017
2nd December 2016
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The Ultimate Pantomime Listing for Brighton and Hove and surrounding areas - Christmas 2017.

The information provided here is as a guide only - Please confirm all details with the venues.

If you know of a Panto in the locality not on this list, send us the details by email.

Would you like to know more about Brighton's historical connection with Panto? In this article, Brighton based author and historian, Rose Collis, recalls Ellen Nye Chart, the woman who introduced the festive favourite to the Theatre Royal in the 19th century, and two legendary 'Panto Dames' who lived in Brighton: Douglas Byng and Jack Tripp. 

Getting to your destination:

Always check details of the event prior to attending as they are liable to change..

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THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO at the Attenborough Centre, Brighton 20th December - 6th January

Brighton's only professional pantomime returns with a high-flying adaption of the much loved fairy tale.

One night, Geppetto, a puppet maker, wishes upon a star and his life changes forever. His most beloved creation, Pinocchio, springs to life, and with that the amazing adventures begin.

All the magic of Christmas and the wonder of the circus collide to create a spectacle to delight all ages.


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Directed by James Weisz

Written by Patric Kearns

In association with The Circus Project

Reviews for previous pantomimes:

"[his] biggest achievement in this time has been to reintroduce original musical family theatre to the city, including its annual pantomime. Director James Weisz’s formula includes teaming a small professional cast with local children. The productions are high quality but touchable, a perfect access point for young first-time theatre-goers." The Stage ****   (Beauty & The Beast)

"The whole cast were animated and professional and belted out some fantastic songs. I took a 6 year old and a 7 year old along who are still talking about it two days later, a lot of the cast were children and this seemed to make it even better for them. Try and see it, it’s definitely worth it and you won’t be disappointed."  Childfriendly Brighton *****   (The Wind in The Willows)

Box Office Opening Times:-

The box office (phone line and drop-in service) is open from 10am to 4pm, Mondays to Fridays. The box office is also open one hour before the advertised show start time.

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CINDERELLA AND THE BEANSTALK at The Old Market, Hove from December 14 - January 6, 2018

Cinderella and the Beanstalk is a delectable cocktail of your favourite pantomimes. Follow Cinderella on a perilous adventure as the scheming Rumplestiltskin blackmails the would-be princess into retrieving the coveted golden eggs from the top of the beanstalk.

Join a brand new cast for 2017 as they recreate every character you’d expect to find in a pantomime, as well as some you might not… whilst still doing their best to sing, dance and fight their way through one hundred minutes of panto pandemonium.

“…a breathtakingly witty production, packed with jokes that the whole family will enjoy” ★★★★★ British Theatre

“It's not often you find a show that can delight three generations in equal measure, so Cinderella and the Beanstalk is an absolute must-see” ★★★★★ Culture Whisper

“…a stupendous performance that genuinely leaves you with face ache from laughing so much” ★★★★★ The Peg Review

“A mega-mix that’s truly mega” ★★★★ Time Out

“Strikes the perfect balance with adults cheering along just as loudly as the kids” ★★★★ West End Wilma


More info... Book Here for Cinderella and the Beanstalk


TYCOONS IN TIGHTS @ The Circle Arts Centre - 23rd - 24th November 

Everyone wants to be the ultimate bad guy at Villains Incorporated so the mysterious big boss has sent them all on a team building day to get them to co-operate.  They're having none of it.  Evil schemes abound as the Genie's gone bad and wants to start fracking in the Enchanted Forest, the Evil Queen is using her magic mirror for black mail, Voldy has villain envy and the Ugly Sisters have done something horrible to Snow White’s dwarfs.  

Eat, drink and be very very merry all for charity at this most alternative of pantos and laugh your socks off at some of Brighton's most infamous business owners – in tights. 

The business world meets panto land with fabulous networking opportunities, scrummy food and drink and madcap entertainment, of course.  

All of this in the aid of three excellent charities: Crones and Colitis UK, Rockinghorse and the Circle homeless charity.


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Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs @ Windmill Theatre - 20th - 27th December 

 After last year's success with Aladdin, we are proud to be returning to the Windmill Theatre with another favourite pantomime for all the family to enjoy.
Will the beautiful Snow White escape the clutches of the Wicked Queen? Will the seven dwarfs be able to protect her? Can Dolly Dumpling and her Danny help, or will they get in the way?

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Cinderella @ the Brighton Hilton Metropole - 22nd - 27th December (Not Christmas Day)

This family pantomime will take place at The Hilton Brighton Metropole from 22-27 December (no shows on Christmas Day).  As part of the production, they will be building a bespoke state of the art theatre with tiered seating and a large stage within the Metropole Hotel that will accommodate up to 750 people for each performance. 

Founder of E3, David Hill, who will also co-produce and star in the Show, commented, "Brighton and Hove residents lost their traditional family panto over ten years ago and we want to bring it back. If you are a family living in the city, you need to travel to Eastbourne or Worthing to see a pantomime with your children, so now with three car parks on the Hilton's doorstep you can come and see our magical show".

Families will also enjoy a Festive Christmas Fayre and Market before and after the show which will include Santa's Grotto, merchandise stalls and lots of hot and cold seasonal food options. 

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Dick Whittington @ the Ropetackle in Shoreham 13th - 31st December 2017

Following five sell-out years of panto fun at Ropetackle, LP Creatives return this Christmas with the magical tale of Dick Whittington!

A dazzling spectacle of a show… not to be missed’ ~ ★★★★★ The Latest

Set your eyes on the distant horizon!

From old ‘Laandaan Taaan’, across the high seas and on to Morocco – we’re off in search of promised treasure!

Will King Rat thwart our plans, or will the Spirit Of The Bells save Dick’s day?

LP Creatives are back with their exciting mix of magic, mirth, mayhem and more mirth (you can never have too much mirth can you!?!)

This time they are packing pirates, kung-fu cats, monkeys – and maybe even a mermaid or two!!

Jump aboard and join us for another cracking pantomime this Christmas!

‘Nothing was left out… better than ever’ ~ ★★★★ The Argus


SLEEPING BEAUTY @ White Rock Theatre, Hastings from 15th December to 31st December 2017

Starring Honey G. 

Once upon a time in a land far away, the beautiful Princess Aurora is given a sixteenth birthday present by her evil godmother Carabosse. By pricking her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel she is placed under a cruel curse and forced to sleep for 100 years. Can true love survive and the handsome Prince Charming break the spell? Can Aurora’s hilarious best friend Muddles help save the day and who will outwit the evil Enchantress and foil her wicked plans? With magic, music, comedy and special effects, make Sleeping Beauty the pantomime of your dreams.

Honey G rose to fame after entering the 13th season of ITV1’s The X Factor 


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST @ The Meridian Centre, Peacehaven - 6th - 9th December 2017

Peacehaven Players present Beauty and the Beast by John Hewer. 

This is the classic tale of the selfish Prince who is turned into a Beast. He must find true love and have it returned to escape the spell. Belle goes to the castle to save the father she loves but grows to love the true Prince inside the Beast. On the way there is much merriment, mirth and song. 

Fairy Wayward is our guide. 

In Belle's family are her absent-minded father Ernest, his assistant Barclay who has a crush on her. Then there is her sister Beatrice; she is not a nice person. Not forgetting Concorde the horse, who likes the odd brandy with his hay. 

For the Beast, welcome Sue Preem, the Panto Dame. She's got the hots for Entwistle, the butler, but he has his eyes on the French maids, Brigette and Gilette. 

Sing along, laugh and tap your feet. This is what Christmas is all about.


RAPUNZEL @ Battle Memorial Halls - 16th - 17th December 2017

Join us for a magical and fun filled comedy pantomime for all the family

From 16 to 17 December, 4 shows.


Adult £10.00 + booking fee

Child £8.00 + booking fee

Venue: Battle Memorial Hall, 81 High Street, Battle TN33 0AQ


SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS @ Pavilion Theatre, Worthing -  Friday 1st December 2017 - 1st January 2018

The Worthing Theatres Christmas pantomime of 2017-18 is ready to answer the question: “Who’s the fairest of them all?”

Live music, beautiful costumes, dazzling choreography and an all-star cast will grace the stage of the Pavilion Theatre for the biggest and best pantomime Worthing has ever seen.

Interactive Pantomime page here:

Early bird discount: book your tickets before 30 September and save £1 per ticket!

The One and Only Pop Singer Chesney Hawkes
Cbeebies Swashbuckle Pirate Duo Richard David-Caine & Joseph Elliott
Special video appearance from Comedian Jo Brand
West End and X Factor finalist Niki Evans
West End actress Cassie Compton
A welcome return for Simon Howe as the Dame


JACK AND THE BEANSTALK @ Capitol Theatre, Horsham - 8th - 31st December 2017 

The Capitol presents this wonderful tale of good triumphing over evil with everyone's favourite story of Jack Trott, a boy from the village becoming a hero and winning Princess Apricot's heart.

Jack and the Beanstalk Horsham


SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS @ the Hawth, Crawley - 8th December 2017 - 7th January 2018

Don’t miss our spectacular, fun-packed, family pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs starring the hugely popular TV star Stephen Mulhern (Catchphrase, Saturday Night Takeaway), our hilarious Dame Michael J Batchelor and a top quality cast.

From the same producers that brought you last year’s Box Office smash-hit Peter Pan, Snow White promises to be wonderful entertainment with stunning costumes and scenery and a genuinely funny script.

Last year’s pantomime broke all box office records and was seen by over 32000 people and tickets are already selling fast, so book now for the funniest and most spectacular show of the year!

Getting to your destination:

Always check details of the event prior to attending as they are liable to change..

Travelling by Taxi: Call recommended Brighton & Hove Radio Cabs for a Door to Door service quote. Call 01273 204060 or 1273 414141.

Travelling by Bus: Check out the bus service timetables for your route via the Brighton and Hove Buses website. 

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