Kent Pantomimes Christmas 2015, Family Pantos

We'll start to publish our Pantomimes for 2015 in October, if you are running a pantomime in: Kent, Medway, Bexley or Bromley we'll publish the details for free. For a simple alphabetical listing simply e-mail your event details to During the Christmas period we continue to update the Kent What's On and other seasonal events.

This link for our Christmas directory with decorations, gifts, food and much more.

The Pantomime

Many people think of the pantomime (also affectionately known as a panto) as a uniquely British institution. Whilst these shores may be its spiritual home, it was exported around the former British Empire and can be found in many parts of the Commonwealth. The etymology of the word pantomime is Greek but some experts think of the panto as having its origins in the traditional Mummers Play, a dramatic form that is probably over 500 years old. Certain aspects of the pantomime and mummers play suggest a connection with the pre-Christian folk knowledge and beliefs of these islands.

The modern pantomime as we might recognise it today, dates to around 1700 and evolved steadily through the harlequin phase into a form of 'knock about' opera until the arrival of the first pantomimes proper at the start of the 19th century. Pantomimes have endured as well as any other aspect of British theatre, still attracting huge audiences, large provincial theatres like some of those in our own region can have a pantomime running for 40 or more shows in the season. The genre is typically regarded as family entertainment although cross dressing and some double entendres are almost obligatory.

Modern Pantomimes

Modern pantos tend to go in and come out of fashion, in Kent for example you might find only three or four different stories used across the ten leading theatres (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin for example). Themes that can also be used include: Alice in Wonderland, Beauty and the Beast, Dick Whittington, The Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk, Little Red Riding Hood, Peter Pan, Puss in Boots, Snow White and The Wizard of Oz.

Kent Pantomimes 2015

We will be recommencing our coverage in 2015.

We publish our guide in October and it reaches completion by mid November. The first pantomimes start in early December and most are finished by the first week of January. The large theatres are able to attract celebrity performers to their productions but you can often find brilliant pantomimes being offered by amateur groups in more modest venues.

For a simple alphabetical listing on this page simply e-mail your event details to

Aladdin - Memorial Theatre (Broadstairs) - 14 to 29/12/15
Sarah Thorne Theatre Company presents Aladdin. Large Groups, schools and charity fund raising nights by arrangement. Early Bird Discount £1 off all seats if paid by Oct 1st

  • Tickets - Advance: Adult £13.50, Children £11.50, Family (four) £46
  • Time - Varied
  • More information - 01843 863701

Aladdin - Theatre Royal (Margate) - 12 to 29/12/15
Cast list includes: Danny Young as Aladdin, Ant and Harry as PC Hip and Hop, Jezo as Wishee Washee, Georgia Rowland-Elliot as Princess Jasmine, Rob Rawles as Widow Twanky, Rob Cummings as Abanaza and Amanda Harkett as the Genie of the Lamp.

  • Tickets - Early Bird from £13
  • Time - Varied
  • More information - 01843 292795

Dick Whittington - Orchard Theatre (Dartford) - 12/12 to 03/01/16
Shane Richie will star in Dick Whittington!

  • Tickets - From £10
  • Time - Varied
  • More information - 01322 220000

Jack & The Beanstalk - Christ Church Hall (Ashford) - 28/01 to 31/01/16
C.A.T.S or 'AshfordPanto' was founded in 2010 to revive the well known work of the former C.A.D.S group which first entertained Ashford back in 1996.

  • Tickets - TBC
  • Time - Varied
  • More information -07895 123450

Peter Pan - Hazlitt Theatre (Maidstone) - 04/12/15 to 03/01/16
Maidstone welcomes; Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy, the Lost Boys and Captain Hook! Ricky Groves from Eastenders stars.

  • Tickets - From £12
  • Time - Varied
  • More information - 01622 758611

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