New Tiers for Old? Pantoland 2020 (update 17 December)

Published: 17 December 2020
Reporter: Simon Sladen

New Tiers for Old?: Panto Season 2020

The Government has announced which areas of England will now move from Tier 2 to Tier 3 on Saturday 19 December: Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Peterborough, Hertfordshire, Surrey (exept Waverley), Hastings, Rother, Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant, leaving just over 40 pantomimes running, approximately 14% of a non-COVID season.

Under the latest rules, venues under Tier Three restrictions are not permitted to host performance, whilst those in Tier One and Tier Two may do so, but must not exceed 50% capacity or 1,000 attendees (whichever is the smallest).

Below, you can find information on which Tier your local panto has been put in.


  1. Gaiety Theatre, Isle of Man (Sleeping Beauty)

Tier One

  1. Shanklin Theatre, Isle of Wight (Rapunzel)

Tier Two

  1. Babbacombe Theatre, Babbacombe (Aladdin)
  2. McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater (Aladdin)
  3. Fisher Theatre, Bungay (Raiders of the Lost Panto)
  4. Cambridge Arts Theatre (Dame Trott’s Panto Palaver)
  5. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham (Tweedy's "Reduced" Pantomime (That Might Go A Bit Wrong!))
  6. Hawth Theatre, Crawley (Dame Dolly Saves Panto)
  7. Corn Hall, Diss (The Magic of Panto)
  8. Chequer Mead Theatre, East Grinstead (Almost a Panto)
  9. The Maltings, Ely (The Wizard of Oz)
  10. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe (Cinderella)
  11. Godalming Borough Hall (Beauty and the Beast)
  12. St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth (Rubbin Wood)
  13. Harrow Arts Centre (Red Riding Hood)
  14. Haverhill Arts Centre (Dame Dora's Pop Up Panto Party!)
  15. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton (Mother Goose)
  16. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (The Snow Queen)
  17. Town Hall, Kidderminster (Aladdin)
  18. M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool (Jack and the Beanstalk)
  19. Otterspool Adventure, Liverpool (Aladdin)
  20. The Deco, Northampton (Sleeping Beauty)
  21. Theatre Royal, Norwich (Panto in a Pickle!)
  22. Palace Theatre, Paignton (Aladdin)
  23. Theatre Royal, Plymouth (Robinson Crusoe)
  24. Lighthouse, Poole (Happy Ever After)
  25. Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham (Almost a Panto—A Family Christmas Adventure)
  26. Little Theatre, Sherringham (Rapunzel the Lockdown Panto) then tours to St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth
  27. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury (We’ll Have to do it Again Then, Won’t We?!)
  28. Hanger Farm Arts, Southampton (Dick Whittington)
  29. Hanger Farm Arts, Southampton (Mother Goose and adult panto Mother Goosed!)
  30. Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (Sleeping Beauty)
  31. The Stage Door, Southampton (Aladdin - All it took was one little rub . . . of hand sanitiser!)
  32. The Atkinson, Southport (The Wizard of Oz)
  33. Theatre Royal, St Helens (Beauty and the Beast)
  34. Pavilions Teignmouth (Dick Whittington)
  35. Roses Theatre, Tewksbury ((Almost) A Christmas Carol)
  36. Bishop's Palace, Wells (Build Your Own: Improvised Pantomime)
  37. Pavilion Theatre, Weymouth (Rapunzel)
  38. Alderford Lake, Whitchurch (Dick Whittington)
  39. Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne (Jack and the Beanstalk)
  40. Theatre Royal, Winchester (Four Dames in Search of a Panto)
  41. Octagon Theatre, Yeovil (Nurse Nellie Saves Panto)
  42. [email protected], York (Jack and the Beanstalk)
  43. Theatre Royal York: On tour (Jack and the Beanstalk, Dick Whittington and Snow White in rep)

Tier Three

  1. Forum Theatre, Billingham (Sleeping Beauty)
  2. Blue / Orange Theatre, Birmingham (Blo White
  3. Blue / Orange Theatre, Birmingham (Sleeping Beauty)
  4. Cadbury World, Birmingham (Sleeping Beauty)
  5. Joe Longthorn Theatre, Blackpool North Pier (Cinderella)
  6. The Globe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach (Aladdin)
  7. Grand Theatre, Blackpool (Pantomonium!)
  8. Victoria Hall, Bolton (Beauty and the Beast)
  9. Bradford Playhouse (Sleeping Beauty)
  10. Bristol Hippodrome (Robin Hood: postponed to Easter) then tours to the Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham
  11. Malthouse Theatre, Canterbury (Beauty and the Beast)
  12. Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (Nurse Nellie Saves Panto)
  13. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford (Sleeping Beauty)
  14. Elgiva Theatre, Chesham (Sleeping Beauty)
  15. Century Theatre, Coalville (Dame Flossie's 60 Minute Panto)
  16. The Muni, Colne (A Christmas Cracker)
  17. Majestic Theatre, Darlington (Dick Whittington)
  18. Astor Theatre, Deal (Santa Saves Christmas)
  19. The Woodville, Gravesend (Rapunzel)
  20. The Star Inn, Guildford (D!ck the Adult Panto)
  21. Harlow Playhouse (Treasure Island)
  22. St Chad's Parish Centre, Headingly (Red Riding Hood)
  23. Hollygarth Social Club, Ilkley (Red Riding Hood)
  24. Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
  25. Leatherhead Theatre (The Magic of Panto)
  26. Garrick Theatre, Lichfield (Jack and the Beanstalk: The Bite Sized Panto)
  27. Above the Stag, London (Dick Whittington: A New Dick in Town!)
  28. Canal Café, London (Peter Pandemic)
  29. Colour House Children's Theatre, London (Cinderella)
  30. Garden Theatre, London (Frostbite - Who Pinched My Muff?)
  31. Garrick Theatre, London (Potted Panto)
  32. Millfield Theatre, London (Puss in Boots)
  33. National Theatre, London (Dick Whittington)
  34. Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London (Little Red Riding Hood)
  35. London Palladium, London (Pantoland at the Palladium)
  36. Phoenix Arts Club, London (Alice in Streamingland)
  37. Royal Vauxhall Tavern, London (Pricked: Sleeping Beauty Got Woke)
  38. Turbine Theatre, London (Cinderella)
  39. Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Annes (Jack and the Beanstalk)
  40. Braywick Leisure Centre, Maidenhead (Jack and the Beanstalk)
  41. Manchester Opera House (Sleeping Beauty)
  42. Milton Keynes Theatre (Sleeping Beauty)
  43. Unit Nine, Milton Keynes (Cinderella)
  44. Boulevard, Newcastle (Jack and the Beanstalk)
  45. Boulevard, Newcastle (Sinderella)
  46. Theatre Royal, Newcastle (Robin Hood)
  47. Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle (Jack and the Beanstalk)
  48. Corn Exchange, Newbury (Aladdin)
  49. Nottingham Playhouse (Cinderella)
  50. Theatre Royal, Nottingham (Sleeping Beauty)
  51. The Cresset, Peterborough (Jack and the Beanstalk)
  52. King's Theatre, Portsmouth (Dick Whittington)
  53. Dearne Playhouse, Rotherham (Mother Goose)
  54. Benn Hall, Rugby (Cinderella)
  55. Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield (Aladdin and his Magic Lamp)
  56. Hardwick Hall (Frozen Out)
  57. Stag Theatre, Sevenoaks (Jack and the Two Metre Beanstalk)
  58. Crucible Theatre, Sheffield (Damian's Pop Up Panto!)
  59. Richmond Holiday Centre, Skegness (Peter Pan)
  60. Charles Young Centre, South Shields (A Christmas Story)
  61. Clover & Wolf, South Shields (Dickless Whittington)
  62. Customs House, South Shields (Arbuthnot & Dame Bella's Christmas Adventure)
  63. Hedworth Hall, South Shields (Cinderella)
  64. Stratford Playhouse (Sleeping Beauty and Jack and the Beanstalk)
  65. Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent (Robinson Crusoe)
  66. Sports Centre, Studley (Sleeping Beauty)
  67. Nissan Sports and Leisure Complex, Sunderland (Mother Goose)
  68. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge (Robin Hood and his socially distanced Merry Men)
  69. Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells (Jack and the Beanstalk)
  70. Palace Theatre, Watford (Dame Terry's Very Merry Christmas)
  71. Theatre Royal, Windsor (Cinderella)
  72. New Victoria Theatre, Woking (Robin Hood)
  73. Princess Alexandra Auditorium, Yarm: (Dick Whittington) then tours to Coatham Memorial Hall, Redcar