Prize panto season picks

Get transported to enchanted worlds with these top performances, taking place across the GWR network. Book your train tickets in advance and take advantage of the best prices available.


Lyric Hammersmith, London
Until 5 January 2020
This year’s panto at Lyric Hammersmith promises a twist on the traditional Wicked Stepmothers, Ugly Sisters, pumpkins, mice and more. The title role will be performed by Timmika Ramsay, who is currently playing Gloria the Hippo in Madagascar the Musical.

Peter Pan

Grand theatre, Swansea
13 December–12 January 2020
We’re off to Neverland to meet the Lost Boys and a very hungry crocodile with a particular taste for a certain Captain Hook, played by Casualty and Coronation Street star Tristan Gemmill. Kevin Jones, Ricky K and Aoife Kenny are also in the cast.


New Theatre, Cardiff
7 December–12 January 2020
There’s still a chance for you to make it to the ball, and to help you on your way is Gok Wan as the Fairy Godmother. He’ll be joined by comedians Mike Doyle and Phil Butler, as well as female impersonator Ceri Dupree. The clock is already ticking – get your tickets now!


Kings Theatre Portsmouth
11 December–5 January 2020
Join the cast on this magical carpet ride of a show, with tons of laughs and adventure. Shane Lynch of Boyzone will play the wicked Abanazar, who will do anything he can to keep Aladdin and Princess Jasmine apart.


The Riverfront, Newport
28 November–4 January 2020
If there was a competition for the ugliest Ugly Sisters, then panto favourite Richard Elis and Newport-newcomer Geraint Rhys Edwards would be in with a good shout. Join the mischievous pair as they torment their poor stepsister Cinderella, who dreams of a better life away from the drudgery of domestic duty. Laura Meaton takes on the title role, alongside My Family’s Keiron Self as Buttons.

Beauty and the Beast

Theatre Royal Bath
12 December–12 January 2020
The romantic tale to end all romantic tales, Beauty and the Beast is the perfect panto, full of charm, humour and menace. See Coronation Street’s Wendi Peters as Fairy Bon-Bon, who will be joining Bath comedian and panto great Jon Monie.


Theatre Royal Plymouth
20 December–18 January 2020
Brian Conley stars in this sparkling production of Cinderella – the fairy godmother of all pantos. Expect the usual pantomime antics, and with seasoned pro Conley at the helm you’ll be in safe hands, with loads of perfectly timed gags.

Dick Whittington

Bristol Hippodrome
7 December–5 January 2020
Shane Richie plays the title role in this action-packed pantomime, based on the real-life former Lord Mayor of London, Richard Whittington, who, according to folklore, made his fortune from selling his rat-catching cat to a rodent-infested foreign land.