Pantomimes in Scotland

What better way to celebrate the Christmas season than by indulging in the time-honored tradition of pantomimes?

From enchanting fairy tales to uproarious comedies, there's something for everyone across the country. Join us as we unveil a curated list of pantomimes accessible by train, ensuring you can revel in the joy and wonder of the season with ease. All aboard for a magical journey filled with laughter, music, and festive cheer!

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan, Edinburgh

Panto favourite Allan Stewart returns to Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre, joined by Grant Stott and Jordan Young for the classic adventure of The Boy Who Never Grew Up. Journey to Neverland for a fun escapade with The Lost Boys, featuring fabulous sets and slapstick humour.

When: Saturday, 25 November – Sunday, 31 December 2023

Where: The Festive Theatre, Edinburgh

Closest station: Edinburgh Waverley is a nine-minute walk.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Glasgow

This year, the legendary Elaine C Smith stars in the King’s Theatre production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Featuring audience participation and a line-up of catchy song and dance numbers, kids and adults are sure to enjoy this year’s show.

When: Saturday, 2 December 2023 – Sunday, 7 January 2024

Where: The King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Closest station: Charing Cross is a three-minute walk.

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Cinderella, Dumfries

Chris Belford wrote and directed this year’s production of Cinderella, featuring The Guild of Players, one of the oldest amateur dramatic companies in Scotland. Get ahead of the crowd and book your tickets soon to find out of Cinderella does indeed make it to the ball.

When: Friday, 1 December – Saturday, 16 December 2023

Where: Theatre Royal, Dumfries

Closest station: Dumfries station is a seven-minute walk.

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Sleeping Beauty, Aberdeen

This year’s Sleeping Beauty stars the award-winning comic Gary: Tank Commander. Will Princess Aurora wake up by the power of true love? She’ll do well to sleep through the laughs, magic and special effects from this year’s production. The Aberdeen Performing Arts group also has a line-up of some access performances; visit the website to find out more details.

When: Saturday, 2 December 2023 – Sunday, 7 January 2024

Where: Aberdeen Performing Arts

Closest station: Aberdeen station is a thirteen-minute walk.

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Peter Pan, Glasgow

The OVO Hydro is set to host this year’s standout Jon Conway production of Peter Pan. With circus acts, aerial stunts, choreographed dances and audience participation, this year’s pantomime claims to be ‘redefining the genre’, its immersive animated digital sets creating a sense of magic.

When: Friday, 29 and Saturday, 30 December 2023

Where: OVO Hydro, Glasgow

Closest station: Exhibition Centre station is a seven-minute walk.

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Sleeping Beauty, Inverness

Eden Court’s production of Sleeping Beauty features impressive musical numbers, slapstick humour and a stand-out dame. When the evil Carabosse’s curse causes the princess to fall into a deep enchanted sleep, will anyone be able to wake the princess?

When: Wednesday, 6 December – Sunday, 7 January 2023

Where: Eden Court, Inverness

Closest station: Inverness station is a is a fourteen-minute walk

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Aladdin, Perth

This year, Perth Theatre is hosting Aladdin, written, and directed by Barrie Hunter. This contemporary adaptation of the Middle Eastern folk tale promises to be a refreshing production of a timeless classic.

When: Friday, 1 December – Sunday, 31 December 2023

Where: Perth Theatre

Closest station: Perth station is a 13-minute walk.

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Magic lamp from pantomime Aladdin

Sleeping Beauty, Dundee: Whitehall Theatre

An all-singing and dancing show presented by the Downfield Musical Society. With a live band and exciting twists, the evening has something for the whole family.

When: 14 - 17 December and 20 – 23 December 2023

Where: Whitehall Theatre, Dundee

Closest station: Dundee station is a 23-minute walk.

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Travelling to the pantomime by train

Make the most of your day or evening out to the pantomime by taking the train. Making it a family affair? Don’t forget, every adult can take up to four kids with them for just £1 return each with a Kids for a Quid ticket.

Plan your journey and book train tickets now