10 pantomimes, ballets and special Christmas performances you can watch online in December
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All you have to do is find the letter included in the special 12 Days of Christmas content running each day in the Christmas sections of our top JPIMedia websites from December 13-24 and put them together to find a suitable word for this special time of year.
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Christmas celebrations won’t be quite the same this year due to ongoing lockdown restrictions, but that’s not to say the festive season won’t be a good one.
The regional tier system means that many across the UK will be unable to gather at pubs and restaurants. Traditional Christmas events like theatre shows and annual pantomimes have also had to be put on hold or cancelled as a result of the pandemic.
However, while attending shows in person may not be possible, some productions have moved online this year, meaning audiences can tune in and enjoy some festive magic from the comfort of their own home.
If you’re missing out on the frivolity of the panto and other theatre productions this year, here are 10 shows you can tune into online over the festive period.
Jack and the Beanstalk
The fairytale favourite has been filmed from the back garden of Blue Peter legend, and acclaimed Panto Dame, Peter Duncan, using sets, fancy costumes and a real beanstalk.
The panto is available to stream online now via Panto online until 10 January 2021, with tickets priced at £25.
A virtual interactive Cinderella pantomime will be available to stream live at home via Panto Live from 18 to 24 December, and a download will be available up to 31 January 2021.
The cast includes Chris Rankin, best known as Percy Wesley from the Harry Potter franchise, as the fairy godmother, Jessica Ellis from Hollyoaks as the Evil Stepmum and Katy Clayton from Where the Heart Is as Cinderella.
Tickets are priced at £19.97.
Goldilocks, Treasure Island, and Santa Saves Christmas
Three pantomimes will be available to rent via Showcatcher, with viewers able to choose from Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Treasure Island and Santa Saves Christmas.
The pantos are priced at £6.99 each for 48 hours and will be available to stream up to 1 January 2021.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Kenneth More Theatre is hosting a live stream of the classic fairytale this Christmas, allowing audiences to join in on the panto fun from home.
The production will run until 10 January 2021 and you will need to book your live stream slot online.
The Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House is streaming a number of productions and live online via ROH Stream, allowing audiences to watch on their computer, tablet, smartphone and TV.
Productions in December include a ballet interpretation of The Nutcracker, The Royal Opera Christmas Concert, La bohème and Enigma Variations.
Tangled: The Musical
Disney Cruises have revealed a full stage version of the Disney hit Tangled on YouTube, which follows the tale of Rapunzel.
The production is available to stream on YouTube and features three new songs that were not featured in the 2010 Academy Award nominated film.
Cirque Du Soleil
Cirque Du Soleil is hosting an online content hub which includes a variety of music, behind the scenes episodes, DIY guides and a number of 60 minute specials, with footage from live performances.
The content is available to view online via cirquedusoleil.com.
The London playhouse is streaming a range of productions and videos from its archives, allowing Shakespeare fans to enjoy some of his most famous plays from the comfort of their own home.
The full length productions are available to watch via Globe Player and YouTube, and can be downloaded, streamed, rented or bought.
Productions include Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Two Noble Kinsmen and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
For more information visit shakespearesglobe.com.
Wind in the Willows
You can watch the musical production of Wind in the Willows online, created by Oscar-winning screenwriter and creator of Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes.
The show is available to rent for just £4.99 via willowsmusical.com.
Soho Theatre on Demand
Soho Theatre’s On Demand service is allowing fans the opportunity to watch a variety of productions online, including comedy, cabaret, theatre productions and Christmas specials.
To watch, you simply need to create a Soho Theatre account online.