Don't let the kids have all the fun this Christmas. If you're looking for a festive show in Newcastle and Gateshead then we've got just the ticket. Whether you're in the mood for a bit of Christmas comedy, a stirring musical performance or a naughty pantomime with lashings of innuendo then the theatres and venues across the North East have it covered.

Here are just a sprinkling of festive performances available to add a little extra sparkle to your Christmas build-up.

Christmas in Newcastle and Gateshead

  • Northern Stage: The Suggestibles Impro Pantso

Thursday 19 December 2019, Northern Stage.

With no script and no score - what could possibly go wrong?! The Suggestibles bring you their own brand of hilarious panto. Expect goodies, baddies, fairies and most importantly - expect the unexpected (oh... and leave the kids at home, this is definitely one for the grownups!). You’ll find this raucous bunch at Northern Stage followed by The Cumberland Arms, Ouseburn on Saturday 21 December and at Hexham Queens Hall on Tuesday 17 December You’ll need to be switched on mind, as you prepare to feed them your ‘creative’ suggestions!

  • Live Theatre, Newcastle: Bonnie and Fanny’s Christmas Spectacular and Mixtape Xmas

Bonnie and Fanny’s Christmas Spectacular: Thursday 12 – Saturday 14 December 2019

Mixtape Xmas: Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 December 2019

Live Theatre have two festive offerings for you this Christmas in the form of Bonnie and Fanny’s Christmas Spectacular - a cabaret comedy Christmas office party that you wish you’d been invited to, and the return of their popular Mixtape Xmas.

Bonnie and Fanny’s Christmas Spectacular will be a hoot. Prepare for a Christmas like you've never seen before with sketches, songs, lip-syncs, dances, stories, and unapologetic raucousness like a work Christmas party with your wildest, oldest, fabulous, and filthiest employees.   

Part comedy sketch show and part music quiz, Mixtape Xmas is one of the funniest concepts around. Featuring a mash up of Mixtape favourites from throughout the eras, as well as a stocking load of sketches inspired by classic Christmas tunes. Play in quiz teams to be in with the chance of winning one of the highly coveted Golden Mixtapes.

  • Tyne Theatre and Opera House: Sinderella

Friday 24 January 2020

A night at the panto doesn’t just have to be for the kids. Adults looking for a little cheeky humour and festive cheer are invited to Tyne Theatre and Opera House for their adult-only pantomime, Sinderella. Get ready for glittering sets, sparkling costumes and more innuendo than you ever thought possible!

Book tickets for Sinderella Adult Panto at Tyne Theatre and Opera House.

  • Sage Gateshead: Duets: Paul Smith and Guests

Thursday 19 December 2019 

Sage Gateshead have a whole heap of fantastic Christmas performances running throughout the festive season. North East musician Paul Smith (front man to award-winning band Maxïmo Park), has curated a special and celebratory event with guest singers will bring their own distinct musical personalities to a range of famous duets. Get ready for live music ranging from folk to pop from Mecury Prize nominees Field Music, Rachel Unthank and Kathryn Williams.

Book tickets 

  • The Stand Newcastle: The Stand Christmas Special

Monday 9 - 14 December 2019

You’ll be rolling around in the aisles at The Stand’s cracker of a comedy special this December. Gather your mates and dig out the tinsel, there are some of the very best comics from the UK waiting to sprinkle the festive cheer.

Book tickets for The Stand Christmas Special

  • O2 City Hall, Newcastle: Laffs4Kids

Sunday 15 December 2019

Possibly the most heart-warming experience you’ll have whilst crying with laughter! This is truly a brilliant event packed with top quality comedy and entertainment which epitomises the spirit of the festive season. You can’t help but burst with joy as you walk into Newcastle’s O2 City Hall to see the ever-growing mound of Christmas gifts donated as each audience member arrives. These gifts will be given to children as part of Cash 4 Kids this Christmas. Get yourselves along. By the way… this event is definitely for you adults!

Book tickets for Laff4Kids.

There are festive performances galore and something for all tastes. Check out full details of What's On using our Winter Festival guide.

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