9 – 31 December 2023
Panto comes to Tunbridge Wells, full to the brim of West End stars!
Poor downtrodden Cinderella lives with her two mischievous and sometimes downright appalling stepsisters in Hardup Hall, the home left to all three of them following the untimely death of her father. Her best friend in the whole world, Buttons, tries his hardest to keep her happy and entertained, but her stepsisters are determined to make her life a misery (Boo!).
Following a chance encounter with a handsome Prince (in disguise), a Royal Ball is organised by the prince’s valet and eventually we discover whose foot the glass slipper actually fits. With a highly entertaining score of popular songs from the charts and musical theatre, our enchanting Fairy Godmother conjures a recipe for love to ensure that everyone lives happily ever after and audiences return home feeling warm, Christmassy and full of festive joy.
With only 279 seats available for each performance, you are closer to the action and magic.
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The Princess And The Winter Dragon
12 – 24 December
A tale to enthral, full of snow and snowfall.
Trinity Theatre are pleased to host this charming family show by acclaimed local theatre company Rust & Stardust.
Featuring original songs, stunning costumes and a magical snow-breathing dragon, The Princess and the Winter Dragon is a tale of adventure and unlikely friendship.
Wintertide is approaching in the Kingdom of Yule, but the weather is warm and balmy with not a single sign of snow. The villagers fear that the annual Festival of Ice will be ruined, and blame a rumbly dragon high on Sugartop Mountain.
King Krimbo is worried that soon people will be after his crown, while dreamy Prince Bonbon from the neighbouring kingdom is only interested in wrapping presents, baking cakes, and cutting ribbons to very precise lengths.
To save the day, Princess Noelle is given a quest: journey to the dragon’s lair and bring back a blizzard – no ifs, no buts, no roast chestnuts!
1 – 3 December
Based on the 2018 Broadway and West End musical, Frozen Jr brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway and West End production.
A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen Jr expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humour, Frozen Jr is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!
Christmas Carols At Trinity
Sunday 10 December 12pm
Christmas Carols in the Trinity Foyer! Come and join in, or simply listen, to traditional Christmas carols, accompanied by talented musicians. Instrumentalists welcome! Lyrics provided, and our Café will be open to serve drinks and snacks, including mulled wine and mince pies. Free to attend and no need to book – just turn up!
Thursday 14 December 6pm
One Christmas Eve a long time ago, a baby crawled into Santa’s bag of toys… Raised as an elf, Buddy (Will Ferrell) grows into an adult three times larger than the biggest elf–and realizes that he will never truly fit in at the North Pole. This holiday season, Buddy goes looking for his true place in the world–in New York City. Buddy finds his workaholic father (James Caan)–who’s on Santa’s “naughty” list, a new mother (Mary Steenburgen) and a 10-year-old brother who doesn’t believe in Santa Claus or elves. Here, now, Buddy discovers his destiny–to save Christmas for New York and the world!
ROH Live: The Royal Ballet – The Nutcracker
Monday 18 December 7:15pm
Join Clara at a delightful Christmas Eve party that becomes a magical adventure once everyone else is tucked up in bed. Marvel at the brilliance of Tchaikovsky’s score, as Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker fight the Mouse King and visit the Sugar Plum Fairy in the glittering Kingdom of Sweets. Peter Wright’s much-loved production for The Royal Ballet, with gorgeous period designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, keeps true to the spirit of this festive ballet classic, combining the thrill of the fairy tale with spectacular dancing.