Nothing says Christmas quite as much as a pantomime. When the nights are dark and cold, the pantomime shows come alive and provide children and adults alike with many happy memories for years to come.

At Côte we offer our monthly set menu as a Pre-Theatre option to ensure that you do not miss out on any of the action. For the top-rated shows, it’s also a good idea to book your tickets in advance. To help you with your selections, we’ve decided to take a look at the very best shows on offer at Côte’s top two theatre locations for this year London and Newcastle.

Fabulous Pantomime in Newcastle

There is no better place to start your evening than at our newest Côte in Grainger Street, Newcastle town centre. Mark the occasion in style this Christmas and opt for a bottle of vintage Henriot (2006), before moving on to the Theatre Royal to enjoy Peter Pan.

Peter Pan is set to feature Danny Adams, Clive Webb and Chris Hayward. It’s a classic family story of children exploring what it means to be a child, with a precocious boy who refuses to grow up. The Theatre Royal crew promises to give the story of Neverland the usual panto twist. They’ll need to add a drag character for Chris Hayward to play. We have no idea how it’ll turn out, but we can’t wait to find out.

The Tyne Theatre & Opera House is also keeping it classic with its rendition of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs. Featuring Liberty X’s Michelle Heaton as the wicked stepmother and Collabro star, Matt Pagan, as the handsome prince, this is going to be one musically star-studded Snow White show. The smart money says there’ll be plenty of singing!

If you’re looking for family fun in Newcastle, don’t forget to check out The Pantodrome, which will be putting on Jack and the Beanstalk. This Times Square pop-up event will feature Denise Welch, from Emmerdale, as Mother Nature and I’m A Celebrity star, Adam Thomas, as Jack. So there really will be something for everyone.

Star-Studded London Pantomimes

For those celebrating Christmas as a family in the capital, there’s one hot ticket not to be missed. The theatre in London is always something special, but in the last few years, the producers have seen the advantages of creating mega-pantos, or arena pantos.

This year, Wembley Arena will clear off the grass not for Madonna or Coldplay, but for Peter Pan. So why not have your pre-theatre dinner at Côte in Marylebone before hopping on the Metropolitan Line all the way to Wembley Arena?

The adverts promise BMX bike riders, leaping stuntmen, flying trapeze artists and a seven-metre-long robotic crocodile, as well as a 10,000-gallon waterfall and a 60-feet-wide LED screen. With a cast including Martin Kemp, expect an evening full of clean comedy and a couple of jokes about the last time Duran Duran played at Wembley.

The West End

The London Palladium will be showcasing Dick Whittington, with a cast which would put a BBC drama to shame. Expect to see Puss in Boots’ backstory played out by Nigel Havers and Paul Zerdin, with Julian Clary in the shiniest fairy costume ever designed. Also dropping by will be stars such as Elaine Paige and Gary Wilmott, but their exact show dates are often not announced.

A collection of fantastic options are listed by London Theatre and range from Disney’s Aladdin to Christmas with the Rat Pack, from The Comedy About a Bank Robbery to an immersive interpretation of The Great Gatsby. Whatever your taste in shows and entertainment this Christmas, London will usually have a compelling range of options for you to choose from to accompany a fun dining experience at Côte.

Just remember that whatever you choose to see this Christmas, ensure you book your tickets and reserve your table well in advance for the pre-show dinner.
A shortlist of our restaurants currently providing pre-theatre menus:
 Covent Garden
 St Martins Lane
 Soho
 Charlotte Street
 St Christopher’s Place
 Barbican
 Market Place
 Sloane Square
 St Katharine’s Dock
 Marylebone