The Harlequin Puppet Theatre

Christmas Pantomime
Aladdin is possibly the most popular of the pantomime stories. It tells the tale of a poor boy from the streets of Pekin, the son of a washerwoman, Widow Twankey. Aladdin has all the confidence and cheek of youth, full of fun and mischief and a bit of a handful for his hardworking mother.

A wicked magician, Abanazar, pretending to be the brother-in-law to Widow Twankey and Uncle to Aladdin, promises that with his help he can make them rich, for he knows of the existence of a secret treasure. With Aladdin's help, he promises, he can retrieve this treasure from the distant cave in the mountains above Peking, and persuades Aladdin to accompany him.

The idea of becoming rich is very attractive to Aladdin since he is secretly in love with the a princess and he hopes that with wealth he can impress her father, the Emperor, and persuade him to allow him to marry his daughter the princess.

Aladdin is left to die, locked in the enchanted cave, by the wicked Abanazar. However with the help of a Magic Lamp and a friendly Genie Aladdin escapes together with the treasure and, now a rich man, returns to Peking where he builds a splendid palace.

But Abanazar is still plotting, and steals the palace and captures the Princess. Of course Aladdin and the Princess, with the help of the Genie, foil the magician's schemes and Aladdin does marry the princess. All ends happily!


The Welsh Government have lifted most of the restrictions, but have put the onus on the businesses to cater for your Covid-Care. To this end we are going to restrict numbers for this season and therefore WILL ONLY ADMIT FAMILIES WHO HAVE BOOKED IN ADVANCE so that we can ensure you are well spaced.

Also from November 15th all Adults visiting the theatre will have to demonstrate that they have been vaccinated or, if not, that they have had a current test showing they are free of covid. If you need more detailed information CLICK HERE.

Welsh Government guidance states: "Customers may remove face coverings only when seated in the auditorium. They must wear face coverings at all other times (including when in reception areas, buying tickets and food, using toilet facilities, and when moving around in the auditorium)."
In other words, when you are seated in your family bubble enjoying the show you do not need to wear a mask, but when you are in closer proximity to other families then please keep yourself and others safe.

Because our theatre is small it is not practical to be able to pre book particular seats. It would either require a full time box office clerk or expensive computer software, both out of the question at the prices we charge. But on the plus side, again because the theatre is small and because the theatre auditorium is raked everyone has a good view. The best seats for children are not at the front, However because people want to be as near as possible we do fill in from the front as people book. Book early and you will be nearer the front.

At the moment the only way you can book seats is online, and pay by PayPal or a Card. You do not need a PayPal account, you can still use PayPal to pay by CARD in the usual way. You do not have to join PayPal however they will ask you for your details just as will any other merchant from whom you are buying online.
Within a few minutes of your booking you should get an email from PaypPal confirming your booking and mentioning the number of seats and also the date you have booked. Just check that these details are correct.
If you don't get this email then please check in your "Junk" or "Spam" Folder in case it has been wrongly classified by your email filter.
I too will have received a copy of this email and will have allocated seat and reserved tickets in your name. You should collect these from the Box Office when you arrive at the theatre for the show. The show starts at 3pm.

Please Remember that even though you have booked your seats we can only let you into the show if All Adults have a Covid Pass That means that you can prove that you have either had a two dose vaccination, or that you have had a recent test that shows you free of covid.

The Harlequin Puppet Theatre opens throughout the main school holiday periods: The February, Easter, Spring Holiday and October half terms together with the main Summer Season from the end of July into early September.

Shows are daily at 3pm and are designed to appeal to the whole family.

To check current opening and production details you are advised to telephone 01492 548166.

Most shows last an hour and a half or more. There is an interval when ice cream is available.

Prices: Adults £7, Children & Seniors £6.50

Click to learn more about the Harlequin Puppet Theatre


Mr BIMBAMBOOZLE is also available during term time for Birthday parties and School Workshop presentations.


Britain's premier Marionette Theatre regularly presents wonderful puppets shows including pantomimes at Christmas. The Harlequin is Britain's first and only permament theatre designed and built for puppets. Established 1958. Situated in North Wales between Llandudno and Colwyn Bay at Rhos on Sea the Harlequin Puppet Theatre presents a pantomime Christmas Show each year. The panto starts on Boxing Day. This is ideal family entertainment and delightful for children. It is not too far to travel from Cheshire, Chester, the Wirral, Merseyside and christmas pantomime bookings can be made online. The 2021/22 show is Aladdin. Also in the show is Mr Bimbamboozle with his magic tricks with a great deal of audience participation and help from the children. The show, as always, ends with the Amazing Marionette Cabaret.->