A British Panto never ruins a fairy tale, only makes it better. So logically, a Nativity Panto (or almost-Panto) won’t ruin the treasured Christmas story, but will only make it better.
The King’s Christmas: a Modern Medieval Play
A large congregation in Southeast London created a delightful almost-panto for a large cast production. Replacing the traditional Sunday morning nativity (but in no way replacing the beloved Carols and Readings Christmas narrative), this humorous drama has become an annual tradition in itself — full of personal knock-knock jokes, talking donkeys (think Shrek) and all!
No memorization required! Allow, even encourage, actors to read from their script throughout the drama. This increases greatly the pool of willing actors! The main requirements for actors are enthusiasm and a sense of delight. All ages can have a part. Narrator and jester roles will be reserved for the clearest readers.
“The King’s Christmas: a Modern Medieval Play,” deputed at St Andrew’s United Reformed Church Brockley, London, in 2012. It was adapted, with permission, from “Knock, Knock, Who’s There,” by Rev. Brian Mountford, University Church, Oxford (originally published in a collection of short Nativity dramas entitled Stars of Wonder).Full script download