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Christmas pantomimes in London

It wouldn't be Christmas without a pantomime. Oh no it wouldn't...

Where's the best pantomime in London this Christmas? It's behind you! Sorry, no, it isn't. It's in the list below. We've gathered the brightest, brashest pantos coming to the capital this winter, so take your pick from the grown-up silliness and childish fun featuring comedians, celebrities and hairy-legged dames.

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This page will be updated as more events are confirmed.

Pantomimes in east London

Jack and the Beanstalk

It's that time of year again (oh no it isn't!): Hackney Empire have announced their new panto. And it's going to be hard to beat 2014's 'Mother Goose' which starred a returning Clive Rowe as the great dame. Hackney panto regular Susie McKenna directs and writes her 17th for the theatre with the help of composer Steven Edis Mark (also on his 17th). 'Jack and the Beanstalk' is that great classic where the unwitting Jack sells his lovely cow to buy some beans, which turn out to grow into a giant beanstalk that leads to a giant. Hackney's panto is generally one of the cream of London's crop, so if you love mad colourful costumes and raucous saucy jokes then this may be the one for you.

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Hackney Empire, Hackney Saturday November 21 2015 - Sunday January 3 2016

Robin Hood

Theatre Royal Stratford East's panto royalty, writers Trish Cooke and Robert Hyman return to this Christmas with what will hopefully be another of their winning shows. 'Robin Hood' is the pantomime this year and it follows the prince of thieves as he and his merry men try to rob the rich to feed the poor. It's usually raucous, politically tinged and a whole lot of fun.

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Theatre Royal Stratford East, Stratford Monday December 7 2015 - Saturday January 23 2016

Pantomimes in west London

Cinderella

Richmond throws a strong contender into the ring for 2015's raft of pantomimes. The old reliable dame Matthew Kelly will star alongside retro star Hayley Mills in 'Cinderella'. The 'That Darn Cat' star will play the Fairy Godmother, while Kelly will be joined in his dame-delving by his real-life son Matthew Rixon. CBeebies presenter Chris Jarvis also stars as Buttons.

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Richmond Theatre, Richmond Friday December 4 2015 - Sunday January 10 2016

Cinderella

The Lyric's seasonal show is usually good contender for London's best panto and the last few years have been helped in no small way by Tom Wells' punchy scripts. He returns to the theatre in 2015, with a version of 'Cinderella' where the dowdy girl gets a ticket to the biggest bash of the year, courtesy of a fairy godmother and some mice. Ages 6-plus.

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Lyric Hammersmith, Hammersmith Saturday November 21 2015 - Sunday January 3 2016

Pantomimes in south London

Peter Pan

There's usually some sort of celebrity heading up New Wimbledon Theatre's yearly pantomime offering. This year we're not sure who's in the spotlight, as casting hasn't been announced. But you can expect the likes of Jo Brand, Priscilla Presley and Pamela Anderson, who have all appeared in the Christmas show. This year it will be the tale of the boy who never grows up, Peter Pan.

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New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon Saturday December 5 2015 - Sunday January 10 2016

Pantomimes in north London

Mirror Mirror!

The very excellent Charles Court Opera perform their yearly - and usually great - boutique pantomime this year at the King's Head Theatre, having left their previous home the Rosemary Branch Theatre. This one is, as always, an alternative take on a well-known tale, here 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarves'. There'll be musical numbers, puns and general festive fun on the table. If you like your pantos small but nigh-on perfectly formed, this may be the one for you.

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King's Head Theatre, Barnsbury Thursday December 3 2015 - Saturday January 9 2016

Rapunzel

The Park panto team return this year with an adaptation of the tale of 'Rapunzel', the girl with the golden locks. Jez Bond and Mark Cameron provide the book, music and lyrics and Bond directs. There's little on details as it's still pretty early, but judging by offerings from over the last few years, the Park's panto should be a strong contender.

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Park Theatre, Finsbury Park Thursday December 3 2015 - Saturday January 2 2016

More family Christmas shows

Family Christmas shows in London

Make Christmas more magical with a trip to one of London's many family-friendly Christmas shows. There's theatre big and bright enough to keep little ones enthralled and performances sweet and subtle enough to entertain the whole family. Find the one that all of your lot will love and book tickets so you don't miss out.

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jay dee
jay dee

a crystal clear overview of london & greater london's pantos this christmas. but then that's what Time Out does best. now all we have to do is figure out which one to go to! :)