Christmas pantomimes in London

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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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Pantomimes in east London

Mother Goose

Hackney Empire's yearly festive offering is London's flagship panto, and this year's is extra exciting as it sees the return of the great Clive Rowe, the best dame in the business.

  1. Hackney Empire 291 Mare St, E8 1EJ
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sun Jan 4
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Beauty and the Beast

The Christmas show at Theatre Royal Stratford East is usually mad, inventive and – whisper it – probably a little better than the Hackney juggernaut.

  1. Theatre Royal Stratford East Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, E15 1BN
  2. Thu Dec 4 - Sat Jan 17
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Robin Hood

Victoria Park's hipster-ish Winterville festival plays host to this one-hour panto for all the family. There's puppets and a singing reindeer for your delectation too.

  1. Victoria Park Victoria Park Rd, E3 5SN
  2. Sat Dec 6 - Wed Dec 31
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Pantomimes in north London

Aladdin

Classic panto play 'Aladdin' is staged at the Shaw Theatre with Ben Richards as Abanazar and Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist La Voix as Widow Twankey. It's a strong musical theatre cast and promises heaps of glittery happy endings, so this should be a family panto of the classic kind - complete with z-list 'clebs.

  1. Shaw Theatre Euston Road, NW1 2AJ
  2. Thu Dec 11 - Sat Jan 3
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Jack and the Beanstalk

That Park Theatre celebrates the end of a successful second year with a second panto and the tale of the boy who sold his beloved cow for some crappy beans.

  1. Park Theatre Clifton Terrace, N4 3JP
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sun Jan 4
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Billy the Kid: a Panto Western

Charles Court Opera's madly-inventive boutique pantos are easily the best on the fringe. Expect a whip cracking cowboy story that'll be a splash naughtier for evening performances.

  1. Rosemary Branch Theatre Shepperton Road, Islington, N1 3DT
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sat Jan 10
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Sleeping Beauty

The battle of good over evil commences as Aurora is awoken from 100 years of sleep by a kiss in Millfield's new panto 'Sleeping Beauty'.

  1. Millfield Theatre Silver St, N18 1PJ
  2. Thu Nov 27 - Sun Jan 4
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Kat in Kixx

A new urban panto from Pineapple Arts where a scruffy old cat transforms into a fast-talking Kitt Katt and charges to the rescue of his owner. It's a riff on the classic tale of Puss in Boots.  

  1. Dugdale Centre Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, EN2 6DS
  2. Fri Dec 12 - Sun Jan 4
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Pantomimes in south London

Cinderella

Once known for its completely insane celebrity casting, the New Wimbledon panto has settled down into a marginally classier affair of late. Matthew Kelly, Matthew Rixon, 'Dallas's Linda Gray, comedian Tim Vine and some live Shetland ponies star..

  1. New Wimbledon Theatre The Broadway, SW19 1QG
  2. Fri Dec 5 - Wed Dec 31
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Cinderella and the Beanstalk

Say, what now? Isn't that supposed to be 'Jack and the Beanstalk'? Apparently not, in Theatre 503's Christmas offering, which follows a mash up of fairy tale pantomime characters including Rumple Stiltskin, Cinderella, beanstalks and golden eggs.

  1. Theatre 503 503 Battersea Park Rd, SW11 3BW
  2. Tue Dec 2 - Sat Jan 10
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Jack and the Beanstalk

Always a strong, unflashy contender, Greenwich Theatre steps up to the London pantomime table this year with a show from Andrew Pollard about the Giant Bonecrunch who is terrorising villagers with his rising taxes.

  1. Greenwich Theatre Crooms Hill, SE10 8ES
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sun Jan 11
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Sleeping Beauty

Here's a soap opera star-tastic panto for you, this year's Churchill Theatre knees up stars 'Coronation Street's Marc Baylis as the prince and pop mistress Sonia (remember her?) as the good fairy.

  1. Churchill Theatre High Street, BR1 1HA
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Jan 4
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Musical theatre crooner and TV competition star Gareth Gates plays Prince Charming.

  1. Ashcroft Theatre Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, CR9 1DG
  2. Fri Dec 5 - Sun Jan 4
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

He had big fame, if fleeting, in the '90s and early noughties, but comedian DJ, rapper and, increasingly, actor Richard Blackwood is still managing to claw his way through the world of celebrity. Following his stint as Donkey in 'Shrek' he heads up the cast of this classic panto as Muddles. It's usually masses of family fun and no doubt London-born Blackwood will add to that.

  1. Broadway Theatre Catford Broadway, SE6 4RU
  2. Fri Dec 12 - Tue Dec 30
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Pantomimes in west London

Dick Whittington and His Cat

Fast-rising writing star Tom Wells returns to the Lyric for their Christmas panto, pennning a new version of 'Dick Whittington and His Cat'.

  1. Lyric Hammersmith Lyric Square, King Street, W6 0QL
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sat Jan 3
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Who could be better to play the wicked witch thanerstwhile girlfriend of Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall? Richmond Theatre pull in their patron for a stint on the stage this Christmas as Hall stars in her first panto.

  1. Richmond Theatre The Green, TW9 1QJ
  2. Fri Dec 5 - Sun Jan 11
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Peter Panto

This year's Portabello Panto arrives in West London's most chic venue. The usually under-the-radar show often surprises with it's line up of celebrity appearances. In past years, Lily Allen, Ray Winstone and Harry Enfield have all appeared in the Christmas stalwart.  

  1. The Tabernacle 55-61 Tabernacle St, EC2A 4AA
  2. Wed Dec 17 - Sat Dec 20
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The Santa Claus Science Experiment

A sort of comedy/science/theatre/Christmas crossover, 'The Santa Claus Science Experiment' is performed by Comedy Club 4 Kids in association with UCL's science department. It's a raucous science-inspired panto where elf magic gets banned in lapland and Santa has to use science to save Christmas. Comedians Bec Hill, Richard Sandling and Joanna Neary star.

  1. Bloomsbury Theatre 15 Gordon St, WC1H 0AH
  2. Mon Dec 15 - Sun Dec 21
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Adult pantomimes

A Lad In Tights

This new panto is an adults only affair, filled with saucy puns and dubiously-named characters. There's Widow Wankey, Princess Nymomaniac and an exceptionally camp genie. This follows Simon Gross's 'Sinderfella' from last year.  

  1. Prince of Wales Drury Lane, WC2B 5TD
  2. Tue Dec 2 - Sun Jan 4
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Treasure Island - the Curse of the Pearl Necklace

The annual adult panto at Above the Stag manages to outdo itself each year in the witty title department. This year is no exception, and Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper's panto romp promises to have all the usual semi-naked guys, outrageous double entendres. It follows Jim Hawkins who is tired of listening to the stories of sea adventures and decides to embark on his own swashbuckling experience. NB: this panto is for adults only.

  1. Above the Stag Theatre Arch 17, Miles Street, SW8 1RZ
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sat Jan 10
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Sleeping Booty

The Leicester Square Theatre cheerfully steps up to lower the tone (even more) for London Christmas shows with this adult panto. When Evil Mangelina (Miss Dusty O) wreaks havoc on Pantoland until a chavtastic ladette Booty arrives with her magical booty to fix things. Fairy Muff helps proceedings along.

  1. Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BX
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sat Jan 17
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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! :)