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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 panto 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.

This page will be updated as more events are confirmed.

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Pantomimes in east London

Dick Whittington

This very East End panto sees Whittington come to Wilton's as veteran comedian Roy Hudd brings Dick and his cat to the beautifully restored Wilton's Music Hall. Inspired by the glorious grand hall to write a site specific version Hudd also stars as the panto Dame set on helping our young hero make his fortune. 

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Wilton's Music Hall , London Tuesday December 1 2015 - Thursday December 31 2015

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 Until Sunday January 3 2016

Snow White

A pantomime version of the classic tale of Snow White and her seven dwarf friends from Hackney-based theatre company Tour De Force, staged in East London festival fun-park Winterville. Wrap up warm for an hour of live music, slapstick, and panto silliness in the park's Speigeltent. Ages 4+

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Victoria Park , South Hackney Saturday November 28 2015 - Wednesday December 23 2015


The Queen's Theatre has been presenting pantos for over 60 years, so it's safe to say they know their He's behind you!'s from their Oh no she didn't!'s. This year the people of Horchurch are being asked to climb aboard Aladdin's magic carpet, in a production that promises all the usual panto tricks and trappings, dames, baddies and dashing hero(in)es.

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Queen's Theatre , Hornchurch Saturday November 28 2015 - Saturday January 9 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

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Hoxton Hall's first ever panto has a distinctively East End twist, embarking from the streets around the theatre to a magical Enchanted Forest. The production features aerial silks and hoop work from Will Davis, as well as a cast of children from the local community.

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Hoxton Hall , Hoxton Saturday December 19 2015 - Thursday December 24 2015

Pantomimes in west London


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


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 Until 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

Cinderella and the Beanstalk

Critics' choice

Sleeping Trees' Panto for Theatre503 returns for a second festive season at the venue this year: the review below is for the original 2014 run. Sleeping Trees’s new show ‘Cinderella and the Beanstalk’ is a mega-mix pantomime medley: a story that cooks up the adventures of all of your favourite fairytale heroes, heroines and villains into a stage stew and then adds a dash of panto pandemonium for extra kick.In the style of The League of Gentleman – the father to Sleeping Trees’s Monty Python mother – a trio of elfish, onesie-wearing clowns play a cast of 40 plus. It could be chaotic, and it is a little. But Tom Attenborough’s tight direction, the energy of this very charming ensemble and some genuinely good original music from Mark Newnham means this raucous panto pulls it off.Soon after falling in love with her feckless Prince Charming, Cinders is blackmailed by Rumpelstiltskin to climb up Jack’s beanstalk and steal back three golden eggs. Along the way we meet her two gorgeously grotesque ugly sisters, a garrulous genie, Snow White, Red Riding Hood, the Little Mermaid, Big Ears, Peter Pan and Father Christmas, amongst a firmament of others.James Dunnell-Smith, Joshua George Smith and John Woodburn jump from character to character with a seemingly unnatural elasticity. It’s got a lot to do with relish, which they employ liberally, but they also come from a tradition of anarchic buffoonery that’s underpinned by a militantly controlled skill.Newnham’s tunes are catchy and funn

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Theatre 503 , Battersea Until Saturday January 2 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


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

Adult pantomimes

Charming Dick

Historic LGBT pub the Royal Vauxhall Tavern presents a bawdy take on the tale of Dick Whittington. There's even a star in the cast: Poland's 2010 Eurovision entry! Expect alternative comedy with plenty of blush-worthy laughs.

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Royal Vauxhall Tavern , Vauxhall Wednesday December 2 2015 - Thursday January 7 2016

Pride & Prejudice: The Panto

A return for the rather silly, but always fun panto take on the English classic of upper class weddings and confusion from Jove Theatre Company. 'Good Fairy' Jane Austen is pitted against textbook baddie Charles Dickens in an uproarious comedy soundtracked by live, Regency-style pop song covers.

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Cockpit Theatre , Lisson Grove Tuesday December 8 2015 - Sunday December 20 2015

Tinderella! Cinders Slips It In

Gay performance venue Above The Stag put on a panto in typically ribald style. Set in the Eastern European kingdom of Slutvia, this cross-dressing riff on 'Cinderella' features songs, big balls and bawdy jokes aplenty.

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Above the Stag Theatre , South Lambeth Until Saturday January 16 2016

Kitten In Heels

Puss in Boots gets a super-glamorous makeover in this cabaret take on the tale of Dick Whittington from Excess All Areas. Featuring filthy jokes, social satire and plenty of musical fun, this one is definitely adults only.

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Lost Theatre , Stockwell Thursday December 10 2015 - Sunday December 20 2015


Starring Myra DuBois (as Widow Twankstain)and subverting the original Aladdin story into an 'about time' story of lesbian love and adventure, this pub panto promises to be fun, fabulous and a little bit naughty. Cracking Christmas cabaret.

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The Two Brewers , Clapham Thursday December 3 2015 - Wednesday December 30 2015


A third coming for this popular (and filthy) festive treat. Nightclub diva Miss Dusty O brings the stardust to this adult panto, written and directed by Stuart Saint, about the London adventures of Dick! (the exclamation mark is mandatory), his cat Dave, faded showgirl Sofonda Cox and the evil Queen Runt.

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Leicester Square Theatre , Leicester Square Tuesday December 15 2015 - Wednesday December 30 2015

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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By: Daisy Bowie-Sell


Claire D
Claire D

Don't forget Dick Whittington & His Cat at The Questors Theatre in Ealing!

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! :)