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.
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Pantomimes in east London
The honktastic fairy story 'Mother Goose' is one of the less-staged pantos out there, perhaps because of its sprawling plot that's stuffed with a motley bunch of nursery rhyme characters. But Hackney's spectacular take on the story in 2014 showed how delightful it can be when it's done well. Wilton's Musical Hall's 'Mother Goose' will be adapted by Roy Hudd, whose delightfully whimsical 'Dick Whittington' scooped up plenty of deserved praise last year. Hudd is a veteran comedian and music hall fan, so expect some truly vintage smut and silliness.Read more
Tucked-away gem Hoxton Hall is a newly refurbished Victorian musical hall, and it's throwing open its doors this Christmas for a traditional panto spectacular. Its take on 'Little Red Riding Hood' features a brand new, song-filled script. And although Hoxton Hall's offering doesn't have the tried-and-true credentials of some of London's other panto stalwarts, the cosy venue should have more than enough charm and atmosphere to delight the whole family.Read more
With heaps of zany energy, lurid costumes, a chortle-worthy dame (in previous years Clive Rowe has done them proud) and budget East End prices, Hackney's panto is typically one of the best out there. This year, panto-writing dream team Susie McKenna and Steve Edis are spinning the yarn of Princess Aurora, who pricks her finger on a spindle and sends everyone into an enchanted slumber. Fear not, kids and adults are likely to stay wide awake for this festive treat, though - if past form is anything to go by, you can expect heaps of high-energy dance routines, fresh comedy, and plenty of surreal touches.Read more
Theatre Royal Stratford East's panto offers genuinely kid-friendly silliness and original songs with a less commercial feel than its glittery, celeb-filled rivals. This year, Paul Sirett will adapt 'Sinbad The Sailor', a story of deep sea derring do that'll be helmd by the theatre's artistic director Kerry Michael. The crew will journey to magical lands and mysterious places, in a story that's inspired by one of the tales from the 'Arabian Nights'.Read more
Pantomimes in west London
Richmond's typically slick panto usually involves fiendishly full-on production values and a cast member likely to be loved by its well-heeled West London demographic. This year, 'Educating Rita' actor Maureen Lipman will return to Richmond's panto in villainous form, as adversary of the somnolent star of 'Sleeping Beauty. She'll join a cast that also includes the more kid-friendly talents of CBeebies performer Chris Jarvis.Read more
Pantomimes in north London
After last year's 'Cinderella', Millfield Theatre is swinging into action to regale North London with the story of big dreaming lamp-rubber Aladdin. This traditional panto features all the stock characters: Widow Twanky, Wishee Washee, and of course Princess Jasmine. And it'll star Enfield regulars Alex Scott Fairley and Philip Day, as well as a lively all-singing, all-dancing chorus.Read more
Pantomimes in central London
The first pantomime to grace the stage of the London Palladium in nearly 30 years, this lavish-looking telling of rags-to-riches classic 'Cinderella' certainly comes with an interesting cast. Paul O’Grady as the Wicked Stepmother, Amanda Holden as the Fairy Godmother, Julian Clary as Dandini, 'Any Dream Will Do' winner Lee Mead as Prince Charming, ventriloquist Paul Zerdin as Buttons, Nigel Havers as Lord Chamberlain and Count Arthur Strong as Baron Hardup; the ensemble has definitely got the air of a variety show line-up to it, which is probably all to the good on the storied Palladium stage.Read more
More family Christmas shows
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.Read more