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Christmas shows in London

Complete guide to pantomimes, family shows and alternative Xmas theatre

Welcome to Time Out's guide to Christmas theatre in London – from pantomimes to family shows to something a little more alternative, our guides will help you find the festive show that your lot will love. More will be added as the shows are announced, plus keep an eye out for the latest theatre openings and specialist listings for October, November and December.

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Seriously festive shows in London

Pantomimes in London
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Pantomimes in London

Where's the best panto in London? It's behind you! No, it isn't. It's in this list

Christmas shows for all the family
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Christmas shows for all the family

Tis the season for family outings with these delightful family-friendly shows

And for the little ones...

Christmas theatre for toddlers
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Christmas theatre for toddlers

Keep their Christmas spirits high with a charming show this winter

Christmas theatre for kids
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Christmas theatre for kids

Burn some of that Christmas energy at one of these enthralling festive shows

Or for something completely different...

Alternative Christmas shows in London
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Alternative Christmas shows in London

Going to the theatre this winter and want to avoid the tinsel and panto dames? Our list of alternative shows is guaranteed to quell the Christmas overload.

Christmas dance shows in London
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Christmas dance shows in London

Pirouette into the festive season with our pick of Christmas dance shows in London. From classic ballets to gothic fairy tales, take your pick.

Our Christmas theatre show highlights

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Sally Cookson, the director behind the NT's acclaimed 'Jane Eyre' adaptation, returns with this inventive take on the story of the boy who would not grow up. 'Peter Pan' is JM Barrie's fantastical take on growing pains, featuring well-loved characters like Wendy, Captain Hook, and Tinker Bell. This family show should be a bit sharper than the hordes of 'Peter Pan' pantos that fill theatres at Christmas. It's a revival of Cookson's 2012 Bristol Old Vic production, which scooped some rave reviews for its subversive, dressing-up box aesthetic. This time round, the production's cast will include Lois Chimimba (who played the lead Aly in the NT's disastrous festive offering Wonder.land last year) and Sophie Thompson, in the dual role of Captain Hook and Mrs Darling .

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
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Peter Pan Goes Wrong

This review is from 'Peter Pan Goes Wrong's 2015/16 run. It returns for 2016/17 Peter Pan soars! Or doesn’t, in this extremely funny follow-up to ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’, which transferred from a fringe venue to the West End, won an Olivier for Best New Comedy earlier this year and gladdened the hearts of theatre-makers everywhere. The original cast are back for this production. If you saw ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’, there are few surprises here. It’s an ingeniously simple premise: drop an audience into a fourth-wall-breaking performance of a show that falls apart spectacularly from the first scene. Here, that’s an adaptation of JM Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’, directed and starring the pompous Chris (Henry Shields), who – in spite of his amusingly seasonal, pissed-off insistence that this is ‘not’ a panto – is properly boo-hissable. And not just as Captain Hook. The real director of ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’, Adam Meggido (who’s just had huge West End success as co-creator of ‘Showstopper! The Improvised Musical’), stages everything beautifully, creating a breathlessly chaotic atmosphere that distracts us from the obvious technical skill and sophistication necessary in order to make everything break down so hilariously. There’s some inevitable flying-related japery, with the ‘actors’ swinging haplessly into scenery or abruptly disappearing. But while this – and the various set malfunctions – are good for quick laughs, it’s the cast’s comic timing that really powers it, from Nanc

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

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steve morgan
steve morgan

In London for Christmas looking to take my daughter to a pantomime oh yes i am

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