Pantomimes in London 2012
Complete guide to panto shows in London this Christmas
Welcome to Time Out's guide to the best Christmas pantomimes. We have compiled a list of the biggest and best pantos out there so get into the spirit of the season and take the children, friends and family along to one of the following shows this Christmas. Listings are divided geographically into central, east, north, south and west London.
Pantomimes in central London
Dec 6-29, Shaw Theatre
This year's festive panto at Shaw Theatre tackles the classic fairytale of a girl who moves in with an ugly beast to save her farther. Breakfast TV personality Alison Hammond is shoe-horned in as guest star.
Nov 29-Jan 20 2013, Leicester Square Theatre
Nightclub diva Miss Dusty O brings the stardust to this adult panto, written and directed by Stuart Saint, about the London adventures of Dick! ADULTS ONLY
Dec 4-Jan 6 2013, Green Carnation
This ribald Soho institution has been smutting up the Leicester Square Theatre for a couple of Christmases now. For 2012 the 'pop-powered drag panto' moves to the Green Carnation. ADULTS ONLY.
Pantomimes in east London
Dec 1-Jan 2 2013, Broadway Barking
Broadway Barking tackles this old rags to riches chestnut as its 2012 panto of choice.
Dec 1-Jan 6 2013, Hackney Empire
Susie McKenna's annual show retains its reputation as London's foremost panto: last year's 'Cinderella' was a hoot, blessedly immune from the problems that have beset the Empire's theatre programme.
Dec 1-Jan 19 2013, Theatre Royal Stratford East
With better songs, madder plots and funnier jokes than other pantos, the annual TRSE panto doesn't get quite the attention of its East End rival the Hackney Empire, but it's usually a teensy bit better.
Dec 1-Jan 12 2013, The Queen's Theatre
Jack makes a rash decision, exchanging his family's possessions for a bag of beans in this seasonal panto, written by Nicholas Pegg.
Pantomimes in north London
Nov 29-Jan 5 2013, Millfield Theatre
Golden eggs, demon kings, magical pools and general nonsense in the Millfield Theatre's Christmas panto.
Dec 7-Jan 9 2013, Rosemary Branch Theatre
A seasonal treat on the fringe calendar, the Rosemary Branch's annual musical panto comes courtesy of the cheeky chaps at Charles Court Opera.
Pantomimes in south London
Dec 7-Jan 5 2013, The O2
Arena panto, anyone? This Lily Savage-starring spin on the Aladdin story is taking place in a specially-erected theatre in The O2's yawning forecourt which will seat 1,900, making it London's biggest panto.
Dec 15-Jan 6 2013, Broadway Theatre
Catford Broadway celebrates its eightieth year with this moderately starry seasonal panto, which stars the mighty Floella Benjamin as fairy godmother to the eponymous heroine, alongside Andrew Hayden-Smith (Buttons) and...
Dec 5-Jan 5 2013, Tara Theatre
After the success of last year's 'Bollywood Cinderella', former TV personality Hardeep Sigh Kohli teams up with Tara again for another Indian-flavoured panto.
Dec 7-Jan 6 2013, Landor Theatre
Gay theatre Above the Stag may have shut down, but its saucy annual panto lives on this Christmas at the Landor.
Nov 30-Jan 6 2013, Churchill Theatre
A decent looking cast for this year's Bromley panto includes Jennifer Ellison as Peter Pan, CBBC presenter Gemma Hunt as Tinkerbell, and Ace Bhatti from 'EastEnders' as Captain Hook.
Nov 22-Jan 6 2013, Greenwich Theatre
Greenwich Theatre tends to offer a good, old fashioned, no fuss panto with good songs, good atmosphere and no silly celebrity casting.
Dec 7-Jan 13 2013, New Wimbledon Theatre
The Wimbledon panto is a creature of wildly varying quality with a noble have a history of hilariously insane stunt casting: this year Lisa Marie Presley and Warwick Davies will tread its boards.
Pantomimes in west London
Dec 7-Jan 13 2013, Richmond Theatre
Dust down the magic lamp and unroll the magic carpet: standup Tim Vine follows up appearances in Richmond's 2009 and 2010 pantos to star as the genie Wishee Washee in this seasonal family favourite.
Nov 24-Jan 5 2013, Lyric Hammersmith
The Lyric's panto has never quite scaled the heights of those of Hackney and Stratford. But that may change this year, as for the first time Lyric boss Sean Holmes – a brilliant director by anyone's standards – takes the helm.