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Aladdin - Hackney Empire - 23rd November 2018

Director - Susie McKenna
Designer - Lotte Collett
Lighting Designer - David Howe

Widow Twanky - Clive Rowe
The Empress - Tameka Empson
Aladdin - Gemma Sutton
Princess Ling Mai - Julie Yammanee
Genie of the L
Robert Workman

Christmas pantomimes in London

Even in 2020, Christmas in London without a pantomime. Oh no it wouldn't...

By Andrzej Lukowski

It's safe to say that Christmas 2020 will not go down as the merriest one London has ever seen: most of the major seasonal pantomimes confirmed their cancellation back in the summer. However: that’s not to say there will be nothing. The National Theatre will be staging a socially distanced ‘Dick Whittington’ that will be only the second panto in its history. And there are rumours of more shows to come. Stay tuned.

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Socially distanced Olivier Theatre 2020
Photo by National Theatre

Dick Whittington

News Theatre & Performance

Most Christmases, the National Theatre leaves panto to other venues. But this is obviously not going to be most Christmases…

Pantoland, London Palladium 2020
Photograph: Pantoland, London Palladium


Theatre Panto London Palladium, Soho

It’s been rumoured for a while and here we are: the London Palladium’s annual panto is back on, with regular stars Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot all present and correct, alongside first-time returnees Ashley Banjo & Diversity and Charlie Stemp, and debutants Beverley Knight and Jac Yarrow.

'Potted Panto'
© Gabrielle Motola

Potted Panto

3 out of 5 stars
Theatre Panto Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road

'Potted Panto' returns for 2020 in a socially distanced run at the Garrick Theatre.

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