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Dick Whittington, New Wimbledon, 2021
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Christmas pantomimes in London

Pantomime season has finally returned to London – oh yes it has!

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Andrzej Lukowski
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Although the 2020 pantomime season was a washout, we’re fervently hoping that 2021 will be back to normal. Certainly all of London’s favourite Christmas shows are back, from our greatest dame Clive Rowe returning to the Hackney Empire, to Julian Clary and the usual crew taking their traditional places in the London Palladium show. Fingers fervently crossed.

The best London theatre shows to see in 2021

Pantomimes in central London

  • Theatre
  • Panto
  • Soho

‘Pantoland’ isn’t technically a new pantomime: it played six performances at a reduced-capacity London Palladium last Christmas before it was forced to close along with the rest of London’s theatres. So why waste a good show?

Pantomimes in east London

Pantomimes in west London

  • Theatre
  • Panto
  • Hammersmith

The impressively multi-talented Vikki Stone unleashed a memorable performance as Abanazar in the Lyric Hammersmith's 2016 ‘Aladdin’; now, she’s returning to the magic carpet-flying fairytale, this time as author…

  • Theatre
  • Panto
  • Richmond

‘King of Ballroom’ Anton Du Beke is the star attraction in this year’s Richmond Theatre panto, playing the long-suffering Buttons. 

Pantomimes in south London

  • Theatre
  • Panto
  • Wimbledon

The day when the New Wimbledon panto was synonymous with bonkers celebrity casting (Pamela Anderson et al) are now long over, but Shane Ritchie is a respectable name to front this year’s edition…

London theatre shows that are still happening

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