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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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Pantomimes in central London

Dick Whittington, National Theatre, 2020
Photo by National Theatre

Dick Whittington (National Theatre)

Theatre Panto National Theatre, South Bank

Can the National Theatre’s ‘Dick’ save Christmas? For only the second time in its storied history the NT stages a Christmas pantomime, plugging the gap left by the absence of most of London’s major pantos with an updated version of the Lyric Hammersmith’s 2018 spin on ‘Dick Whittington’.

Adult pantomimes

Dick Whittington: New Dick in Town, Above the Stag, 2020
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Dick Whittington: A New Dick In Town

Theatre Panto Above The Stag Theatre, Vauxhall

One of many adult pantos to (hopefully) weather the storm of 2020, Above the Stag’s annual festive extravaganza does pretty much what you’d expect: a spin on the classic tale of Dick Whittington…

London theatre shows that are still happening

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