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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

It wouldn't be Christmas in London without a pantomime. Oh no it wouldn't...

By Andrzej Lukowski

Where's the best place to catch a London pantomime for Christmas 2020? Is it behind you? Nope: it's in the panto list below. Check out the pantos coming to the capital this winter, from the old school music hall hijinks of the traditional pantos in east London, or glossy celebrity blowouts like the Palladium's starry bash.

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Pantomimes in east London

Photo: Courtesy of The Corner Shop PR

Jack and the Beanstalk

Theatre Panto Hackney Empire, Hackney

Dame-par-excellence Clive Rowe and Hackney panto go together like mince pies and brandy butter, so it's great to see him back on board for this year's 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. He'll play Jack's mum Dame Daisy Trot, who packs off her son to sell the family cow, and gets rewarded with a fistful of mysterious beans. Hackney Empire has built up an enviable reputation for serving up one of London's best pantos, mixing glittery backdrops and traditional humour with plenty of nods to the 21st century world beyond the theatre's doors. 

Sleeping Beauty

Theatre Panto Hoxton Hall, Hoxton

Down-to-earth East London venue Hoxton Hall's panto for 2020 is 'Sleeping Beauty'. The atmospheric former music hall has teamed up with Coventry-based Imagine Theatre to offer a kid-friendly story of a dozy princess. Ages three-plus.

Pantomimes in west London

'Aladdin' is Lyric Hammersmith's panto for 2020
Image: courtesy of Lyric Hammersmith


Theatre Panto Lyric Hammersmith, Hammersmith

The impressively multi-talented Vikki Stone is already a musical theatre actor, songwriter, comedian, and panto villain par excellence. She unleashed a memorable performance as Abanazer in the Lyric Hammersmith's 2016 'Aladdin'; now, she's returning to the magic carpet-flying fairytale, this time as author. The Lyric panto is typically one of London's edgiest and best; this year's offering will feature a live band, plenty of gags, and traditional audience participation galore. Ages six-plus. 

More family Christmas shows

'The Snowman'
Alastair Muir

Family Christmas shows in London

Theatre Children's

Make Christmas more magical with a trip to one of London's many family-friendly Christmas shows. There's theatre big and bright enough to keep little ones enthralled and performances sweet and subtle enough to entertain the whole family. Find the one that all of your lot will love and book tickets so you don't miss out.


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