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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!

Andrzej Lukowski
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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.

RECOMMENDED: 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?

  • Theatre
  • Panto
  • Charing Cross Road

A madcap dash through all the big panto favourites from the people who brought you ‘Potted Potter’ – now in its eleventh year in the West End.

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 fairy tale, 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…

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  • Theatre
  • Panto
  • Greenwich

Greenwich Theatre’s pantos have developed a reputation for no-frills, old school Christmas fun, based around the talents of writer/dame/director Andrew Pollard. This year’s edition is notable for departing from the usual panto plots to spin a yarn about the complicated love lives of the hearts deck of cards.

Pantomimes in north London

Beowulf
  • Theatre
  • Panto
  • Islington

Even in panto season, a thousand-year-old epic featuring monsters, dipsomaniac royals and a lot of carnage is a brave choice.

Adult pantomimes

  • Theatre
  • Panto
  • Vauxhall

The RVT’s ‘Pricked’ is a spin on the tale of Sleeping Beauty, and follows the adventures of a sex-crazed princess, an over-privileged prince, and a raven with identity issues, plus insecure villainess Maleffluent.

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Snow White and the Seven Poofs
  • Theatre
  • Panto
  • Leicester Square

This adult panto long-runner would probably survive a nuclear winter and certainly hasn’t let the events of the last couple of years stop it from returning for another Christmas of rude flirty fun and frolics…

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