Christmas Pantos in London

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Jack And The Beanstalk

L-R: Faith Omole and Vikki Stone

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Jack And The Beanstalk
Cinderella at the Hackney Empire
Peter Pan, An Arena Spectacular

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Pantomimes are an integral part of the festive calendar - Oh no, they're not! Oh yes, they are! - so we've made a little guide for all of London's best shows this winter.

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Jack And The Beanstalk

Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, 2 King Street, London, W6 0QA

Tube: Hammersmith Station


Dates: 18th November - 06th January 2018


There's lots of fee fi fo fun in Lyric Hammersmith's festive reworking of the English fairy tale about a boy, who sells his family's prized cow for magic beans that grant him access to the kingdom of a fearsome giant. The colourful production, written by Joel Horwood, promises live music, dancing, singing and plentiful audience participation. Award-winning comedian, composer and BBC Proms presenter, Vikki Stone stars in the Lyric's pantomime for the second year in a row, playing the role of Fleshcreep. She joins Cherrelle Skeete who plays the Fairy Godmother, and who also stars in The Seagull, also at the Lyric.



Expect big song and dance numbers, slapstick comedy and a flying horse.

Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ

Tube: Bethnal Green Station


Dates: 18th November - 31st December 2017


This Christmas, Harlem meets Hackney in the classic rags to riches tale of Cinderella. West End performer Aisha Jawando (most recently seen as Martha Reeves in Motown the Musical) steps into the glass slippers of the title role. Hackney Empire pantomime legends Tony Whittle and Kat B are the Ugly Sisters, Darren Hart (seen on Justin's House and Gigglebiz) plays Buttons and writer and director Susie McKenna, once again at the helm of this year's panto, takes on the role of Wicked Stepmother. Throw in Chris Jenkins as Prince Charming, glittering sets, big song and dance numbers, slapstick comedy plus a flying horse and you get a knockabout comedy adventure of one girl and her glittering glass slipper, punctuated with puns galore. The perfect family treat for Christmas in the East End.


Jack and the Beanstalk

Al Murray and Clive Rowe lead the cast.

New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, London, SW19 1QG

Tube: Wimbledon Station


Dates: 07th December - 14th January 2018


Pub landlord Al Murray and West End, television and Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe lead the cast of this year's New Wimbledon Theatre pantomime. Follow Jack, his hapless brother, his mother Dame Trot and climb a beanstalk of gigantic proportions to cloudland in the spectacular family pantomime. Doomed to sell his trusty cow, join Jack as he fights to save the beautiful Princess, outwit the evil giant and win riches beyond his wildest dreams, and the hand of the girl he loves. Brought to you by Qdos Entertainment, with beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses, Jack and the Beanstalk has all the right ingredients for a fun, family panto.


Aladdin, Richmond Theatre

Christopher Biggins plays Widow Twankey in this year's Richmond Theatre panto.

Richmond Theatre, The Green, Surrey, London, TW9 1QJ

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 09th December - 14th January 2018


Panto legend Christopher Biggins plays Aladdin's mother Widow Twankey in this year's panto at Richmond Theatre. Jump aboard a high-flying magical carpet headed for Old Peking as Aladdin goes on a spectacular adventure. Featuring a beautiful love story, flying carpets, a wish-granting genie, an evil sorcerer and a lamp packed full of spectacular family entertainment, this Christmas treat is brought to you by Qdos Entertainment, the world's biggest pantomime producer. With a live orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery and special effects, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses, it's a fun outing for all the family.


Dick Whittington

London Palladium, 8 Argyll Street, London, W1F 7TF

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 09th December - 14th January 2018


After staging Cinderella (the first pantomime at the theatre for 29 years) last Christmas, the London Palladium now presents another pantomime with a new production of Dick Whittington. The all-star cast features Julian Clary, who also starred in Cinderella, Elaine Page, Ashley Banjo, Nigel Havers and Charlie Stemp as Dick Whittington. Telling the story of the poor boy who heads travels to London to find fame and fortune, it's a charming tale that's perfect for a festive family outing.


Peter Pan, An Arena Spectacular

Martin Kemp and Bradley Walsh star in a spectacular arena staging of Peter Pan.

SSE Arena, Wembley, Arena Square, Engineers Way, London, HA9 0DH

Tube: Wembley Park Station


Dates: 29th - 30th December 2017


Martin Kemp stars as Captain Hook, Bradley Walsh as Mr Smee and Matt Knight as Peter Pan in a spectacular arena staging of J.M Barrie's story of the boy who didn't want to grow up. The much loved characters in Peter Pan are brought to life by a cast of over 100 performers, including a team of BMX riders, stuntmen, trapeze artists and a seven metre long animatronic crocodile. The movie-style Neverland set is projected onto a giant 60 feet-wide LED screen and the Jolly Roger galleon sails around Wembley Arena in front of a 10,000-gallon water wall. What more could you want?

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