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Christmas Pantos in London

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Dick Whittington and his Cat

Tiffany Graves & Andy Rush star in Dick Whittington and his Cat

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Dick Whittington and his Cat
Beauty & The Beast
Jack And The Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk
Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Mother Goose
Mother Goose
Beauty & The Beast

© David Tett

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.

Christmas in London 2014 Map

Check out the map of Christmas Pantos in London.



Featuring Dallas star Linda Gray, Tim Vine, Matthew Kelly and Wayne Sleep.

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

Tube: Wimbledon Station


Dates: 05th - 23rd December 2014


Linda Gray, of Dallas fame, king of the one-liners Tim Vine, and Matthew Kelly star in this classic story in pantomime about the housemaid who, with the help of her fairy godmother, becomes a princess. It's the return of the two Matthews as Matthew Kelly and Matthew Rixon - who played Widow Twankey and Major Pong in Aladdin - play the Ugly Sisters, starring alongside Wayne Sleep as Dandini. With grand sets, splendid costumes, outrageous dames, real Shetland ponies, big song and dance numbers, and lots of audience participation, Cinderella at the New Wimbledon Theatre is what traditional panto is all about.


Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Jerry Hall plays the evil and narcissistic stepmother in her first panto role.

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

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 05th December - 11th January 2015


Jerry Hall stars as the Wicked Queen in this year's Richmond Theatre panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Hall is best known as a model and recently appeared on our screens in the 2012 series of Strictly Come Dancing. As an actress her work has included Tim Burton's Batman, and stage appearances in The Graduate, Love Letters and Cole Porter's High Society but this is the first time she has done panto. She is joined by Cbeebies presenter Chris Jarvis (Show Me, Show Me) in the role of Muddles, musical theatre star Aimie Atkinson (Dirty Dancing, Never Forget) and the seven lovable dwarfs, led by Phil Holden as Prof.


Mother Goose

Clive Rowe "the most famous panto dame in London" stars as Mother Goose.

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

Tube: Bethnal Green Station


Dates: 22nd November - 04th January 2015


This is a traditional Christmas Goose with all the trimmings. Mother Goose at Hackney Empire has everything you'd expect from a true British panto including a great pantomime dame - Clive Rowe "the most famous panto dame in London" (Evening Standard) is Mother Goose. There's family-friendly comedy, goodies and baddies, a moral to the story and and a happily-ever-after ending. It follows the fortunes of Mother Goose, a poor woman who finds herself in possession of a magical goose - one that lays golden eggs - but is tempted to give up her riches for what she sees as an even greater prize... oh yes, she is! The pantos at Hackney Empire are well known for upholding a great British tradition and Mother Goose writer Susie McKenna, Hackney Empire's Creative Director, is a master of layering eccentrically modern and ultra fun characters and gags - for kids and adults - over the top of good old-fashioned tomfoolery.


Sleeping Beauty

Coronation Street's Mark Baylis, pop singer Sonia and keyboardist Bobby Crush star.

The Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley, Kent, London, BR1 1HA

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)


Dates: 28th November - 04th January 2015


Bromley's Churchill Theatre stages an all-star version of the classic pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, featuring Coronation Street's Mark Baylis, pop singer Sonia and keyboardist Bobby Crush. In a land full of castles, fairies, witches, forest and a spinning wheel, the evil Carabosse has cast a spell on the beautiful Princess, and she is doomed to sleep for a hundred years. 80s pop icon Sonia is the Good Fairy while Zoe Birkett plays the evil Carabosse (or Bad Fairy). Zoe first came to the public attention in 2002 as the winning female contestant in ITV's Pop Idol and has since performed in West End hit Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and as the original Janet Jackson in Thriller Live also in the West End.


Jack And The Beanstalk

The story of the magic beans is brought to life at the Greenwich Theatre.

Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, London, SE10 8ES

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)


Dates: 20th November - 11th January 2015


Andrew Pollard returns to Greenwich Theatre to present his version of the classic tale about a boy called Jack who, with help from a cow and a fairy, manage to save the village from the Giant Bonecrunch. Sure to be an all-singing, all-dancing pantomime spectacular, Jack and the Beanstalk includes Alim Jayda as Nightshade and Melissa Keyes as Fairy Fullobeans. This year Paul Critoph will be absent from the Greenwich Theatre as he's appearing in The 39 Steps, but his voice features as the Giant, and Martin Johnston takes over the comedy buffoon role as Mayor Boris.


Dick Whittington and his Cat

Award-winning playwright Tom Wells pens a new version of the classic tale.

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

Tube: Hammersmith Station


Dates: 22nd November - 03rd January 2015


This year the Lyric has gone for a traditional family pantomime based on the ever-popular fairy tale of Dick Whittington. Fresh for 2014, the show has been written by Tom Wells who also wrote last year's Lyric panto, 'Jack and the Beanstalk', and 'Jumpers for Goalposts', staged at the Bush Theatre in January this year. His new version of 'Dick Whittington and his Cat' promises to deliver colourful characters, live music, lots of laughs and a very evil Queen Rat.


Beauty & The Beast

Panto regular Michael Bertenshaw returns to play the role of Aunty Giselle.

Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London, E15 1BN

Tube: Stratford Station


Dates: 04th December - 17th January 2015


Join Belle on her magical adventures across a strange unfamiliar land and into mysterious enchanted woods. Will our heroine rescue the Beast and save the day, or will the evil witch get her wicked way and ruin all our happy ever afters? Theatre Royal Stratford East welcomes back panto regular Michael Bertenshaw in the role of Aunty Giselle. The Da Vinci Code actor who starred as King Rat in Dick Whittington here last year played a "delightfully mutinous" (Metro) Mrs Trott in 'Jack and the Beanstalk' in 2012. Written by Paul Sirett with a sumptuous set that takes its inspiration from pop-up books and costume design by Harriet Barsby and Jenny Tiramani - who won that best costume design at this year's Tony Awards - as well as a new score, this is a new take on a timeless classic.

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