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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
Cinderella
Jack And The Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk
Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Cinderella
Mother Goose
Mother Goose
Beauty & The Beast
 

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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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Cinderella

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

Cinderella Cinderella 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.
2014-12-052014-12-23 Where:
New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, London London, SW19 1QG
Category: Theatre

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.

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs Jerry Hall star 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. 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. 2014-12-052015-01-11 Where:
Richmond Theatre, The Green, Surrey London, TW9 1QJ
Category: Theatre

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

Tube: Richmond Station

 

Dates: 5th December 2014 to 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.

Mother Goose Mother Goose 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.
2014-11-222015-01-04 Where:
Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London London, E8 1EJ
Category: Theatre

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

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 

Dates: 22nd November 2014 to 4th 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.

Sleeping Beauty Sleeping Beauty 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.
2014-11-282015-01-04 Where:
The Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley, Kent London, BR1 1HA
Category: Theatre

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

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

 

Dates: 28th November 2014 to 4th 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.

Jack And The Beanstalk Jack And The Beanstalk 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.
2014-11-202015-01-11 Where:
Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, London London, SE10 8ES
Category: Theatre

Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, London, SE10 8ES

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

 

Dates: 20th November 2014 to 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.

Dick Whittington And His Cat Dick Whittington And His Cat 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.
2014-11-222015-01-03 Where:
Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, 2 King Street, London London, W6 0QA
Category: Theatre

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

Tube: Hammersmith Station

 

Dates: 22nd November 2014 to 3rd 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.

Beauty & The Beast Beauty & The Beast 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.
2014-12-042015-01-17 Where:
Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, London London, E15 1BN
Category: Theatre

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

Tube: Stratford Station

 

Dates: 4th December 2014 to 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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