Christmas Pantos in London

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Cinderella, Lyric Hammersmith

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Cinderella, Lyric Hammersmith
Cinderella, Lyric Hammersmith
Jack And The Beanstalk at Hackney Empire
Peter Pan, New Wimbledon Theatre
Robin Hood, Theatre Royal Stratford East
Jack And The Beanstalk


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.



Award winning playwright Tom Wells gives the traditional rags-to-riches tale a modern slant.

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

Tube: Hammersmith Station


Dates: 21st November 2015 to 3rd January 2016


Following the success of Jack and the Beanstalk and Dick Whittington and his Cat, award winning playwright Tom Wells - well known for The Kitchen Sink and Jumpers for Goalposts - pens this year's panto at the Lyric . Giving a modern twist to the traditional format, this Cinderella wears glittery Converse and puts her pumpkin into top gear to meet a charming prince. Krystal Dockery who first appeared at the Lyric as part of the young ensemble in 2011 makes her professional stage debut in the lead role, starring alongside Samuel Buttery - a finalist in the original series of BBC1's The Voice - as Buttons and Sara Crowe who plays Madama Woo.


Jack And The Beanstalk

The magnificent Clive Rowe returns to play Dame Daisy Trott.

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

Tube: Bethnal Green Station


Dates: 21st November 2015 to 3rd January 2016


The team at the Hackney Empire really know how to put on a fantastic panto with the magnificent Clive Rowe as queen of the panto dames, it's guaranteed raucous fun for all the family. This year's panto is Jack and the Beanstalk and Rowe returns to play Dame Daisy Trott with his huge charisma, commanding voice and precise comic timing. Hackney Empire's creative director, Susie McKenna has written and directed the theatre's Christmas pantos for over a decade, and they just keep getting better. So expect flamboyant staging, great comic acting, a huge giant, lots of memorable songs and, in true Hackney style, a break dancing cow.


Cinderella, Richmond Theatre

BAFTA award winning actress Hayley Mills stars alongside Olivier award winning dame Matthew Kelly.

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

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 4th December 2015 to 10th January 2016


Richmond Theatre is pulling out all the stops with its pantomime this year. The star-studded line-up for Richmond's production of Cinderella includes Golden Globe and BAFTA award winning British actress Hayley Mills, who makes her panto debut as the Fairy Godmother, with Olivier award winning dame Matthew Kelly as one half of the Ugly Sisters. It's a family affair for Matthew who is joined by his son, actor Matthew Rixon, as the dynamic duo reprise the roles of the Ugly Sisters they played to critical acclaim in Cinderella at Wimbledon last year. Joining this A-list line-up is CBeebies presenter Chris Jarvis (you'll know him from Show Me Me) who is back in the role of Buttons .


Peter Pan, New Wimbledon Theatre

Hollywood film star Verne Troyer and British comedian Marcus Brigstocke star in New Wimbledon Theatre's Peter Pan.

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

Tube: Wimbledon Station


Dates: 5th December 2015 to 10th January 2016


Hollywood film star and TV personality Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mini-Me in the hit comedy Austin Powers, and British comedian Marcus Brigstocke star in New Wimbledon Theatre's pantomime this Christmas. They make their panto debut in Peter Pan, starring alongside old favourites comedian Jarred Christmas, who takes on the role of Smee, and dance troupe Flawless as The Pirate Crew. Join the boy who never could grow up and Wendy as they take on Captain Hook in a song and dance spectacular at New Wimbledon Theatre, always a popular choice for an all-star cast pantomime.


Robin Hood

This Christmas show reunites Stratford East's Olivier-nominated panto team.

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

Tube: Stratford Station


Dates: 5th December 2015 to 23rd January 2016


Robin Hood gets the Stratford East panto treatment as the prince of thieves and his swashbuckling band of merry men set out to save King Richard from the evil Prince John. Will the men in tights succeed or will the feisty and fearless Maid Marion (and her devoted Nurse) get there first? This Christmas show reunites the Olivier-nominated panto team of writers Trish Cooke and Robert Hyman and director Kerry Michael, Theatre Royal Stratford East's artistic director.

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