Comedienne and actress Jo Brand stars as The Genie of the Ring in Aladdin, the Christmas 2013 show at the New Wimbledon Theatre, making her pantomime debut alongside TV and stage star Matthew Kelly as Widow Twanky. They're joined by street dance troupe Flawless, aka the Peking Police Force, David Bedella as Abanazar, and West End actor Oliver Thornton who plays the title role in this festive show featuring laughter, magic and audience participation. A top line-up for one of London's most consistently reliable panto theatres.
Christmas Panto in London
Jo Brand and star Matthew Kelly star in the 2013 New Wimbledon Theatre panto.
New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, London, SW19 1QG
Tube: Wimbledon Station
Dates: 06th December - 12th January 2014
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: 23rd November - 04th January 2014
A firm West London favourite for a Christmas show, Lyric Hammersmith is giving traditional festive tale Jack and the Beanstalk a new twist, employing the talents of multi-award-winning playwright Tom Wells (The Kitchen Sink, Jumpers for Goalposts) to reinterpret the classic tale. Audiences will again be in the safehands of Lyric pantomime favourite Steven Webb (responsible for the Lyric's Cinderella, Aladdin and Dick Whittington and His Cat) as Jack's best friend Sprout, while Howard Ward (War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) dons a dress and makes his pantomime debut as Jack's mother Moreen Dripp. The production, which combines magic beans with zumba, is sure to be a treat for all the family this Christmas time.
A distinct Hackney spin is put on the traditional pantomime favourite.
Hackney Empire, 291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ
Tube: Bethnal Green Station
Dates: 23rd November - 05th January 2014
A distinct Hackney spin is put on the traditional pantomime favourite, Puss in Boots, when it comes to Hackney Empire this Christmas with the action taking place in the merry Kingdom of Hackneyonia, E8. Stephen Matthews (more usually seen in West End hits like The Lion King, The Producers, Oliver! and Les Miserables) stars as Dame Nettie Knowall. He appears alongside Kat B as Puss in Boots, Sharon D Clarke as Queen Talulah the Hoo Ha, Josefina Gabrielle as the evil witch Evilena, and Tony Timberlake as King Konkers the Bonkers. Matt Dempsey plays Thomas, a poor miller's who son inherits a rather unusual cat.
Matt Lapinskas is Prince Charming at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley.
The Churchill Theatre, High Street, Bromley, Kent, London, BR1 1HA
Dates: 29th November - 05th January 2014
EastEnders and Dancing On Ice star Matt Lapinskas is Prince Charming in Cinderella, the panto playing out at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley this Christmas. The prince goes in search of his true love, Cinderella, played by Nickelodeon and CITV presenter Anna Williamson in a family pantomime in which Andrew Agnew - back by popular demand following his performance as Smee in last year's panto - appears as Buttons.
The story of the crafty cat is brought to life at the Greenwich Theatre.
Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, London, SE10 8ES
Dates: 21st November - 05th January 2014
The story of the crafty cat is brought to life in pantomime form as the Greenwich Theatre presents its seasonal production, teaming up with Andrew Pollard once again. Puss in Boots, the classic tale of a poor young man whose fortunes are transformed with the help of a magical talking cat, is brought to life through a musical theatre cast, with help from magic consultants Simply Told and puppetry from Gomito and The River People.
Legendary American actor Henry Winkler is the villain in Richmond Theatre's panto.
Richmond Theatre, The Green, Surrey, London, TW9 1QJ
Tube: Richmond Station
Dates: 06th December - 12th January 2014
'The Fonz' in US TV series Happy Days, actor Henry Winkler, is the dastardly Captain Hook in Peter Pan, this year's swashbuckling pantomime at Richmond Theatre. The villainous Hook and his band of pirates take on Peter, Wendy and the Lost Boys in a fairytale world of stunning sets, glittering costumes and audience participation. Winkler who has played the role of Hook to great acclaim in previous pantomimes says, "Captain Hook, with his sword fighting, singing off-key, and a crew that couldn't sail through a bathtub, is so much fun to play". Expect a colourful, participatory rendition of J.M Barrie's classic story.
Seven pantomimes for the price of one, delivered at breakneck speed.
Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 0NH
Dates: 08th December - 05th January 2014
CBBC's Dan and Jeff condense seven classic pantomimes including Aladdin, Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Jack And The Beanstalk and Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs into 80 minutes - this Olivier Award nominated comedy is just the ticket if you can't decide which pantomime to see this Christmas. Returning to the Vaudeville Theatre, Potted Panto follows in the same vein as Dan and Jeff's previous hits, 'Potted Potter' and 'Potted Pirates'. The madcap pair put on "a show full of enjoyably terrible jokes, manic costume changes, buckets of poo and a spirit of anarchic goodwill," according to The Telegraph. And while "the endlessly bright Ant and Dec-style double act is a little wearing for anybody over the age of 10," there is "a strong skeleton and a genuine warmth... and a great piece of audience participation" that includes Cinderella in 3D, says The Guardian.
22nd July 2014
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