Christmas Pantos in London

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Sleeping Beauty, Hackney Empire
Amanda Holden stars in Cinderella at the London Palladium
Sink the Pink: Down The Rabbit Hole
Dick Whittington

© Jay Brooks

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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Sleeping Beauty, Richmond Theatre

Maureen Lipman plays the Wicked Fairy in this festive fairy tale.

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

Tube: Richmond Station


Dates: 02nd December - 08th January 2017


Olivier Award winner Maureen Lipman plays the Wicked Fairy opposite CBeebies presenter Chris Jarvis as Chester the Jester in the timeless story of a princess, who is cursed to slip into an eternal slumber unless a handsome prince can wake her with his kiss. Expect fairytale costumes, big song and dance numbers and plenty of audience participation in Richmond Theatre's pantomime production of Sleeping Beauty, a much loved annual tradition for so many families in south west London.


Sink the Pink: Down The Rabbit Hole

Strictly for adults - naughty, saucy drag queens, theatrical satire and lots of lip-synching.

Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London, W1U 1AB

Tube: Bond Street Station , Marble Arch Station


Dates: 09th November - 09th December 2016


Sink The Pink, one of London's most notorious club nights, known for throwing sell-out parties every quarter to 3,000 people at their east London home, Troxy, presents their first ever pantomime, Down The Rabbit Hole, at Selfridges Theatre. Strictly for adults, Sink The Pink's show borrows from the traditional British panto and theatrical satire to tell the tale of a rabbit family fighting for survival in the face of Fat Cat, a greedy land and property owner. Expect naughty, saucy drag queens, lots of lip-synching as well as gorgeous glitter and glamour.



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

Tube: Hammersmith Station


Dates: 19th November - 07th January 2017


Award-winning comedian, Vikki Stone (whose television credits include Uncle, The John Bishop Show, The Funny Thing About..., Ten Pieces, SafeWord and Titch and Ted) plays Abanazer in this year's Lyric panto, Aladdin. Joining her is Karl Queensborough who returns to the Lyric stage in the title role after playing the Prince in last year's Cinderella. The Lyric, always a great place for nurturing young talent, has brought in a six strong young ensemble who'll help create some magic carpet festive fun in a show full of colourful characters, live music, lots of laughs and a Genie.


Sleeping Beauty, Hackney Empire

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

Tube: Bethnal Green Station


Dates: 26th November - 08th January 2017


The West End's leading lady Alexia Khadime (Wicked, The Book of Mormon, The Lion King) will be returning to the site of her stage debut, Hackney Empire, to star as Princess Tahlia in Sleeping Beauty this Christmas. She will be joined by Olivier Award-winner Sharon D Clarke who returns after her appearance in Mother Goose in 2014. Gavin Spokes makes his dameing debut, following his Olivier Award-nominated performance as Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls in the West End. Enter the enchanted Hackneytonia, a land of fairies, unicorns and dragons where the wicked fairy Carabosse casts an evil spell on the princess.


Dick Whittington

Former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips stars alongside Matthew Kelly and Tim Vine.

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

Tube: Wimbledon Station


Dates: 09th December - 15th January 2017


Choreographer and former Strictly judge, Arlene Phillips, Matthew Kelly and Tim Vine star in New Wimbledon Theatre's Christmas pantomime about a poor boy who travels to London seeking fame and fortune. Arlene will be making her pantomime debut as Fairy Bowbells in Dick Whittington alongside Matthew who plays Sarah the Cook and Tim who stars at Idle Jack, returning to Wimbledon after playing Buttons alongside Linda Gray and Matthew Kelly - who appeared as one of the Ugly Sisters in Cinderella in 2014.



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

Tube: Oxford Circus Station


Dates: 09th December - 15th January 2017


Paul O'Grady, Julian Clary, Amanda Holden and Nigel Havers lead an all-star cast as Cinderella, the best rags-to-riches fairy tale there is, comes to the London Palladium this December. Not only do we get Paul O'Grady as The Wicked Stepmother and Amanda Holden as The Fairy Godmother, Lee Mead plays Prince Charming and Natasha J Barnes takes on the title role of Cinderella, with Suzie Chard and Wendy Sommerville as The Wicked Stepsisters. It's the first pantomime to be staged at the famous West End theatre in 29 years, co-directed by Michael Harrison, the producer behind blockbuster hits such as Gypsy and Mrs Henderson Presents, and award-winning choreographer Andrew Wright known for Singin' In The Rain and Mrs Henderson Presents.

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