‘He’s behind you!’ Love them or hate them, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a panto, and London has plenty to pick from…
Lead image: Cinderella at Greenwich Theatre (photo: Robert Day)
1 Jack and the Beanstalk, Lyric Hammersmith
The Lyric Hammersmith’s Jack and The Beanstalk stars Vikki Stone as Fleshcreep, Cherrelle Skeete as the Fairy Godmother, Kayla Meikle as Daisy the Cow and Faith Omole as Jack. The enchanting story, complete with the famous magic beans and beanstalk, plays from 18 November 2017 to 6 January 2018.
The Lyric Centre King Street W6 0QL; lyric.co.uk
2 Cinderella, Hackney Empire
The annual pantomime is back in all its glory at Hackney Empire. The classic tale of a girl’s search for her prince, despite the efforts of her evil step mother and step sisters to hold her back, is full of humour, suspense, music and dance, is sure to keep the whole family on the edge of their seats. Running from 18 November to 31 December 2017.
291 Mare Street E8 1EJ; hackneyempire.co.uk
3 Rapunzel, Theatre Royal Stratford East
Enjoy the classical tale of Rapunzel paired with songs, comedy and audience participation at Theatre Royal Stratford East. The renowned theatre is pulling out all the stops this year to try to top last year’s critically acclaimed panto. Michael Bertenshaw returns to play Witch Maddy in his 14th pantomime at the theatre. Running from 27 November 2017 to 13 January 2018.
Gerry Raffles Square E15 1BN; stratfordeast.com
4 Jack and the Beanstalk, Croydon’s Family Pantomime
Croydon’s Family Pantomime is a new kind of pantomime for those looking for more of a relaxed night out. The traditional fantasy story of Jack climbing a magical beanstalk has been crafted to adhere specifically to children on the autism spectrum, individuals with sensory and communication disorders, those with learning disabilities, or anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment. Takes place on 14 December 2017 at 2pm.
Waddon Leisure Center, Purley Way, Croydon CRO 4RG; thecroydonpanto.com
5 King Tut: A Pyramid Panto, Islington
In traditional Kingshead fashion, the quirky King Tut pantomime is sure to have you laughing for hours at this unusual version of a pantomime. King Tut: A Pyramid Panto, comes complete with enchanting musical performances to break up the humour. Enjoy the adult’s only evening show for a few more rude jokes tossed in there.
115 Upper Street, Islington N1 1QN; kingsheadtheatre.com
6 Cinderella, Greenwich Theatre
Greenwich Theatre’s Cinderella panto is destined to be a fan favourite this holiday season. Highlighting what a girl can do with a pair of heels and fairy dust, Greenwich Theatre tells the story of Cinderella’s escape from her life of chores and despair. The family friendly pantomime will run from 17 November 2017 to 7 January 2018. Tickets are £29 for adults and £14 for kids.
Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES; greenwichtheatre.org.uk
7 Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves, Theatre503
Theatre 503’s tale of Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves follows Santa’s journey to save Christmas after the Wicked Witch stole all the Christmas spirit. Santa’s unlikely partner, Ebenezer Scrooge becomes the hero no one saw coming and provides twists and turns in the tale. Watch in anticipation as we wonder if Santa will be able to save Christmas in this unique twist on the typical pantomime. Running from 6 December 2017 to 6 January 2018.
503 Battersea Park Road SW11 3BW; theatre503.com
8 Puss in Boots, Hoxton Hall
Treat the whole family to a viewing of our favourite cat’s adventures at Hoxton Hall’s Puss in Boots. The story follows that of his new owner’s quest for love and the obstacles that both Colin and Puss face. Packed full of musical performances, dances and excitement, Puss in Boots will not disappoint. Running from 13-28 December 2017.
130 Hoxton Street N1 6SH; hoxtonhall.co.uk
9 Jack and the Beanstalk, New Wimbledon Theatre
New Wimbledon Theatre’s Jack and the Beanstalk is paired with an orchestra and dance performances. Jack’s story begins as he, his brother and his mother climb a beanstalk of gigantic proportions. Join in on the adventure as Jack fights to save the Princess, outwit the evil giant and win riches beyond his wildest dreams. Running 9 December 2017 until 4 January 2018.
93 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1QG; atgtickets.com
10 Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Churchill Theatre
Everyone’s favourite childhood story, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, is coming to life this December complete with musical performances, comedy and dance numbers. The panto wouldn’t be complete without a magical mirror, a beautiful princess and a handsome prince. Jessie Wallace will be joined by comedian and magician Pete Firman and Jason Sutton as Nurse Nancy. Running from 2-31 December 2017.
High St, Bromley BR1 1HA; churchilltheatre.co.uk
11 Dick Whittington, London Palladium
London Palladium’s Dick Whittington stars Charlie Stemp as the title character, Julian Clary as The Spirit of the Bells and Elaine Paige as Whittington’s nemesis Queen Rat. The star studded cast, combined with a beautiful set and a night of comedy, makes this a must see pantomime. Join them on their daring journey through the streets of London from 9 December 2017 to 14 January 2018.
8 Argyll Street, Soho W1F 7TE; dickwhittingtonpalladium