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Fe Fi Fo Fun: Top Pantos & Christmas Shows in London 2021

Guaranteed to put you in a good mood regardless of how old you are, Christmas pantos and shows are always full of festive cheer. Here, The Resident rounds up some of the best in the capital… 

Photo: Hackney Empire

1 Pantoland at The London Palladium, City
While all pantos are a camp riot, this one is a particular camp, camp riot. Starring Donny Osmond and Julian Clary, Pantoland is a festive kind of variety show and Christmas medley of pantomimes featuring West End stars and world-class dance troupe, the Tiller Girls.
When: January 9, 2022
Tickets: From £25
Address: 8 Argyll Street, W1F 7TF
Closest Tube: Oxford Circus
Website: palladiumpantomime.com

2 Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!, Saddler’s Wells, Angel
The English choreographer is back this year to tackle the Nutcracker, which follows Clara’s journey into Sweetieland, a magical kingdom influenced by lavish 1930s Hollywood musicals. Expect magical fantasy, humour and cracking costumes and set. And great dancing.
When: Until January 30, 2022
Tickets: From £15
Address: Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4TN
Closest Tube: Angel
Website: sadlerswells.com

3 Little Red Riding Hood at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Once again Stratford East takes a classic story and flips it for its annual pantomime. Join Bow Peep, Red, Wolf and Woody and journey into the deep, dark wood, which is full of gags, songs and a great night out.
When: Until December 31
Tickets: From £10
Address: Gerry Raffles Square, E15 1BN
Closest Tube: Stratford
Website: stratfordeast.com

4 A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic, The Cut
This uplifting Charles Dickens’ classic is adapted for the stage by BAFTA-winning Jack Thorne and stars Stephen Mangan (Bliss, I’m Alan Partridge, and Billy Elliott) as Ebenezer Scrooge.
When: Until January 8, 2022
Tickets: From £20
Address: The Cut, SE1 8NB
Closest Tube: Waterloo, Waterloo East, Southwark
Website: oldvictheatre.com

5 Jack and the Beanstalk at Hackney Empire
Always one of the best pantos around, and always served with subversive Hackney flavour, this year’s Jack and the Beanstalk stars Olivier award-winner Clive Rowe as Dame Daisy Trot, as well as panto veteran Tony Whittle, Rochelle Sherona, Kat B and  Zoë Curlett. On various dates, there are BSL interpreted performances as well as relaxed shows and dementia friendly shows too.
When: On until January 2, 2022
Tickets: From £10
Address: 291 Mare Street, E8 1EJ
Closest Tube: Hackney Central or London Fields overground
Website: hackneyempire.co.uk

6 Hex, National Theatre, South Bank
Based on Sleeping Beauty, Hex is a musical that tells the story of a bad fairy. Set deep in the wood, a lonely fairy is summoned to help a princess sleep. However the blessing goes wrong and the fairy is plunged into a quest to fix her curse.
When: Until January 22
Tickets: From £20
Address: Upper Ground, London SE1 9PX
Closest Tube: Waterloo
Website: nationaltheatre.org.uk

7 Aladdin, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
Hop on board the magic carpet as Aladdin embarks on a quest to find his fortune and his one true love. This rendition is adapted by comedian Vikki Stone and features Qasim Mahmood as Aladdin, Stephan Boyce as Dave Twankey, Kate Donnachie as Genie.
When: Until January 2, 2022
Tickets: From £10
Address: Lyric Square, King Street, W6 0QL
Closest Tube: Hammersmith
Website: lyric.co.uk

8 The Fir Tree at The Globe, South Bank
The splendid Globe theatre plays host to a re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairly tale The Fir Tree. It’s the story of a curious little fir tree who dreams of a world outside the forest it calls home.
When: Until December 30
Tickets: From £15; standing tickets for £5
Address: 21 New Globe Walk,Bankside SE1 9DT
Closest Tube: Blackfriars, London Bridge
Website: shakespearesglobe.com