With the timeless Christmas tradition in mind, we’ve selected a handful of the best pantos that London has to offer. Oh yes we did! They all promise to be fun, fabulous and laugh-a-minute. And who wouldn’t want to see Paul O’Grady as an evil stepmother?!
1. Cinderella at London Palladium
Our favourite ever rags-to-riches story (aside from Alan Sugars or Drakes) is hitting the stage this winter — and the London Palladium stage, no less! The panto’s cast is magnificent, with Paul O’Grady as Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, Amanda Holden playing her fairy godmother, and Any Dream Will Do winner, Lee Mead, as her Prince Charming. Nigel Havers also has a part, so I think we’re done convincing you here…
The show will run for 5 weeks, starting December 10. Get your tickets here!
2. Aladdin at Lyric, Hammersmith
Lyric Hammersmith will take you on a magical carpet ride this Christmas (watching a pretend carpet ride is sort of the same thing, right?). Plus they’ve got a cracking burger on their pre-dinner menu, so…
The show will run until 7 January 2017 and you can get your tickets here.
3. Sleeping Beauty at Hackney Empire
Putting a modern twist on a classic tale, Hackney Empire is being transformed into the enchanted land of Hackneytonia. It may not be the West End, but it’s way trendier and it promises to be full of colour, comedy and charm.
The show will run until 8 January 2017 and you can get your tickets here.
4. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves at Shaw Theatre
Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to the panto we go! Join Grumpy and the gang at the Shaw Theatre this Christmas for the ultimate panto experience. Sing-along to songs from the movie and expect to laugh the whole way through — this panto really is the greatest of them all!
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves will run until 30 December and you can get your tickets here!
5. The Snowman at The Peacock Theatre
Watch as Raymond Briggs’ wonderful story is brought to life on stage, with amazing penguins and reindeer all playing a part in the Snowman’s adventures through the snow. There’ll be beautiful music played by a live orchestra (including ‘Walking in the Air’, which for some reason always makes us want to sob), lots of dancing and plenty of festive cheer.
The show will run until 1 January 2017 and you can book tickets here.
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