Pantos and Christmas shows at London theatres for 2018


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Pamtomime, or 'panto' for short, is a typically British form of stage entertainment.


Pantos mostly take place during the festive period from around the beginning of December to the end of January each year.


They are generally intended for family audiences - BUT be aware that a few are for ADULTS ONLY and may contain strong language or material unsuitable for children.


Also included below are traditional and special Christmas shows that are not pantomime, but find their way into the schedules during the festive season.


We have 72 pantos and Christmas shows listed.


How To Catch A Krampus

Playing now

Christmas show

Pleasance - Islington
International drag collective Sink the Pink present a dark and terrifying twist on the traditional Christmas theatre show this winter. Inspired by London's bawdy and dangerous theatrical past and a love of classic British Horror.


Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales

Playing now

Christmas show

Unicorn Theatre
Enter a world of powerful witches, enchanted forest creatures, careless parents and fearless children as they embark on adventures full of magic, gore, friendship, and bravery. But beware, these tales won't be quite what you expect.


Finding Santa

Playing now

Christmas show

Little Angel Theatre
Ever wondered how letters for Santa Claus get to the North Pole? What if something went wrong along the way? And how will Santa's elves make sure his mail is delivered on time? A comical adventure full of quirky characters.


Dick Whittington

Playing now

Panto

Lyric Hammersmith
Dick Whittington will be getting the full Lyric treatment in 2018. Expect the usual mix of live music, crazy characters, awesome adventure, singing, dancing, villainous baddies and heroic goodies.


Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas

Playing now

Christmas show

Lyric Hammersmith
Join Santa as he awakes from a dream of sun, sea and sand only to find it is the busiest day of the year: Christmas Eve.


A Christmas Carol

Playing now

Christmas show

Chickenshed Theatre
Follow Ebenezer Scrooge's spooky encounters over the course of one incredible night, and his journey ultimately to become the friendly, charitable man who "knew how to keep Christmas well".


Angelo

Upcoming show

Christmas show

Little Angel Theatre
Little Angel Theatre - Theatre
22 Nov  To 30 Dec 2018
Angelo and his family travel round the country playing music, singing songs and performing marvellous balancing tricks: Angelo can even dance on a rope! So when he meets Angelina, who is sad and lonely and trapped, Angelo knows just how to help.


Seussical

Upcoming show

Christmas show

Southwark Playhouse
Southwark Playhouse - The Large
22 Nov  To 29 Dec 2018
The fantastical world of Dr. Seuss bursts onto the stage in this larger-than-life musical extravaganza brimming with fun and excitement for "thinkers" of all ages.


Robinson Crusoe

Upcoming show

Panto

Greenwich Theatre
Greenwich Theatre
23 Nov 2018  To 13 Jan 2019


Starring panto favourite Andrew Pollard, this year's offering is an action-packed adventure awash with pirates, romance, exotic creatures and songs-a-plenty! Hit the high seas with Robinson as he battles the wicked Pirate Queen to find the lost gold.


Buttons: A Cinderella Story

Upcoming show

Panto

King's Head Theatre Video available for this show
King's Head Theatre
23 Nov 2018  To 5 Jan 2019
Charles Court Opera return to the King's Head Theatre for their 12th dazzling, delightful and downright hilarious boutique pantomime - a brand new production of one of the company's greatest hits, Buttons: A Cinderella Story.


Aladdin

Upcoming show

Panto

Hackney Empire
Hackney Empire
24 Nov 2018  To 6 Jan 2019
All the way in Ha-Ka-Nay on the outskirts of old Peking, young Aladdin dreams of finding love and making his fortune. When he discovers an enchanted lamp and meets a mysterious genie, it looks like all his wishes are about to come true.


Jack and the Beanstalk

Upcoming show

Panto

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Colour House Theatre
24 Nov 2018  To 27 Jan 2019
Jack's in big trouble when he comes home with a pocket full of magic beans instead of gold in return for his cow. Jack's Mum throws the worthless beans into the garden, but overnight the tallest bean stalk you've ever seen grows into the clouds.


Plaid Tidings

Upcoming show

Christmas show

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Bridge House Theatre
26 Nov  To 23 Dec 2018
A 'Heaven Sent' festive treat which is fantastically funny, beautifully sung and it takes the audience on a journey to a more innocent time, a time when Christmas was about family, friendship and good will.


Mother Goose Cracks One Out!

Upcoming show

Panto

Above The Stag Theatre
Above The Stag Theatre
27 Nov 2018  To 12 Jan 2019
Fabulously filthy adult panto at Above The Stag Theatre.


A Christmas Carol

Upcoming show

Christmas show

The Old Vic
The Old Vic
27 Nov 2018  To 18 Jan 2019
Transported to worlds past, present and future, Ebenezer Scrooge witnesses what a lifetime of fear and selfishness has led to and sees with fresh eyes the lonely life he has built for himself.




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