Pantos and Christmas shows 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 26 pantos and Christmas shows listed.


Dick Whittington

Upcoming show

Panto

Lyric Hammersmith
Lyric Hammersmith - Main House
17 Nov 2018  To 6 Jan 2019
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.


A Christmas Carol

Upcoming show

Christmas show

Chickenshed Theatre
Chickenshed Theatre - Rayne Theatre
21 Nov 2018  To 5 Jan 2019
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".


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.


Charles Court Opera's 12th Boutique Panto

Upcoming show

Panto

King's Head Theatre
King's Head Theatre
23 Nov 2018  To 5 Jan 2019
Charles Court Opera and John Savournin return to the King's Head Theatre for their twelfth dazzling, delightful and downright hilarious boutique panto.


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.


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.


Jack and the Beanstalk

Upcoming show

Panto

Queen's Theatre (Hornchurch)
Queen's Theatre (Hornchurch) - Main House
28 Nov 2018  To 6 Jan 2019
When Jack sells Daisy, his beloved family cow, for magic beans, he soon discovers they open up an unexpected world of thrilling adventure.


Sleeping Beauty

Upcoming show

Panto

Theatre Royal (Stratford East)
Theatre Royal (Stratford East)
1 Dec 2018  To 12 Jan 2019
Sleeping Beauty has been in a deep sleep for a hundred years ... but wakes to find herself in a strange city with a cruel fairy hot on her heels ... Theatre Royal Stratford goes Far East for a brand new festive adventure!


Cinderella

Upcoming show

Panto

The Churchill Theatre
The Churchill Theatre
1 Dec  To 30 Dec 2018
Features laugh out loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses. Join Cinders as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her very ugly sisters and meets her dashing Prince Charming.


The Gingerbread Man

Upcoming show

Christmas show

Jacksons Lane
Jacksons Lane
1 Dec  To 24 Dec 2018
Chase after our cheeky gingerbread hero as he sets off on the biggest adventure of his life - out of the kitchen, through the town, across the fields and all the way to the river. Now if he could just avoid that sly old fox.


Pinocchio

Upcoming show

Christmas show

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The Albany
2 Dec  To 29 Dec 2018
This Pinocchio is full of the type of fun, mischief and magic that normally only happens when grown-ups turn their backs for a second. Join Geppetto and Pinocchio as they meet all manner of characters.


The Gruffalo's Child

Upcoming show

Christmas show

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artsdepot - Pentland Theatre
4 Dec 2018  To 6 Jan 2019
One wild and windy night the Gruffalo's child ignores her father's warning and tiptoes out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't really exist ... does he?


Peter Pan

Upcoming show

Christmas show

Park Theatre
Park Theatre - Park 200
5 Dec 2018  To 5 Jan 2019


Filled with mermaids, pirates and fairies, lost boys and crocodiles, this is the stunning original story of the boy who could fly.


Aladdin 2018

Upcoming show

Panto

Compass Theatre
Compass Theatre
6 Dec 2018  To 5 Jan 2019
DKproDuktions return to Compass Theatre with their 8th winter pantomime - Aladdin in December 2018. Featuring plenty of songs, laughter, animated scenery and magical entertainment for all the family.




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