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.


The Night Before Christmas

Upcoming show

Christmas show

Southwark Playhouse
Southwark Playhouse - The Little
28 Nov  To 29 Dec 2018
Gary's life is shit. It's Christmas eve, he's broke, he's promised his son some top of the range Power Ranger figures but he hasn't delivered them, and now his ex wife is out to find him baying for blood.


The Selfish Giant

Upcoming show

Christmas show

Omnibus Theatre
Omnibus Theatre
28 Nov  To 24 Dec 2018
This festive season you and your families are invited to step into a theatrical world where giants are your neighbors and a once beautiful garden is stuck in everlasting winter.


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 Pat, his beloved family cow, for magic beans, he soon discovers they open up an unexpected world of thrilling adventure.


Beauty and the Beast

Upcoming show

Panto

The Broadway
The Broadway
29 Nov  To 31 Dec 2018
Once upon a time, a handsome young prince was cursed by Grimalkin - the evil sorceress, and is doomed to stay hidden in his castle in the guise of a grotesque beast. Can anyone ever love such a beast and unlock the cruel spell?


Cinderella

Upcoming show

Panto

Ye Old Rose and Crown
Ye Old Rose and Crown
29 Nov  To 23 Dec 2018
There's another festival in Walthamstow and this time she's going! There will be singing, dancing and plenty of silliness. A Family show for all the ages.


The Box of Delights

Upcoming show

Christmas show

Wilton's Music Hall
Wilton's Music Hall
30 Nov 2018  To 5 Jan 2019
Once upon a time, there were two great sorcerers, Ramon Lulli and Arnold of Todi. To decide who was the most powerful, they made a wager. Who could invent the most incredible magical power, never seen before?


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.


'Twas the night before Christmas

Upcoming show

Christmas show

Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
1 Dec  To 23 Dec 2018
This beautifully delicate adaptation, devised and directed by Artistic Director Douglas Rintoul will get everyone, young and old, peering a little further into the sky this Christmas Eve.


Pinocchio

Upcoming show

Christmas show

The Albany
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 Messiah

Upcoming show

Christmas show

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The Other Palace - Main Theatre
3 Dec 2018  To 5 Jan 2019
A travelling theatre troupe of two actors and an opera singer arrive by camel in the ancient city of London to masterfully enact the greatest story ever told.


Aladdin

Upcoming show

Panto

Bridewell
Bridewell
3 Dec  To 8 Dec 2018
With a host of wacky and lovable characters, Aladdin sets out to win over the feisty princess Jasmine and defeat the evil Sorcerer Abanazar who wants to seize control of SoHo and all its people.


Robin Hood: The Arrow Of Destiny

Upcoming show

Christmas show

Theatre Peckham
Theatre Peckham
4 Dec  To 22 Dec 2018
Introduces young audiences to a current take on the characters found in this children's classic. This play with songs promises to be a festive treat for all the family with a show packed full of comedy, action, adventure and song.


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?




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