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National lockdown continues

(Updated 26 November 2020)

London's theatres are closed during a second nationwide lockdown which began on 5 November and is set to last up to and including 1 December.

On Monday 23 November, the government announced a return to the 3 tier system (with enhanced restrictions) in England effective from Wednesday 2 December 2020.

On Thursday 26 November the government announced that all London's 32 boroughs plus the City of London would be placed in Tier 2: High alert.

This means that (from 2 December) London's theatres can reopen for indoor and outdoor performances and shows, limited to 50% capacity or 2,000 people outdoors (1000 indoors) whichever is lower.

Note that other measures - such as wearing face coverings etc - will also still apply when you're visiting theatres.

You're advised to check with theatres prior to visiting for full details about their covid safety procedures.

If you'd like to check the latest restrictions for tier levels, you can find them listed on the government's covid guidance page.

Pantos and Christmas shows for 2020

Panto season usually begins around the last week in November and lasts through to the end of January depending on theatre schedules.

In a normal year, we would expect to have listings for around 100 pantos and Christmas shows.

Given the current crisis with coronavirus, many theatres across London have simply cancelled their Christmas offerings for 2020, with some transferring their shows to next year.

However, we do have some listings for shows during the festive season as some theatres are still planning to present live shows while others have opted for online (streaming) delivery.

Check our list of pantos and Christmas shows here.


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Casting announced for Christmas Allsorts

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Queen's Theatre Hornchurch has announced casting for its variety show - Christmas Allsorts - which will provides some much-needed family fun this festive season.

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Casting for The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Greenwich’s favourite panto villain Anthony Spargo returns in the cast of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, bringing festive magic south of the river to Greenwich Theatre.

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SIX extends in West End

Tuesday 24 November 2020

Good news for SIX fans as the show adds 11 extra weeks to its run at the Lyric before it returns to the Arts Theatre.

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Alice In Streamingland

Wednesday 18 November 2020

A live, 'pansexual musical pantomime' will be on offer at The Phoenix Arts Club this festive season, from 5 December to 3 January.

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Casting for The Garden Theatre's panto

Monday 16 November 2020

Casting has been announced for FROSTBITE, Who Pinched My Muff? the first (ADULT) panto to be staged at the new Garden Theatre.

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Christmas present from Polka Theatre

Friday 13 November 2020

Polka Theatre is offering a Christmas present to supporters with a free film of A Christmas Carol for ages 4+.

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Queer cabaret at the Pleasance

Thursday 12 November 2020

London's Queer cabaret collectives are taking over the Pleasance Islington this festive season.

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Jack and the Beanstalk in Cinemas

Thursday 12 November 2020

'Blue Peter' legend Peter Duncan signs two major cinema deals to screen his homemade pantomine in 55 UK cinemas this Christmas.

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Rose returns online

Wednesday 11 November 2020

The acclaimed digital revival of Rose, starring Dame Maureen Lipman, will be available again from 13 November following a highly successful initial online run.

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The Legend of Moby Dick Whittington

Wednesday 11 November 2020

Sleeping Trees are set to bring panto direct to our living rooms this December with an unusual take on the genre: The Legend of Moby Dick Whittington!

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All our longer news items are here - and you can catch-up with shorter news stories here.


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