Pantos and Christmas shows at London theatres for 2021

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British audiences love pantos - and there are often around 100 on offer right across London each festive season.

Though most pantos appear around Christmas (from about the end of November to the beginning of February) some do play at other times of the year, sometimes in school holidays like Easter or during the summer.

Pantos are mostly aimed at family audiences - BUT take care because some are for ADULTS ONLY and may contain strong language or themes that might be totally unsuitable for your kids - always check listings for age recommendations before booking.

The most popular pantos include:


Babes in the Wood

Beauty and the Beast



Dick Whittington and His Cat

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Hansel and Gretel

Jack and the Beanstalk

Little Red Riding Hood

Mother Goose

Peter Pan

Puss in Boots

Robin Hood

Robinson Crusoe


Sleeping Beauty

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

St. George and the Dragon

The Little Mermaid

The Wizard of Oz


You'll find some theatres advertise their Christmas pantos as early as the previous January and they often have discounted ticket prices if you buy early in the year - so it's worth keeping an eye on listings to grab some bargains.

Apart from pantos, we also list traditional and special Christmas shows that play during the festive season.

These include shows such as the ever-popular A Christmas Carol from the novella by Charles Dickens.

Here are our Listings ...

The Queen Of Hearts

In a rare treat, writer, director and dame extraordinaire Andrew Pollard takes on the pantomime tale of The Queen Of Hearts.

Potted Panto

A madcap ride through the biggest stories and best-loved characters from the wonderful world of pantomime

West End Musical Celebration Live at the Palace Theatre

Celebrate your favourite musicals and the return of live theatre with some of the biggest stars of the West End.

Aladdin 2021

Join Aladdin, the Genie and their friends and go on a magical carpet ride where all of your festive wishes shall be granted.

Red Riding Hood

Come on a festive adventure at Stratford East and follow the thrilling story of our red-cloaked heroine, in the must-see pantomime of 2020.

The Snowman 2021

Based on the book by Raymond Briggs and produced by John Coates, this charming stage adaptation is guaranteed to transport you to a world of wintery adventure.

Rapunzel - A Tangled Tale

Polka Dot Pantomimes are back for another all singing, all dancing festive extravaganza.


Your festive wish has come true, as classic panto favourite Aladdin flies into Hornchurch, written by Andrew Pollard and directed by Douglas Rintoul (the Theatre's Artistic Director).

A Christmas Carol

Mark Gatiss (Dracula, The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who) leads an ensemble cast, in his own retelling of Dickens' classic winter ghost story, filled with Dickensian, spine-tingling special effects.

Beauty and the Beast

This Christmas, experience a thrilling reimagining of one of the world's most beloved fairy tales.

Sleeping Beauty

Once upon a time in a land far away, the beautiful Princess Aurora is given a sixteenth birthday present by her evil godmother Carabosse. By pricking her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel she is placed under a cruel curse.

Dick Whittington

Join hero Dick Whittington (and his trusty cat Tommy) as he seeks fame, fortune and happiness journeying to become the Lord Mayor of London.

Sleeping Beauty

When the wicked fairy Carabosse's evil curse causes Princess Rosa to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and fall into an enchanted sleep for 100 years, can anyone rescue her from the magical slumber before it is too late?


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