Pantos and Christmas shows at London theatres for 2020

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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 ...

Dick Whittington - A New Dick in Town

Dick might not be straight but he's pointing in the right direction. Called to London by the enormous dong of Big Ben, young country boy Richard Whittington arrives in the city in search of fun, fame and fortune.

A Christmas Carol

Matthew Warchus' big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens' immortal classic returns to The Old Vic, joyously adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne.

Jack and the Beanstalk

'Blue Peter' legend Peter Duncan streams his new production of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK directly into homes for the perfect family treat.

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.


Join Cinderella as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her wicked sisters and meets her dashing Prince Charming.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Join us for the party of the year as we celebrate Snow White's birthday. It promises to be the who's who of Redbridge, and with Matron Markle and her son Muddles in charge of entertainment who knows what will be in store ...

Sleeping Beauty

Panto is back at Hoxton Hall this year. The venue has teamed up with Imagine Theatre to bring you a panto classic, Sleeping Beauty. 


Forced to live in isolation at the top of the highest and most remote tower of Barnard Castle, Rapunzel is in desperate need of a haircut.

Christmas Allsorts

Christmas at the Theatre may be different this year, but it wouldn't be the same if we couldn't get together to celebrate the festivities - with a little bit of physically distanced theatrical magic.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol was the first public reading Charles Dickens gave of his own work. Enjoy a seasonal treat in the spirit of Christmas past, present and future.

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.

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.


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