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 ...

The Legend of Moby Dick Whittington

Mayor of London, Dick Whittington, is turning on the Christmas lights of London for the very first time. But, when a giant white whale swims into the Thames ...

Dear Santa

Santa is determined to deliver the most fantastic Christmas present to Sarah, but he doesn't get it right straight away! With the help of his cheeky Elf, he finally settles on something 'perfect', just in time for Christmas Eve.

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

A Christmas Carol didn't just invent Christmas as we know it. It is also scary, joyful, spooky, hilarious, furious, beautiful, and a triumphant declaration that even the hardest heart can melt.

FROSTBITE, Who Pinched My Muff?

Adult panto by Gareth Joyner (alter ego of 'Britain's Got Talent' finalist, Myra Dubois), set in the 'generically Germanic' Alpine village of Vaüxhallen, borrows from fairy-tales but with added jokes that are pure juvenile filth!

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.

Alice In Streamingland

A pansexual musical pantomime celebrating Alice's fall into the world of Streamingland - those streaming entertainment channels we couldn't do without over the last nine months.

Potted Panto

Seven classic pantomimes in 70 hilarious minutes! Double Olivier nominees Dan and Jeff return for a tenth anniversary festive season.

Christmas Tales

Having spent just a little more time than usual at home this year, the Tales Team couldn't wait to get back in the theatre, and what better way to celebrate than with their amazingly festive show, Christmas Tales!

Mr Stink Special Christmas Edition

Mr Stink is back at Chickenshed… just in time for a very special Christmas edition.

A Christmas Carol - The Musical Staged Concert

This Christmas, a brand-new staged concert of A Christmas Carol will brighten up all of our festive seasons - those past, present and yet to come!

The Elf Who Was Scared of Christmas

Join Figgy and Cupcake on a journey of self-discovery, friendship and Christmas cheer, ending in an an all-singing, all-dancing musical celebration featuring some of your favourite Christmas songs.

Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas - online

Join Santa as he awakes from a dream of sun, sea and sand only to find it is the busiest day of the year: Christmas Eve.

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 ...

Snow White And The Seven Poofs 2020

Yes, it's back! The hilarious Snow White and the Seven Poofs adults-only pantomime returns to the London stage this December, and this time it's BIGGER and BOLDER!


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.

Dick Whittington

Join Dick Whittington and friends on an adventure to save the true spirit of London as pantomime comes to the National Theatre for one year only.

A Christmas Carol

Matthew Warchus' big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens' immortal classic A Christmas Carol returns to the stage this year, to be performed live from The Old Vic's auditorium and streamed to homes across the world.

Pantoland At The Palladium

This Christmas Julian Clary will take you on a magical trip to Pantoland at The Palladium!


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