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London’s Top 5 Pantomimes

London’s Top 5 Pantomimes

Who doesn’t love a good old panto? It’s the perfect activity for those days between Christmas and New Year, or really any time in the Christmas period. Oh not it isn’t! Oh yes it is!


Even if you find the jokes a little tired, your kids will undoubtedly love the slapstick humour – and as we always say, if they’re happy, we’re happy.


You can also think of it as a final act of good will for the year as you’re giving all those poor out of work d-list celebrities a bit of pocket money and a reason to get up in the morning.


So without further ado, here’s our panto guide Christmas 2016. Our top 5 pantomimes and where you can see them in London.


Have a watch of our #KidRatedLoves Pantos video too. 


1. Cinderella

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Top Pick:

London Palladium

This Christmas Amanda Holden, Julian Clary, Paul O’Grady and Lee Mead. This pantomime couldn’t be more pantomime if it tried!

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10th December – 15th January


Chiswick House and Gardens 16th-31st December

Putney Arts Theatre  14th-22nd December

Questors Ealing Theatre 15th December – 2nd January

2. Peter Pan

Fly away on a magic adventure to Neverland with Peter, Wendy and the rest of the crew.

Top Pick:


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Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

If you want something a little different to your average panto, then Peter Pan Goes Wrong is for you. Expect a lot of slapstick humour from the original cast of The Play That Goes Wrong.

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3. Aladdin


Arabian Nights

Warm yourself up this Christmas with a trip to Arabia. Aladdin with its genies, magic carpets and rags to riches storyline is always a winner.

Top Pick:

Prince Edward Theatre
Ok, not really a panto, but this West End musical would be a perfect Christmas treat.

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4. Dick Whittington

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Tim Vine will star in Dick Whittington via

Follow Dick Whittington and his cat as they embark on a wild adventure to London where the streets are apparently paved with gold… (If only!)

Top Pick:

New Wimbledon Theatre

Featuring stars Tim Vine and Arlene Phillips, South West London is the place to be for songs, dances and jokes.

Until 23rd January


5. Sleeping Beauty

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Sleeping Beauty at the Hackney Empire via

The story of the princess who falls asleep for 100 years after pricking her finger on a spinning wheel will definitely delight the kids.

Top Pick:

Hackney Empire

This East London establishment always puts on a good show.

26th November – 8th January


Richmond Theatre 2nd December – 8th January

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