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.
Who doesn’t love the panto of Cinderella? The Ugly Step Sisters are gruesome comedy gold and the rags to riches story is just a classic. This Christmas you can see Cinders and the rest of the characters do their thing all across London.
Packed with comedy, this lavish production features dazzling moments, a pantomime horse, lost shoes, ludicrous fun and a pair of truly Ugly Sisters.
This Christmas Amanda Holden, Julian Clary, Paul O’Grady and Lee Mead. This pantomime couldn’t be more pantomime if it tried!
10th December – 15th January
Chiswick House and Gardens 16th-31st December
Putney Arts Theatre 14th-22nd December
Questors Ealing Theatre 15th December – 2nd January
Fly away on a magic adventure to Neverland with Peter, Wendy and the rest of the crew.
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.
The characters will be battling technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes as they attempt to present J.M Barrie’s much-loved tale. But will they ever make it to Neverland?
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.
The beautifully designed sets are magical and will quickly transport you to the street markets located across the world – you can almost smell the spices in the air.
Prince Edward Theatre
Ok, not really a panto, but this West End musical would be a perfect Christmas treat.
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!)
The wonderful tale bringing more sparkle, dazzle and magic than you could ever imagine. A wicked King Rat has a crooked plan to take over the whole of England but Dick Whittington is on hand and will do everything in his power to stop him. Joined by Fairy Bow Bells, his trusty cat and of course, you, Dick sets sail on the voyage of a lifetime to save the day.
Featuring stars Tim Vine and Arlene Phillips, South West London is the place to be for songs, dances and jokes.
Until 23rd January
The story of the princess who falls asleep for 100 years after pricking her finger on a spinning wheel will definitely delight the kids.
Spun together with sumptuous sets, gorgeous fairy tale costumes, big song and dance numbers, a little bit of magic and bags of audience participation, Sleeping Beauty is a spectacular pantomime for all the family.
This East London establishment always puts on a good show.
26th November – 8th January
Richmond Theatre 2nd December – 8th January
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