You have to love Christmas pantomime - it's more than a London experience, it's a British tradition!
The most popular London pantomime's include Peter Pan, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk and Snow White. Children absolutely love Christmas panto, so expect to be surrounded by very young kids when you go!
Here are the best London xmas panto theatres presenting pantomime this Christmas.
Theatre Royal Stratford East - Jack and The Beanstalk (panto)
Dec 1 2012 - Jan 19 2013
1 Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BN
Hackney Empire - Dick Whittington and His Cat (panto)
Dec 1 2012 - Jan 6 2013, Hackney Empire
291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ
Shaw Theatre - Beauty & The Beast (panto)
6th December 2012 - 30th December 2012
100-110 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AJ
Peacock Theatre - The Snowman (panto)
28th November 2012 to 6th January 2013
Portugal Street London WC2A 2HT
Battersea Barge - Alice in Poundland
2nd December - 12th December 2012
Nine Elms Lane, London, SW8 5BP
The Broadway Barking - Cinderella (panto)
1st December 2012 - 2nd January 2012
Broadway Barking IG11 7LS
Rosemary Branch Theatre - The Three Musketeers
7th December 2012 - 9th January 2012
2 Shepperton Road, London N1 3DT
Beck Theatre, Hayes - Peter Pan (panto)
15th December 2012 - 6th January 2013
Grange Road, Hayes, Middlesex UB3 2UE
Greenwich Theatre - Robin Hood (panto)
22 November 2012 - 6th January 2013
Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ES
Richmond Theatre - Aladdin (panto)
7th December 2012 - 13th Jan 2013
The Green, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1QJ
New Wimbledon Theatre - Snow White (panto)
7th December 2012 - 13th January 2013
The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG
Broadway Theatre - Jack and the Beanstalk (panto)
10th December 2012 - 6nd January 2012
Catford, London SE6 4RU
Tara Theatre - Dick Whittington Goes Bollywood (panto)
5 December 2012 - 5 January 2013
Garratt Lane, London SW18 4ES
For some reason the British like to dress up, in the clothing of the opposite sex. And in Xmas Pantomime its a convention that the main male character is actually played by an actress, wearing clothes that are designed to make her shape obvious, and the Pantomime Dame is usually played by a man.
One thing you may not know is that the good guys tend to enter the stage from the right, and the bad guys from the left. This tradition began in medieval mystery plays, where the right side of the stage symbolised Heaven and the left side symbolised Hell. Perhaps an approach for your next christmas party?
btw - has anyone seen Captain Hook? What? He's behind me?
William the Conqueror was crowned King of England on Christmas Day 1066 at Westminster Abbey in London. What many people don't know is that the famous invasion that same year was actually blessed by Pope Alexander II.