Christmas Pantomime in London 2018

So much to do at Christmas with your family and some of the best entertainment can be found at the theatre, whether it is a traditional British pantomime or a classic theatre production!

Christmas panto
Jack and the Beanstalk

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!

Pantomime in London 2018

Quick links to the best pantos in London in 2018

For all London Pantomime performances click here.

Family Theatre in London 2018

Quick links to the best family oriented theatre shows in London in 2018. These are great for kids - and the adults will enjoy them too!

All Panto Theatres

The following theatres usually run Pantomimes at Christmas - click on the venue name for more information.

Shaw Theatre - 100-110 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AJ

Peacock Theatre - Portugal Street London WC2A 2HT

Battersea Barge - Nine Elms Lane, London, SW8 5BP

The Broadway Barking - Broadway, Barking IG11 7LS

Rosemary Branch Theatre - 2 Shepperton Road, London N1 3DT

Beck Theatre, Hayes - Grange Road, Hayes, Middlesex UB3 2UE

Greenwich Theatre - Crooms Hill, London SE10 8ES

Richmond Theatre - The Green, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1QJ

New Wimbledon Theatre - The Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19 1QG

Broadway Theatre - Catford, London SE6 4RU

Tara Theatre - Garratt Lane, London SW18 4ES

Theatre Royal Stratford East - 1 Gerry Raffles Square, Stratford, London, E15 1BN

Hackney Empire - 291 Mare Street, London E8 1EJ

Pantomime Conventions

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?

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