Christmas Pantomime in London 2023

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!

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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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