FAMILY CHRISTMAS SHOWS

FAMILY-FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS THEATRE, SHOWS & PANTOMIME

There’s so much going on in London at the best of times, family Christmas theatre seems to rev up a gear in December. Panto dames and bad jokes are the order of the day as we round up a selection of the traditional and the modern on offer this festive season.

 

©Tristram Kenton

 

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
The Lyric, Hammersmith
www.Lyric.co.uk

The Lyric never fails to put on a great panto with jokes for kids and adults alike. Plenty of magic beans, a loveable cow and an enormous beanstalk. See our review here.

 

 

 

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
The Old Vic
www.Oldvictheatre.com

Starring Ryhs Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge, this is a festive treat targeted at older kids (11+) as we follow the life of the cold-hearted miser on Christmas Eve.

 

 

 

 

PINOCCHIO
National Theatre
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk

World premiere! From the director of Harry Potter and the Cursed child and the writer of Matilda the Musical, this classic features music and songs from the Walt Disney Film.

 

 

THE BOX OF DELIGHTS
Wilton’s Music Hall
www.Wiltons.org.uk

John Masefield’s Christmas classic starring Matthew Kelly and Josefina Gabrielle. A City Kids favourite kids’ novel.

 

 

 

 

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush
www.Musichouseforchildren.com

Families, friends and kids welcome to enjoy carols and performances and readings by children and artists. Expect You Know Who to make an appearance.

 

 

ALICE IN WINTERLAND – have low res
Rose Theatre, Kingston
www.Rosetheatrekingston.org

Follow Alice to the curious world of Winterland based on Lewis Carroll’s timeless books. Expect a Bandersnatch and a Jabberwock amongst mad hatters and cruel queens.

 

 

 

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Windsor Castle
www.royalcollection.org.uk

Nine family-friendly evening shows of Charles Dickens’s classic taking place in the Castle’s two largest rooms, where Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret performed Christmas pantomimes during WW2.

 

 

 

CHRISTMASSAURUS

Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith
www.eventimapollo.com

Debut novel by McFly star Tom Fletcher transforms to a live show featuring the man himself and Father Christmas and special guests.

 

 

ALADDIN
Richmond Theatre
www.atgtickets.com

With Christopher Biggins as Widow Twankey and an assortment of flying carpets, genies, sorcerers and a love story, this panto has all the ingredients for a family Christmas show.

 

THE NUTCRACKER
Royal Albert Hall
Royalalberthall.com

Spectacular performance, with its Tchaikovsky score, brought here by Birmingham Royal Ballet for the first time.