London’s Best Christmas Shows

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Londons Best Christmas Shows

Last Christmas was a total washout for London’s theatres but, fear not, as they are back with a magical bang and there are loads of amazing festive family shows to enjoy this Christmas. 

Here’s our pick of 20 of London’s best Christmas shows and pantos for all the family. And hurrah, they all still have tickets available (but get your skates on as they are sure to sell out soon): 

  1. Have a ball with an alternative take on a classic fairy tale at Polka Theatre’s Cinderella: The Awesome Truth.
  2. Take a rollercoaster ride through the world of pantomimes and watch seven classic pantos in 70 minutes with Potted Panto at the Garrick Theatre. 
  3. Voyage to a magical wintery wonderland in the stage adaptation of Raymond Briggs’ classic book The Snowman, running at the Peacock Theatre.
  4. Grab your detective hat and help solve a Pantomime mystery with Sleeping Beauty and the Beast at Battersea Arts Centre. 
  5. Take a walk through the deep dark wood where Red Riding Hood soon discovers all is not as it seems, in Theatre Royal Stratford’s mashup of a traditional panto.
  6. Journey to the past, present and future with a musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, set in the Old Royal Naval College’s grand Painted Hall.
  7. Julian Clary’s Christmas musical The Bolds at Weston Theatre follows a family of hyenas living in disguise as humans. How long can they keep their beastly identity under wraps?
  8. Follow the love story of the Knave of Hearts and the Princess of Diamonds in Greenwich Theatre’s traditional panto Queen of Hearts
  9. Take a magic carpet ride with Aladdin, Princess Jasmine and the Genie at the Lyric Theatre.
  10. Chase happy-go-lucky Jack up an enchanted beanstalk as he tries to outwit and outrun a giant at Hackney Empire’s panto Jack and the Beanstalk
  11. Chickenshed Theatre’s mixed up fairytale EverAfter features Hansel and Gretel, a wicked stepmother and a mischievous Princess.
  12. The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre’s much-loved festive show Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas returns for its 10th anniversary production.
  13. Travel deep in the woods with a lonely fairy for Hex at the National Theatre, a musical based on Sleeping Beauty and perfect for older kids.
  14. Hear the story of Christmas told from the perspective of The Fir Tree, in the Globe’s adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale.
  15. Wolf Witch Giant Fairy from The Royal Opera House is a wild folk opera of music, mischief and magic, all set in an enchanted land of fairy tales.
  16. Head on a wintery adventure at the Albany with the musical re-telling of The Snow Queen, where the weather starts misbehaving and the seasons get muddled up.
  17. Over 100 dancers and musicians bring the English National Ballet’s beloved festive tradition of the Nutcracker to life at the London Coliseum.
  18. Go big and celebrate the very best of pantomime at the star-filled extravaganza Pantoland at the Palladium.
  19. Join Dick Whittington and his cat at the Chelsea Theatre as they embark on a hilarious pantomime adventure to the golden streets of London.
  20. Richmond Theatre’s Cinderella, starring dancer Anton Du Beke, is set to be a strictly magical fairy-tale panto. 

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