London Pantomimes for Christmas 2015

Pantomime is a great Christmas tradition in London; as much a part of Christmas as decorating Christmas trees, Christmas shopping and turkey!

The tradition of Christmas pantomime, or "panto" developed in the 1800s as a form of low opera. Today, traditional family pantos contain song, dance, comedy, slapstick, magic, innuendo-riddled word-play, cross-dressing, and of course, audience participation.

Here's our pick of the best panto in London this Christmas:


If you're looking for a traditional London pantomime experience, Cinderella at the Ashcroft Theatre offers the perfect festive treat. Television personality Stephen Mulhern leads this year’s cast in an all-singing, all-dancing Christmas spectacle. 4 Dec-3 Jan

Cinderella's beloved glass slipper is replaced with glittery Converse at the Lyric Hammersmith this Christmas, as Cinderella tries to get into the biggest party of the year.  21 Nov-3 Jan

Jack and the Beanstalk

After breaking records with last year’s Christmas show, Mother Goose, Olivier Award-winner Clive Rowe returns to the Hackney Empire in a lavish new production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Sing along and enjoy this classic tale of young boy named Jack and his quest to save his family farm. 21 Nov-3 Jan