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Pantomimes to see in London this Christmas

The Brits love a pantomime: music, topical jokes, slapstick humour and fairy tales all combine to create a crazy, family-friendly piece of theatre.

Known affectionately as ‘panto’, it has its own set of traditions including audience participation, gender swapping and a story of good beating evil. 

Snow White at London Palladiumfrom 8 December to 13 January 
This West End spectacular has possibly the biggest budget of all the London pantomimes and stars Dawn French and Julian Clary. 

Aladdin at Hackney Empirefrom 24 November to 6 January 
This east London option stars Tameka Empson, who plays Kim Fox in popular UK soap opera EastEnders. 

Peter Pan at Richmond Theatre, from 8 December to 6 January 
Over in west London, this swashbuckler stars Robert Lindsay, who has acted in many British television shows including the sitcom My Family

Dick Whittington at Lyric in Hammersmith, from 17 November to 6 January 
You could also catch this panto in west London, which tells the classic tale of a young man who comes to the capital to make his fortune.

Last year, we interviewed Elaine Paige (she’s British theatre royalty) ahead of her appearance in the London Palladium’s 2017 panto, Dick Whittington. Read our interview with Elaine Paige to learn a bit more about the tradition of pantomime.

Discover some of the beautiful Christmas trees popping up around London

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