The festive season is here. For fans of cheesy jokes, innuendo, joining in and fabulous family fun, this means one thing: pantomime. There are many London pantomimes playing across the capital, so here’s a rundown of what’s happening near you during Christmas 2017:
London pantomimes 2017: West End
Dick Whittington (London Palladium) – 9 December to 14 January
London’s “super-panto” features Julian Clary, Nigel Havers and Paul Zerdin starring with the West End’s Elaine Paige, Charlie Stemp and Emma Williams in the story of a young man intent on finding his fortune in the capital. BOOK NOW
London pantomimes 2017: North London
Jack And The Beanstalk (Shaw Theatre) – 9 to 30 December
Star of Tracy Beaker and Strictly Come Dancing, Dani Harmer plays Jill in this story of a boy, a beanstalk and a BIG problem.
Aladdin (Watford Palace Theatre) – 1 to 30 December
This is an Aladdin with a difference. There might still be a genie and a magic carpet, but this Aladdin also dreams of being a pop star.
Jack And The Beanstalk (Millfield Theatre) – 23 November to 31 December
Find out if Jack can defeat the Giant Blunderbore in the classic tale of magic beans and super-sized plants.
London pantomimes 2017: East London
Beauty And The Beast (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch) – 30 November to 7 January
The classic tale of a young woman trapped in a castle by the eponymous beast. But is there more to her hairy captor than she knows?
Cinderella (Broadway Barking) – 2 December to 31 December
Pop on your glass slippers and head to the ball with this classic tale of magic and true love.
Rapunzel (Theatre Royal Stratford East) – 27 November to 13 January
East London’s Rapunzel is an empowered heroine. She doesn’t need a prince to storm in and save her. She has her own plans.
Robin Hood And The Outlaws Of Waltham Forest (Ye Olde Rose And Crown Theatre) – 22 November to 17 December
The Merry Men swap Sherwood Forest for east London in this festive family show.
Cinderella (Hackney Empire) – 18 November to 31 December
One of London’s most popular pantomimes, the Hackney Empire panto is written and directed by Susie McKenna. This year she plays Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, too.
London pantomimes 2017: South London
Jack And The Beanstalk (New Wimbledon Theatre) – 9 December to 14 January
Veteran panto dame Clive Rowe stars alongside comedian Al Murray in this giant festive hit.
Scrooge And The Seven Dwarves (Theatre 503) – 6 December to 6 January
Possibly London’s most mixed-up panto finds the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge transported into the world of fairy tales.
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (Churchill Theatre) – 2 to 31 December
Jessie Wallace, formerly EastEnders’ Kat Slater, plays the Wicked Queen in this tale of jealousy, love and poisoned apples.
Snow White, Rotten To The Core (Above The Stag Theatre) – 30 November to 13 January
Adult panto returns to Above The Stag Theatre with this tale of a handsome Snow White who’s waiting for his prince to arrive. STRICTLY FOR GROWN-UPS.
Jack And The Beanstalk (Waddon Leisure Centre, Croydon) – 7 to 31 December
Tattoo Fixers star Paisley Billings and comedian Jonny Awsum bring family fun to Croydon this Christmas.
Goosed (Royal Vauxhall Tavern) – 16 November to 4 January
ADULT. Filthy humour abounds in this tale about a tavern struggling to draw in the punters. STRICTLY FOR GROWN-UPS.
Cinderella (Greenwich Theatre) – 17 November to 7 January
Follow Cinderella’s attempts to get to the ball, despite her ugly sisters’ best attempts to stop her.
London pantomimes 2017: West London
Mother Goose (Questors Theatre) – 14 December to 1 January
When a greedy troll fancies Heidi the goose for his Christmas dinner, Mother Goose has something to say about it.
Aladdin (Beck Theatre) – 9 to 31 December
Former EastEnders star Rita Simons leads the cast of this adventure-filled tale of a boy, a lamp and an evil sorcerer.
Aladdin (Richmond Theatre) – 9 December to 14 January
Pantomime regular Christopher Biggins plays Widow Twankey in this family treat that also features Count Arthur Strong and Rikki Jay in its cast.
Cinderella (Compass Theatre) – 1 to 30 December
You can’t go wrong with this tale of a put-upon stepdaughter whose life is changed by the arrival of her magical fairy godmother.
Jack And The Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith) – 18 November to 6 January
Comedian Vikki Stone turns into a baddie for Christmas as she plays the giant’s henchman, Fleshcreep, in this panto written by acclaimed playwright Joel Horwood.