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Itís behind you! Top 5 London pantomimes

What better way to get into the festive spirit than with a traditional pantomime. Whether youíve got children in tow or not, a pantomime is an unmissable part of the British Christmas season.

Chris White

Last updated: 21st Nov 2012

Here’s our pick of the top five pantomimes being staged in London this Christmas.  So grab your nearest child (or Big Kid) and head to one of these theatres to boo, hiss and cheer to your heart’s content.

Aladdin: A Wish Come True
The Theatre at The O2
Starring Lily Savage as that great panto dame Widow Twankey, Aladdin will be live at the O2 with his magical lamp that makes wishes come true. Joining Lily (performing with kind permission from Paul O'Grady) on stage will be Jersey Boys star Jon Lee as Aladdin, and actor Issy Van Randwyck. Come and join the cast on their flying carpet, and be wowed by the magical performance.
Date: 7th December to 5th January
Times: Varies from 1.30pm- 7.30pm
Ticket prices: from: £46.00

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
The Wimbledon New Theatre
Starring priscilla Presley at The Wicked Queen, Snow White is a must see performance of a classic fairytale pantomime. Joining Ms Presley will be film and TV star Warwick David, and funny-man Jarred Christmas. Will Snow White get to meet her handsome prince? Well there’s only one way to find out.
Dates: 7th December- 13th January
Times: Varies from 1.30pm- 7pm
Ticket prices: from £10.00- £39.50

Jack and the Beanstalk
The Theatre Royal, Stratford East
Swap a cow for magic beans and join Jack as he climbs up a beanstalk to a magical world of angry giants. The Theatre Royal Stratford East will be host to this well-known Panto by Stratford East’s favourite writer Paul Sirett.
Dates: 1st December- 19th January
Times: Varies from 2pm-7pm
Ticket Prices: from £7.00

Mother Goose
Millfield Arts Centre
Mother Goose will join by her family and Priscilla, the Goose that lays golden eggs at the Millfield Arts Centre in this magical pantomime adventure. Mother Goose is one of the oldest fairytale stories and the Millfield Arts Centre is inviting you to journey with them to strange worlds as they search for the fountain of Youth.
Dates: 29th November- 5th January
Times: Varies from 10am- 6pm
Ticket prices: from £12- £17.50

London Palladium
Join Ebenezer Scrooge this Christmas in a musical version of the well known Charles Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol. Tommy Steele takes the title role as the miserable Scrooge, locked in a battle against the festive season he hates so much. This is a traditional fairytale with a twist, filled with music, comedy, and of course, heartwarming moments.
Dates: 24th October – 5th January
Times: Varies from 3pm- 7.30pm
Ticket Price: £45.00

Words: Cassie Cain