Christmas Pantos in London

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Here’s a Christmas idea: Let’s get the kids all hyped up on sweets and fizzy pop and get them to yell things at celebrities as they tread the boards this Christmas.
Everyone loves a good panto – and this year there’s plenty to chose from in London; so take a look at our guide to Christmas pantos and productions for kids this year…

A Christmas Carol
Dates: Thu 08th Dec to Sat 14th Jan
Location: Arts Theatre
A CHRISTMAS CAROL is the most famous book Charles Dickens ever wrote and one of the most daring. As the Ghosts spirit Scrooge from his past to his present to his future, Dickens plunges the reader cinematically from the miser’s dank and creaking house to riotous festivities, from cosy hearths to graveyards. And all the time the author’s voice, tender, savage, magisterial, is present.
In this bicentennial production, Simon Callow and Tom Cairns, have created a work of total story-telling: hilarious, heart-breaking, visionary, a celebration of goodness, a plea for justice and a promise of redemption.
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Matilda The Musical
Dates: Tue 25th Oct to Sun 21st Oct 2012
Location: Cambridge Theatre
Following a sensational sell-out season at The Courtyard Theatre, the RSC’s production of MATILDA THE MUSICAL transfers to London’s West End.
Roald Dahl’s much-loved story bursts into life on stage in this brand new musical version by Dennis Kelly and award-winning musician and comedian Tim Minchin. Children and adults alike will be thrilled and delighted by the story of the special little girl with an extraordinary imagination.
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Potted Panto
Dates: Sun 18th Dec to Sun 08th Jan
Location: Vaudeville Theatre
CBBC’s Dan and Jeff, the masterminds behind Potted Potter and Potted Pirates, turn their attentions to that much loved British institution, the pantomime.
Potted Panto crams seven much-loved pantomimes into one show. Dan and Jeff career through Cinderella in SD, dazzle with a Dick Whittington featuring Jeff as the Mayor of London and struggle to work out how two people can play seven dwarves and which of them will make the prettiest princess.
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Santa Claus and the Christmas Adventure
Dates: Tue 29th Nov to Sat 31st Dec
Location: The Ambassadors Theatre
The adventure takes place at Santa’s HQ in the North Pole.
The Reindeer Sat Nav is programmed and the toys are piled high on the sleigh, then. chaos strikes!
Rudolph is missing and the elves are misbehaving. will Santa ever be able to deliver the presents to all the boys and girls?!
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Shrek The Musical
Dates: Fri 06th May to Sat 20th Oct
Location: Theatre Royal Drury Lane
This new stage musical is based on the story and characters from the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film Shrek, the first chapter in the much loved series of irreverent fairy tales.
Join Shrek, our unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey, as they set off on an adventure to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon.
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Slava’s Snowshow
Dates: Sat 17th Dec to Sun 08th Jan
Location: Royal Festival Hall
The multi award winning international sensation, Slava’s Snowshow has delighted and thrilled audiences in over 80 cities around the globe including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, Rio de Janiero and Moscow.
This unmissable visual masterpiece returns to London after a 15 year absence for a strictly limited 3-week season at the Royal Festival Hall this Christmas. Loved by children and adults alike Slava’s Snowshow is a combination of theatrical clowning and stunning spectacle performed by the internationally renowned company of clowns lead by Slava Polunin.
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The Gruffalo
Dates: Wed 23rd Nov to Sun 15th Jan
Location: Lyric Theatre
This big scary monster is back in London’s West End again this Christmas!
Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
Mouse can scare hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined?
Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged three and up, and their adults. Let your imagination run wild
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The Snowman
Dates: Wed 30th Nov to Sun 08th Jan
Location: Peacock Theatre
Now a major fixture in the Christmas calendar, the stage version of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved book continues to delight children as it returns to the Peacock Theatre this Christmas.
When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. On their travels, they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and, of course, Father Christmas.
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The Sooty Christmas Show
Dates: Mon 12th Dec to Sun 01st Jan
Location: Garrick Theatre
Izzy Wizzy let’s get Busy! – Introduce your children to the magic of Sooty!
The nation’s favourite magical teddy bear returns to The West End this Christmas, to take centre stage in a charming winter treat packed full of giggles. The show, which is Sooty’s first in 13 years, will also feature the world’s greatest ringmaster, Norman Barrett and his performing budgies, alongside Father Christmas and Harry the Robot. Iconic Sooty Show characters Butch the bull dog and Ramsbottom the snake-both will also be joining the ensemble, as Carol singers.
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The Lion King
Dates: Thu 01st Jan to Sun 09th Sep 2012
Location: Lyceum Theatre
Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s multi-award winning musical ‘The Lion King’ will redefine your expectations of theatre.
A spectacular visual feast, this adaptation of Disney’s much-loved film transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba – the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands
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The Wizard Of Oz
Dates: Mon 07th Feb to Sun 28th Oct 2012
Location: London Palladium
The most magical adventure of them all.
Follow the yellow brick road over the rainbow and into The London Palladium, the capital’s home of the family musical. Starring Michael Crawford as The Wizard and Danielle Hope (winner of the BBC’s smash hit Over The Rainbow) as Dorothy.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all time classic, totally reconceived for the stage by the award-winning creative team that delighted audiences of all ages with their recent London Palladium revival of The Sound of Music.
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