With 5 January marking 12th night and the ‘official’ end to Christmas, the days of sleigh bells and chestnuts roasting on an open fire are as far away as they’ll ever be. But that other Christmas tradition, the Pantomime, is still on around London for another week or so.
Here’s a guide to what’s left of the London’s pantos:
Aladdin @ New Wimbledon Theatre
Until 12 January: BAFTA-winning comedienne Jo Brand stars alongside Matthew Kelly and Oliver Thornton in this star-studded all singing, all dancing panto. Including the street dancers from Flawless, this is a sure-fire hit for all the family. Tickets from £11.90.
Peter Pan @ The Richmond Theatre
Until 12 January: Henry Winkler (‘The Fonz’ from Happy Days) plays Hook in this big budget family show. Contemporary jokes keep this classic tale up to date, with plenty of sparkle. Tickets from £11.90.
The Gruffalo @ The Lyric
Until 12 January: Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s story has been performed to over a million people around the world, with a popular TV adaptation too. A heart-warming children’s tale for kids from 3 upwards. Tickets from £14.
Dick Wittington @ Stratford East
Until 11 January: Ashley Gerlach plays Dick in this contemporary adaptation. It’s full of music, dancing, strong characters and bright costumes, with a strong educational element. Tickets from £8.
Jack And The Beanstalk @ Southwark Playhouse
Until 11 January: Goat & Monkey and Toby Hulse present a unique interpretation with lots of twists, turns and audience participation. A show for all ages that’s had some great reviews. Tickets from £16.
The Snow Queen @ Winston Churchill Hall Theatre
16-19 January: A magical fairytale brought to life by the Argosy Players, with promises of dazzling scenery, music and comedy. This pantomime starts after most other shows have ended, so there’s no excuse to miss out on the fun. Tickets from £12.
Sleeping Beauty @ Park Theatre
Until 19 January: A classic telling of a classic tale with a feel-good, old-fashioned vibe that still delivers, Sleepy Beauty has a strong original script and plenty of laughs. Tickets from £19.50.
By Danny Hilton