Seeing a pantomime is an enduring tradition in many families at Christmas time. Tickets are often bought in advance and before you know it, the time has come to get everyone to the theatre to see what Buttons, the Dame and everyone else has got in store.
If you have a rather large brood, plenty of extended family or go to the panto with a big group of friends, then hiring a coach could be a great option. There’ll be no need to worry about how many cars to take, what’s the fastest route or where to park; it’ll all be taken care of.
This year’s pantomimes in London
There is no shortage of theatres in London and by extension, lots of pantomimes to choose from. Whether you opt to see something on the West End, King Tut – A Pyramid Panto, or something more traditional, you’re guaranteed a great day out.
Here are some of the highlights:
Jack and the Beanstalk at the Lyric Hammersmith has brought the old tale into the modern age by gender-swapping Jack and hinting at the current housing crisis. Despite the social questions it may provoke in the adults, there is plenty of imitation snow, catchy songs and free sweets to keep the kids happy.
Islington’s King’s Head Theatre will play host to King Tut – A Pyramid Panto, which is this year’s offering from Charles Court Opera. As well as wacky costumes and witty punchlines, there will be an abundance of musical numbers from a five-strong band.
Cinderella at Hackney Empire serves up stunning sets, a fun pantomime horse called Clapton and lots of drama. Traditionalists will find all the time-honoured traditions, just taken up a notch, with enough glitter to make it shine above the competition.
Kent’s selection of pantos
From Peter Pan and Sleeping Beauty to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, all the classics are represented at theatres across Kent this Christmas. Look out for a few famous faces too, as many of the pantos across the county feature celebrities.
Here are some of Kent’s best offerings this year:
Peter Pan at the New Cut Road Studios in Maidstone features plenty of special effects and colourful costumes, as well as a chorus made up of The Lost Boys. Starring Hollyoaks actors, a former X Factor finalist and TOWIE regular, it’s sure to draw in the crowds.
Linda Lusardi has a huge stage presence at Gravesend’s production of Sleeping Beauty. Catch her as the Wicked Queen, alongside 90s pop trio Cleopatra as the Good Fairies. It’ll all take place at The Woodville this Christmas.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a family favourite featuring a few names from the past. Parents will recognise Bob Carolgees of Tiswas fame at The Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks, while the kids will spot Britain’s Got Talent’s Danny Beard.
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