Pantomimes are a staple of West End theatre at Christmastime. The merry tradition sees UK theatres come alive with family-friendly stories, weaving well-known tales with modern discourse and chart-topping songs. You’ll laugh out loud at the dances, comedy sketches, and slapstick storytelling. For many people, a pantomime show is their first experience of being at a theatre. So, if you want to introduce young people to the West End, why not take them to a pantomime this Christmas? See lavish pantomimes like the all-star option at the London Palladium, or discover some of London’s greatest winter shows at the Lyric Hammersmith and the Hackney Empire.
Plus, you might even see your favourite celebrities tread the board as they take on pantomime roles: Julian Clary, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot, and Paul Zerdin to name a few. If you’re wondering where exactly pantomime came from and how it became a British tradition, check out our guide to the history and meaning of this seasonal entertainment. Get pantomime tickets on London Theatre.