The good, the mad, and the ugly sisters…

Pantomime season is soon to be upon us… oh no it isn’t…oh YES it is! So, start warming up your vocals and get ready to boo the villains and cheer on the damsels. Here are our top 5 shows in Central London this December with some advice on how to make a day of it…

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For the Kids:

CinderellaShaw Theatre, 13th December 2013 – 31st December 2013.

This production, a traditional family favourite, is suitable for ages 2+ and guaranteed to wow children and adults alike with a cast full of West End stars, glittering costumes and audience participation.

Celeb Spots:

Peter PanRichmond Theatre, 6th December 2013 – 12th January 2014.

Henry Winkler (OBE) best known for his role as ‘The Fonz’ in American sitcom ‘Happy Days’ plays the evil villain Captain Hook. Any Happy days fan will love seeing Winkler don a curly wig and hook in order to transform into the notorious pirate.

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For a female celeb hit up the Wimbeldon Theatre to catch Jo Brand’s panto debut in Aladdin, also starring a great supporting cast and top dance crew Flawless. Token ex-soap star C-lister must-see this year is for all Eastenders fans out there. Check out Steve McFadden (AKA Phil Mitchelll) in Fairfield Halls version of Peter Pan.

Contemporary Twist:

‘A-Ladd-In-The-City’Bridewell Theatre, 26th November 2013– 13th December 2013.

This is truly a new take on the traditional with even the performance times taking place at lunch times only. Aladdin has to overcome new challenges as his princess Jasmine has a crush on Prince Harry and the evil villain Abanazer is leading him astray to Shoreditch in pursuit of a magic lamp. All to be enjoyed over sandwiches, with a special guest appearance from Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Perfect!

The Traditionalist:

Dick WhittingtonQueen’s Theatre, 30th November 2013 – 11th January 2014.

The endearing tale of a man and his trusty cat (anyone who’s anyone has a feline sidekick, just ask Shrek) who together head off to find their fortune in London. This production ends the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Theatre. 24 strong school children join the cast in this light hearted performance that promises to deliver all the panto favourites… ‘He’s behind you!’.

The Indecisive:

Potted PantoVaudeville Theatre, 8th December 2013 – 5th January 2014

If you can’t pick between the vast range of what’s on offer this production is for you. Squeezing seven panto classics into 80 minutes, double Olivier nominees Dan and Jeffs are best known for presenting on CBBC but have since turned their talents to writing and staging their own comedy shows. Their last Christmas show was a huge success and ‘Potted Panto’ is hotly anticipated to be another firm favourite with audiences. Don’t miss out.

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Make a day of it with these special offers

Of course, it’s traditional when visiting a London show to make a day of it with dinner and drinks (either before or after) in a nearby pub. There’s the opportunity to do something a little different this year…

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The Hispaniola, docked alongside Victoria Embankment, close to Embankment tube station, offers a memorable fine dining experience aboard a gorgeously vintage boat – you can indulge in 3 courses on the top deck for only £25, or grab a pre-show drink at the bar.

Alternatively, book your place on a City Cruises Festive Afternoon Tea or Lunch cruise and explore London’s sights on these festively decorated boats while tucking into your food or sipping your champagne. Now with 20% off on selected days in December.