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Christmas Show Round-Up

T&L's round-up of the best seasonal shows for all the family.


Outspoken publican Al Murray leads the cast of this year's Wimbledon panto Jack and the Beanstalk. Follow Jack, his hapless brother Idle Al (played by Al Murray) and his mother Dame Trot (played by Olivier award-winning Clive Rowe), and climb a beanstalk of gigantic proportions to cloudland in this spectacular family pantomime.
New Wimbledon Theatre, 9 Dec-14 Jan


Alice has always been brought up to believe in wonder, but her life takes an unexpected turn when she is sent to live with her stern auntie... until she is visited by a White Rabbit and propelled on a quest to save Winterland. Follow Alice to this magically curious world of ice and imagination. This new stage production is based on Lewis Carroll's timeless books and features professional actors alongside members of the Rose Youth Theatre.
Rose Theatre, Kingston, 7 Dec-7 Jan


Jump aboard a high-flying magical carpet headed for Old Peking in this production of Aladdin, that sees the irrepressible legend of pantomime Christopher Biggins ham it up as Aladdin's mother Widow Twankey. Follow Aladdin, his hapless brother and Widow Twankey on a spectacular adventure featuring a beautiful love story, flying carpets, a wish-granting genie, and evil sorcerer and a magical lamp. Classic panto fun.
Richmond Theatre, Richmond, 9 Dec-14 Jan


A magical, memorable adventure of friendship and self-discovery suitable for five to 11-year-olds. Kai and Gerda are best friends, as close as if they were brother and sister, and together with their friends, they reimagine the thrilling adventure of Hans Christian Andersen's classic winter fairy tale. Let your imagination soar as a dusty attic is transformed into the Snow Queen's icy palace, and follow their epic journey of self-discovery, as they try to save Kai from the icy spell of the Snow Queen's cold kiss. Can Gerda melt his heart before he forgets her forever?
Polka Theatre, Wimbledon, 17 Nov-4 Feb


With plenty of magic beans, a lovable cow, an enormous beanstalk, a gigantic giant and a massive adventure, this year's panto at the Lyric looks set to be its biggest ever.
The Lyric Hammersmith, 18 Nov-6 Jan


For a change from the traditional panto, try this new play by award-winning poet and writer Sabrina Mahfouz, based on the picture book by Dianne Hofmey. The play is inspired by the true story of a real giraffe called Zerafa, and her epic journey from the planes of Ethiopia to the Jardin de Plantes in France. Set in 1827, the story begins when the pasha of Egypt decides to present this magnificent animal as a gift to the newly-crowned French king.
Clapham Omnibus, 25 Nov-17 Dec

Jack and the Beanstalk at the New Wimbledon Theatre