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It’s panto season…Oh no it isn’t…

Posted at 12:15 pm, December 28, 2011 in Arts & Entertainment

….Oh yes it is! Sorry we couldn’t resist. Panto season is well and truly underway and we have sifted through the good, the bad and the ugly-step-sisters on offer. Here are our recommendations for a panto near you.

Central
Potted Panto’
Following their breezy hits ‘Potted Potter’ and ‘Potted Pirates’, bickering duo Dan and Jeff attempt to cram seven classic pantomimes into one single show. Until Jan 8.

North
Beowulf
The talented Charles Court Opera always go delightfully off-piste at the Rosemary Branch. This year it’s a cheeky romp through everybody’s favourite Anglo-Saxon epic. Until Jan 8.

South
Aladdin
Andrew Pollard pens this year’s Greenwich panto and Kieron Smith directs the joshing. Until Jan 8.

East
Cinderella

Once again, this is east London’s answer to the Notting Hill Carnival: a local knees-up that the whole city wants to attend. Joanna Riding stars as a sexy wicked stepmother who struts, shimmies and grinds the urban proletariat under her heels like George Osborne channeling Nancy Dell’Olio. Until Jan 8.

West
Aladdin

Aladdin is spun into a larksome morality tale about the corrupting power of money, with some gentle digs at bankers and, delightfully, professional pub bore Jeremy Clarkson. Capitalist gazillionaires shouldn’t be afraid to take their offspring, though. Until Dec 31.

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