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What are the best pantomimes of 2018?

With panto season now underway, here’s a list of the best shows of the year so far, as reviewed by The Stage’s team of experts. This list will be updated throughout December.

London pantomimes


★★★★★ Aladdin – Hackney Empire

Aladdin review at Hackney Empire, London – ‘drop-dead fabulous’ [1]

★★★★★ Mother Goose Cracks One Out – Above the Stag

Mother Goose Cracks One Out review at Above the Stag, London – ‘blissfully irreverent’ [2]

★★★★ Dick Whittington – Lyric Hammersmith

Dick Whittington review at Lyric Hammersmith, London – ‘colourful and warm-hearted’ [3]

UK pantomimes

★★★★★ Snow White – Towngate Theatre, Basildon

Snow White review at Towngate Theatre, Basildon – ‘pitch-perfect pantomime’ [4]

★★★★★ Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Goldilocks and the Three Bears review at Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne – ‘outstanding’ [5]

★★★★★ Aladdin – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Aladdin review at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford – ‘panto perfection’ [6]

★★★★★ Cinderella – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Cinderella review at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – ‘lavish and entertaining’ [7]


★★★★ Beauty and the Beast – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Beauty and the Beast review at King’s Theatre, Edinburgh – ‘a beauty of a panto’ [8]

★★★★ Aladdin – Cambridge Arts Theatre

Aladdin review at Cambridge Arts Theatre – ‘sweet and warm-hearted’ [9]

★★★★ Beauty and the Beast – Salisbury Playhouse

Beauty and the Beast review at Salisbury Playhouse – ‘handsome, female-led panto’ [10]

★★★★ Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood – Nottingham Playhouse

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood review at Nottingham Playhouse – ‘radiant, warm-hearted panto’ [11]

★★★★ Dick Whittington – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Dick Whittington review at Theatr Clwyd, Mold – ‘heart-warming panto with a rock’n’roll twist’ [12]

★★★★ Cinderella – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Cinderella review at New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich – ‘exuberant and enjoyable’ [13]

★★★★ Sleepin’ Cutie – Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling

Sleepin’ Cutie review at Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling – ‘expertly staged’ [14]

★★★★ Mammy Goose – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Mammy Goose review at Tron Theatre, Glasgow – ‘progressive and entertaining’ [15]