With his Elvis hairdo, crisp-white T-shirt and black leather jacket he was the coolest dude on television back in the seventies. He was the handsome devil who got all the girls and had guys like Cunningham running round in circles for him. Who are we talking about? ‘The Fonz’ of course!
A world apart from his legendary character in the 1970’s American sitcom ‘Happy Days’, actor Henry Winkler is to play a dastardly Captain Hook in the “Peter Pan” pantomime at the Richmond Theatre this Christmas.
This favourite children’s pantomime will run at this stunning Victorian theatre from December 6, 2013 until January 12, 2014.
London is home to a myriad of magical pantomimes all year round but especially during the festive season. Here’s a few more of the best pantomimes in London for Christmas 2013.
A little further south in Croydon, Eastender’s star Steve “Phil Mitchell” McFadden will be giving Henry Winkler a run for his money playing Captain Hook in a Croydon-adaptation of Peter Pan.
Other pantomimes put on this Christmas in London include Puss in Boots, which can is being performed in two extremely different formats at Hackney Empire and Greenwich Theatre.
The legendary Sleeping Beauty is also showing in two different locations, the Park Theatre and Broadway Theatre. Jack and the Beanstalk is popular this year with four versions at the Hammersmith Lyric, Broadway Barking, Southwark Playhouse and a special adult-only version at the Stag Theatre – sounds intriguing!
Firm Christmas favourite Aladdin will star pantomime debutante Jo Brand alongside Mathew Kelly at the New Wimbledon Theatre, which promises to be a corker.
The tradition of Christmas pantomime, commonly known as “panto” developed in the early 1800s as a form of low-end opera. Pantos have gone from strength to strength in the British capital and have become a great Christmas tradition being as bigger part of the festive season as shopping, visiting Santa and decorating the Christmas tree.
As we can see by this heady panto line-up of the best pantomimes in London, there are pantomimes galore for the whole family this Christmas in London.