This year's Christmas panto at the Hackney Empire will be Aladdin.
Ever since my mum and dad took me to Aladdin when I was a little kid I have been obsessed with genies (seriously). And whenever I see a lamp I rub it. When I see a jug, I rub it. When I see a mug, I rub it. When I see a bottle, I rub it. But nothing ever comes out of it -- not once! No cloud of dust or purple smoke or a big genie offering me three wishes -- nothing!
But I bet you 10p that when Aladdin head off on an amazing journey to the mystical East (aka Hackney), he'll rub his magic lamp and... bingo! Out will come a big purple genie first time, offering him three wishes -- which he will then proceed to completely waste because he hasn't thought through the consequences. They should have let me rub it! Ah well.
The Hackney Empire is promising us some glittering costumes, tap-dancing pandas, a beautiful princess, a big basket full of dirty washing, and a magic carpet ride into the fun and fairytale world of Oriental Peking. What more could you want!
Robinson Crusoe at Greenwich Theatre – 23 Nov 2018 to 13 Jan 2019 – Set sail with Robinson Crusoe this Christmas and help him battle the Pirate Queen and find the treasure chest full of gold.
Beauty And The Beast at Shaw Theatre – 8 to 30 Dec 2018 – Beauty and the Beast is a traditional Christmas panto with lots of laughs and dancing and a bit of panto magic
Peter Pan at Richmond Theatre – 8 Dec 2018 to 6 Jan 2019 – Robert Lindsay will be starring as Captain Hook in this year's Christmas pantomime at the Richmond Theatre.
Aladdin Panto at New Wimbledon Theatre – 8 Dec 2018 to 6 Jan 2019 – Paul Merton and comedy magician Pete Firman will be starring in the Christmas panto at Wimbledon Theatre
Nativity The Musical at Eventim Apollo – 19 to 31 Dec 2018 – The smash-hit 'Nativity' movies have been turned into a comedy musical, fun for all the family this Christmas.
Nish Kumar: It’s In Your Nature To Destroy Yourselves – 29 Mar 2019 – Nish Kumar is taking his new show on a nationwide tour, including one night at the Hackney Empire.
42nd Street — High-kicking Broadway hit – 20 Mar 2017 to 5 Jan 2019 – 42nd Street tells the story of a Broadway dancer who gets her shot at stardom when the leading lady gets injured.
Maybe you could take your kids to a Christmas pantomime
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans