City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse)

Two decades after its London premiere, Donmar artistic director Josie Rourke revives Cy Coleman's film noir musical

The Merchant of Venice (Almeida Theatre)

Rupert Goold's celebrated production comes to London with Ian McDiarmid as Shylock

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (King's Lynn – panto)

Chris Jordan pantomimes are usually among the best of the commercial variety around. Some how "Snow White" slips below this high standard.

Jack and the Beanstalk (St Albans – panto)

Importing television stars into theatres shows may be good box-office, but it's not necessarily a recipe for pantomime success.

Cinderella (Colchester – panto)

It's a story which is capable of many variations. At the Mercury Theatre, for example, this Christmas finds orphaned Cinderella in the late 19th century.

A Christmas Carol (Old Red Lion Theatre)
By Jane Martin

Dickens' timeless tale of remorse and renewal makes an uplifting seasonal drama from Metal Rabbit

Potted Sherlock (Vaudeville Theatre)

The Potted team return to the West End, this time turning their attention to the iconic detective

Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Royal, Stratford East)

Dawn Reid's take on this classic story is one to watch this Christmastime, oh yes it is

Golem (Young Vic)

Animation and live action combine to enthralling effect in 1927's anti-panto satire

Peter Pan (Chelmsford – panto)

These days you are much more likely to see "Peter Pan" in pantomimic guise than as a straight-forward play for children.