They're cheesy, funny and so over-the-top - it can only be pantomime season.
1. Dick Whittington at Wilton's Music Hall
Wilton’s Music Hall’s first pantomime comes from comedy legend Roy Hudd.
Dick Whittington will have an East End theme and will feature Roy as Sarah the Cook.
“It’s a joy to be involved in panto,” Roy said. “But I’m sitting here, wearing women’s shoes, and I’m trying to get used to them – I’ve played every role from babies to everything else, but never Dame before.
“They’re low heels but they still tip you forwards – especially if you’re a big bulky bloke like me.
“And I do get some funny looks when I’m going around Iceland."
2pm or 7pm, December 1-31, £15-£30, Wilton's Music Hall
2. Jack And The Beanstalk at Hackney Empire
Set in the kingdom of Hackneydale and starring grande dame of pantomime Clive Rowe and Olivier Award-nominee Debbie Kurup, this is a pantomime of gigantic proportions.
Will earnest Jack swap the family’s trusty old cow Buttercup for a handful of magic beans or will he stop the terrifying giant whose inventions for making gold are destroying the Earth?
Various times, November 21 to January 3, £10-£34.50, Hackney Empire
3. Red Riding Hood And The Wolf at Greenwich Theatre
This version of Red Riding Hood, written by serial pantomime dame Andrew Pollard, has a little political twist in that the baddie is a werewolf called Count Fracula who is hell bent on moving his fracking business forward – no matter who gets in the way.
The story still centres on a base in the woods – but this one is Greenwich Theatre , which is run by Granny(play by Andrew).
Count Fracula is threatening to flatten the theatre all in the name of fracking. Boo, hiss.
Andrew said: “I chose Red Riding Hood because it’s not done very often. It used to be quite a lot, but it’s fallen out of favour.
“Most places do the same four or five pantos on loop, but because we have such a loyal audience it affords me quite a simple scope and let’s me go off on silly tangents, yet it’s still a story that everybody knows.
"(Because) we have such a great local audience I really feel the pressure. We have become part of people’s Christmases and if you don’t do a good job, you could spoil it for them.”
Various times, Friday, November 20, to Sunday, January 10, £19-£29, Greenwich Theatre
4. Robin Hood at Theatre Royal Stratford East
Robin Hood, the prince of thieves and his band of merry men are on a mission this Christmas. As he robs from the rich and gives to the poor, he’s on a quest to save good King Richard and the poor people of StratEastHam by trying to defeat evil Prince John.
This timeless story has been created with a contemporary script and littered with local references by the critically acclaimed team at Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Various times, Saturday, December 5 to Saturday, January 23, £9.50-£27.50, Theatre Royal Stratford East
5. Snow White at Winterville
The ever-so beautiful Snow White turns up at the palace and that sets the wicked Queen Vera into an angry stupor as she realises she is no longer the fairest in the land.
Can the heroic Prince Harry save Snow White from the Queen’s unpleasant spells? And what happens when Seven Dwarfs find Snow White hiding in their bed?
Various times, November 28-29, December 5-6, 12-13 and 19-23 £9.50-£12 Winterville, Victoria Park