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Free Christmas Panto in London – What the Dickens?

A Christmas Carol Panto by The Pantaloons
A Christmas Carol Panto by The Pantaloons

Here’s something to put a festive smile on even the glummest face (including Scrooge’s) – a free and hilarious adaption of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol by critically acclaimed outdoor theatre company The Pantaloons. With a cast of just four The Pantaloons will bring a full-on, contemporary twist to this much loved seasonal tale in the magical outdoor setting of The Scoop at More London – the stunning 1000-seater riverside amphitheatre next to City Hall – on 17th & 18th December.

This is the first Dickens production for The Pantaloons who specialise in making the classics accessible for everyone from children to die-hard literature fans through a unique combination of interaction, theatre and music. This special winter production will use puppetry, slapstick, original music, traditional carols and participation inviting audiences into the world of the play and a scene’s direction which can completely change based on the audience member’s suggestions.

No tickets required, no need to book – just wrap up warm, bring your festive cheer and enjoy the show! Cushions are available for hire and food and drink can be purchased at the entrance.

17th & 18th December 2010 – 18.00 (show time approx 1 hour)

The Scoop at More London, More London Riverside, London SE1 2DB
Situated between HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge on the south bank of the Thames. London Bridge station is buggy and wheelchair accessible and is a 5 minute walk away.

How to get to Scoop

Directions from London Bridge station
From London Bridge station, turn right along  Tooley Street. Cross the road and after Hay’s Galleria cut through More London Place heading towards Tower Bridge. A five minute walk in total.

Directions from Tower Hill station
From Tower Hill station, cross the road, turn left and follow round onto Tower Bridge Approach. Cross over Tower Bridge and take the first set of steps down to the waterfront. About a ten minute walk in total.

Driving Directions
Enter your postcode into the interactive map at the top of this page. More London is a pedestrian zone and there is limited on-street parking in the vicinity. The nearest NCP car park is behind Guy’s Hospital.

Written by Janis P.


  1. When I was small some favorite traditions were seeing productions of The Nutcracker and a Christmas Carol each and every year. Also, this is an obvious 1, but picking out the Christmas tree together was always a really enjoyable family thing… And watching Christmas specials on TV: A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Frosty the Snowman. And “It’s A Wonderful Life” was another 1 that I usually watched around the holidays… 🙂 If you don’t have the spending budget to go see the play, I feel reading “A Christmas Carol” – either to your self or out loud in a group – would be nice. Oh, and on volunteering: I spent Thanksgiving volunteering and thought it was a excellent way to spend the day. If I weren’t going to be out of town for Christmas I would try to find somewhere to volunteer… perhaps next year. 🙂

  2. Our lot did Xmas Carol for the school play so this a great follow up. And free! We’ll be hedging over on Saturday

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