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Aladdin postponed to 2021

Today alongside Hackney Empire, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Theatre Royal Stratford East we have announced that we will not be producing our annual panto this year due to the continued uncertainty of government guidelines for restarting public performances.

The production process for such a large-scale show as Panto would have begun at the start of August. Without an announced date from the government on when theatre performances can resume without social distancing, making doing a Panto economically viable, we have now had to take this hard decision to postpone to 2021.

The new dates for Aladdin will be Saturday 13 November 2021 to Sunday 02 January 2022.

Rachel O’Riordan, Artistic Director and Sian Alexander, Executive Director from the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre said: “We are desperately sad to be postponing the Lyric’s 2020 Panto Aladdin to 2021. It was a very hard decision but one we had to make to ensure the future of our theatre and manage the unprecedented levels of risk during this difficult and uncertain time. We have a long history of Panto at the Lyric; our first was in 1897. It is a magical time of year for our theatre, the artists we work with and our community – we love seeing many generations of families coming together to experience the joy of Panto. Economically Panto is massively important to the theatre industry; it is also for many their first experience of live theatre and for others the first opportunity to work professionally. We are incredibly proud of the talent that has come through our Panto Ensemble, which provides a pathway into our industry for many young people who go on to have incredible careers in theatre. We are committed to Panto being back in its rightful place on our stage in the heart of Hammersmith and delighting our audiences in 2021.”

All customers who had tickets booked for Aladdin have been contacted and will be automatically transferred to the closest equivalent performance in 2021.

Please note we are currently running a limited box office whilst we are closed, but if you have a question about tickets booked for Aladdin please email

Thank you to all our customers for their continued patience and support during this difficult time.

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