Mirror Magic Market Tales, Riverside Studios

Three men, aided by a magic mirror of consequence, are on a quest for happiness. Meet them all at the marketplace where you can sample their homemade jam and gingerbread. They need your help to forge a fairy tale ending!  

Mirror Magic Market Tales, by Chantal Schaul, is at the Riverside Studios, Crisp Road, Hammersmith from Tuesday, December 9, until Sunday, January 4. Suitable for all ages. £10 until Friday, Dec 12, £14/10 after. Tue-Sun 7.30pm, Sat and Sun mats 1pm. Suitable for eight years and up. Call 020 8237 1111. See www.riversidestudios.co.uk

Snow White and the Seven Drunks, The Tabernacle

Portobello Panto celebrates its 20th anniversary! Made famous by the likes of Stephen Fry, Ruby Wax and Keith Allen, the celebfest has been taken over by a new generation. Starring Jaime Winstone, Alfie Allen, Daisy Lowe and The Wire’s Dominic West, this year expect humour for young and old as the seven self-slandering drunks lovingly mock the darker sides of their lifestyles. 

Snow White and The Seven Drunks is at The Tabernacle, Powis Square, behind Westbourne Park Road, Notting Hill from December 16-20. Suitable for all ages. Price and time TBC, call Rough Trade on 020 7229 8541 or email ruby@portobellopanto.co.uk 

William’s Monster, Chelsea Theatre

From the creators of The Gruffalo, comes a tale of trouble in middle of the night. William is a young boy with a lot of imagination. Staying with grumpy Grandpa for the first time, monstrous music is coming out of the
darkness. How will William ever manage to get to sleep?  

 William’s Monster, by Tall Stories is at the Chelsea Theatre, World’s End Place, King’s Road, until December 28. £7, buy 10 get one free. 10.30am and 1.30pm, runs for 55 mins. Suitable for up to seven years. Call 020 7352 1967. See www.chelseatheatre.org.uk  

Cinderella, and Brilliant, The Lyric

It’s winter. The Queen has declared that there will be a glittering festival of music, magic and dancing so that her son might find a suitable bride. Everyone of note is invited. Or almost everyone… Cinderella’s arctic wonderland  will feature original music by Norway’s Terje Isungset and an ice themed ball at the Kings Palace during the interval.
For younger audiences, the moon’s come down to play! Superb lighting will give lift-off for an unforgettable lunar landing in Brilliant. 

Cinderella, by Ben Power and Melly Still, is at the Lyric Theatre, Lyric Square, Hammersmith, until January 3. £10-27. Times vary, 10am, 1.30pm, 2pm, 7pm. Suitable for seven years and up. Brilliant, by Fevered Sleep runs until December 27. £8/6 children. Family ticket 4 for £25. Suitable for three-six years. Call 0871 22 117 22. See www.lyric.co.uk
 
Amazonia, Young Vic 

Cirque du Soleil designer Gringo Cardia will combine the best of British and Brazilian talent to transform the Young Vic into an enchanted rainforest! Celebrating the life of environmentalist Chico Mendes, who was assassinated 20 years ago while trying to save the rainforest. Original Brazilian music will be composed and performed by Adriano Adewal and more. 

Amazonia, by Paul Heritage and Colin Teevan, is at the Young Vic, The Cut, Waterloo, until January 24.
£10-22.50. Times vary. Suitable for seven years and up. Call 020 7922 2922. See www.youngvic.org
 
The Snowman, Peacock Theatre

The story of a young boy’s adventures when his snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve. Featuring penguins, reindeer, the snow princess and Father Christmas himself! With Walking in the Air played live by a full orchestra. 

The Snowman, by Raymond Briggs and performed by the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, is at the Peacock Theatre until January 11. £12-30. Times vary, 11am, 2.30pm and 7pm. Suitable for two years and up. Call 0844 412 4322. See www.sadlerswells.com  

The Gruffalo, Duchess Theatre

Some see the friendly mouse as a welcome guest, but other, not so friendly monsters see him as dinner! Not so scary, funny and with great songs this adaptation of Alex Scheffler’s book is a winner. 

The Gruffalo, by Tall Stories, is at the Duchess Theatre, Catherine Street, Covent Garden, until January 4. £11.50-14.50. Sat 10.30am and noon, Sun 11am and 1.30pm, Tue-Fri 11am. Suitable three years and up. Call 0870
890 1103.