Leighton House Museum, 12 Holland Park Rd, London W14 (0171-602 3316) 15 Dec-28 JanReuse content
If you're seeking a family alternative to the "he's-behind-you" predictability of most pantomimes, then a new exhibition at the Leighton House Museum promises to be an enlightening distraction. The colourful displays explore the origins of the Tales, their enormous popularity during the 19th century, fuelled by the Victorians' obsession with lands of Eastern promise, and their contribution to the enduring spirit of pantomime. Visitors will find the Winter Studio of Leighton House transformed in to an Aladdin's cave, while other features include 19th-century toys in costume, toy theatres from Pollocks Toy Museum and illustrations from children's books. A series of special events will run in conjunction with the exhibition, including a theatrical production of Sheherezade by Mike Kenney together with storytelling and school events.