12 Christmas Theatre Shows to Book Now

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Fenella Tobey by | Posted on 3rd November 2017
12 Christmas Theatre Shows to Book Now

Now that you have taken down the creepy cobwebs and smashed your beloved pumpkins, it’s time we started thinking less about ghouls and more about Christmas. “When will it stop”, I hear you cry, not until the fat lady – I mean fat Santa gets stuck down your chimney.  You can’t blame us for helping you get organised.  With only two months to go, rehearsals are in full swing for all types of theatre and performances. Before you panic under the pressure of choosing between all the multitudes of flyers exploding from your letter box. The Handbook is here to provide you with a few suggestions. We’ve even broken them down in to appropriate categories.

What: Wilde Creatures

About: The show is inspired by Oscar Wilde’s best loved fairy tales: ‘The Happy Prince’, ‘The Nightingale And The Rose’ and, ‘The Birthday Of The Infanta’. The performance was created by Tall Stories, a theatre company that has been making children’s theatre for over twenty years, including the hit West End adaptation of ‘The Gruffalo’.

Dates: 15th – 31st December

Who to go with: Children

Location:  Vaudeville Theatre

www.seetickets.com

What: Cinderella Pantomime

About: The Hackney Empire’s annual panto is renowned across London and despite the fact that their resident dame Clive Rowe will not be performing this year, Cinderella is looking to be no less of a smash hit. Expect bonkers plot twists, tongue in cheek humour and all the fabulous traditional pantomime flourishes.

Who to go with: Family, Friends

Dates: 18th November – 31st December 2017

Location: Hackney Empire

Cost: From £13.50

www.hackneyempire.co.uk

What: Snow White and Red Rose

About: This one’s for the girls. Snow White and Rose Red is the tale of two sisters who couldn’t be more different. Where one is gentle and has the tendency to day dream, the other is tough and wild. The characters make for a smart, rough and ready feminist performance, with rock songs, jokes, puppetry and a strong sense of girl power.

Who to go with: Children, Friends

Dates: 29th November – 30th December

Location: Battersea Arts Centre

Cost: From £14.40

www.rashdash.co.uk

What: Slava’s Snowshow

About: This highly renowned company of clowns perform a magical fusion of masterful clowning and stunning theatrical effects. Be prepared to enter a dreamlike, abstract world and forget the creepy clowns that haunted you as a child. It was also nominated for the Tony award “Best special theatrical event”.

Who to go with: A date, friends, family

Dates: 18th December – 14th January 2018

Cost: From £18.50

Location: Royal Festival Hall

www.fromtheboxoffice.com

What: Cinderella on Ice

About: A performance packed with high speed routines, and daring acrobatics. Witness “The Imperial Ice Stars” international and national championship level skaters glide and twirl around the winter palace theatre. Sixty minutes of action packed adventure following the story of the traditional fairy tale.

Who to go with: A date, friends, family

Dates: 17th November – 1st January 2018

Cost: From £17.85

Location: Winter Palace Theater

www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

What: La Soirée

About: One of London’s more unusual performances; a variety show set to thrill with a fantastical combination of saucy circus acts, and quirky cabaret, as well as burlesque and some more contemporary acts.

Who to go with: A date, friends.

Dates: 24th November – 3rd February 2018

Cost: £23.50

Location: Aldwych Theatre

www.la-soiree.com

What: Peter Pan

About: The tale of Peter Pan brought to life like never before with over 100 hundred performers, three stages, and BMX stuntmen. As well as flying trapeze and trampoline artists. Need we say more?

Who to go with: Family, friends.

Dates: 29th- 30th December

Cost: From £25

Location: SSE Arena Wembley

www.ssearena.co.uk

What: Apocalypse Meow: Crisis is Born

About: The Caberet sensation “Meow Meow” take to the stage sharing hilarious tales of adventures untold. Though the subject outlook may be bleak, the way the story is portrayed is anything but. With a wicked sense of humour and some extraordinary voices, the show is a must see.

Dates: 20-31st December

Who to go with:  A date, friends.

Location: Sam Wannamaker Playhouse

www.londontheatre.co.uk

What: White Fang

About: This winter, Jethro Compton, a man known for his intense theatrical westerns and historical dramas, brings you his re imagining of White Fang. The snowy sets will have you yearning for Christmas before the more serious themes of love and redemption sweep you away.

Dates: 13th – 30th December

Who to go with: Friends

Location: Park Theatre

www.parktheatre.co.uk

What: Dick Whittington

About: With the likes of Julian Clary and Elaine Paige, gracing the stage it’s sure to be a performance to get the whole family in the mood for some Christmas mischief. If your grandparents are anything like mine then you’re probably used to, or dreading, the running commentary of “What did he say?” “I wish they’d speak up”. Fear not; audience participation is much encouraged at pantomimes, while characters have a habit of speaking very loudly, and the slapstick comedy is hard to miss even without your glasses.

Who to go with: Family, friends, grandparents.

Dates: 9th-14th December

Cost: From £26

Location: London Paladium

www.dickwittingtonpalladium.com

What: Nutcracker

About: If however your in-laws (or grandparents) find it hard to crack a smile, and you’d rather sit in silence, than combat their endless questions, then nabbing tickets to the English National Ballet is a smart move. Fall in love with Tchaikovsky’s ballet, and be a part of the magical Christmas classic.

Who to go with: Family, grandparents, a date

Dates: 13 December – 6 January 2018

Cost: From £16.10

Location: London Coliseum

www.londontheatredirect.com

What: Christmas Festival

About: Tis the season to be jolly (or at least it will be), which means singing. Yes singing. So why not join the five hundred strong choir at the Christmas festival in the Albert hall. Belt out your favourite festive tunes or warble along to well-known carols, in one of the world’s most glorious concert halls.

Who to go with: The grandparents

Dates: 13th – 24th December

Cost: From £21.61

Location: Royal Albert Hall

www.royalalberthall.com

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