6 shows to help you keep festive between Christmas and New Year
Once Christmas Day has passed, there are a few days in between Christmas and New Year which you may find yourself at a loose end. To make the most of this period, why not take a trip to Theatreland and see one of these spectacular shows? From soaring trapeze artists in Circus 1903 to a musical retelling of the Christmas story in Nativity!, extend the seasonal feel-good factor with a West End visit to round off your year.
The best shows to see between Christmas and New Year
The West End untucks this Christmas and gets a fierce and funny drag makeover as Cinderella comes to Trafalgar Studios. With just five performances, don’t miss out this festive story with a twist, starring RuPaul’s Drag Race star Baga Chipz and Britain’s Got Talent contestant Sheila Simmonds.
Bringing high-flying circus acts from the turn of the twentieth century to the Southbank Centre, Circus 1903 is set to dazzle audiences with death-defying stunts. During a two hour spectacle, the show will take audiences to the golden age of circus, with acrobats flying over the stage, as well as trapeze artists, jugglers and puppet elephants created by Handspring Puppet Company, the team behind the puppets used in War Horse. Just like the contortionists, you’ll bend over backwards to get a ticket for Circus 1903 which brings the fun of the Big Top to the West End.
For festive family fun in the West End after Christmas, take a trip to Matilda, the Roald Dahl book which has been adapted for the stage. Playing at the Cambridge Theatre since 2011, the show has entertained audiences of all ages, as Matilda Wormwood attempts to defeat Miss Trunchbull and her parents with her knowledge. See Bruce Bogtrotter eat chocolate cake and Matilda use her telekinetic powers to cause mischief in a show where sometimes, it pays off to be a little bit naughty…
The Play That Goes Wrong
Keep the festive laughter going at The Play That Goes Wrong, a comedy play that will keep you giggling for days. Join the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they put on their annual production: ‘Murder at Haversham Manor’, a murder mystery set in the 1920s. With props going missing and the set crumbling, the final few steps to curtain up become tricky to navigate. Brought to the West End by Mischief Theatre Company, the troupe behind The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, The Play That Goes Wrong is full of comedic mistakes that are so wrong, they’re so right!
Find out how Elphaba and Glinda came to be the good and bad witches of Oz in Wicked, making the West End green since 2006. When Elphaba and Glinda first meet at Shiz University, they are polar opposites. As the pair learn more about each other, they form an unbreakable friendship. When their friendship is tested by the Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the Ozian heartthrob Fiyero, the pair follow different paths. With a soundtrack including “Defying Gravity” and “One Short Day”, Wicked is a modern classic in the West End that continues to stun audiences.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Based on the BBC Three documentary ‘Jamie: Drag Queen at 16’, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is a show packed with good heart. When Jamie New wants to go to the school prom in a dress, he’s met with backlash. Yet, with the support of his mother, friends and Miss Hedge, Jamie’s drag persona takes centre stage on the biggest night of the school calendar. Starring Michelle Visage and featuring an original score from The Feeling musician Dan Gillespie Sells, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is an unconventional tale that is all about sticking up for who you are.
Nativity the Musical
For a final festive flourish, why not end your year of theatre at Nativity! The Musical? When the children of St Bernadette’s school put on their annual nativity, the children are promised that there will be a Hollywood producer in the audience. As the schoolteacher Mr Maddens works hard to fulfil his promise, the school has to “sparkle and shine” in order to create a nativity that’s good enough to be a big blockbuster! Danny Dyer takes to the stage as the Hollywood Producer, alongside Jo Brand, Simon Lipkin and Dani Dyer in this Christmassy extravaganza that will have you wishing you could go back to your school days.