14 must-see Christmas shows in London this festive season
Put some festive sparkle into this year’s Christmas celebrations with a trip to the West End. With lots of Christmas shows available, as well as extra performances of West End favourites, get onto Santa’s good list and book your tickets now for your trip to the theatre.
Christmas shows in the West End this festive season
The British pantomime tradition returns once again to the London Palladium with Snow White for a strictly limited 5-week period over the Christmas holiday. Starring Dawn French, Julian Clary, Danielle Hope and Charlie Stemp, rekindle the magic of how the fairest maiden of them all faces a wicked queen and a poisoned apple along the way. Will she get to marry the Prince? Will she live happily ever after? (“Oh yes, she will!”)
Snow White tickets are available now.
Bringing the 2009 film to the stage, Nativity! The Musical tells the story of St Bernadette’s School putting on a musical version of the nativity. But when Mr Maddens tells the children that there’s going to be a top Hollywood producer in the audience, it’s clear that this isn’t going to be one regular school nativity. Starring Danny and Dani Dyer, Jo Brand and Simon Lipkin, you’ll be wanting to “Sparkle and Shine” just like the children of St Bernadette’s in Nativity! The Musical.
Nativity the Musical tickets are available now.
Go back to the Dickensian times with Simon Callow in an adaptation of the much-loved classic A Christmas Carol with Simon Callow. Based on a performance adaptation that Charles Dickens performed of his own text, Callow and director-designer Tom Cairns have created a one-man production that enjoyed successful runs in 2012, 2013 and 2016. Guided by three spirits, Ebenezer Scrooge has to face up to his actions. Will he be able to realise the true spirit of Christmas before it’s too late? A show for all ages, A Christmas Carol with Simon Callow is set to be a merry extravaganza.
A Christmas Carol with Simon Callow tickets are available now.
Packed with plenty of festive charm, head to the Royal Opera House this season to experience The Nutcracker. Written by Tchaikovsky in 1892, follow Clara as she receives an enchanted Nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve that comes to life. Meeting the Sugar Plum Fairy and other magical characters along the way, The Nutcracker is a celebration of dance and Christmas joy. Listen to “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and the “Chinese Dance” as the Royal Ballet perform this well-loved ballet.
The Nutcracker tickets are available now.
Based on the much-loved classic by Raymond Briggs and the subsequent television adaptation, The Snowman returns to the Peacock Theatre for its 16th Christmas season. Telling the story of how a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, follow them as they fly through the air, meeting reindeers and other magical Christmas characters on their adventure. Featuring “Walking In The Air”, The Snowman is a great treat for all ages that’s sure to get anyone feeling jolly.
The Snowman tickets are available now.
Returning by popular demand, Jack Thorne’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol makes its way onto the Old Vic stage once again after a critically-acclaimed run in 2017. Directed by Matthew Warchus, follow the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet To Come. When Scrooge is offered the chance to save himself and others, will he do so? Don’t be a humbug this Christmas and book your tickets for A Christmas Carol now.
‘Tis the season to be jolly through the ages with Horrible Christmas, a festive adventure that’s fun for all the family. Follow the story of a young boy who has to save Christmas before the “jolly man dressed in red”, meet medieval monks and get up close with the Tudors as the show is packed with knowledge and silliness. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer even makes an appearance to save the festive season before it’s too late! Don’t let this show be a thing of the past and book your tickets for Horrible Christmas.
Horrible Christmas tickets are available now.
Sing Hallelujah as The Messiah makes it West End premiere. It’s a production that’s set to send audiences into states of biblical laughter at The Other Palace. Join a cast including Hugh Dennis and Lesley Garrett, as they attempt to tell the Nativity story, but it’s not as easy as it seems. In an angelic comedy with twists and turns, follow the story of The Messiah this Christmas in this fun nativity.
The Messiah tickets are available now.
Returning to Wilton’s Music Hall by popular demand, The Box of Delights is back for a strictly limited run. Telling the story of sorcerers Ramon Lulli and Arnold of Todi, whose box ends up in the hands of Kay Harker, a young boy who gets the box centuries later. The show is filled with magical powers and wondrous spells in order to save himself and Christmas. The Box of Delights is set to be a spellbinding production, guaranteed to entertain the kids this season.
The Box of Delights tickets are available now.
West End favourites you don’t want to miss this Christmas
Don’t miss out on your chance to see “The Circle of Life” this season, as The Lion King enjoys its 19th year at the Lyceum Theatre. One of the biggest Disney films, see the Serengeti come to life with over 200 puppets in a theatrical journey that would be a roaring shame to miss. Join your favourite animated characters such as Simba, Nala and Mufasa and say “Hakuna Matata” to The Lion King this Christmas for a celebration to transport you into the heart of Africa.
The Lion King tickets are available now.
Say “Hello” to The Book of Mormon, the smash-hit sensation that won best new musical at the 2014 Olivier Awards and sends audiences into uproarious laughter night after night. Written by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the story tells of Elder Price and Elder Cunnigham’s mission to Uganda, where spreading the word of the Latter Day Saints isn’t as simple as it initially seemed. Facing warlords, poverty and AIDS, The Book of Mormon may seem like a hard-hitting tragedy but it’s a must-see comedy to round off 2018 in style.
A spellbinding production that’s sure to make you feel good during the festive season, Wicked has recently celebrated 12 years in the West End. The prequel to The Wizard of Oz, it centres on Elphaba and Glinda, two students at Shiz University that become unlikely friends. It’s a bewitching tale that tells how Elphaba became the Wicked Witch of the West. With a score including “No Good Deed”, “The Wizard and I” and “One Short Day”, kick off your seasonal magic with a ticket to Wicked.
You’ve seen Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again in cinemas this year, so why not take a trip to Mamma Mia! to end your year. Set on a Greek island, follow Sophie as she attempts to find out who her father is before she marries Sky, while Donna is set to open her hotel on the island. With a catchy soundtrack including “Super Trouper”, “Dancing Queen” and “Take A Chance on Me”, Mamma Mia! is an unmissable part to your feel-good celebrations.
Mamma Mia! tickets are available now.
Set your sights on Les Misérables, an iconic West End production that has been produced in 44 countries and seen by over 70 million people. Based on Victor Hugo’s novel, it centres on Jean Valjean as he aims to break free from his struggles. Set in post-Revolutionary France, hear the people sing musical theatre classics including “On My Own”, “Master of the House” and “Bring Him Home” as Les Misérables pleases audiences all year-round.
Les Misérables tickets are available now.