Christmas theatre to see this season that aren’t pantomimes
When it comes to Christmas theatre this year, you may just think of going to a pantomime. But, there are plenty of shows for young ones and young at heart adults! If it’s a traditional story you’re after or a brand new production, we’ve got more to choose from than you can get in a chocolate selection box.
Christmas theatre to entertain you
Danny Mac and Dan Burton lead the cast in White Christmas, playing at the Dominion Theatre during the festive season. Based on the 1950s Christmassy blockbuster, follow two ex-military servicemen as they team up to put on a grand show in order to save their General’s Vermont lodge. See the theatre transform into a showbiz snowglobe, with songs including “Sisters” and the epic “White Christmas”, made famous by Bing Crosby. If you’re looking for a festive spectacular, there is nothing better than White Christmas.
The English National Ballet will perform at the London Coliseum in the Christmas favourite, The Nutcracker. Clara is given a Nutcracker doll one Christmas Eve, but as she begins to play with it, she realises the doll is enchanted. Springing to life, the Nutcracker takes Clara on an adventure, meeting toy soldiers and the Sugar Plum Fairy. When she wakes up, Clara realises that her time exploring with the Nutcracker was just a dream. In this beloved piece of Christmas theatre, listen to Tchaikovsky’s music of “The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and the “Chinese Dance” and watch the world-class ballet dancers in awe at The Nutcracker.
Nativity the Musical!
Coming to the Eventim Apollo at the end of the year, join St Bernadette’s School at Nativity! The Musical as they put on a musical version of the story of Jesus’ birth. When the children find out there’s a top Hollywood producer in the audience trying to turn their nativity into a film, the school nativity becomes grander than ever. The children have to sparkle and shine in this great piece of Christmas theatre, where everyone wants their Christmas wish to come true. Nativity! The Musical will leave you wanting to star in your very own Christmas production.
Hailed as ‘an intoxicating fusion of music, comedy, acrobatics and erotica’, La Clique will dazzle audiences at the Leicester Square Spiegeltent for the first time in a decade. An Olivier Award-winning cabaret, join extraordinary performers from around the world in an evening of seasonal entertainment with an adult twist.
When factory worker Len Spud invents a new type of toilet roll, the wiping product sells instantly. Quickly becoming a billionaire, Len and his son have their lives turned upside down once they come into a lot of money. See the David Walliams book told on the London stage for the first time at Billionaire Boy, playing at the Bloomsbury Theatre this Christmas.
Elf – A Christmas Spectacular
Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, join Buddy the Elf this Christmas as his heartwarming story is supersized to SSE Wembley Arena. Raised by Santa’s elves at the North Pole, watch what happens when he travels to New York to find his real father. Sure to bring the Christmas spirit to everyone, it’s a festive treat for all ages.
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