Christmas Theatre: What’s Cool This Yule?
“Christmas time, mistletoe and wine!” A season in which theatre is at its prime! It’s that time of year again, and what better way to celebrate the festive season than a traditional trip to Theatreland? With the holiday season right around the corner, the West End has made sure that there’s enough to fill your stockings this year. Whether you want a family outing to a show that’s entertaining for all, or something to delight the kids, we have selected some snow-filled shows to keep you in a jolly jingle all the way through to 2019!
For Panto Lovers
Britain is renowned for its love of panto! Some say Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without it, whilst others try to avoid it when they can! After two sold-out runs in the West End, Qdos Entertainment return to the London Palladium for its annual pantomime. It would be simply silly to miss out! Oh no it wouldn’t… Oh yes it would!
Panto returns to the London Palladium with a spectacular, star-studded version of Snow White, starring comedy legend Dawn French as the Wicked Queen. Following the well-known story of the beautiful titular character, the hilarious pantomime is guaranteed to feature a variety of dazzling special effects, toe-tapping songs and hilarious jokes that are design for both adults and children alike. With a stellar cast including Julian Clary, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot and Strictly dance sensations Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, this is a show not to miss out on! Book your tickets now to guarantee that you won’t miss out on this panto from an Olivier Award-winning creative team.
Where: London Palladium
When: 8 December 2018 to 13 January 2019
Who: No under 3’s
Why: From the Olivier Award-winning group that brought you Dick Whittington, this is guaranteed to be a Christmas spectacular!
For Fairy-tale Fiends
Those who love a good fairy-tale may not exactly yearn for British panto! Never fear, the West End caters for all tastes and types. Wicked is one of London’s best-loved, longest-running musicals that continues to dazzle audiences. Although not explicitly festive, the spectacular magic of the evening will definitely leave you with a good dose of Christmas cheer!
Forget Christmas crackers, a trip to this magical musical is certain to make your festive holiday go out with a bang! Based on The Wizard of Oz, Wicked is the thrilling backstory of the notorious Wicked Witch of the West and Good Witch of the North. Following Elphaba and Glinda, who are paired together at school despite being completely different, the musical discovers how friendship is the most important part of growing up. Full of laughs, magic and memorable songs that include “Defying Gravity”, “What is this Feeling?” and “No Good Deed”, Wicked is the ultimate treat for any theatre fan!
Where: Apollo Victoria Theatre
Why: Christmas trees are green and so is Elphaba, go figure.
For those who are Crackers about Christmas
Sometimes a good West End show is not enough at Christmas time, and unless there is plenty of snow, presents and festive cheer, you may not want to see it! For the theatregoers who love to indulge in the seasonal spirit, there is a London show that will have you dreaming of the perfect Christmas!
Olivier Award-winning playwright Jack Thorne returns to The Old Vic with his critically-acclaimed adaptation of Charles Dickens’ well-known festive tale, A Christmas Carol. Previously starring Rhys Ifans as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, the show was met with huge enthusiasm from critics and audiences alike. Based on the famous story that appears every Christmas, the tale follows Scrooge as a lifetime of bad decisions catches up with him. Visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future, Scrooge is forced to confront his biggest fears and turn his life around.
Where: The Old Vic
When: 27 November 2018 to 19 January 2019
Who: 8+ (Contains supernatural scenes that some younger viewers may find upsetting.)
Why: Because Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the well-known morality tale of Ebenezer Scrooge.
For Santa’s Little Helpers
Christmas is the ultimate time for little ones to revel in the festive spirit! At the most magical time of the year, why not treat your family to a dazzling show that is sure to delight even the tiniest theatregoer!
Once again, London’s favourite festive show returns to the West End to enthral audiences with its seasonal spirit. Based on the beloved book and animation, The Snowman follows a small boy who makes a snowman on a cold winter day. That night, he peeps outside his window into the garden and lo and behold, the snowman has miraculously come to life! Taking the boy on a Christmassy adventure that he will never forget, the stage production introduces a whole new stream of characters including Jack Frost, accompanied by a soaring score. Experience the magical “Walking in the Air” live on stage!
Where: Peacock Theatre
When: 22 November 2018 to 6 January 2019
Who: Suitable for all ages
Why: Take your tiny ones for a chance to see Santa live on stage!
For the Ultimate Treat
Be transported away from the snow and the chill to the sun-filled plains of Africa! Join one of the West End’s most lively casts in Disney’s beloved long-running musical The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre! Whilst the show may not be very Christmassy, it’s a great option to treat the entire family! Filled with well-known songs such as “Hakuna Matata”, “Circle of Life” and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”, relive the classic story of Simba and his friends on the London stage!
Where: Lyceum Theatre
Why: Treat your family to one of the best shows in town!
Although not dedicated to Christmas itself, this show features enough glitter and razzle-dazzle to rival any piece of tinsel! Following the story of chorus dancer Peggy Sawyer, who dreams of making it big on Broadway, this rags-to-riches story will inject plenty of joy into audience members! With toe-tapping number such as “Lullaby of Broadway”, “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and “42nd Street”, this stellar cast of over 50 dancers bring to life one of musical theatre’s classic shows, with legend Bonnie Langford starring as diva Dorothy Brock!
Where: Theatre Royal Drury Lane
When: Closes 5 January 2019
Why: This is the last chance to see the dazzling show live on stage!