December 04, 2018
We love heading out to the West End and watching a theatre show. As with previous years, 2018 has no shortage of festive offerings and as such we’ve compiled a list of a number of shows that we think might take your fancy this Christmas.
The London Palladium offers up Snow White as its annual pantomime following in the successes of Cinderella and Dick Whittington in recent years. A legendary West End theatre the cast is to die for with the likes of Dawn French, Julian Clary, Nigel Havers, Vincent and Flavia (from Strictly Come Dancing) and America’s Got Talent winner Paul Zerdin all taking on roles in this festive production. We highly recommend booking!
A Christmas Carol
If you have seen Harry Potter and the Cursed Child then you have enjoyed writer Jack Thorne’s work. Here he adapts Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for the Old Vic with TV star Stephen Tompkinson taking on the lead role as Ebeneezer Scrooge. A great theatre and a fabulous play; what could be better?
A Christmas classic, The Snowman returns to The Peacock Theatre for a record-breaking 21st year. Based upon the classic book by Raymond Briggs and featuring all the magic of everybody’s favourite festive television treat, the whole family are sure to be enchanted as a snowman comes to life and takes a boy on a magical journey through the night skies.
A brand new play for Christmas 2019, Hugh Dennis stars in The Messiah at The Other Palace. Written by Patrick Barlow, the man behind the Oliver Award-winning The 39 Steps, there are only three actors in the cast and they will play each and every role. The story is as meta as one can get as a travelling theatre troupe of two actors and an opera singer arrive by camel into London to enact the greatest story ever told. Enjoy!
A Christmas Carol
Playing for a strictly limited season at the Arts Theatre, Simon Callow takes on the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge in Dickens’ master work. Having previously trodden the boards in this very same version of A Christmas Carol in 2011 to rave reviews, one can expect a marvellous production that is sure to thrill.
The Box of Delights
It’s not technically the West End but there are 45 performances of The Box of Delights at Wilton’s Music Hall. A gorgeous restored venue in East London, we can’t think of a better setting for such a magical story which so enchanted television audiences in 1984. It received rave reviews from critics last year so expect ‘delights’ once more!
The Night Before Christmas
The Southwark Playhouse is playing host to an interesting sounding play this year with a revival of The Night Before Christmas, a 1995 Anthony Neilson play about Gary, a man who is living a rubbish life, is broke on Christmas Eve and who has no way of getting his son the Power Ranger figures he promised him. Thrown in an angry ex-wife and it’s all looking a bit rubbish. But none of that matters because Gary is hiding a secret that might save him and all of humanity. We’re certainly intrigued by the blurb and we might have to check it out!
As with previous years, both the English National Ballet and the Royal Ballet are presenting the Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. A Christmas treat for all, both companies perform this classic each year and we can highly recommend both the dancing and the music. A world class theatre excursion for all to enjoy!
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By Henry Fosdike