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The Best Shows to Catch this Christmas

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The Best Shows to Catch this Christmas

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Make your Christmas even more special this year with a family trip to the theatre. From a Dickensian festive feast and show to an enchanting performance of The Nutcracker, here are the best shows to watch this Christmas…

The Great Christmas Feast

The Great Christmas Feast

Back for another annual run of festive feasting, Dickensian cocktail drinking and with an enthralling theatrical show, The Great Christmas Feast is an experiential evening not to be missed. Delight in an immersive performance of A Christmas Carol with multiple dining interludes comprising of a delicious ‘Cratchit Family Feast’ (wild pheasant and game, with chestnuts and all the trimmings), hearty celeriac soup, and melt-in-the-mouth meringue and mince pies. Tickets from £34. Until 12 January.

The Nutcracker at Royal Albert Hall

The Nutcracker Royal Albert Hall

Annabel Moeller

If there’s one ballet performance to be seen at Christmas, it’s The Nutcracker. Birmingham Royal Ballet will be performing the dazzling production at the Royal Albert Hall this December to Tchaikovsky’s entrancing score. Delight in dancing snowflakes, delicious costumes, and the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. 28 – 31 December.

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A Christmas Carol at Middle Temple Hall

Antic Disposition's A Christmas Carol

Antic Disposition’s A Christmas Carol, Previous Cast | Scott Rylander

What’s Christmas without a performance of the most festive of all tales? Dickens’ A Christmas Carol comes to life at the historic Middle Temple Hallwhere Dickens reputedly studied law with an enthralling performance from award-winning theatre company Antic Disposition. Feast on mulled wine and mince pies in the holly-clad hall, and enjoy an enchanting festive performance, ideal for all the family. 21 – 30 December.

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Captain Flinn & the Pirate Dinosaurs

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs The Magic Cutlass

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs The Magic Cutlass | courtesy of Gail Harland

For a performance that the little ones will love, look no further than Captain Flinn & the Pirate Dinosaurs. Based on the swashbuckling book by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto, this action-packed dinosaur-suffused pirate adventure promises to put a smile on any child’s face this Christmas. 7 December – 5 January 2020, Christmas in Leicester Square.

A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic

A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic.

Paterson Joseph (Scrooge) in rehearsals for A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic | Manuel Harlan

Watch as Scrooge gets an unwelcomed visit from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future at London’s Old Vic this winter. Directed by Matthew Warchus and created by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child writer Jack Thorne, the enchanting adaptation stars actor Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) as the cantankerous Ebenezer Scrooge. 22 November – 18 January 2020.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

From the creators behind the award-winning The Play That Goes Wrong comes another riotous comedy, Peter Pan Goes Wrong. Don’t miss the side-splitting show at Alexandra Palace this December for a ‘defective’ spin on the beloved children’s tale. Because what fun is a play that goes right? 13 Dec – 15 Jan 2019.



Helen Woolf (Glinda) and Nikki Bentley (Elphaba). Photo By Matt Crockett

There’s no better time to see a performance of the West End’s most beloved musical than with the family at Christmas. Now in its remarkable 14th year at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, WICKED is just as magical as it was when it first came to the stage. A bewitching recount of the fantastical Wizard of Oz, see the Wicked Witch of the West in a whole new light.

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Dick Wittington

Dick Whittington

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Get your pantomime fill this Christmas with a charming and comical performance of Dick Wittington at Theatre Royal Stratford East, where the orphan boy takes to the big city in search of fame and fortune. Fun for all the family, anticipate raucous laughter, catchy songs and even a flurry of snow! Until 11 January.

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