As the Christmas Season is now upon us we thought it would be nice if we did a little round up of the shows we think are well worth the winter trip into their warm worlds of theatrical magic. So without further ado here are our Christmas Shows to See!
La Soirée – back on the Southbank in its Spiegeltent home, this show is a winter must-see. Take your friends, parents, colleagues, siblings and you are guaranteed a hilarious, mind-blowing and raucous night out. Circus and cabaret at its finest, and it will make you look at bubbles in a completely different way. I’ve seen it three times this year already…
Pantomime! – My panto choice this year is Dick Whittington at Watford Palace Theatre. I first performed in the panto there aged 8 so it always brings back fond memories. My whole family (including my 93 year old Grandma) is going between Christmas and New Year and I can’t wait.
Nutcracker – No Christmas festivities should pass without seeing a version of the Nutcracker. This year I’ll be watching the live screening of the ballet from the Royal Opera House on 16th December.
A Christmas Carol – Jim Broadbent is one of the greats and I’m looking forward to seeing him in this classic play. I’m a fan of Improbable Theatre so am interested to see Phelim McDermott’s take on the piece. I wonder if he will have watched the The Muppet Christmas Carol for inspiration…
Your Last Breath by Curious Directive is on this December at the Southwark Playhouse. Curious Directive came out of Warwick University and all of their shows explore life through science. This piece is set in Norway and presents four stories that span 150 years. I’ve heard great things so I’m going to see this!
Licence to Ill by Simon Maeder and Adam El Hagar. This is a low-fi show about the Beastie Boys, which mixes energetic storytelling with some awesome Beastie beats! So much enthusiasm and love! I had a great time on the opening night and am definitely going to go again! It’s on at Camden People’s Theatre until 19th December. Thanks Simon… :), oh and Tid our associate director, also worked his magic on this one.
For Bristolians, Sally Cookson has directed Sleeping Beauty as the Bristol Old Vic’s Christmas Show. The classic story has been turned on its head: Prince Percy has fallen asleep for 100 years and it is the heroine Deilen that wakes him when trying to give him some mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The show’s been getting wonderful responses and with a premise like that, I am already interested!
Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins is on tour and currently in Dublin until 9th Jan before going on to Manchester. If you are looking for a large scale musical and have got some spare cash, this really pulls out all the stops! I caught it in Bristol and was mesmerised! A heartfelt production with fantastic choreography, an epic set and brilliant performances.
I’m keeping it short and personal this year.
Gotta agree with Maria’s shout for Sleeping Beauty mainly because I know and trust so many of the people working on it. Dave Emmings who plays Sleeping Beauty is one of the warmest, most watchable and skilled actors I know, Katie Sykes is a brilliant designer, I’ve loved her work for a long time, she’s on costume this time, with Emma Cains (also a brilliant designer) supervising costume, George Mann has made some extraordinary work with his own company and he’s looking after movement. Adam Peck is a cracking dramaturg (we made a good few shows together in the past) and his partnership with director Sally Cookson seems to be a great one. I’ve never seen a bad show by Sally Cookson, her work at all scales is still some of the most enjoyable theatre I have seen. This is a large scale Christmas Show which is made collaboratively, quite a unique thing to be recognised in this genre at this scale. I can’t wait to see it!
My next recommendation is also based on personal trust and talent. Eloise and The Curse of The Golden Whisk by The Wardrobe Ensemble. I used to teach and direct these guys in by gone days and we made some great work together. They made an extraordinary show at Edinburgh this year which won multiple awards and plaudits and their Christmas show with Bike Shed Theatre looks to be another fun, family show, telling a fresh Christmas story full of laughs, magic, and no doubt some beautiful live music. Go see.
For something very different to the Christmas smaltz do check out The Wardrobe Theatre’s Goldilock, Stock & Three Smoking Bears. This show comes after the stunning successes of Muppits Die Hard, Se7en Dwarfs, Oedipuss In Boots and Home Alonely. This is a great venue (recently moved to a bigger brighter space) and they have a fantastic team of producers, directors and artist attached to everything they do. Judging from the success of their previous Christmas offerings, this will be another Christmas cracker!
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