Seasonal Cheer at the Theatre – A Guide to What’s On over Christmas 2015…
The Christmas season would not be complete without a festive visit to the theatre. And whether it’s panto or ballet that tickles your fancy there’s plenty on offer across the UK. With ideas from the Evening Standard and visitengland, Futon Company takes a look at the best festive performances in town this Christmas…
A Christmas Carol
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit. Oscar winner Jim Broadbent makes a rare return to the stage to play Dicken’s fabled miser, in a new play from Patrick Barlow, the writer of long-running West End hit The 39 Steps. From now until January 30th 2016.
Cinderella will make her way to the Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells this Christmas. The most magical fairy tale of them all will be spectacularly brought to life through stunning costumes, beautiful sets, real Shetland ponies, the hilarious ugly sisters and amazing special effects. Starring CBBC’s Tracey Beaker Dani Harmer as Cinderella and Eastender star Louise Jameson as the Fairy Godmother, this spectacular pantomime is perfect for the whole family. From now until Sunday 3rd January 2016.
Dick Whittington & His Cat
Panto veteran Roy Hudd stars in his own version of the Christmas season classic about the gold-paved – or not – streets of London. Hudd, an authority on music hall, has written it especially for his atmospheric venue, the world’s oldest surviving grand music hall. From now until December 31st.
The Fitzrovia Radio Hour’s Christmas Special
Those smooth-talking, pencil-moustached chaps and chapesses from Fitzrovia are back for another exquisite spoofing of 1940s-style radio, this time with a Christmas theme. Brush up your RP and don a casual cocktail dress to get into the mood.
Cinderella and The Beanstalk
Prepare for panto pandemonium in Battersea as award-winning comedy trio Sleeping Trees return to Theatre503 after a sell-out run. Directed by critically-acclaimed Tom Attenborough, this three-man pantomime combines all the classical elements of a well-loved pantomime with an astonishing range of fast-paced, physical and bare-knuckled comedy. Join Josh, John and James as they attempt to stage their laugh-out-loud new pantomime, playing every character you’d expect to see in a panto and some you might not! From now until 2nd January 2016 at the Latchmere Pub.
Emporium Panto 2015
The Brighton Emporium’s annual Christmas Show returns. This year’s big event is Aladdin. Expect boo-able villains, toe-tapping numbers, loveable heroes, jaw-dropping sets and stunning costumes. Emporium’s Aladdin is an exotic cavalcade of dance, laughs, thrills and romance. And the occasional song. Torn lightly from the pages of the 1001 Nights, this will be the brightest, bounciest, bazaar-est tale ever told, guaranteed to tease and transport anyone who has ever believed in magic. From now until 9th January 2016.
Children’s Christmas Show
Based on the award-winning children’s books about Kipper the dog by Mick Inkpen, Kipper’s Snowy Day comes to Waterman’s Arts Centre from now until Wednesday 23rd December 2015. A magical world of puppets and mischief, filled with original songs and music. This warm-hearted Christmas show is the perfect festive treat for children and their families.
Jack and the Beanstalk
One minute Jack’s mother is chucking his magic beans in the bin, the next thing he knows he’s whisked off to a land of giants where great treasures await…unless he ends up in an enormous cooking pot! With a stellar cast, Kickline Theatre returns to Exeter Corn Exchange for December and January with an incredible mix of magic, laughs and silly sing-alongs.
Cinderella on Ice Pantomime
This Christmas Alexandra Palace’s annual panto on ice returns with a magical recreation of the classic fairy tale Cinderella. The perfect way for the whole family to get into the festive spirit, this enchanting tale will be brought to life on the ice with songs and fantastic choreographed routines. From now until 21st December 2015.
A Brace of Nutcrackers
London’s two resident ballet companies are both offering that Christmas favourite, the Nutcracker. English National Ballet uses Wayne Eagling’s elegant recent choreography, whereas the Royal Ballet goes with Peter Wright’s much-loved 1984 version. Both productions, of course, thrill to Tchaikovsky’s stirring score and boast a glittering roster of the companies’ biggest stars. From now until January 2016.
It’s the unlikely combination of personnel that makes commercial panto such a whimsical annual treat and Wimbledon never disappoints. This year catch diminutive Hollywood actor Verne Troyer as he teams up with comedians Marcus Brigstocke and Jarred Christmas, plus dance troupe Flawless. And why not? From now until January 10th 2016.