Christmas 2014 must-see theatre shows in London
It’s that time of year again: the unmistakeable stamp of Christmas comes down over the world we know, and especially London’s West End. Love it or loathe it, the posters have turned Christmas-themed, and the emphasis is on family fun. Allow us to narrow down your list to a choice of seven, including some absolute classics, some classics re-imagined, and even something for those not feeling Christmassy at all (perish the thought)…
White Christmas at the Dominion
You can’t get more seasonal than White Christmas, the Irving Berlin musical, based on the classic film. The show has a heartwarming story with glittering production that puts Christmas cards to shame. Add to that Aled Jones, who is unmistakeably linked to Christmas in his own way, and you have no better show to foster those festive spirits.
White Christmas is on at the Dominion Theatre until 3rd January 2015, for further information or to book visit here.
The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess
This pacey triumph in precision farce has only been open a couple of months, but it’s already made its production costs back. There is a good reason for that – it is the funniest show to have been produced in a long time, combining fast word-play with injury-defying stunts to render the audience literally breathless.
The Play That Goes Wrong is on at the Duchess Theatre until 5th July 2015, for further information or to book visit here.
Wicked at the Apollo Victoria
This is the biggest spectacle show on the West End right now. Everything about it is immersive, the score is excellent and catchy, and the magical design drips with escapism. Whilst not a traditional Christmas story, the fairytale elements are just as family-friendly. You could perhaps see this show as a tie-in to your inevitable annual viewing of The Wizard of Oz.
Wicked is on at the Apollo Theatre Victoria until further notice, for further information or to book visit here.
The Wind in the Willows at the Vaudeville
The Wind in the Willows is a classic family tale that comes around with Christmas. Kenneth Grahame’s charming story is brought to new life by Will Tuckett’s exciting and vibrant production. Narrated by Alan Titchmarsh (yes, that Alan Titchmarsh), and full of delightful puppetry, it replaces the talky-bits with blistering choreography, which will no doubt enthral children of all ages.
The Wind in the Willows is on at the Vaudeville Theatre until 17th January 2015, for further information or to book visit here.
Room on the Broom at the Lyric Shaftesbury
Christmas theatre in London is all about including the kids. If you are looking for a way to entertain nippers, Room on the Broom is it. The energy and colour of this children’s musical is undeniable, and there are plenty of sly jokes to entertain the adults too. It’s a short one, but you’ll come away humming the songs and still chuckling.
Room on the Broom is on at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue until 11th January 2015, for further information or to book visit here.
Sirens at the Soho
Not everyone has kids of course. If you feel like you don’t need something festive-themed and are looking for an alternative experience this winter, then Sirens is the show for you. This is the opposite of family fun: a dark, hilarious and occasionally disturbing look at young woman’s feminism that really pushes the envelope in writing and theatricality. It is an important piece of theatre that should not be missed.
Sirens is on at the Soho Theatre until 4th January 2015, for further information or to book visit here.
Treasure Island at the National
Possibly the ultimate in family thrills this season is the National Theatre’s new version of the classic pirate tale. Treasure Island is one of those that always seems to crop up at this time of year, but this is probably the best rendition yet. The scale of the production is literally breathtaking, and you can’t help but be drawn into the fantasy in the National’s deceivingly intimate Olivier Theatre. The cast really bring the characters to life and the show is at turns awesome, funny and a little scary. It’ll make you believe in the magic of theatre.
Treasure Island is on at the National Theatre until 8th April 2015, for further information or to book visit here.