The Upcoming Christmas theatre round-up
With lockdown coming to an end (sort of) and the festive spirit kicking into high gear, it would seem that the impossible may happen: people may actually be able to have a very merry Christmas. And what better way to the celebrate the most magical time of the year than by enjoying some theatre?
Between pantos, concerts, plays and streamed productions, there are myriad options available to lucky audiences. Indeed, with so many different shows available, it’s a daunting task to choose what to see. Luckily, The Upcoming have handpicked ten of the most delightfully festive shows out there. Here’s our round up of the top theatre shows this Christmas.*
*There are about a million productions of A Christmas Carol on this year, but we’ve limited ourselves to only mentioning three, we promise!
The Gruffalo’s Child at Alexandra Palace (Live)
Ally Pally has always offered a range of festive fun for families at Christmas and, despite COVID, this year is no different. With an ice rink, Christmas film season and garden centre, there’s so much to enjoy, but the highlight is definitely Tall Stories’ musical adaption of The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Promising songs and scares, The Gruffalo’s Child is fun for everyone aged three to 103.
The Christmas Queer Cabarets at the Pleasance Theatre (Live)
Throughout December the Pleasance is becoming London’s home to the Queer cabaret scene, with acclaimed acts Ginger Johnson, Bitten Peach, Pecs Drag Kings and the Cocoa Butter Club all offering some festive fun. After all, ‘tis the season to be Queer! In a COVID-safe venue, there’s nowhere more fun this season.
The Christmas Queer Cabarets is on at the Pleasance Theatre from 8th December until 22nd December 2020. For further information or to book tickets visit here.
A Christmas Carol by the Polka Theatre (Digital)
The Polka may have been closed throughout 2020, but they’ve got a special gift for families: a special virtual production of A Christmas Carol. Visually imaginative (the set is completely made out of recycled material) and incredibly funny, the 15-minute short film is available from the 19th December. And the best part? It’s absolutely free!
A Christmas Carol is available to live stream from 19th December until 27th December 2020. For further information or to book tickets visit here.
Razed and Confuzed Does Digital 2.0 by the Raze Collective (Digital)
Following their first foray into digital streaming back in June, the Raze Collective are back with a festive party like no other. Bringing cocktail making, comedy and an “aerial surprise” to the comfort of your living room, Razed and Confuzed is your one-stop-shop for at-home merriment!
Razed and Confuzed is available to live stream on 11th December 2020. For further information or to book tickets visit here.
A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic Theatre (Live and Digital)
Bridging the gap between live and digital, the Old Vic is pulling out all the stops for its upcoming production of A Christmas Carol. Directed by Matthew Warchus, adapted by Jack Thorne and starring Andrew Lincoln as Scrooge, the show has brought together an A-team of theatrical talent to deliver some seasonal joy. With tickets for both streaming and in-person performances, you have no excuse to miss out!
A Christmas Carol is on at the Old Vic Theatre and available to live stream from 12th December until 24th December 2020. For further information or to book tickets visit here.
Dick Whittington at the National Theatre (Live)
For the second time ever, the National Theatre is putting on a pantomime! Staged in the newly transformed Olivier Theatre, this may be audiences’ only chance to enjoy a panto on the Southbank. Promising “the cheekiest of jokes, the chattiest of animals, and the awesomest of songs,” it looks like one you won’t want to miss!
Dick Whittington is on at the National Theatre from 11th December 2020 until 23rd January 2021. For further information or to book tickets visit here.
Advent Services and Festive Market at the Old Royal Naval College (Live)
For those wanting a classic Xmas experience, look no further than the Old Royal naval College in Greenwich. With a wonderful festive market, beautiful Carol services, darling performances of The Little Match Girl and what could be the most magnificent Christmas tree in all of London, the college has been transformed into an unforgettable winter wonderland.
For further information about events throughout the festive season at the Old Royal Naval College or to book tickets visit here.
The Legend of Moby Dick Whittington by Sleeping Trees/Battersea Arts Centre (Digital)
For those wanting to enjoy high-energy, laugh-a-minute panto from the safety of home, Sleeping Trees has the epic adventure for you: The Legend of Moby Dick Whittington. Join Dick has he tries to save Santa Claus from being swallowed whole by a whale, and even help him out through a series of interactive tasks! With original songs and non-stop hilarity, the show is available through all of the festive spirit and shouldn’t be missed.
The Legend of Moby Dick Whittington is available to live stream from 1st December until 31st December 2020. For further information or to book tickets visit here.
West End Musical Christmas at the Palace Theatre (Live)
2020 has been a hard year for musical fans, with so many productions going dark. Luckily, the Palace Theatre is putting on the ultimate musical celebration. This show-stopping concert features the likes of West-End superstars Sophie Evans, Alice Fearn, Ben Forster, Rachel John, Jamie Muscato, Trevor Dion Nicholas and Layton Williams, and even some very special guests…!
West End Musical Christmas is on at the Palace Theatre from 17th December until 20th December 2020. For further information or to book tickets visit here.
A Cratchits’ Christmas Carol by GOOMS at The Beacon (Live)
This production of A Christmas Carol comes with a twist: it’s a live dining experience, where audiences can enjoy Michelin-quality food as the rowdy Cratchits clan retell their famous Christmas story! Complete with a fantastic meal, a hilarious play, and enough jollities to tide any Scrooge over, A Cratchits’ Christmas Carol is a festive feast unlike any other.
A Cratchits’ Christmas Carol is on at The Beacon from 16th December until 23rd December and from 27th December until 31st December 2020. For further information or to book tickets visit here.
The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House (Live)
For the traditionals among us, the festive ballet favourite, with music by Tchaikovsky, returns to the Royal Opera House, specially adapted for a COVID Christmas. Students of The Royal Ballet School will join the full Company in Peter Wright’s production, with many of the well-loved scenes intact and new choreography by Will Tuckett. A magical treat for the whole family.
The Nutcracker is on at the Royal Opera House from 11th December 2020 until 3rd January 2021. For further information or to book tickets visit here.