12 days of Christmas theatre plans you just can’t say no to this season

The partridges and drummers (and all that lies between) can take a rest these holidays, as their theatre understudies are ready to go and steal the scene! Either if you fancy them for your loved ones or just to treat yourself, here are the best options to put on this season’s agenda – no matter how good or bad you want to be!

1. Thursford Christmas Spectacular

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a proper themed trip – and nothing can be more appropiate to warm up the vibe and buzz of the season than visiting its biggest event in all of Europe. Celebrating 50 years now, the Thursford Christmas Spectacular is the perfect start (but also middle and ending) to the most magical of all your holidays, featuring several attractions, shops and its signature variety show – currently in its largest version, with over 70 performers onstage and a 30-piece orchestra. This is not a gift, it’s a feast!

Discover everything about it in our special photo-documentary on this link!

2. Christmas at The Royal Albert Hall

Christmas is also about tradition, and when it comes to culture and the performing arts, nothing beats the offer by one of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. With different productions on almost every day, the Royal Albert Hall might as well become your second home this season with its flamboyant display of nostalgia, A-list peformers and, all in all, highest excellence gigs.

Learn more about their entire programming on this link!

3. Frozen

Don’t let it go while it’s still on! Disney’s latest megahit continues to wow young and older audiences at London’s newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Now featuring a newly come cast, with some of the original members still in the family, the allure of Arendelle is taken to a new level of whims and surprises in this improved West End production.

Read our review of Frozen on this link!

4. Elf – The Musical

Christmas movies are a holiday requirement you simply can’t escape from! But what if instead on watching in them on a screen, you did so on a stage? Maybe with a twist of music and dance too? Search no more for the North Pole (or New York), since the Dominion Theatre has the answer for you! With catchy tunes and a light-hearted charming story the whole family will enjoy, Elf is the definite Christmas musical of the year. Only for a limited run!

Read our review of Elf on this link!

5. English National BalletThe Nutcracker

Tchaikovksy’s masterpiece is visiting many homes this year, but surely one version you don’t want to miss is the one put together by the prestigious ENB. Opening next Thursday, the seductive fantasy of Russia’s most celebrated composer’s score will be matched by the imposing beauty of the company’s venue, The London Coliseum. Stay tuned for a review next week!

Tickets for this show are available on the following link.

6. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

The classics go beyond the stage (and then return to it), this time through C. S. Lewis’s epic tale of magic, the clash of good and evil and the eventual power of friendship. Featuring original songs, clever set design and an impressively talented cast, the show’s run will conclude its spell in the midst of the holiday’s bewitchment.

Read our latest review of the show on this link!

7. The Phantom of the Opera

Carrying on with our list of arts classics, no other show can beat this one when it comes to musical theatre . Featuring the most romantic memorable score in the whole West End and a extravagant display of sets, costumes and effects, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ultimate record breaker continues to age (and keep young) at the heart of London’s theatreland, now featuring a fully refurbished production.

Read our review here!

8. Cabaret

The holidays are created to leave all of your troubles behind, especially in a place where life is beautiful. The iconic musical is literally brought back to life in this new version featuring an immersive venue, where London vanishes away and 1930s Berlin takes the stand from the very first moment you step into the theatre. Give yourself over to the guilty pleasures (of art!). But remember, what happens at the Kit Kat Club, stays at the Kit Kat Club.

Tickets for the show are available on this link.

9. Miz Cracker’s ‘Who’s Holiday?’

Because being good all through the year is boring, and not being naughty during Christmas is just silly. Internationally followed drag queen Miz Cracker has escaped to her snowy winter retreat within the walls of London’s Southwark Playhouse. Vicious, sarcastic, bitchy and, all in all, hilarious, this is the plan you don’t want to miss for a fun day with friends (and parents, if they know your true self…).

Read our review on the show on this link.

10. Circus 1903

Travel back in time to an era of old fashioned charm and delight, as the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith is transformed into a showcase of thrills and daredevil entertainment in a turn-of-the-century circus. With puppetry design by the award-winning team of War Horse, the production promises a huge cast of the most unique, jaw-dropping and surprising acts from all four corners of the globe. Stay tuned for our review this week!

Tickets for the show are available on this link.

11. The Burnt City

Not everything has to be fairies and lollipops this holidays, or maybe yes but with a sour twist. If your sugar levels are raising through the roof (and you’re positive it’s not just you gorging on seasonal chocolate…), why not lay foot on the mystic lands of Punchdrunk’s new immersive show, The Burnt City. With most of the most intricate set designs in the genre and a stunning and much committed cast, this is no doubt your greatest chance to dive into the very indepths of fiction and be witness (and maybe also lead) of an unwritten story. Stay tuned for a review very soon!

Tickets for the show are available on this link.

12. The Choir of Man

Love, peace and happiness are the core of Christmas – but also of this amazing musical exploring the meanings of friendship and male bonding. Featuring a multi-talented cast displaying remarkable skills, this world travelled show has finally made it to London’s West End, opening its door (and stage) to everybdoy who’s up for a song, a dance… and a pint!

Read our review on the show here!

By Guillermo Názara

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