Behind you! What do you mean, Christmas? Now is the time to start thinking about which of the London Christmas Shows you want to see. To help you on your way I have list of shows that have caught my eye.
Covid Christmas will be a different kind of Christmas in so many ways. London Christmas Shows will still have jokes and seasonal cheer. Audiences and casts will be smaller and socially distanced.
Say Christmas ballet and the Nutcracker springs to mind. The English National Ballet production is a Christmas stalwart at the Coliseum. This year things will be a little different with highlights from the ballet rather than full cast and orchestra. There will still be live dancers and musicians … just fewer of them.
- WHERE: London Coliseum
- WHEN: 3 December 2020 – 3 January 2021
- AGES: 5+
- PRICE: £15 – £95
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens had a large hand in shaping Christmas as we know it. A Christmas Carol was published in 1843 and has been a festive staple ever since. This year London’s theatres have gone big on the tale of Scrooge and Tiny Tim with at least three productions.
Over the years I have seen many, many productions of A Christmas Carol this production at the Old Vic is easily the best that I have seen. This year the production will be live streamed that means that the actors are live in the auditorium but you are sat at home watching them on Zoom. You can pay what you want for the tickets but the Old Vic asks that you consider paying what you would have done if you were actually sitting in the theatre.
- WHERE: The Old Vic
- WHEN: 7 December 2020 – 2 January 2021
- AGES: 8+
- SUGGESTED PRICE: £12 – £67.50
At the Dominion Brian Conley will be joined by an orchestra and a city strong cast for a musical staged concert. I confess that I’m not sure how this will differ from a musical, presumably less lavish sets and no dancing.
- WHERE: Dominion Theatre
- WHEN: 7 December – 2 January
- AGE: 5+
- PRICE: £28.75 – £72.50
Over at the Bridge Theatre Simon Russel-Beale, Patsy Ferran and Eben Figueiredo will not only tell the Christmas Carol story they will also act all the parts between them.
- WHERE: Bridge Theatre
- WHEN: 27 November – 16 January
- AGE: 6+
- PRICE: £15 – £55
The Little Match Girl
Hans Christian Anderson’s tale of the Little Match Girl with just one match left to keep her warm has been transformed into a heart warming ballet at Sadlers Wells.
- WHERE: Sadlers Wells Theatre
- WHEN: 17 December – 27 December 2020
- AGES: 7+
- PRICE: £24
Not sure which Panto is your favourite? No matter at the Garrick where the Potted Panto will rip through seven pantos in seventy minutes.
- WHERE: Garrick Theatre
- WHEN; 12 December 2020 – 10 January 2021
- PRICE: £20 – £30
Pantoland at the Palladium
A Panto at the Palladium is traditionally the glitziest, starriest Panto in town and 2020 will be no exception. Expect all the stars Julian Clary, Elaine Paige, Gary Wilmot and Nigel Havers et all, expect the jokes, the costumes and the songs.
- WHERE: The London Palladium
- WHEN: 12 December 2020 – 3 January 2021
- AGE: 5+
- PRICE: £45 – £129
West End Christmas Musical
Christmas will be celebrated at the Palace Theatre with a galaxy of stars from West End shows including Wicked, Come from Away and Hamilton.
- WHERE: Palace Theatre
- WHEN: 17 December 2020 – 20 December 2020
- PRICE: £38.50 – £68.50
OK Six is not a Christmas show but it is very good it gives Hamilton a run for its money as the best musical I have seen in recent years. Six tells the story of the Six wives Henry VIII via the medium of the pop musical. For once this is all about the wives, they take centre stage and tell their stories. Pure feel good theatre.
- WHERE: Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue
- WHEN: 14 November 2020 – 31 January 2021
- AGE: 10+
- PRICE: £24.95 – £65.50
Which London Christmas shows do you fancy?