Is it even Christmas without seeing at least one seasonal show? After missing out last year, now is the time to start booking seats to get you in the mood for the holidays.
Here are some of the very best Christmas shows going ahead this year. Just be sure to book tickets early, as they are going to go fast! Then, once you’ve been guaranteed seats, you can just dream of all the mulled wine and mince pies you’ll be feasting on during interval.
Based on the fairytale Sleeping Beauty, Hex follows the humbling story of the misunderstood bad fairy. From when the fairy is summoned to the palace to accidentally cursing the princess, this vivid retelling of the classic is a fantastic alternative to your usual musical. This take on the original is bright, lively and you’ll be humming all the songs for months to come.
From December 4 to January 22
Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!
The epitome of Christmas ballet, Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! is bursting with his trademark wit, colour and magical fantasy. Performed to Tchaikovsky’s score, the ballet follows suit Bourne’s previous productions. Alongside the New Adventure company, Bourne has created some of the most successful interpretive ballet performances of the past 20 years, including Swan Lake and The Red Shoes. Prepared to be wowed.
December 7 to January 30
Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival 2021
Calling all music lovers. If you’re looking for a party to remember, book your tickets to one of the shows at this year’s Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival. From Grand Christmas Classics with Alan Titchmarsh to Beethoven’s Ninth, The Music of Zimmer Vs Williams to The Greatest Showtunes, the festival line-up has something for all tastes.
Thrillseekers should head to Circus 1903 at the Southbank Centre for an evening of acrobats, contortionists, trapeze artists, high-wire acts and life-sized elephant puppets, created by the puppeteers behind War Horse. Channelling the travelling circuses of the early 20th century (think The Greatest Showman), the production is full of over-the-top theatrical performances and dances. A top choice for Christmas 2021 if you’ve got the gang with you.
December 16 to January 2
The Child in the Snow
Not quite over Halloween? Wilton Music Hall’s adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s famous seasonal ghost story will give you a winter chill like no other. Prepare for a scare as the music hall retells the story of a nurse haunted by her wartime experience and her path to unearthing dark secrets. Not for the faint-hearted.
November 26 to December 31