8 shows to look out for this Christmas

Features | 20 Nov 2017

8 shows to look out for this Christmas

With December fast approaching, we round up some of the shows that are on our Christmas wish list this year

Pinnochio - National Theatre

The National's Christmas family show this year has 'hit' written all over it. Directed by John Tiffany (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and written by Dennis Kelly (Matilda The Musical), the show features several of the songs from the Disney film, including 'I've Got No Strings' and 'When You Wish Upon a Star'. Begins performances Lyttelton Theatre, 1 December.

Dick Whittington - London Palladium

Panto returns to the Palladium again this year with Charlie Stemp (Half a Sixpence) playing the titular Dick alongside Julian Clary as The Spirit Of The Bells and Elaine Paige as Queen Rat. The cast also features Ashley Banjo & Diversity (The Sultan & Sultan's Advisors), Paul Zerdin (Idle Jack), Nigel Havers (Captain Nigel) and Gary Wilmot (Sarah The Cook). Begins performances 9 December.

Hamilton - Victoria Palace

Ok it's not technically a Christmas show, but this is nevertheless the biggest opening of the festive season. Transferring from Broadway laden with awards, Lin-Manuel Miranda's historical hip hop musical (pictured) has already sold out its first booking period and looks set to be a West End fixture for years to come. Begins performances 6 December.

Cinderella - Hackney Empire

The Hackney panto is an institution, worthy of its place among the most esteemed in the country. Susie McKenna returns to write/direct, as well as playing the Wicked Stepmother this year. She's joined in the cast by Aisha Jawando as Cinderella, Peter Straker has Baron Hardup, Darren Hart as Buttons and Krysten Cummings as the Fairy Godmother. Begins performances 21 November.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe - West Yorkshire Playhouse

Leeds residents are in for a treat this year, as Sally Cookson directs a new version of CS Lewis' Narnia-set novel. Co-produced by Marianne Elliot's company and featuring designs by Rae Smith, it's bound to be brimming with brilliant storytelling. Begins performances 29 November.

A Christmas Carol - Windsor Castle

There are no shortage of productions of the Dickens classic this year, including at the RSC and Old Vic. But this production caught our attention due to its venue - none other than the Queen's Windsor residence. Produced by Watch Your Head, the promenade performance takes place in the state apartments and beyond. Begins performances 16 December.

Santa's Little Workshop - Little Angel Theatre

A great choice for younger children, this interactive show starts with a puppet production of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas in 'The Little Elf Cinema', before children are invited to make their own puppets on the 'elf production line'. There's even a meeting with the boss, aka Santa. Begins performances 1 December.

Romantics Anonymous - Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Emma Rice's final show as artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe is a sweet treat; a musical adaptation of a 2010 film about two shy French chocolatiers. A suitably warming tale for these cold winter nights, it's now open and runs until 6 January.

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