Want to see a show this Christmas, but not in the mood for a Panto? Here’s a list of great Christmas shows that are not pantomimes!
While many people will be looking forward to seeing their favourite celebrities such as Charlie Stemp and Dawn French in Snow White at the London Palladium or Ryan Thomas in Peter Pan in Panto this Christmas, we know some of you will be looking for something a little different.
With that in mind, here’s our round-up of the best shows to see this Christmas that are not panto.
Secret Santa – The Frost Files at Royal Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne
We all know his name… we’ve all written to him… but now… Santa needs help! A brand new production filled with adventure, fun and festive spirit. The family musical is a fast-paced spectacular featuring a mix of well-known Christmas arrangements and original songs.
Performances from 14 December 2018 to 1 January 2019. Prices from £13.50 to £48.00. Visit Royal Hippodrome Theatre here for more information.
Peter Pan at Park Theatre, London
Take your seats on the shores of Neverland for what’s sure to be the greatest family adventure! Filled with mermaids, pirates and fairies, lost boys and crocodiles, this is the stunning original story of the boy who could fly. Starring Alexander Vlahos (BBC’s Versailles and Merlin) as Captain Hook alongside exciting newcomer Nickcolia King-N’Da as Peter Pan.
Performances from 6 December 2018 to 5 January 2019. Prices from £18.50. Visit Park Theatre here for more information.
A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic, London
Matthew Warchus’ smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic, A Christmas Carol returns to The Old Vic, adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne. Filling the auditorium to the brim with mince pies, music and merriment, a unique staging immerses the audience in this uplifting story for everyone aged 8+.
Preview performances available from 1 December 2018, with the main run from 5 December to 19 January 2019. Click here to book tickets.
Horrible Christmas at Alexandra Palace, London
Horrible Histories proudly presents the terrific tale of Horrible Christmas at Alexandra Palace. When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it’s up to one young boy to save the day – but can he save Christmas? It’s a celebration of Christmas in the most wonderful, wildly funny and moving way you’ll ever see.
At the Alexandra Palace in London from 13 to 30 December 2018. Click here to book tickets.
Nutcracker at the London Coliseum
English National Ballet’s magical production of Nutcracker returns to the London Coliseum this December. Over 100 dancers and musicians bring the production to life with exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s popular score played live.
At the London Coliseum from 13-30 December 2018. Click here to book tickets.
Room On The Broom at the Lyric Theatre, London
Will there ever be room on the broom for everyone? Room On The Broom is a spellbinding adventure from the creators of The Gruffalo! Adapted for the stage from the best-selling book written by Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson MBE and Axel Scheffler.
At the Lyric Theatre from 23 November 2018 to 13 January 2019. Click here to book tickets.
A Christmas Carol at the Arts Theatre, London
Using the adaptation Charles Dickens made for his own public performances as a starting point, Simon Callow and director and designer Tom Cairns have conjured up a moving, funny and fast-paced one-man theatrical spectacular that will leave you with a warm festive glow.
At London’s Arts Theatre from 8 December 2018 to 12 January 2019. Click here to book tickets.
The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre, London
Twinkling with festive spirit The Snowman returns for a record-breaking 21st year. This production is based on the book by Raymond Briggs and the film directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by John Coates, which has transported a generation of children and their families into the wintery world of a boy and his magical snowman.
At London’s Peacock Theatre from 22 November 2018 to 6 January 2019. Click here to book tickets.
Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London
Already the 5th longest-running musical currently playing in the West End the ‘Wizard of Oz’ prequel tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
Experience the wonders of Wicked at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre this Christmas. Click here to book tickets.