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Christmassy tips round up 2019/20

By | Published on Monday 23 December 2019

You may recall that last year – when putting together our Three To See tips for the festive period – it occurred to us that there were loads of shows that we tipped in the latter part of the year that were still running throughout December, and some into January, which we shouldn’t forget about.

Many of those previously tipped productions definitely fall into the category of “Christmas show”, while others might appeal to those of you not that interested in Christmas, but still looking for stuff to do over the holiday.

We weren’t able to add them to the official festive tips, of course, because they had already been tipped, and you only get tipped once, that’s the rule! However, with many people looking for extra things to do over the Christmas period, we decided to do a quick round up of those previously tipped shows that still feel relevant as the festive period gets fully underway.

And guess what? We thought we would do that again this year!

We’ll start with shows that are very much aimed at children, because there are loads of them. There’s ‘Can’t Wait For Christmas’ at the Orange Tree Theatre, ‘Captain Flinn And The Pirate Dinosaurs: The Magic Cutlass’ at Christmas in Leicester Square, ‘The Wolf, The Duck And The Mouse’ at the Unicorn Theatre, Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Canterville Ghost’ also at the Unicorn Theatre, ‘Snow White’ at Chickenshed, ‘The Snow Queen’ at the Park Theatre, and ‘Black Beauty’ at Southbank Centre. If a family friendly circus is more your scene, there’s ‘Circus 1903’ also at Southbank Centre.

Those looking for the pantomime experience might want to try ‘Potted Panto’ at Southwark Playhouse, ‘Hansel And Gretel’ at Chiswick Playhouse, ‘The Fairytale Revolution’ at Theatre503, ‘Goldilocks And The Three Musketeers’ at Battersea Arts Centre, or ‘The Nativity Panto’ at King’s Head Theatre.

However, if you’re child free and fancy a more adult pantomime, there’s ‘Pinocchio – No Strings Attached’ at Above The Stag Theatre and ‘Cinderella’ at The Vaults.

If you’re like me and love a good Scrooge, there’s more than one Dickens-fest ongoing. There’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Middle Temple Hall (pictured), ‘A Christmas Carol – A Fairy Tale’ at Wilton’s Music Hall, and ‘A Pissedmas Carol’ at Leicester Square Theatre. There’s also a different Dickens adaptation, ‘The Signalman’ at the Old Red Lion Theatre.

If you’d like to see a theatre piece that isn’t specifically a Christmas show but has festive elements, try ‘Blood Orange’ at the Old Red Lion Theatre or ‘Snowflake’ at Kiln Theatre. If you’re sick of Christmas and just want to see some good theatre, there’s ‘I Wanna Be Yours’ and ‘The Arrival’, both starting back after a break on 2 Jan at Bush Theatre, ‘The Invisible Man’ at Jack Studio, and ‘The Greatest Play In The History Of The World’ at Trafalgar Studios.

Finally, if you’re after something to make you laugh, there’s ‘An Act Of God’ at The Vaults, ‘Voldemort & The Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody’ at King’s Head Theatre, ‘Candida’ at the Orange Tree Theatre, and ‘Goodbear: Dougal’ at Soho Theatre.

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