Now that we’ve heard from the Government about the new tier system, we’ve put together a list of the shows that we know will be going ahead between now and 16th December, when the local restrictions will be reassessed by the Government.
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Now is the time to play your part and book a ticket and see a show. Whether you’re looking for a panto to help you get into the festive spirit, a comedy to watch with your support bubble or a musical that’ll sweep you off your feet, there’s plenty for you to choose from in our roundup of December shows, including not only West End shows but those also opening around the UK.
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Immersive LDN– 9 December – 28 February 2021
If you’re a fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel or the many film adaptions, The Great Gatsby immersive theatrical is not one to be missed.
Dressed to the nines, you’ll be led into the hottest party in town where the champagne flows and where the host, Jay Gatsby, awaits your company.
Re-imagined and re-set as an Art Deco Masquerade Ball to meet Covid-19 secure guidelines and with audience members wearing compulsory face coverings and gloves to complement their fabulous attire, this promises to be a night to remember. Get ready to watch the drama unfold in front of you in a world complete with liquor, rhythms, jazz and pure hedonism.
Brought to you by Olivier Award-winning producers, the longest-running immersive theatrical production is sure to be the highlight of your Christmas.
Theatre Royal Haymarket – 3 December – 7 February
Love Letters is the tender, tragi-comic story of the shared nostalgia, missed opportunities, and deep closeness of two lifelong, complicated friends. Two people physically separated yet brought together by candid communication and shared confidences, a romance blossoming across the miles and the years.
You might remember the last time you saw Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove together, in the finale of hugely popular Judge John Deed, with their characters Judge John Deed and barrister Jo Mills left in an empty wedding chapel. Now the iconic couple, Shaw and Seagrove, are together again live on stage in a heart-warming love story…
Garrick Theatre – 4 December -17 January 2021
Murder can be such a Drag…! This brand new killer comedy, Death Drop, opening at the Garrick Theatre on 3 December 2020 is an historic West End first. Starring RuPaul’s Drag Race superstars Courtney Act and Monét X Change, along with a full drag cast in this new hilarious murder mystery – this show is like nothing you’ve seen on the West End stage ever before!
Lyric Theatre – 5 December – 5 September 2021
The legendary Six the Musical is moving to the Lyric Theatre this month ready to take you on a showstopping, boundary-pushing and electrifying historical journey through time.
From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st-century girl power. This pop concert musical not only shares an incredibly strong and powerful message but is jam-packed with uplifting and energetic numbers that will have you up on your feet, dancing the night away.
Garrick Theatre – 5 December – 10 January 2021
Christmas is not complete without a trip to the panto and you’ll be pleased to know that this one features not only 1 but 7 classic pantomimes, crammed into seventy hilarious minutes!
Enjoy the double Olivier Award nominees Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner for their tenth anniversary as they take you through the biggest panto stories and best-loved characters. From Aladdin and Cinderella to Dick Whittington’s London, this unmissable show is perfect for the family and promises plenty of terrible jokes, manic costume changes, sarcasm and slapstick humour. Just what we need to get us in the festive spirit!
Apollo Theatre – 6 December
Roles We’ll Never Play is a unique concert for one night and one night only at the Apollo!
Turning things topsy-turvy in a topsy-turvy year, this staged concert will see performers singing songs from roles outside their casting brackets – there are no limits!
Boasting a line-up of your West End faves, this is a chance to see them as never before – and never again!
Dominion Theatre – 7 December 2020 – 2 January 2021
This Christmas, a brand-new, musical staged concert of A Christmas Carol will brighten up all of our festive seasons – those past, present and yet to come!
TV star Brian Conley will star as Ebeneezer Scrooge alongside Jacqueline Jossa as Emily/Ghost Of Christmas Future, Lucie Jones as The Ghost Of Christmas Past, Matt Jay-Willis as Bob Cratchit and many more of your fave stars.
Featuring a sparkling Broadway score, a symphonic 24 piece orchestra and with soaring melodies and moving lyrics, this will be the perfect Christmas event to share with your families and friends.
Garrick Theatre – 7 December
Having spent two lockdowns entertaining us online with their freestyled musical comedy magic, Showstoppers! is back on stage!
With twelve years as an Edinburgh Festival must-see phenomenon, a critically acclaimed West End run and an Olivier Award to their name, The Showstoppers have blazed a trail in world-class improvised comedy and delighted audiences across the globe.
A perfect Christmas treat to lighten those dark December evenings, book now before this one-night event sells out!
Palace Theatre – 7 – 8 December
The Understudy is the story of an underdog – a failed husband, a failing father, a failing actor, and the impossible choice he’s going to have to make between stealing the show and stealing another man’s wife.
Proceeds from the play will be split between Acting For Others, the Equity Charitable Trust and The Theatre Development Trust, run by the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre.
Starring Stephen Fry, Mina Anwar, and James Norton and running for two nights only at the Palace Theatre, this witty adaptation of David Nicholls (writer of Us and Starter For Ten) is the perfect pre-Christmas treat!
Noël Coward Theatre – 8 December – 3 January 2021
The Comeback, a brilliantly original and hilarious new comedy, is set to delight all generations at the Noel Coward Theatre this December.
This debut play from The Pin’s award-winning Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen – ‘destined to become one of the great comedy duos’ (Radio Times) – tells the story of two double acts fighting to wrestle control of the most chaotic, farcical and high-stakes gig of their respective careers.
Each night Ashenden and Owen will be joined on stage by a celebrity guest star. All will be revealed on the night…
Duchess Theatre – 9 December – 2 May 2021
The Olivier Award-winning chaotic comedy follows the tale (and plenty of antics!) of Cornley Polytechnic Drama who are attempting to stage a production of a 1920’s murder mystery. But much like the title suggests, you can expect collapsing sets, forgotten lines, broken fourth walls, absent props and unfortunate injuries aplenty.
Written by the original Mischief Theatre Company masterminds, who are also behind Olivier Award-nominated comedies Peter Pan Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery, this rip-roaring, rib-tickling slapstick comedy will most definitely give you face ache this Christmas.
Palace Theatre – 9 December
Following a successful online concert in May this year during the height of lockdown, for one night only, you can catch a whole host of incredible stars at the Palace Theatre. They’ll be coming together for a sizzling night to celebrate the music of Jule Styne, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim.
Many of the concerts original stars will return to recreate their performances from the online concert plus some new additions. The company will come together at the end of the evening for a special performance of Sunday from Sunday In the Park With George.
Enjoy Michael Colbourne, Deborah Crowe, Jordan Lee Davies, Janie Dee, Nadim Naaman, Michael Xavier, Zizi Strallen, Sally Ann Triplett and many many more in a celebratory night of theatre that is sure to be moving.
Vaudeville Theatre – 9 December – 31 January
Ever wanted to direct your own movie? Mischief return to their comedy roots this festive season with Mischief Movie Night, the improvised movie live on stage!
You suggest a genre, location and title and the Mischief improvisers will bring the show to life, complete with rewinds, fast forwards, directors cuts and a live score.
What better way to kick off the festive season than with this sidesplitting show – share something truly unique with your loved ones!
Apollo Theatre – From 12 December
If you want to know why Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, you better pop your best shoes on and trot along to the Apollo Theatre for a night to remember!
Inspired by the 2011 BBC Three documentary Jamie: Drag Queen At 16, this showstopping musical tells the real tale of bravery, adversary and fabulousness. You can call it a modern-day fairytale of a 16-year-old with a secret to tell and dreams to make true!
With fun-filled songs, glittery costumes and a whole lotta sass, this fearless, funny and uplifting show will make you laugh, smile, cry and dance.
Palace Theatre – 15 & 16 December
If you’re looking for something a little different this season, but something that will equally make you laugh and squirm, the Award-winning Adam Kay’s hilarious one-man show is sure to tick all the boxes.
Based on the Sunday Times bestseller book, this comedy show follows Adam’s trials and tribulations as an NHS junior doctor through the entries of his diaries and features funny songs, squeamish horror stories and plenty of hilarity… and as they say laughter truly is the best medicine!
Seen by over 200,000 people, including sell-out Edinburgh Fringe runs, this best-selling show is well worth a visit.
Palace Theatre – 17 – 20 December
Deck the halls with holly and get out those jingle bells as the biggest stars from West End musicals celebrate the festive season in West End Musical Christmas – Live at the Palace Theatre.
The line-up features the West End’s biggest stars including: Alice Fearn (Come From Away, Wicked), Sophie Evans (Wicked), Ben Forster (The Phantom Of The Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar), Shanay Holmes (The Bodyguard, Rent), Rachel John (Hamilton, Rent), Jamie Muscato (Heathers’, West Side Story) Trevor Dion Nicholas (Aladdin) and Layton Williams (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Rent).
More special guests will be unwrapped during this all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza of a concert! Please note a percentage of profits will be donated to Acting For Others, so if you’re ready to immerse yourself in a night of musical theatre, go ahead and grab those tickets.
Palace Theatre – 21 December – 3 January 2021
Here comes another belter from award-winning comedian Adam Kay. Following the million-selling success of This Is Going To Hurt, Adam Kay is diving deep into his hilarious diaries and giving us a peek behind the blue curtain at Christmastime.
Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas is a love letter to all those who spend their festive season on the front line, removing babies and baubles from the various places they get stuck, at the most wonderful time of the year.
This heart-warming and hilarious live show mixes highlights from the book with Kay’s award-winning stand-up comedy and exclusive new content that you really won’t want to miss.
Shows also on in London:
Storyhouse Theatre – 3 December – 17 January 2021
Enjoy some big-hearted Christmas joy at Storyhouse with a show full of song and laughter.
Almeida Theatre – 3 December – 9 January 2021
Nine Lessons And Carols is a play about connection and isolation, about lighting a candle to see us through the longest night, about what we hold on to when we cannot hold each other.
Enjoy this touching new production that reflects on a year of separation and the power of contact.
The Vaults Theatre – 3 – 30 December
Devil is getting hitched, and given what’s going at the moment, there’s no better time to accept an invitation to the underworld in this epic interactive show.
Travel down into the many circles of Hell and navigate your way to the wedding of the millennium. Join your demonic guide and prove yourself worthy of a seat at Devil’s table; you’ll need to lie, sin and cheat your way there.
Grab your tickets to this unique show and beat the Devil at his own game!
Bridge Theatre – 3 December – 16 January 2021
A Christmas Carol didn’t just invent Christmas as we know it. It is also scary, joyful, spooky, hilarious, furious, beautiful, and a triumphant declaration that even the hardest heart can melt.
Three outstanding actors – Simon Russell Beale, Patsy Ferran and Eben Figueiredo – come together to tell the story and play all the parts.
Charing Cross Theatre – 3 – 20 December
The burgeoning party scene of East London hides a dark secret: a swathe of young men dying unexpectedly, with whispers of an unnamed killer.
In the midst of all this, Robert is grieving the death of his father. He desperately wants to be a better person, but trapped in a pattern of substance abuse and infidelity, he has a lingering fear that he will never find love and acceptance. Unexpectedly, his boyfriend Sergio proposes, compelling Robert to turn his back on addiction and self-sabotage – before he destroys this final chance at happiness. But first, he must confront a truth buried deep within his subconscious, something he himself doesn’t yet fully understand.
This brand new piece of theatre tackles the misconceptions around gay culture and promiscuity. Something far more ominous is driving men like Robert to the point of self-destruction…
Hampstead Theatre – 3 December – 16 January 2021
Ben and Gus have a job to do. But as they await instructions in a derelict building, they start to receive strange messages via a dumb waiter…
Harold Pinter’s iconic masterpiece originally premiered as part of Hampstead Theatre’s first-ever season in 1960. Sixty years on, this brilliant comedy makes a highly anticipated return home for its 60th Anniversary Production.
Rose Theatre – 3 – 5 December
A two-woman 100% faithful, word-by-word* remake of the Christmas film we all hate to love: Love Actually. Love Actually is Sh!t Actually.
Rebecca Biscuit and Louise Mothersole take on their hardest roles yet. All the roles. With live songs, queer love stories, and politics questioned by women with actual lines – come to this adults-only celebration of Christmas Actually.
From the makers of DollyWould, Sh!t Theatre Drink Rum With Expats and Sing-a-long-A-Muppet Christmas Carol. A brand new cult Christmas hit. A 100% Christmas sell-out 2019 – get your tickets while you can!
Sondheim Theatre – 5 December – 31 January 2021
Les Misérables – The Staged Concert will be returning for an eight-week limited run at the Sondheim Theatre, coinciding with the musical’s 35th year on Shaftesbury Avenue.
The legendary concert broke box office records and sold out its entire 16 week season when it ran last year at the Gielgud Theatre. Its all-star cast, led by Michael Ball as Javert, Alfie Boe/John Owen-Jones as Jean Valjean, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine and Matt Lucas as Thénardier will return alongside a company of over 50 actors and musicians.
Set during the revolution, this international award-winning musical has passion, fear, hope, love and some absolute tunes.
Cockpit Theatre – 6 – 24 December
London. Christmas Eve. All the children are tucked up in their beds. Bo has gone to bed in a big huff. He found out tonight that there won’t be many presents this year. So obviously this means that Christmas is RUINED!!
But someone is still awake. An inquisitive, rather smartly dressed Fox is going through the bins, as they do every night. But on this occasion, it’s not food they’re after. You see, this Fox is scouring all the bins on the estate trying to work out how to be festive. But it’s not going well. What they really need is a Christmas connoisseur. Someone that REALLY knows their tree from their tinsel. And looking at what magical object Bo has in his bedroom, they may have found just the person!
Climb aboard as we whizz off on an adventure to meet a host of huge and hilarious characters. This is a slightly bonkers, fun, family show with well-known songs, larger than life characters, eye-popping acrobatics, and a generous dose of theatre magic.
Cockpit Theatre- 7 – 24 December
Featuring Sarah Dearlove, Nathan Kiely, (Topsie Redfern) Tim McArthur and Jo Wickham with musical direction by Ben Papworth, A Perfect Christmas will bring you and your families seasonal cheer, a sense of tradition and, in these strange times some normality, as we celebrate the magic of the festive season.
Cockpit Theatre – 7 – 13 December
It’s Christmas and every child needs a good fairy tale to be told to them Join Topsie Redfern or The Dame for Children’s Interactive Storytelling told with social distancing secure interaction, mime, actions, and silliness in this 45 min show. So could it be Jack, Cinderella or even Puss in Boots? Take part with your little ones, after all, do we ever grow up?
Bush Theatre – 8 – 22 December
‘Club toilets have taught me more about sisterhood than any book’
Cornered into a flooding toilet cubicle and determined not to be rescued again, Rosie distracts herself with memories of bathroom encounters, drunken heart-to-hearts by dirty sinks, friendships forged in front of crowded mirrors, and hiding from trouble.
But with her panic rising and no help on its way, can she keep her head above water?
From internationally acclaimed writer and one of the UK’s most prominent trans voices, Travis Alabanza, comes a hilarious and devastating tour of women’s bathrooms.
Royal Opera House – 11 December – 3 January 2021
This restaging of Peter Wright’s celebrated two-act production features students of The Royal Ballet School alongside the full Company. Many of the much-loved elements of this cherished classic remain, from the magical growing Christmas tree, to the enchanting dance of the snowflakes and spectacular pas de deux with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her prince in the Kingdom of Sweets.
This festive treat for the whole family has a special place in the hearts of ballet fans around the world, a production that has captivated children and adults alike since its first performance by The Royal Ballet in 1984. Combined with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score and charming designs by Julia Trevelyan Oman, this is a magical ballet for the whole family.
Rose Theatre – 10 December – 3 January 2021
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved Stick Man is back on stage in Kingston this Christmas!
What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree in time for Christmas?
This delightful adaptation from Freckle Productions, the team behind Zog, Tiddler and other Terrific Tales, and Tabby McTat features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.
Bridge Theatre – 10 December – 16 January 2021
From a private booth, you’ll be drawn in close to this tale of orphaned brothers and their desperate odyssey across Europe, the action unfolding in an exquisite world of miniatures moving before you.
With their small inheritance stitched into their clothes, young Aryan and Kabir set off on an epic journey by foot from Kabul to London. Braving bustling train stations, hazardous sea crossings, menacing strangers and threats of violence, their heart wrenching story speaks of terror, hope and survival.
You’ll be seated alone and given headphones for this intimate experience staged by Candice Edmunds and Jamie Harrison (magic and illusion designer for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). As richly detailed model sets and figures revolve to form gripping scenes, accompanied by enclosing sound and narration, the effect is of an astonishing 3-D graphic novel being unveiled.
National Theatre – 11 December – 23 January 2021
For one year only, pantomime is coming to the National Theatre and after the year we’ve all had, this is fantastic news. Pantos are not only a staple on the festive calendar but they can be enjoyed by every age group so the more the merrier!
First staged at Lyric Hammersmith in 2018 and spruced up for 2020, Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd’s hilarious and heartfelt version of Dick Whittington will open in the socially distanced Olivier theatre.
Wild and inventive, this brilliant production explores what it’s like to come from a small town and arrive in a big city today, exploring the ideas of community and togetherness. You can expect cheeky jokes, chatty animals, awesome songs and plenty of silliness!
Sadler’s Wells – 11 & 12 December
The powerhouse company returns for its first live event since lockdown started, presenting the best in hip hop dance just when the world needs it most, hosted by Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist, Jonzi D.
Featuring A.I.M, the explosive all-female popping crew, in a brand-new work. A London premiere for Birmingham-based O’Driscoll Collective, featuring b-boy Marius in a duet exploring duality and mental clarity. And the perennial Breakin’ Convention feature, their East London friends, the mighty Boy Blue.
Are you Zoomed out? Are you bored of virtual entertainment? Do you want to see some real dance? With real bodies, real passion, in a real theatre? Well let’s start Breakin’ Convention!
London Palladium – 12 December- 3 January 2021
This Christmas Julian Clary will take you on a magical trip to Pantoland at The Palladium joined by the first lady of Musical Theatre, Elaine Paige.
The home of pantomime will welcome back Palladium panto favourites Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot as well as the return of some past stars of the Palladium’s festive treat Ashley Banjo & Diversity and Charlie Stemp. Making their Palladium Panto debuts will be West End sensations Beverley Knight and Jac Yarrow.
Celebrating the very best of pantomime, with comedy in abundance and big show-stopping numbers, this star-filled extravaganza will play for three weeks only.
Cadogan Hall – 13 December
Brighten your 2020, by starting the festive season in style with this socially distanced West End Christmas extravaganza, featuring stars of the West End, performing songs and carols alongside our fabulous West End Band.
The Concert will feature some of the biggest names in the West End including Killian Donnelly (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserable, Memphis, The Commitments and Kinky Boots); Louise Dearman (Wicked, Evita, Guys and Dolls); Oliver Tompsett (We Will Rock You, Wicked, & Juliet) and Rachel John (Hamilton, The Bodyguard, Memphis, The Lion King) plus special guests.
Palace Theatre – 13 December
If you’re looking for a pre-Christmas treat to lift your spirits, Sasha Regan’s award-winning All-male Company are set to make their entrance at their new West End pirate’s cove.
For one night only, the swashbuckling pirates and their winsome lasses sail into the Palace Theatre with their inventive new take on W. S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan’s classic operetta The Pirates Of Penzance.
The joyous and much-needed escape for families and friends will bring you a dazzling cast, plenty of japes and some showstopping numbers that are sure to raise the roof!
The Cockpit – 16 – 20 December
This production of Romeo and Juliet is far darker than the usual romantic gaze. It may well be the grittiest production of this play you ever see. With grunge aesthetics and swarming soundscapes, Ruckus’ vision focuses on the violent entanglement between the houses, particularly in its effect on the play’s two lost youths. The action is explosive, the love, intimate.
By reimagining the relationship as one of two young women, Ruckus dives head first into mental health, the loss of youth, and the psychic oppression of violent society. By embracing the violent potential of this play, we guarantee an engaging, and truly tragic, experience.
London Coliseum – 17 December – 3 January 2021
The English National Ballet has been performing a version of Nutcracker every year since 1950. And 2020 will be no different! In a special new production, over 25 dancers will perform a whirlwind tour of the iconic ballet’s most popular moments.
With Tchaikovsky’s famous score played live, expect all your favorite scenes featuring the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snowflakes, Flowers and more.
Royal Opera House – 18 – 20 December
A festive concert staging will include extracts from fairy-tale opera favourites including Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, as well as from Royal Opera repertory classics including Puccini’s La bohème and Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas to bring out the full Christmas spirit.
Conducted by Mark Wigglesworth, soloists Jennifer Davis, Hanna Hipp, Jeremy White, Ross Ramgobin and Roderick Williams perform, as well as Gyula Nagy, Germán E. Alcántara and Dominic Sedgwick, with the combined forces of the Royal Opera Chorus, Jette Parker Young Artists and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in this wonderful Yuletide celebration. General booking opens on 1st December, so keep your eyes peeled as this is not one to miss.
Greenwich Theatre – 18 December – 10 January 2021
A thrilling festive adventure set in an alternative history of England, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase tells the story of two brave and determined girls as they fight against ferocious wolves and battle their way through snowy wastelands to defeat their very evil guardian, Miss Slighcarp.
This exciting, fun-filled adaptation of Joan Aiken’s classic children’s novel is the perfect way to celebrate the festive season in true theatrical style.
Rose Theatre – 19 December
You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry. You’d better not pout, and here’s why: Myra DuBois is coming to town, and she’s here to save Christmas! For a second there it looked like Christmas wasn’t going to happen. Not on Myra’s watch!
The siren of South Yorkshire promises a tinsel strewn, socially distanced, Co-ho-ho-vid safe seasonal spectacular that yule not forget in a hurry. With festive cheer served up via song and chat in Myra’s trademark acerbic manner, let’s wrap 2020 up in a great big bow and send it back in the Boxing Day sales!
Greenwich Theatre – 19 December
Yet again, the best comedians from the UK and international circuit head to Greenwich to do what they do best… but without the rude bits! Cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400 years old (no vampires or Highlanders)
Rose Theatre – 20 December
Join Vikki Stone and Natasha Barnes as they explore the comic music written for women in musicals. From Ethel Merman, to Avenue Q, via Sondheim and Streisand, Vikki and Natasha will share with you the music that they love, ensured to make you laugh.
Cadogan Hall – 24 December
The sublime Carols by Candlelight returns with an enchanting programme of seasonal classics including Cullen’s Joy to the World and Handel’s Let the Bright Seraphim alongside carols such as Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and O Little Town of Bethlehem.
Performed by the Mozart Festival Ensemble and Chorus, with soprano Harriet Eyley and conductor Steven Devine, this magnificent concert is staged in full 18th-century costume in an intimate and evocative candle-lit style setting.
Shows around the UK:
3 – 5 December
Simon Callow makes a welcome return to Chichester to share some favourite yuletide poems and prose including an extract from his celebrated one-man adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic tale A Christmas Carol.
West End singers Rebecca Trehearn, Emmanuel Kojo and Rebecca Caine, matched with five fine musicians, will join CFT Artistic Director Daniel Evans and a special surprise guest each night for a range of traditional carols and festive favourites.
A Merry Little Christmas will be a joyous and heartwarming start to the season, with a free glass of mulled wine or fruit punch for every member of the audience. What’s not to love?
3 December – 10 January
Oh yes, you SHALL go to the ball!
Featuring Theatre Royal Windsor’s traditional pantomime comedy capers, with a sprinkle of fairy dust, dazzling dancers, colourful costumes and a glittering star cast featuring Strictly Finalist and icon from the world of Magic Debbie McGee and not forgetting the little fox with the big laugh … Basil Brush!
Joining Debbie and Basil are Windsor favourites, calamitous comedian Kevin Cruise and dotty Dame Steven Blakeley in their 11th year in Panto together at Theatre Royal Windsor.
4 December – 3 January 2021
Experience all your favourite pantomime moments in one hilariously reduced production. Will Tweedy take on King Rat, conquer the Evil Queen, outsmart Abanazar or cut the giant down to size? Find out in Tweedy’s REDUCED Pantomime – Guaranteed to have more laughs than cast!
5 – 24 December
Take a thrilling journey through Scrooge’s past, present and future in the company of characters who leap out from Dickens’ unforgettable tale. Playfully adapted by Patrick Barlow – writer of hit comic thriller The 39 Steps – this warm, witty and inventive show delivers tender moments and hilarious comedy as Christmas works its irresistible magic.
5 – 24 December
If you’re looking to introduce your little ones to theatre, this is a great pick! From the author of the well-loved children’s book Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell, comes a Christmas present children and parents alike will never forget.
Santa is determined to deliver the Christmas present to our little hero Sarah. But he doesn’t get it right straight away! With the help of his cheeky Elf, he finally settles on something perfect, just in time for Christmas Eve.
All the ingredients of Rod Campbell’s ingeniously simple and charming style are brought to life on stage, plus a whole lot more, with music, laughter and plenty of audience participation.
8 December – 3 January
Join our hero Dick Whittington on his thrilling quest to find adventure, fame and fortune in the glittering streets of London. Will he be able to defeat villainous rodent Queen Rat, save the city and win the hand of his love, Alice?
Get ready to follow your dreams as this classic tale is re-imagined for our annual fun-filled pantomime. Expect Pompey’s much-loved mix of songs, bonkers humour, stunning sets and don’t forget the hilarious 12 Days of Christmas (with those all-important toilet Rolls) all wrapped up in a magical festive treat for all ages.
Starring one half of X Factor Finalists Same Difference, Sean Smith as Dick Whittington, and Portsmouth favourite Jack Edwards as Dame Dolly.
9 December – 9 January 2021
Featuring swashbuckling pirates, tropical islands and a mermaid you will never forget, set sail on the Jolly Todger with Jim Lad, Long John Silver and a whole host of other characters as they make their way to the Caribbean to seek out a bounty of elusive treasure. But will they get there in one piece and is everyone really who they say they are?
This festive season join award-winning funny men Le Navet Bete (The Three Musketeers: A Comedy Adventure, Dracula: The Bloody Truth) as they play out Robert Louis Stevenson’s legendary tale as you’ve NEVER seen it before.
11 December – 3 January
This year’s alternative seasonal special from the Queen’s is a delightfully traditional family variety show, wrapped up in tinsel, with a bit of everything we love about the very best time of the year.
This glamorous and brightly coloured selection box of music, dance and comedy is made in Hornchurch especially for you. It’ll include yuletide tunes from films and musicals, as well as your favourite xmas pop, alongside classic and new sketches – a loving gift for everyone to enjoy.
12 – 24 December
Christmas is fast approaching and Santa’s Sleigh is nowhere to be found. Will Sprocket and Dibs be able to create a new sleigh in time or will Christmas be cancelled? Can you help them save the day?
Only time will tell but with audience participation, sing-a-long songs and a present from Santa for every child, it promises to be the perfect festive treat.
12 – 29 December
After receiving standing ovations and playing to sold-out houses in 2019, acclaimed character actors Jack Lane (Wisdom of a Fool & Dad’s Army Radio Show) and David Benson (Goodnight Sweetheart & One Man, Two Guvnors) are returning to The Capitol with their beautiful staging of A Christmas Carol.
16 December – 3 January 2021
This year, Prince Charming is once more throwing open the palace gates and invites you to attend his annual Christmas ball, the eagerly anticipated ‘Christmas Cracker’. The hottest ticket in town, it is a ‘do’ like you’ve never been to before, and the Prince certainly knows how to party!
From festive music to Karaoke, unexpected guests and lashings of humour, the Christmas Cracker has it all. But this year, everyone, especially Cinderella, is in for a big surprise! There is more to this Christmas Cracker than originally meets the eye.
Will Cinderella be the belle of the ball? And will Prince Charming and Cinderella finally get their fairy-tale ending? Book your tickets to find out if they live happily ever after.
16 December – 2 January 2021
Enjoy a brand new version of this classic tale, written especially for by Chichester Festival Theatre’s Writer in Resident Anna Ledwich (The Butterfly Lion, Crossing Lines and Beauty And The Beast).
Follow along as Pinocchio encounters a host of fascinating characters, from Punch and Judy to the wily Fox and Cat and the strange Sea Monster, as he journeys to Wonderland and the world beneath the sea. But he discovers that it isn’t easy hiding the truth – especially when your nose gets longer with every lie you tell…
17 December – 16 January 2021
Mischief Theatre’s multi-award-winning international smash hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong is returning to Theatre Royal Bath for some calamitous Christmas cheer!
The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! As the accident-prone thesps battle on against all the odds to reach their final curtain call, hilarious results ensue! Don’t miss this brilliantly funny comedy that’s guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!
19 December – 10 January 2021
Starring Lee Mead (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Holby City) as the Prince, star of stage and screen, Claire Sweeney, as the evil Carabosse, Hearsay’s Suzanne Shaw as the Enchantress and comedian and magician, Pete Firman, as Sleeping Beauty’s best friend, this new panto promises to offer plenty of laughs for you and your loved ones.
Keep your eyes peeled as we will continue to update this list as we receive new announcements. We can’t wait to welcome you to the theatre and end this year with some laughter and magic!