Whether you can’t wait to get in the festive spirit, or you’re an unrepentant Scrooge, we’ve got the perfect show for you this festive period…
Christmas fun for the whole family:
1 Dec – 13 Jan
The West End’s spectacular Pantomime returns this Christmas!
Starring Dawn French, the same team behind last year’s Olivier Award winning pantomime comes to the West End for a limited five week run.
17 Nov – 6 Jan
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Lyric Hammersmith Pantomime, you can expect the usual mix of live music, crazy characters, awesome adventure, singing, dancing, villainous baddies and heroic goodies with a little bit of feline flavour chucked in for good measure.
Classical festive tales:
The Old Vic
27 Nov – 17 Jan
Matthew Warchus’ big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic. 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+. Can Ebenezer Scrooge be saved before it’s too late?
“A love song to Christmas, to the redeeming power of theatre and, not least, to The Old Vic itself” – Observer
22 Nov – 6 Jan
Twinkling with festive spirit, The Snowman returns for a record-breaking 21st year. Take a leap into the glistening winter’s sky and walk in the air with The Snowman, where enchanting penguins and reindeer dance and magical snowmen come to life.
“Guaranteed to melt the heart of even the most cynical Scrooge” – Guardian
Alternative festive tales:
5 Dec – 5 Jan
Due to popular demand, the 503 Christmas Panto is bringing back the timeless(ish) classic that is the Sleeping Trees’ Cinderella and the Beanstalk…with a difference. Cinderella must complete her quest to recover her glass slipper, but Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother and Jack’s pregnant cow are all doing their best to get in the way so her mission might not be quite as easy as she thought…
★★★★ “This is a mega-mix that’s truly mega” – Time Out
28 Nov – 29 Dec
A mixture of South Park and Miracle on 34th Street by way of Scrooged, Anthony Neilson’s hilarious and cutting comedy about finding the true spirit of Christmas comes to Southwark for the first time. If you’re a real scrooge, if you hate Christmas, or if you’re just exhausted by going through the motions to please un-pleasable relatives, then this show is for you.
★★★★ “Riotously enjoyable” – The Stage
Anti-festive tales, for Scrooges & eye-rollers:
10 Dec – 5 Jan
Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Sam Simmons is back with the world premiere of his brand new show for Christmas.
What is you?
What is me?
When have I been all your life?
Come witness the miracle birth of the baby Greg.
So wrap a biro in sausage meat and let’s sit around the open pug while we raise a warm mug of yoghurt to Greg.
Oh, and don’t forget to give a hot boiled egg to the bus driver and pop a radish up your arse on Gregmas Eve.
Theatre Royal Stratford East
14 Dec only
The award-winning improv comedy team are back and things are getting Christmassy. It’ll be a magical anti-panto Christmas adventure using all the theatrical toys the team can steal from the Stratford East elves: costumes, props, scenery, music and live reindeer.*
Christmas shows from the LGBT+ community:
27 Nov – 5 Jan
Fresh from their sold-out, five-star run at the Edinburgh Fringe, the multi-award-winning duo is here for the cabaret comedy extravaGAYnza that well and truly SLEIGHS. Just like A Christmas Carol – but with fewer ghosts and more gays.
“Bubbling with creativity and sparing no blushes” – Evening Standard
16 Nov – 23 Dec
International drag collective Sink the Pink are excited to present a dark and terrifying twist on the traditional Christmas theatre show this winter. This is a raucous anthology of terrifying stories and spooked-out songs that come climbing out of the winter dark to remind us that not everyone is good for goodness’ sake….
★★★★★ ‘When the stars align and theatrical magic happens on stage it is a beautiful thing’ – Londonist
If this hasn’t satiated you appetite for all things Christmas-y, you can check out our full list of 60 festive & anti-festive shows from around London on the Stagedoor app. Check it out!