Looking for theatre to see this Christmas? We’ve got you covered!

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:

Snow White

London Palladium
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.

Dick Wittington

Lyric Hammersmith
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:

A Christmas Carol

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

The Snowman

Peacock Theatre
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:

Cinderella and the Beanstalk

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

The Night Before Christmas

Southwark Playhouse

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:

Sam Simmons: Away in a Stranger

Soho Theatre
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.

Shoot From The Hip’s Big Christmas Show

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:

Hot Gay Time Machine

Trafalgar Studios
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

How To Catch A Krampus

Pleasance Theatre
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!