Christmas in London: Top shows for the festive season 2015

Christmas in London: Top shows for the festive season 2015

Updated On: Mar 6, 2017
By Nicki McIntyre
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    Christmas in London is a magical time of year, and there's no shortage of shows to see on the West End stage. From holiday classics and seasonal surprises, to feel-good festive favourites for the entire family, London theatreland is the gift that keeps on giving this Christmas...

    A Christmas Carol

    Where? Noel Coward Theatre
    When? 30 November 2015 – 30 January 2016
    What? Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent makes his long-awaited return to the London stage, starring as Scrooge in this unique telling of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas story of greed, grief, ghoulish ghosts and eleventh hour redemption.

    Where? London Palladium
    When? 23 October 2015 – 2 January 2016
    What? Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight (Memphis, The Bodyguard) stars as Grizabella as Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking musical returns following last year's sell-out West End season.

    Where? Richmond Theatre
    When? 5 December 2015 – 10 January 2016
    What? Hayley Mills, Matthew Kelly, Matthew Rixon and Chris Jarvis star in this year's panto, a magical rags to riches story with sumptuous sets, gorgeous fairytale costumes, real Shetland ponies, fantastic song and dance numbers, magic and bags of audience participation.

    Dr Seuss's The Lorax
    Where? Old Vic Theatre
    When? 2 December 2015 – 16 January 2016
    What? Blending theatrical invention, songs and zany humour in a timely and vibrant Christmas show with a message that will speak to audiences of all ages, Dr. Seuss's classic tale tells of a moustachioed and cantankerous critter who's on a mission to protect the earth from the greedy, tree-chopping, Thneed-knitting businessman known only as The Once-ler.

    Elf The Musical
    Where? Dominion Theatre
    When? 24 October 2015 – 2 January 2016
    What? Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit starring Will Ferrell, the hilarious tale of Buddy The Elf stars ITV's Superstar Ben Forster (The Phantom Of The Opera, The Rocky Horror Show, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar) and Girls Aloud's Kimberley Walsh.

    Guys And Dolls
    Where? Savoy Theatre
    When? 10 December 2015 – 12 March 2016
    What? Transferring from the Chichester Festival Theatre, Olivier Award winners Sophie Thompson and David Haig star in this sizzling New York tale of gamblers, gangsters and nightclub singers, featuring some of Broadway’s greatest show-stopping tunes, including "Luck Be A Lady" and "Sit Down You're Rockin' the Boat".

    Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty
    Where? Sadler's Wells Theatre
    When? 1 December 2015 – 24 January 2016
    What? Back by popular demand, Matthew Bourne's dazzling New Adventures production is a gothic romance for all ages that has won the hearts of audiences around the world, smashing box office records across the UK and the USA.

    English National Ballet's The Nutcracker
    Where? London Coliseum
    When? 16 December 2015 – 9 January 2016
    What? A magical Christmas ballet for all the family, over 100 dancers and musicians bring Tchaikovsky’s glorious score to life with exquisite dancing and beautiful sets.

    The Nutcracker On Ice
    Where? Royal Albert Hall
    When? 28 December 2015 – 14 January 2016
    What? With colourful projections, opulent costumes, magic tricks and special effects, The Imperial Ice Stars dance to Tchaikovsky's glorious score performed by a live orchestra. Breathtaking high speed leaps, heart stopping throws and awe-inspiring acrobatics combine with sublime ice dance to make this a festive treat that will thrill and enchant all ages.

    The Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker
    Where? Royal Opera House
    When? 8 December 2015 – 2 January 2016
    What? The stage sparkles with theatrical magic in Peter Wright's classic production, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s glittering score. Enchanting choreography and unforgettable music has made The Nutcracker one of the best-loved of all ballets.

    Peter Pan
    Where? New Wimbledon Theatre
    When? 5 December 2015 – 10 January 2016
    What? Let Verne Troyer, Marcus Brigstocke, Jarred Christmas and dance troupe Flawless whisk you away to Neverland in the ultimate family adventure; this pantomime guarantees magical sets and costumes, amazing special effects and spectacular song and dance numbers.

    Peter Pan Goes Wrong
    Where? Apollo Theatre
    When? 4 December 2015 – 31 January 2016
    What? The original accident-prone cast of the Olivier Award-winning hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong return to the stage in J.M. Barrie's classic. Battling against technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes, will the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society ever make it to Neverland?

    Slava's Snowshow
    Where? Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
    When? 16 December 2015 – 3 January 2016
    What? Returning for a fifth magical year, this multi-international award-winning hit has delighted theatregoers around the world for over 20 years. Fun for the whole family, breathtaking visual effects see the Royal Festival Hall filled with a heart-stopping blizzard of snow.

    Sleeping Beauty
    Where? New Victoria Theatre Woking
    When? 12 December 2015 – 10 January 2016
    What? Katie Price, Anita Dobson, Ben Faulks and Alan Committie star in this fun-filled family pantomime, complete with glittering costumes, sensational songs, dazzling dance routines, and bags of audience participation.

    The Snowman
    Where? Peacock Theatre
    When? 25 November 2015 – 3 January 2016
    What? This perennial family favourite has transported a generation of children and their families into the wintery world of a boy and his magical snowman, with a captivating mix of dance, music, storytelling, spectacle and magic.

    Also look out for...

    Around The World In 80 Days
    Where? St James Theatre
    When? 26 November 2015 – 17 January 2016

    Bill Bailey: Limboland
    Where? Vaudeville Theatre
    When? 10 December 2015 – 17 January 2016

    Derren Brown - Miracle
    Where? Palace Theatre
    When? 11 November 2015 – 16 January 2016

    Disney On Ice: Worlds Of Enchantment
    Where? London O2 Arena
    When? 22 December 2015 – 3 January 2016

    Goodnight Mister Tom
    Where? Duke Of York's Theatre
    When? 11 December 2015 – 20 February 2016

    The Illusionists
    Where? Shaftesbury Theatre
    When? 14 November 2015 – 3 January 2016

    Jane Eyre
    Where? National Theatre
    When? 26 October 2015 – 10 January 2016

    Joe Stilgoe In New Songs For Old Souls - Christmas Special
    Where? Lyric Theatre
    When? 21 December 2015

    Lee Mead - Some Enchanted Christmas Evening
    Where? Lyric Theatre
    When? 6 December 2015

    La Soirée
    Where? Spiegeltent, Southbank Centre
    When? 27 October 2015 – 17 January 2016

    Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games
    Where? Playhouse Theatre
    When? Playing now until 3 January 2016

    Peppa Pig's Suprise
    Where? Duke Of York's Theatre
    When? 18 December 2015 – 17 January 2016

    The Railway Children - Live On Stage

    Where? King's Cross Theatre
    When? Playing now until 3 January 2016

    The Tiger Who Came To Tea
    Where? Lyric Theatre
    When? 25 November 2015 – 10 January 2016
    Where? National Theatre
    When? 23 November 2015 – 28 February 2016

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