Top Christmas Shows in London 2016

Top Christmas Shows in London 2016

Updated On: Nov 6, 2017
By Nicki McIntyre
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    'Tis the season... Here's your LOVEtheatre guide to the top Christmas shows in the capital - as good a holiday treat as any mince pie!

    Where? London Palladium
    When? 9th December – 15th January
    Tickets starting from £22.90
    What? Panto returns to the Palladium for the first time in nearly 30 years, with an all-star cast in the most enchanting rags-to-riches fairy tale of them all – starring Paul O’Grady, Amanda Holden, Julian Clary, Lee Mead, Nigel Havers & Natasha J Barnes.

    Million Dollar Quartet
    Where? Royal Festival Hall
    When? 17th December - 2nd January
    Tickets starting from £24.40
    What? The true story of the night that became a defining moment of rock 'n' roll history, when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis & Carl Perkins came together for the first and only time; featuring the hits 'Blue Suede Shoes', 'Great Balls of Fire', 'Walk the Line', 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On', 'Who Do You Love?', 'Folsom Prison Blues', 'Hound Dog' and many more.

    Where? London Coliseum
    When? 14th December – 7th January
    Tickets starting from £22.25
    What? The magical Christmas ballet for all the family, over 100 dancers of the English Naitonal Ballet and musicians of the English National Opera, bring Nutcracker to life with exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live.

    Where? Lyric Hammersmith
    When? Playing now until Saturday 7th January
    Tickets starting from £30
    What? Fresh from receiving 5-star reviews, Aladdin flies in on his magic carpet for some festive fun in true Lyric style. What would you do with three wishes? Fresh for 2016, the show will be full of colourful characters, live music, lots of laughs and of course the magical genie.

    A Christmas Carol with Simon Callow
    Where? Arts Theatre
    When? 8th December – 7th January
    Tickets starting from £12
    What? Simon Callow returns in this much-lauded production, based on Dickens’ own performance adaptation, creating a one-man theatrical extravaganza of festive story-telling that is both heart-warming and deeply moving.

    Christmas Spectacular
    Where? Royal Albert Hall
    When? 27th-30th December
    Tickets starting from £46.30
    What? Keep your Christmas spirits high at this classical spectacular, with wonderful music accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, thrilling lights, sensational lasers and dazzling indoor fireworks.

    La Soirée
    Where? Christmas in Leicester Square
    When? Playing now until 8th January
    Tickets starting from £43.90 (£10 programme included!)
    What? Step in from the cold, leave your troubles at the door and prepare for an inspirational night of live entertainment, as the theatrical phenomenon showcases cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety

    Mr Popper's Penguins
    Where? Criterion Theatre
    When? 15th-31st December
    Tickets starting from £15
    What? This action packed musical adaptation of Richard & Florence Atwater’s popular book is fast paced musical fun for the whole family. Be the first to see Mr & Mrs Popper and their amazing family of performing penguins puppets as they make their West End debut

    Much Ado About Nothing
    Where? Theatre Royal Haymarket
    When? 9th December – 18th March
    Tickets starting from £18.30
    What? The RSC Chichester Festival Theatre production of Shakespeare’s comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party at Christmas time, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened – before peace ultimately wins out.

    A Christmas Carol
    Where? The Vaults Waterloo
    When? 6th-31st December
    Tickets starting from £28
    What? Charles Dickens' classic is reimagined as a live 1940s-style studio recording, which broadcasts live across the mighty British Empire. At least, it will as long as the cast can keep the spiffing scenes and Victorian stereotypes flowing, despite visitations from more ghosts than they bargained for…

    Peter Pan
    Where? Olivier Theatre, National Theatre London
    When? Playing now until 4th February
    Tickets starting from £60.90
    What? JM Barrie's Peter Pan is a riot of magic, mischief, music and make-believe, exploring the possibilities and pain of growing up.

    Peter Pan Goes Wrong
    Where? Apollo Theatre
    When? Playing now until 29th January
    Tickets starting from £20
    What? Returning to the West End for a second disastrous limited season, once again the accident-prone members of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society battle against technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes. Will they ever make it to Neverland?

    Potted Panto
    Where? Garrick Theatre
    When? 10th December to 15th January
    Tickets starting from £15
    What? In a madcap ride through the biggest stories and best-loved characters from panto, our dastardly double act dash from rubbing Aladdin's lamp to roaming the golden streets of Dick Whittington's London. It's all unmissable fun, whether you're six or 106.

    The Railway Children
    Where? King’s Cross Theatre
    When? Playing now until 8th January
    Tickets starting from £19.50
    What? All aboard! It’s your last chance to see this stunning adaptation of E. Nesbit’s classic novel, steeped in nostalgia and charm, featuring a stage built around a real train track and a glistening 60-tonne locomotive that will steam into the theatre.

    Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes
    Where? Sadler’s Wells Theatre
    When? 6th December to 29th January
    Tickets starting from £42.50
    What? Sir Matthew Bourne's brand new production, based on the Academy Award-winning film, and the beloved fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen. The Red Shoes has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with its tale of obsession, possession and one girl's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world.

    The Snowman
    Where? Peacock Theatre
    When? Playing now to 1st January
    Tickets starting from £20.50
    What? A perennial family favourite that has transported a generation of children and their families into the wintery world of a boy and his magical snowman. The stage show, based on the book by Raymond Briggs and the subsequent film, delights with its mix of dance, music, storytelling, spectacle and magic.

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Where? Ambassadors Theatre
    When? 2nd December to 7th January
    Tickets starting from £22.90
    What? Eric Carle's classic children’s book has made its way off the page and onto the stage, featuring a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets from The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show - The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

    A Christmas Carol
    Where? Lyceum Theatre
    When? Monday 19th December
    Tickets starting from £19.40
    What? Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol gets the full Broadway treatment by the Broadway team of Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid), Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical) and Mike Ockrent (Crazy For You, Me and My Girl).

    Peppa Pig’s Surprise
    Where? Phoenix Theatre
    When? 15th December – 7th January
    Tickets starting from £13
    What? Surprise! Everyone’s favourite piglet returns with a charming and colourful new production, combining interactive games, songs and –of course- surprises… the perfect show for pre-schoolers.

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