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Alternative Christmas shows in London

Festive culture without the clichés: take your pick of the capital's best alternative Christmas theatre

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Going to the theatre this December doesn't have to mean nutcrackers and knob jokes from wise-cracking panto dames. These alternative festive nights out will help to quell the Christmas cheese overload with everything from comedy, edgy cabaret to wintry circus wonderlands.

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Alternative Christmas shows in London

Fitzrovia Radio Hour: A Christmas Carol

Go back in time for Christmas with retro comedy mongers The Fitzrovia Comedy Hour. They're staging a version of 'A Christmas Carol' that's styled like a 1940s radio play. The Queen's English and spooky sound effects combine to make an audio adventure that's full of wartime hilarity.

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The Vaults , Waterloo Tuesday December 6 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016

Narcissistic Nativity

Corporate greed comes under fire in this comedy by all-female theatre company Urban Foxes, which is set at a wild office party. The staff are all dressing up as Biblical characters but they're definitely no saints, in this look at the grubby underbelly of celebrating Christmas.

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Rosemary Branch Theatre , Islington Tuesday December 6 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016

Soho Cinders

It's not quite a panto, but this festive retelling of the Cinderella story is still perfect for Christmas. It's a boy-meets-boy romance set in modern-day Soho, and penned by the creators of West End musicals including 'Betty Blue Eyes'.

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Union Theatre , Southwark Tuesday December 6 2016 - Thursday December 22 2016

NoFit State Circus: Bianco

Glimpse some otherworldly circus in what looks like a giant spaceship, the custom-designed silver tent which hosts NoFitstate's Christmas show. 'Bianco' is a riotous promenade performance that puts the audience face-to-femur with acrobats throwing spectacular stunts.

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Southbank Centre , South Bank Tuesday December 6 2016 - Sunday January 22 2017

The Flanagan Collective's A Christmas Carol

Tuck into turkey and all the trimmings at this festive slice of dinner theatre. Tom Bellerby directs a boisterous version of Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' with The Flanagan Collective, who'll lead the audience in Victorian parlour games and plenty of seasonal silliness.

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Arts Theatre , Covent Garden Monday December 12 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016

Dr Carnesky's Incredible Bleeding Woman

It's bright, red, and comes round like clockwork: menstruation is Christmassy, right? Soho Theatre certainly believes so. Marisa Carnesky's cabaret show 'Dr Carnesky’s Incredible Bleeding Woman' mixes music, silliness, and serious research into cultural taboos.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Tuesday December 13 2016 - Friday December 30 2016

La Soirée


Everyone's favourite naughty cabaret circus is back at a new location in the centre of Leicester Square. There's a refreshed line-up of fantastically bendy acts, but the old favourites are still the best (if you haven't seen Captain Frodo put his whole body through a tennis racket before, frankly, you haven't lived).

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Spiegeltent Leicester Square , Leicester Square Tuesday December 6 2016 - Sunday January 8 2017

Licensed to Ill

Have a hip-hoppy Christmas with this scrappy Beastie Boys tribute show. This lo-tech jukebox musical hits Southwark Playhouse after a sell-out run at CPT last year - go for the hilariously tenuous rhymes, stay for the mad surge of lo-fi energy. 

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Southwark Playhouse , Elephant and Castle Until Saturday December 24 2016

Le Gateau Chocolat: Icons

Unwrap some gorgeous reinterpretations of pop song greats at this show from alt-cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat. It's a look at our relationships with icons, from Whitney to Elvis to Wagner. He'll lend his velvety voice to renditions of hits from the greats, as well as looking at how his own experiences as a drag performer shape his relationship with the objects of his worship.

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Soho Theatre , Soho Monday December 12 2016 - Saturday January 7 2017

Find Christmas shows for all the family

Family Christmas shows in London

Make Christmas more magical with a trip to one of London's many family-friendly Christmas shows. There's theatre big and bright enough to keep little ones enthralled and performances sweet and subtle enough to entertain the whole family. Find the one that all of your lot will love and book tickets so you don't miss out.

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Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho
Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho

I'm sure you only missed me off to give the other shows a chance. Yes, that's right, I'm back and more fabulous than ever! In a brand new drag musical comedy satirical extravaganza. Ever wondered what might have happened if I, Margaret Thatcher, had got lost in Soho on the eve of the vote for section 28, reversed all my views, and become an overnight cabaret sensation? Then wonder no more! Written and directed by award winning playwright Jon Brittain and co-written by and starring Matt Tedford as the lady herself, Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho is a hilarious tongue in cheek Christmas show that's running at Theatre503 from 10th December - 4th January. There'll be music, laughter and free school milk for all! Where there are discos, may we bring harmony! Trailer here... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Uq9PPPFkrI Tickets here... http://theatre503.com/whats-on/margaret-thatcher-queen-of-soho/

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