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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

'Nice Fish at the Harold Pinter Theatre

Going to the theatre this winter doesn't have to mean nutcrackers and camp men dressed as Marie Antoinette. There are plenty of alternative shows to be seen in London that will help to quell the Christmas overload.

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Alternative Christmas shows in London


As a much younger man, Old Vic boss Matthew Warchus made his name with the UK premiere of French playwright Yasmina Reza's 'Art' – the celebrated satire about three friends whose friendship is tested when one of them buys an expensive painting that's all white, with a few white lines…

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Old Vic , Southwark Saturday December 10 2016 - Saturday February 18 2017

Buried Child

This is some pretty heavyweight stuff: the highly respected, five-times-Oscar-nominated Hollywood actor Ed Harris makes his West End debut in a revival of his long-time associate Sam Shepherd's play 'Buried Child'…

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Trafalgar Studios , Whitehall Monday November 14 2016 - Saturday February 18 2017

The Children

The Royal Court rounds off its 2016 with a new play from Lucy Kirkwood, her first since her all-conquering 'Chimerica'. Directed by James MacDonald, the play follows two nuclear scientists who have retired into glorious isolation to their cottage by the sea, until one day an old friend turns up with the alarming request they call their children…

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Thursday November 17 2016 - Saturday January 14 2017

Nice Fish

Now that the entire world has woken up to the magnitude of Mark Rylance’s acting talents, the notoriously eccentric ex-Globe boss seems determined to balance out mainstream screen fare like ‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bridge of Spies’ with more, er, ‘eccentric’ stage work…

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Harold Pinter Theatre , Soho Tuesday November 15 2016 - Saturday February 11 2017

The Kite Runner

This touring stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s mega-selling epic novel about a young Afghan boy's life during the unheaval of the Soviet invasion and the tumultuous years that followed finally arrives in London for a limited season. British-Iranian actor Ben Turner stars.

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Wyndham's Theatre , Covent Garden Wednesday December 21 2016 - Saturday March 11 2017


A tale of drugs, dissolution and incurable disease might not be a natural choice for a Christmas show. But this touring production of the classic rock musical 'Rent' should be sufficiently glitzy to get audiences in the festive spirit…

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St James Theatre , St James's Park Thursday December 8 2016 - Saturday January 28 2017

C.S. Lewis: The Screwtape Letters

C.S. Lewis is best known for his talking lion fantasia 'Narnia', but the same themes of faith and divinity inspired a few adult novels, too. 'The Screwtape Letters' is a satire, adapted for the stage by Max McLean and Jeffrey Fiske, that's set in an office in Hell. Screwtape is a senior employee of Satan who's trying to catch a poor mortal on earth's soul, using all his wiliest schemes.  This comedy comes to Park Theatre over Christmas 2016, after an Off-Broadway run in New York.  

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Park Theatre , Finsbury Park Thursday December 8 2016 - Saturday January 7 2017

Wild Honey

It's been quite the year for Anton Chekhov's untitled, unfinished, discarded debut play: a version completed bu David Hare received a cracking production at the National Theatre under the name 'Platanov', and now Hampstead Theatre scores a bit of a coup in getting a new version from the legendary Michael Frayn. The semi-retired 82-year-old polymath's great works are surely behind him..

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Hampstead Theatre , Swiss Cottage Friday December 2 2016 - Saturday January 14 2017

Dr Carnesky's Incredible Bleeding Woman

There's alternative. And then there's this: Soho Theatre's bloody peculiar Christmas show, which aims to put the magic back into menstruation. Marisa Carnesky's lecture-style show defeats cultural shame with music, a host of guest performers, silliness, and serious scientific research.

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


The Old Red Lion's spine-chilling Christmas show is an adaptation of 'Benighted', the haunted house novel that inspired a host of imitators - 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' included. It's J.B. Priestley's story of a group of travellers stranded in rural Wales, who seek shelter in a crumbling mansion with some rather peculiar inhabitants. This stage adaptation is written by Duncan Gates, and directed by Stephen Whitson.

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Old Red Lion , Angel Tuesday December 6 2016 - Sunday January 1 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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By: Time Out London Theatre


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/