Alternative Christmas shows in London 2012

Discover the best alternative Christmas theatre shows in the capital

Want to escape Xmas madness and see something different? We've got everything you need to plan for a yuletide season with a twist. Use Time Out's guide to alternative Christmas shows to find a weird and wonderful show to help you get into the spirit of the season

Alternative theatre this Christmas

  • The Animals and Children Took to the Streets

    Dec 12-Jan 10 2013, National Theatre, Lyttelton

    The 1927 theatre company's blackly comic semi-animated show about feral children running havoc in a tenement block has become a seasonal fixture in London: it premiered at BAC in late 2010, moved to the Cottesloe last...

  • The Architects

    Nov 27-Jan 6 2013, V22

    Prepare to lose yourself in a modern-day maze created by the always envelope-pushing Shunt collective in Bermondsey's Biscuit Factory. The inspiration for this 'wildly disorientating' new piece is the myth of the Minotaur,...

  • Cabaret

    NewRating: 4/5
    Oct 3-Jan 19 2013, Savoy Theatre

    Rufus Norris's sinister, stylised 2006 revival of Kander and Ebb's unsettling musical classic is back for 2012.

  • A Clockwork Orange

    Nov 19-Jan 5 2013, Soho Theatre

    There have been stage adaptations aplenty of Anthony Burgess's dystopian satire, though none have even come close to Stanley Kubrick's bracing 1971 film. We have tempered hopes for this latest attempt, which was well...

  • Fuerzabruta

    Dec 27-Jan 26 2013, Roundhouse

    This hedonistic Argentinian theatrical extravaganza re-opened the Roundhouse in 2006 and now it's back for a second time. 'Fuerza Bruta' (it means 'brute force') is an eye-popping barrage of sights, sounds and stunts that...

  • Going Dark

    Dec 4-22, Young Vic

    Immersive theatre specialists Sound&Fury's delicate study of a man's descent into blindness was a sell-out success for the Young Vic earlier this year- partly because it was gorgeously poignant stuff, partly because it...

  • In the Republic of Happiness

    Dec 6-Jan 19 2013, Royal Court Theatre

    The Royal Court's Christmas show tends to be a slightly ho-hum affair, but this looks like a tasty final December for outgoing artistic director Dominic Cooke. He directs the latest from longtime theatre associate Martin...

  • Kiss Me, Kate

    Nov 20-Mar 2 2013, Old Vic

    The first musical the Old Vic has staged in over a decade is this Chichester Festival Theatre co-production of Cole Porter's 1948 classic, which reworks Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew' into an exuberant...

  • Little Match Girl

    Dec 13-30, Queen Elizabeth Hall

    Cabaret star Meow Meow offers her radical take on Hans Christian Andersen's festive fable.

  • The Master and Margarita

    Rating: 4/5
    Dec 14-Jan 19 2013, Barbican Centre

    Following sell out success at the start of 2012, the mighty Complicite's sprawling, mostly brilliant adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov's magical realist satire about the Devil's visit to St Petersburg returns to the Barbican for Christmas.

  • Merrily We Roll Along

    Nov 16-Feb 23 2013, Menier Chocolate Factory

    Olivier-winning actor Maria Friedman returns to the Chocolate Factory in a directorial guise to helm this revival by longterm Menier associate Stephen Sondheim musical. The musical, co-written with George Furth, charts the...

  • Old Money

    Nov 29-Jan 12 2013, Hampstead Theatre

    In this Robin Lefevre-directed world premiere of Sarah Wooley's new comedy, Maureen Lipman stars as Joyce, a housewife of 30 years standing who suddently discovers she is free to do what she wants to do. A chance meeting...

  • Privates on Parade

    Dec 1-Mar 2 2013, Noël Coward Theatre

    The essential conservatism in the programming of Michael Grandage's 15-month, five-play take over of the Noël Coward is brought home when one considers the productions in isolation, rather than getting distracted by the...

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  • Salad Days

    Dec 20-Mar 2 2013, Riverside Studios

    For the third time in four years, Tête A Tête's marvellously entertaining revival of Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds's extravagantly silly 1954 musical serves as an honorary, credit crunch-defying Christmas show at Riverside Studios.

  • Sauce for the Goose

    Dec 19-Feb 2 2013, Orange Tree Theatre

    This Georges Feydeau farce - entitled 'Le Dindon' or 'The Turkey' in its original French - comes to the Orange Tree for the festive season, with inevitable quantities of door-slamming and confused identities. Translated by...

  • Zippos Cirque Berserk

    Nov 23-Jan 6 2013, Hyde Park

    Following their success last year with the steam-punk style 'Cirque Extreme', Zippos present another edgier, thrill-filled circus show for the evening crowd.

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