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Apollo Theatre

  • Theatre
  • Shaftesbury Avenue
Apollo Theatre
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Time Out says

This historic Shaftesbury Avenue theatre has hosted ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’, ‘Travesties’ and ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ in recent years. It was designed by architect Lewin Sharp and opened in 1901, becoming the first theatre to launch in Edwardian London. Its three cantilevered balconies and ornamental boxes look out over the famous stage.


Shaftesbury Avenue
Opening hours:
Mon-Sat 10am-8pm
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Derren Brown: Showman

  • Experimental

The exact contents of Derren Brown’s new show are officially ‘undisclosed’. But we’re promised it’s the master illusionist’s most personal show to date. It’s a vague description, but Brown’s reputation for whimsically theatrical mind magic and outrageous audience manipulation is justifiably towering – whatever the contents of the show, you know he’s going to deliver.

Potted Panto

  • Panto

They’ve given us ‘Potted Potter’ and ‘Potted Pirates’; now Daniel Clarkson, Jefferson Turner and their director and co-writer Richard Hurst are back, with a madcap dash through all the big panto favourites. Role-swapping, silly costumes and cut-price props underpin their knockabout two-man storytelling, and they have the direct appeal of a couple of overgrown kids engaged in a game whose rules they make up as they go along. Jeff, shorter, more serious, is the theatrical glue; lanky Dan is the prankster, ever ready with a daft quip, a slapstick stunt and occasionally a naughty innuendo. The cleverly judged balance of childish simplicity and adult sauce means the show engages parents as well as their offspring. There’s even a dash of satire: in ‘Dick Whittington’ a Boris Johnson wig turns the hero into a modern-day Lord Mayor of London. Occasionally you suspect that they might be having more fun up on stage than we are watching them. But it’s jovially done; and if it’s a simple offering, there’s a lot to like about a Christmas show that relies on wit rather than glitz.

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