Family Christmas shows in London
Written in 1935, a couple of years before ‘The Hobbit’ and more than six decades before ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’, John Masefield’s ‘The Box of Delights' is the great grandaddy of the magician-walks-unexpectedly-into-small-person’s-life genre of fantasy novels...
Inspired by Oscar Wilde's famous fairy story, this magical family show centres on a lonely giant. She locks herself away in a cold, dark house, but gradually, the children who come to play in her garden start to thaw her heart. 'The Selfish Giant' is Omnibus's Christmas show for 2018, their follow-up to last year's 'Zeraffa Giraffa'. It's created by local companies Soup Soap Theatre and Tessa Bide Productions. Ages three-plus.
Unicorn Theatre's Christmas show is a collection of the Grimm brothers' legendarily horrible, fantastical fairy stories, as retold by 'Northern Lights' author Philip Pullman. Featuring powerful witches, brave children and magical forest creatures, his bold reimaginings of the tales will be adapted for the stage by Philip Wilson, and directed by Kirsty Housley.
Park Theatre are going trad with this year's Christmas show. It's a staging of 'Peter Pan' that uses J. M. Barrie's original 1904 text (i.e. it's not a panto) to tell the classic story of adventure and refusing to grow up. It's directed by Jonathan O'Boyle, who's helmed slick recent productions of 'Hair' and 'Pippin'.
Sleeping Trees’s show ‘Cinderella and the Beanstalk’ is a mega-mix pantomime medley: a story that cooks up the adventures of all of your favourite fairytale heroes, heroines and villains into a stage stew and then adds a dash of panto pandemonium for extra kick.
A pair of sweet-stealing juvenile delinquents (sorry, we meant adorable moppets) are the stars of Rose Theatre Kingston's Christmas show. Ciaran McConville is adapting the story of Hansel and Gretel's journey through the forest, where they meet a terrifying witch who lives in a deliciously tempting edible house. Child performers from the Rose Youth Theatre star alongside professional actors in this magical festival performance, which includes original songs by Eamonn O'Dwyer. Rosie Jones directs.
Alexandra Palace is finally reopening the doors of its massive, gloriously gilded 1875 theatre space after a lengthy refurb. And it should make the perfect setting for this family christmas treat. 'Horrible Christmas' looks at celebrations through the ages, from po-faced Puritans to 'treat yo'self' Tudors. It's all masterminded by Birmingham Stage Company, who've presided over nearly a decade's worth of hilariously gory adaptations of Terry Deary's history teacher-baiting books, stuffed with songs, jokes, and audience interaction. Children under four will not be admitted.
The Royal Opera House is launching a new production of 'Hansel and Gretel' just in time for Christmas, directed and designed by Antony McDonald. This operatic take on a fairy story is the work of composer Humperdinck and his sister, the librettist Adelheid Wette. Their 1893 work mixes traditional folksongs with lush, sweeping Romantic orchestration, bringing an epic feel to the classic story of two kids who get lost in a vast forest.
This cabaret-tinged musical is a fabulous new spin on the story of 'Rumpelstiltskin' that's sure to delight older kids and teens. Australian cabaret star Paul Capsis will play the wicked, shape-shifting imp who sets impossible tasks - but gets his comeuppance when he finds out that there's more to life than gold.
Take a trip back to circus’s belle époque heyday – sans animal cruelty – with this Vegas-honed spectacular full of daredevil performers from across the globe and, in the big USP, giant puppet elephants who’ll wow family audiences aged three-plus in a totally ethical style.
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