What's on Highlights > December
It's nearly Christmas! Be sure to get down to your local theatre this December to catch the latest Panto's and festive shows. We've kindly pulled together a host of shows from venues across the UK to make selecting your theatre trip even easier. This is just a small selection of theatres and what's on - visit the venue's website for full listings or choose another theatre from over 240 theatres around the country. You can view the full list of theatres by clicking here.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01274 432000
Johnny Cash Roadshow
The UK’s No 1 celebration of Johnny Cash, fronted by award winning singer/songwriter Clive John, re-creates with astounding accuracy and truly captures the essence of what it was like to be at a real Cash show! Also featuring the Carter Sisters along with the ‘JC Horns’ - all aspects of Cash’s life are covered with impeccable taste. The show takes the audience from the 1950’s right up to 2002 and all the stops in between. All this accompanied by evocative screen images and shots from Johnny Cash’s life.
Peter Pan - Panto
17 December - 29 January
Yorkshire’s best-loved comedian Billy Pearce, in his 18th Alhambra Theatre pantomime, leads the cast of the family pantomime which promises dastardly pirates, a high-flying hero and a barrel full of laughter. Billy, who will play the role of Smee, is joined by actor, singer and television presenter Darren Day who will play the dastardly Captain Hook. Emmerdale favourite Charlie Hardwick is the Magical Mermaid, guiding the high-flying hero Peter Pan played by S Club 7's Jon Lee.
18 - 19 December
Will Santa be able to escape this awful ambush? Will Bradley succeed in ruining Christmas? Will someone explain why an elephant is roaming around the garden? With guillotines, tigers and a houseful of dynamite, young audiences will adore this action-packed, explosively funny new musical show!
Recommended age 3+
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 020 7359 4404
2 December – 21 January
Two queens. One in power. One in prison. It's all in the execution.
Schiller's political tragedy takes us behind the scenes of some of British history's most crucial days. Playing both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Juliet Stevenson (Duet for One) and Lia Williams (Oresteia) trade the play's central roles, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin. Adapted and directed by Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01892 530613
Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs
9 December - 2 January
Another spectacular family pantomime for Christmas 2016!
Starring SU POLLARD as the Wicked Queen and JAMIE RICKERS (from Citv and Nickelodeon) as Muddles, with Millie Booth as Snow White and Jamie Steen as Nursie UK Productions bring you Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, with sparkling sets, beautiful costumes, hilarious antics, wonderful special effects and loads of sing-along, laugh-along fun.
Santa Saves Christmas
Who can save the magic of Christmas?
Fairy Flossy's wand has stopped working, Cinderella's glass slipper is broken and what has happened to the magic in Aladdin's lamp? Christmas might have to be cancelled...
Join Fairy Flossy and Pompom the Penguin as they meet Father Christmas himself at his home in the North Pole and help Santa Save Christmas!Plus every child will receive a present from Father Christmas in our special meet, greet and treat. Songs include festive favourites The Twelve Days Of Christmas, Jingle Bells, When Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney, We Wish You A Merry Christmas and many more!
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 020 8292 9222
Adventure to Oz
23 November – 7 January
Chickenshed’s dazzling Christmas production. The world premiere of a fantastical new musical, based on the much-loved and wonderful Oz stories of L. Frank Baum - Adventure to Oz! Join familiar characters such as Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man, and be introduced to new loveable and memorable characters such as the incredible Patchwork Girl and Ojo the Unlucky Munchkin. Travel with us along the famous Yellow Brick Road with a brave band of friends on a quest to release Ojo’s Uncle from an enchantment that has turned him to stone.
An unforgettable theatrical experience this Christmas!
Tickets from £5
Christmas Tales on Tour
30 November – 30 December
Christmas Tales is an amazingly fun and festive show from the creative team behind Chickenshed’s hugely popular Tales from the Shed. This show is a full-on family Talesomime (a pantomime starring all the favourite Tales characters) and it’s going to be high energy, interactive and brilliantly entertaining... Oh no, it’s not! Oh yes, it is! So bring your little ones to Christmas Tales this festive season and Can-Can, The Thing That Goes Blurgh and the Tales team will be right ‘behind you’!
At Chickenshed Theatre, the Dugdale Centre in Enfield Town and The Tabernacle W.11
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 08448 471652*
22 November - 22 December
The first Central London production in eighty years of Rodney Ackland’s After October, directed by Oscar Toeman. Hampstead, 1936. In a shabby basement flat, aspiring playwright Clive Monkhams dreams of a West End hit and winning Francie’s heart. His bankrupt mother Rhoda, a faded actress, frets about the bills and the fortunes of her penniless daughters while reminiscing about her glory days. Clive’s family and an entourage of bohemian dependants all need him to make it big. With opening night approaching and finances fast running out, everything rides on the success of the play...
until 20 December
The first English production in nearly 70 years of Dr Angelus by James Bridie, directed by Jenny Ogilvie. Glasgow, 1920. Earnest young doctor George Johnson has just been made partner in the medical practice of his eccentric senior colleague Dr Angelus. It seems like the perfect start to his career. When Dr Angelus’ treatment of his own mother-in-law results in her death, George remains fiercely loyal to his mentor. But as suspicions of murder multiply and the true nature of his partner is revealed, he finds himself caught in a web of deceit…
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01516 660000
Roy Orbison And Friends With Barry Steele
This musical and semi-autobiographical celebration of The Big O’s musical legacy is quite simply unmissable, as Barry Steele takes you on this specially revamped musical journey in time, from the early sun years right through to the late 80’s and The Travelling Wilburys. Add to the mix star our fabulous musicians and singers celebrating the music from legends Roy shared centre stage with.
10 December - 8 January
Forced into a life of drudgery by her wicked stepsisters Cinderella dreams of escape and romance. With the help of a Fairy Godmother, a pumpkin and a touch of magic Cinderella is whisked off to the Prince’s Ball…but will she live Happily Ever After? With hit songs, a live band, a stunning bespoke set, fabulous costumes, the talented cast includes: This Morning’s Alison Hammond as the ‘Fairy Godmother’; the welcome return of Olivia Birchenough from Channel 5’s Milkshake! As ‘Cinderella’; comedian Tam Ryan as ‘Buttons’; and Ugly Sisters’ Jamie Morris and Tarot Joseph.
New Year's Eve Gala Concert
A fantastic Concert to welcome in the new year at the Fabulous Floral Pavilion Theatre.
The Ever Popular British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (Last Night of the Proms & Viennese Strauss Christmas) will celebrate New Year in style with a show containing music from Opera, Ballet, Film, Operetta, Gilbert and Sullivan, The Musicals, ‘West End’, as well as classical and fun numbers for all the family. Culminating at Midnight with a rousing sing-along new year, arms linked and Auld Lang Syne for all the audience to join in with.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 020 8858 7755
18 November – 8 January
Greenwich pantomime favourite Andrew Pollard is reunited with unforgettable villain Anthony Spargo, last seen as Count Fracula in Red Riding Hood, for our most ambitious high-flying pantomime to date! Come fly with us to Neverland where Peter Pan and Hook are once again locked into battle, where the ticking of a clock might just strike fear into the heart of a pirate, and where children never grow up!
Comedy Club 4 Kids
Yet again the best comedians from the UK and world circuit head to Greenwich to do what they do best… but without the rude bits! Cracking entertainment for everyone over six years old and under 400 years old (no vampires or Highlanders).
Live Canon’s Christmas
Live Canon, the company renowned for their live performances of poetry from the classical canon and beyond, return to Greenwich for a unique festive fundraiser. Live Canon’s finest performers bring to life a host of festive favourites from Robert Louis Stevenson, Anne Bronte, Christina Rossetti, Thomas Hardy and more, together with a sprinkling of carols and a warming dose of mulled wine, with all proceeds spilt between Live Canon’s children’s projects and Greenwich Theatre’s building improvement campaign.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01279 431945
Beauty and The Beast
3 December- 4 January
Enjoy the Beauty of panto in this Beast of a show- the most lavish, thrilling and innovative Christmas event for miles around!
Join Beauty and her incredible extended family on an extraordinary trip, as one of the world’s favourite tales takes to the stage, with surprising twists and wonderful turns, prepare to be swept off your feet! Once again we’ve attracted some of Britain’s greatest panto talent to entertain you, including Harlow favourites Kevin James and Jimmy Burton-Iles, and some of the world’s best speciality acts. Don’t miss this astounding show- the perfect treat for all ages this festive season.
Santa’s Rusty Robot
16 - 24 December
After their huge success at the Playhouse last year, Santa, Ellie and Rudolph return for another brilliant show this Christmas. Santa’s building a robot as a gift, but it’s been left out in the snow and has rusted up. With the help of audiences, Santa and Ellie attempt to bring it back to full working order, but can it be done?
Santa’s Rusty Robot is a show packed with fun, songs, Christmas cheer and lots of audience interaction- a perfect way for younger children to enjoy live theatre. There’s also the chance to meet Santa and receive a special gift!
Performance running time approximately 40 minutes, plus Santa meet and greet.
Suitable for children aged 2 to 6 year olds and the families, pre-schools and nurseries.
Live @ The Playhouse
Our regular live entertainment show is back with another fabulous line-up to make you laugh, this time with a new format and new cabaret-style surroundings. The area’s best comedy night is perfect for a night out with friends, couples, or just a good excuse to get away from the telly. Great acts, great value, great fun! Check website for details.
‘The perfect night out for all comedy lovers’ Your Harlow
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01482 323638
A Christmas Treasure Island
2 December – 7 January
Shiver me Timbers! Join us for an adventure of a lifetime…
On a stormy beach at Withernsea young Jem Hawkins and her Uncle David discover a treasure map. With the help of Long John Silver and his band of pirates they set sail in search of gold, but are betrayed before they reach the islands of the frozen north. Jem must find her courage to escape the treacherous crew, survive the storms and find the treasure. Will she make it home again, or join the marooned Ben Gunn on the island forever?
See You at The Gallows
14 – 17 December
A sordid soiree full of wild, dark and ridiculous sketches, characters and songs woven within a narrative of underlying aggression between Norris & Parker themselves.
Age recommendation 16+
NT live: No Man’s Land
Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man's Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London.
One summer's evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01491 575698
Purdy returns to the Kenton after enjoying the release of her debut album 'Diamond in the Dust’ created with Grammy award winning producer Andy Wright. She has written songs like black & white movies with a rustic romantic backdrop. Her voice is intimate, unexpectedly deep with all the playful swagger and appeal of a new age femme fatale.
Following release of her album, Purdy went on to support Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra on his UK Tour. This included appearances at the Royal Albert Hall which gave rise to sensational reviews. Sam Brown's International Ukulele Club Of Sonning Common. Back for the third time, due to popular demand, Sam Brown’s International Ukulele Club of Sonning Common returns to the Kenton stage this December with another selection of songs from across the ages and genres. With the hugely entertaining Miss Brown at the helm, the IUCSC has delighted audiences at festivals and events across the country, recorded on Joe Brown’s Ukulele Album, performed on radio and TV and even took their unique brand of entertainment across the channel to Paris.
15 - 28 December
Join Princess Bea this December on an amazing adventure as she battles the wicked Fairy Midnight in pursuit of true loves kiss.
Presented by the same team who gave you Jack & the Beanstalk last year, this brand new production brings a modern twist to the classic tale. Packed with comedy, live music, a fantastic cast and a feisty heroine this is a production that will enchant the whole family.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01253 794221
Mozart By Candlelight
From the Producers of A Viennese Strauss Gala, this sumptuous fully costumed show immerses us in the wonderful music and the classical baroque world of one of the world's greatest romantic composers - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
With beautiful settings, costumes and lighting, and of course candles, the European Baroque Ensemble and Singers transport you back to the sumptuous past. In the Magical Mozart by Candlelight. An Evening of classical music and song, which includes excerpts from Mozarts Operas such as: The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte, and many more beautifully sung moments from his world famous operas.
Jack And The Beanstalk
14 – 30 December
Jack and the Beanstalk is a great hit with all the family whether you are 3 or 103 years old and is this year's GIANT of a Pantomime at the Lowther Pavilion running from Wednesday 14th - Friday 30th December. Expect new scenery, new costumes, new faces and plenty of audience participation that will keep audiences of all ages entertained and amused. Jack and the Beanstalk is guaranteed to be Fe, Fi, Fo, Fun so don't delay, get your tickets today for the best seats in the house by calling the Lowther Pavilion now!
Join Brit-Award winning vocalists BLAKE for their celebrated Christmas show, featuring festive songs in beautiful trio harmony, video projections & the group's famous fast-paced comedy banter.
During this 2-hour stage spectacular BLAKE perform an eclectic range of Yuletide songs, taken from their debut Christmas album. Since the group formed in 2007, BLAKE have become a regular fixture on the UK Christmas TV schedules, including performances on BBC Breakfast, This Morning, The One Show, Alan Titchmarsh Show & Songs of Praise. Combining their spectacular Christmas album with this festive tour show, BLAKE hopes to fill theatres to the brim with Yuletide cheer.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01623 633133
26 November – 31 December
A magical pantomime awash with swash and buckle! Starring Marc Baylis as Captain Hook (aka Rob Donovan in Coronation Street), Nick Jr’s Holly Atterton as Tinkerbell, Jessica Punch as Peter Pan, Adam Moss as Smee plus comedy acrobats The Nitwits.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01782 717962
The Snow Queen
19 November – 28 January
The classic children’s tale of adventure, friendship and bravery, brought to the stage by the brilliant creative team behind legendary New Vic’s Christmas shows such as The Borrowers, Robin Hood & Marian, and The Hundred and One Dalmatians. With enchanting characters, original music and breath-taking on-stage magic, The Snow Queen is directed by New Vic Artistic Director in her stunning trademark style.
Family of Four ticket just £66.
Eric’s Christmas Party
28 November – 19 December
The one-and-only Eric is back for his annual New Vic Christmas party! Join him and his multi-talented band of actors and musicians for a non-stop night of comedy, inspired mayhem, and some of the greatest music of the 1960s. It’ll be a guaranteed great night out!
Free Champagne and money off for groups! Groups of four or more just £16 per ticket. Groups of ten or more get a free bottle of champagne!
Tale Trail to The Snow Queen
10 – 31 December
Tale Trail is a magical, 45-minute interactive performance devised especially for 3-5 year olds and their grown-ups. It’s a perfect introduction to the spectacular world of theatre and books for our youngest audience members. This Christmas, step into an exciting make-believe world. It’s a special, immersive theatre experience where storytelling actors lead you through the world of this classic children’s’ story, exploring themes and ideas along the way. Come and join us in the wintry world of The Snow Queen.
Tickets just £7.50
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01603 629921
Hansel And Gretel
17 - 31 December
The classic tale of a boy, a girl and a house made of gingerbread is brought to life this Christmas by Horse & Bamboo Theatre. This production is a delicious treat of a show; dark, chewy and delicious at heart, yet coated with a sprinkle of something light, sweet and zesty. Succulent music and film, puppets and masks, Hansel and Gretel is a feast for the senses.
Winter Wonderland Wood
Get in the festive spirit and treat the family to a special day at Norwich Puppet Theatre. Enjoy making a selection of different festive crafts together in our elves workshop and see our Christmas production 'Hansel and Gretel'. The family workshop will have a host of different making activity stations. Make decorations for your tree, gifts for the family and puppet characters together.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 02380 671771
Fantastic Mr Fox
22 November – 8 January
Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox is family fun at its finest. A juicy tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship, this flagship production for the Roald Dahl centenary celebrations, promises a dahlicious theatrical feast with live music and songs and gloriumptious designs. A wondercrump treat for the whole family!
Seann Walsh: One for the Road
The Lie-in King, star of BBC Two’s Live At The Apollo, E4’s Virtually Famous and the Walsh On Film podcast, returns with this all-new show. Seann's other recent TV appearances include Channel 4's Comedy Gala Live At The 02 (2012 and 2013), Never Mind The Buzzcocks (BBC2), Mock The Week (BBC2), 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4) and Alan Carr: Chatty Man (Channel 4).
‘Unquestionably the best observational comic of his generation’ The Guardian
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 0844 871 3023*
Chinese State Circus
The internationally acclaimed Chinese State Circus returns in an innovatively spectacular new production – “DYNASTY”. 30 world class Chinese acrobats, aerial artistes and jugglers interact with the super-human physical skills and dexterity of the masters of martial arts – the legendary Shaolin Warriors. The nonstop action from start to awesome finale as thrill follows thrill, what seems impossible becomes a reality, earning the CHINESE STATE CIRCUS the accolade “incomparable”
Royal Marines Christmas Concert
The Royal Marines Band will return to Princess Theatre, Torquay for a Christmas Spectacular on Sunday 4th December 2016 and this year the band are pulling out all the stops to start Christmas early with a bang. During this special festive event, the band will perform Christmas music, military marches, big band hits and popular showstoppers. In addition, their Corps of Drums will demonstrate the precision, accuracy and musical skills for which they are well respected across the globe. Also expect some special seasonal surprises as this popular event comes to town.
9 December – 1 January
Cinderella is making its way to the Princess Theatre from 9th December to the 1st January with an all starring cast! Local boy Luke Friend (X Factor) is here to make his panto debut as the handsome Prince showing off his vocal talents. We have the return of the hilarious, lovable Aiden J Harvey and this year we welcome Tom Owen (Last of the Summer Wine) as ‘Baron hard- up. In addition, joining the Torquay Pantomime team is the wonderful Anita Harris (Carry On), whose friendly face is back doing pantomime once again, at the Princess Theatre.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01708 443333
3 December – 14 January
The most of enchanting pantomime of them all! All ages are invited to join Cinderella on a magical adventure from rags to riches as her Fairy Godmother transforms her into a dazzling beauty. There’s no more scrubbing for Cinders, she’s off to the ball! There’ll be magic, mayhem and comedy capers from everyone’s favourite characters. Cheer, boo, hiss and laugh at a cast that includes the riotously wicked Ugly Sisters, stupendously silly Buttons, handsome Prince Charming, a deliciously evil Baroness and dashing Dandini. With popular songs, spectacular sets, sumptuous costumes, side-splitting slapstick and plenty of audience participation.
Maddy Prior And The Carnival Band – Carols And Capers
A unique celebratory show of Christmas music on renaissance, modern and ethnic instruments featuring the wonderful vocals of Maddy Prior performing with the Carnival Band. Together they put their stamp on a diverse range of Christmas music for a party to remember.
Carols By Candlelight
In an evocative candlelit setting, the internationally renowned Locrian Ensemble with star soprano Jill Washington usher in the festive season with familiar carols, favourites like White Christmas and Walking in the Air as well as songs from Handel’s Messiah and seasonal surprises.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 02920 646900
The Emperor’s New Clothes / Dillad Newydd yr Ymerawdwr
5 – 31 December
Have you ever lost something? A toy? A tooth? A memory? What if, one day, you lost all of your 'silly'?
When the Emperor demands the coolest clothes to help him be, well, 'cool'... The call is answered by a pair of wily Weavers, who concoct a cunning plan and land everyone in an embarrassing situation.
Sherman Theatre and Theatr Iolo present The Emperor's New Clothes / Dillad Newydd yr Ymerawdwr - a reimagining of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale. Written by award-winning playwright Alun Saunders, with songs and live music.
For 3 - 6 year olds and their families.
25 November – 31 December
This Christmas the Sherman takes you on another musical family adventure with The Borrowers. Discover the secret world of Pod, Homily and Arrietty, whose lives are turned upside down by a dangerous encounter ‘above the floorboards’. Size doesn’t stop this little family with a big heart. Hide from the ‘Human Beans’, battle with wasps and go on a magical journey that shows the littlest of people can make a big difference. Following the sell-out success of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in 2015, this year another family classic will be brought to life with the Sherman’s Christmas sparkle.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01732 450175
2 December – 8 January
The producers of Peter Pan will return to Sevenoaks for an eighth record breaking panto season, with the spectacular family pantomime, Sleeping Beauty! This year EastEnders' Fat Boy, Ricky Norwood, stars alongside 90's pop sister act Cleopatra, who will be reforming to play Sleeping Beauty's panto fairies. Sevenoaks Panto regulars Jasette Amos, Peter Brad Leigh and Richard Tate also star.
Featuring a live band, stunning sets and costumes, a star cast, and all the usual laughs and traditions that the Sevenoaks Panto audiences have come to know and love!
Rat Pack at Christmas
The Rat Pack, the original purveyors of cool, swing into town this Christmas with some of the greatest music of the 20th Century, and wonderful memories of classic Las Vegas - Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis-Junior. Every song a winner - Come Fly with Me, Volare, That's Amore, Under My Skin, Mr Bojangles, Sway, Mack The Knife and many more of your "Cool Yule" favourites.
"Superb-Remarkable-Tremendously Entertaining!" The Stage
"MAGNIFICENT!" The BBC
Are you ready? Grab a spoon! Because it's Pat-a-cake time! Pitter-patter – get the butter! Glitzy-glossy – whisk in sugar! Jokey-yolky – add the eggs! Long Nose Puppets offer up a marvellous moonlit show full of riotous rhyme, zany puppets and spiffy special cake; all iced with music and songs by Tom Gray. Little children will feel stuffed to the brim with magic.'Cake mixing, baking and eating fuel this zingy, high-energy story as a restless baby sets about a night-time adventure.’ Guardian. Pat-a-Cake Baby is based on the book written by Joyce Dunbar and illustrated by Polly Dunbar.
Winner of the Mal Peet Children's Award at the East Anglian Book Awards
Aimed at 2-7 year olds.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 0844 871 3012*
Million Dollar Quartet
28 November – 3 December
This worldwide smash-hit musical, starring Jason Donavon, is inspired by the famous recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four star musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life!
10 December – 8 January
This Christmas, the most magical pantomime of all, Cinderella comes to Bristol – and it’s going to be even bigger and more spectacular than ever as national icons Torvill & Dean take to the stage as the Fairy Godparents performing jaw-dropping off-ice skating sequences. Britain’s most beloved sporting heroes bring their unique talents to The Bristol Hippodrome for the first time ever and will be wowing audiences with their amazing routines. This classic rags to riches tale will be transformed into a breath-taking family extravaganza with glittering sets, gorgeous costumes, stunning song and dance numbers and real Shetland ponies. This Christmas, the most magical pantomime of all, Cinderella comes to Bristol – and it’s going to be even bigger and more spectacular than ever as national icons Torvill & Dean take to the stage as the Fairy Godparents performing jaw-dropping off-ice skating sequences. Britain’s most beloved sporting heroes bring their unique talents to The Bristol Hippodrome for the first time ever and will be wowing audiences with their amazing routines.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01403 750220
9 – 3 December
This year’s pantomime will once again feature West End standard singing and dancing, great music, amazing sets and costumes and plenty of jokes old and new!
Starring CBBC star Olly Pike as Aladdin, Mike Goble as Wishee Washee, Richard Alan as The Emperor of China, Ben Ofoedu (lead singer of Phats & Small) as The Genie of The Lamp and Martin Ramsdin (Bunny Galore) as Widow Twankey. Dani Acors as The Spirit of the Ring, Alice Ellen Wright as Princess Jasmine and James Dinsmore as Abanazar complete the cast.
Join us for laughter, lots of crazy mayhem and a thumping good story!
10 – 24 December
Tomfoolery is back with a follow up to last year's super successful Tomfoolery Saves Christmas with a new and even Christmassier show - Christmasfoolery! That's right - more tinsel, more Christmas, more foolery, oh, and a LOT more silly Christmas jokes.Are you ready for Beans on Toast with Bells on?
Suitable for ages 18 months+.
Carols By Candlelight
The Locrian Ensemble are firmly established as one of Britain’s most popular touring groups. They have a host of television and film credits to their name and have recently topped the classical charts. This is the ideal way to get into the true spirit of Christmas. This magical evening will be the best Christmas present you can give.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01432 340555
26 November – 7 January
Hot on the heels of last year’s spectacular Beauty and the Beast, The Courtyard brings you an Aladdin’s cave of sparkling festive entertainment. The audience will be transported far-away to meet the larger than life Widow Twankey, and sons: the brave Aladdin and hapless Wishy Washy. Help Aladdin steal the heart of the beautiful princess whilst fending off the evil Abanazer. And let’s not forget the incredible Genie!
Aladdin is guaranteed to delight the whole family with its stunning sets, glittering costumes, wonderful songs and dazzling dancing that audiences have come to expect from The Courtyard pantomime – topped off with laughter and audience participation aplenty! Make tickets to Aladdin one of your three wishes this year…
The Snow Queen
10 – 31 December
This year’s Courtyard Children’s Christmas Show is The Snow Queen! A magical and fun show inspired by the fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen (that also happened to inspire Disney’s Frozen!).
An evil mirror breaks into thousands of pieces and a part of it lands in Kay’s heart, threatening to turn it into a lump of ice! A piece also lands in his eye, making him aware of all of the world’s imperfections. Will Gerda be able to save her brother? Follow Kay and Gerda on their extraordinary adventure and meet many different characters along the way, including the Snow Queen herself and a best-loved nursery rhyme character! This energetic and exciting show is perfect for anyone 7 and under who love going on adventures and getting into the mood for Christmas.
For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.
He’s a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.
A free pint of Wye Valley Brewery’s Butty Bach with every two full price tickets purchased.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01372 365141
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
7 - 10 December
Open the wardrobe doors, push through the fur coats and enter the wondrous land of Narnia. When four young evacuees Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to a grand country mansion, they discover a portal to a new world through a mysterious old wardrobe. Journey with the four siblings to Narnia, an enchanting land where mythical creatures roam and animals speak. Meet the adorable Mr Tumnus and his whimsical friends, as they team up with majestic lion Aslan to defeat the White Witch and save the land from her forces of evil.
Santa And The Pirates (Who Don’t Want Christmas!)
CBeebies ‘SPOTBOTS’ Callum Donnelly and Robin Hatcher star in a fun feast for the festive season...
The show features not only Santa, but pirates, songs the kids will know and love, PLUS a great adventure for all the family. You also get a present from the big man himself after the show (and a chance to post any “Dear Santa...” letters!)
Beauty And The Beast
20 - 30 December
To love and be loved in return...
Join us for an exciting adventure this year...an adventure that will transport us to the French village of ‘Marsh de Mello’, where a love story is waiting to unfold that will tickle your French Fancy. CBeebies TV star Rebecca Keatley will make a magical appearance at the Leatherhead Theatre too, as the Marvellous Magical Mirror. This spectacular show has all the elements you'd expect from a professional pantomime and oodles of silliness to boot!
(Please note that Rebecca will be a recorded performance and will not appear in person)
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01323 80 20 20
David Walliams' First Hippo On The Moon
13 December – 7 January
From Number One bestselling picture book authors, David Walliams and Tony Ross, comes this explosively funny space adventure for the whole family.
Two big hippos.
One ENORMOUS dream.
Who can make it to the moon first?
3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .
Andy Williams' Christmas Extravaganza 2016 Starring The Osmonds With Special Guests Charlie Green And Steve Hewlett
Due to overwhelming public demand and to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year Tony Denton Promotions are proud to announce the return of the ‘Andy Williams Christmas Extravaganza’ for the second year running starring The Osmonds. This dazzling, must-see holiday extravaganza comes directly from the historic stage of Branson USA’s beautiful Andy Williams Moon River Theatre and will tour the UK this December.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01312 484848
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
26 November – 31 December
This Christmas, The Lyceum will bring Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s story to life with a magical new production in a magnificent Victorian setting.
When Alice sees a snappily dressed white rabbit holding a pocket watch, she knows today is not going to be like any other – an adventure is beginning! Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and tumble into Wonderland – a place where everyone and everything seems to be stark raving mad, and things keep getting ‘curiouser and curiouser’!
Audio Described: Thursday 8 December, 7pm (touch tour 5:45pm), Saturday 10 December, 2pm (touch tour 12:45pm)
BSL Interpreted: Wednesday 14 December, 7pm
Captioned: Saturday 3 December, 2pm
Recommended for all ages 5 and upwards
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01874 611622
The campest cult classic of all time gets the Sing-a-longa treatment it’s been SCREAMING for. Featuring the film, starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Meatloaf and Richard O’Brien, it’s the most outrageous, riotous, kitsch, wonderful romp ever. If you’ve done The Time Warp before, you’ll never have done it quite like this! The evening begins with your host leading a vocal warm-up before they show you how to use your magic moment’s fun packs.
George’s Marvellous Medicine
6 December – 10 December
The Birmingham Stage Company is back with one of Roald Dahl’s funniest and most exciting stories in the centenary year of his birth. Join us as we present the amazing story about a young boy who makes a marvellous new medicine to cure his grandmother of her terrifying temper. But when his grandmother drinks his special new potion, the most incredible things start to happen. And George’s adventure has just begun!
December 28 – January 2
Join our hero Dick, as he sets out on an antic-filled journey with his cat and pantomime friends in search of fame and fortune. Will he be able to fight off the raucous King Rat? Will he find his one true love in the gorgeous Alice Fitzwarren?
Come to Theatr Brycheiniog this Christmas and find out! This purr-fect festive treat is jam-packed with all the classic traditional ingredients of stunning sets, brilliant songs, dazzling choreography and heaps of comedy slapstick to encourage plenty of laughs and audience participation.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 017687 74411
The Emperor And The Nightingale
26 November – 14 January
In ancient China, the young Emperor Wu is kept a virtual prisoner in his palace by his scheming guardian Li Si. For Wu, the world outside the Forbidden City is a dangerous place. But when he hears Xiao, a young peasant girl, talk of the most beautiful sound on earth – the song of the nightingale – it’s too much to resist.
The colour, movement and spectacle of Chinese theatre combine with the beauty of the nightingale’s song in a feast for all the senses that will delight the whole family.
The Secret Life Of Suitcases
13 – 23 December
Larry works in an office and he likes it very much. He likes sorting and tidying and generally putting things in order. Everything in its place, a place for everything. But one day, a suitcase suddenly appears at his door. A suitcase with a tiny label. A tiny label with Larry’s name on it. And this suitcase has a mission…
Join Larry as his world gets turned upside down by a fantastical flying suitcase taking him further than he ever thought possible. A funny and enchanting show with renowned Scottish puppeteer Ailie Cohen.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01284 769505
Beauty And The Beast
2 December – 15 January
A traditional family pantomime. Join us for a journey of enchantment and magic in one of the most loved fairytales of all time! Set in the depths of Beastly St Edmunds, the story of Beauty and the Beast is brought to life in our pantomime!
Who is the mysterious beast hiding in the shadows? Will Beauty overcome her fears? And will love conquer all? There will be plenty of music, wonder, fun and laughter in a story to warm your heart and make your spirits soar – a perfect and captivating family treat for the festive season.
Suitable for all ages.
Carols From Cambridge
Our ever popular annual carol concert set in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary’s Church. Enjoy seasonal favourites and get in the festive mood!
Book early to avoid disappointment.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01843 292795
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol was the first public performance Charles Dickens gave of his own work. He enacted it over 150 times and the effect on the public was phenomenal. ‘The success was most wonderful and prodigious – perfectly overwhelming and astounding altogether!’ he said after the first night.
This Christmas, you can experience what it must have been like to be in the audience! European Arts Company is faithfully recreating Dickens’s famous performance of his best-loved and most heart-warming story. Come and enjoy a seasonal treat in the spirit of Christmas past, present and future.
Hannah And Hanna In Dreamland
When Hanna from Kosovo met Hannah from Margate, their love of pop music brought them together, despite their different cultures and circumstances. Hannah and Hanna, which premiered at Theatre Royal Margate in 2001 went on to become a global hit. John Retallack’s new play, Hannah and Hanna in Dreamland, picks up their story fifteen years on, as they once again meet in Margate and rekindle the friendship they had as teenagers.
Peter Pan – Family Panto
10 - 31 December
From the producers of the smash hit 2015 pantomime ‘Aladdin’ Wicked Productions return with the high flying ‘Peter Pan, ‘nevernever’ will your swash be more buckled than when you see our fabulous show featuring all your favourite gags and routines that ‘never grow old’.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 02073 531700
Jeeves And Wooster In Perfect Nonsense
6 – 10 December
When a country house weekend takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker, but also to steal a silver cow creamer from Totleigh Towers. Naturally, the ever-dependable Jeeves is there to prevent Bertie from making a fool of himself in front of a cast of Wodehouse's finest characters. Enjoy an evening of raucous comedy in the company of Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Bassett, Sir Watkin Bassett, Dahlia Travers, Roderick Spode and Constable Oates, and join the effervescent, aristocratic fool Bertie Wooster and his dutiful valet, Jeeves in this Olivier award-winning play.
Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense will be performed at the Bridewell Theatre off Fleet Street.
13 – 17 December
A Victorian Christmas treat starring the world's most famous detective: the original stage play penned by Conan Doyle himself!
Sherlock Holmes will be performed at the Bridewell Theatre off Fleet Street.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01517 094988
Little Red And The Big Bad Wolf
2 December – 7 January
A small figure sets off, with red cloak and hood
to grandmas they go, the other side of the woods
Do not stop to smell the flowers, or sing to the birds
or climb a tall tree, remember these words…
Do not leave the path, for you’d make a tasty treat!
For the hungriest wolf of all, who is ready to eat!
Join us this Christmas for our funny, inventive show filled with music, dance and song. Continuing Unity’s successful partnership with acclaimed children’s theatre company Action Transport Theatre, don’t miss this theatrical family festive feast!
Jason Singh is a musician, composer, beat boxer, sound artist, producer and performer. He works across all art forms and his work is an on-going exploration and collaboration between the voice, body and music technology. Singh collaborates with a wide variety of organisations – he has been artist in residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum and in 2017 he will be resident artist in Hull as part of the Hull 2017 City of Culture and PRS New Music Biennial. Jason will be creating an “all vocal” sound environment in the Dark Dark Wood that is based on the fantastical and imaginary strange forestry world of creatures and textures.
Saturday Splatterdays In The Dark Dark Wood
10, 17, 23 December
Unity Theatre’s regular Saturday Splatterdays sessions are filled to the brim with making, acting storytelling and play sessions. This Christmas the Splatts team will be getting creative in the setting of the Dark Dark Wood.
A pay what you feel event for all the family.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01422 351158
Halifax Choral Society: Carols & Brass
Start your festive preparations right with a seasonal evening of music, fun and laughter from the Halifax Choral Society. The society has been around since 1817, and for this performance of popular Christmas music they’ll be joined by the world famous Black Dyke Band. Conducted by John Pryce-Jones, tickets range from £9 to £23.
Santa’s Polka Dot Pirate
1 - 4 December
Santa’s Polka Dot Pirate is a fun packed festive experience for children aged 2-6. The show will make kids laugh, get involved, sing their favourite Christmas songs as well as give them the chance to meet Santa and receive a gift from him! It is a great way to get the festive seasons underway with an unforgettable Christmas adventure. Tickets for children are £10.50 (which includes the gift) and adults pay £7.50. There are also special rates available for nurseries and other preschool groups.
10 December – 2 January
Let Your Dreams Take Flight!
Come and join us on a magical journey as we fly away to Neverland in this fantastic new panto for 2016. Can Wendy, Michael and John help Peter Pan and the Lost Boys defeat the villainous Captain Hook? Peter Pan is a swashbuckling adventure panto, with spectacular song a dance routines, a lot of traditional panto slapstick, and of course, a ticking crocodile! Tickets range from £15 to £18.95 depending on the performance, with assisted performances available, including a signed and ‘relaxed’ show.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 02476 524524
26 November - 31 December
Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s hugely popular children’s book Stick Man is coming to Warwick Arts Centre! Touching, funny and utterly original, this award-winning production features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.
Echoes & I Imagine (Double Bill)
30 November - 1 December
Echoes is an exhilarating, high-octane Kathak dance experience which explores our relationships with our ancestors. The piece is choreographed by Kathak icon, Aditi Mangaldas, who is renowned for her artistry, energy and for breaking new ground, adding a contemporary twist to this stunning form of Indian dance.
In I Imagine, Aakash Odedra combines beautiful choreography with powerful spoken word as he collaborates with gifted, award-winning poet and fellow Sky Arts Academy Scholar Sabrina Mahfouz. Aakash and Sabrina explore the imagined future and the confines of skin.
To book using your Theatre Tokens please call: 01904 623568
The Mischief Before Christmas
3 December - 24 December
Once upon a time there were two rather mischievous Christmas spirits. They would travel the land with a twinkle in their eye, looking for a place to tell their stories – the perfect place, just right for a little mischief, a sprinkling of Christmas magic and a huge dollop of fun. This interactive adventure is bursting with festive spirit, life-size puppets, an elf named Frank and a girl called Sophie. Join the journey around York Theatre Royal on an adventure fizzing with magic, mystery and music! Just perfect to get for 3- to 7-year-olds and family in the festive spirit.
8 December - 28 January
Berwick and the gang are back where they belong: on the brand-new stage in the newly refurbished York Theatre Royal. After showing us such amazing support last year, join us on our next adventure as we return home in spectacular style. Even more incredible sets, stunning costumes, outstanding song-and-dance routines, jaw-dropping effects, and slapstick lunacy to amaze and delight all ages!
Berwick’s 38th outing as dame will be a Cinderella like no other! We’ll be pulling out all the stops to make sure this will be the hottest ticket in town – we’re already looking forward to seeing you there.
The Great Gatsby
15 December - 7 January
‘The honour would be entirely mine if you could attend my little party. Yours Sincerely, J Gatsby’
Back by popular demand, The Guild Of Misrule present their immersive production of The Great Gatsby. Be plunged in to a world of red hot jazz, bootleg liquor and more than a little scandal. Expect music, cocktails, dancing and debauchery in this radical adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal jazz age tale. 1920s dress encouraged.
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