When the festive season arrives it is all too easy to commit to nothing other than wrapping up warm and staying home with enough food to hibernate until the Spring (or if you are staying at Flemings this year, your beautiful bedroom). But, with all that the city of London has to offer at this time of year, this can be a regretful error. London is an absolute hub of festive joy in the winter months. The proof? The glittering streets of just about everywhere in the city. So, if to venture out into the cold you need more of a shove than a push, then here’s the encouragement you need… a little insight into the fabulous shows taking place across London in the coming weeks.
In keeping with Christmas tradition, this Edwardian tale really is a big hitter for the festive period. Held at the grand and beautiful London Coliseum, The Nutcracker has over 100 dancers and musicians tell the tale of one Christmas Eve in Edwardian London and the discovery of a magical world, making for an unmissable Christmas treat. Tickets can be booked here.
Peter Pan Goes Wrong
This Christmas, the creators of ‘The Play that Goes Wrong’ are bringing you the comical ‘Peter Pan Goes Wrong’, which will run until the 31st January 2016. Watch as the cast battle against technical glitches, mishaps and disputes. Named as the “slickest show in the West End this season”, it is not to be missed. After all, don’t you want to find out if they make it to Neverland? Tickets can be booked here.
A Christmas Carol
Held inside the perfect festive setting of Covent Garden’s Noel Coward Theatre and with renowned actor Jim Broadbent taking the lead as Ebeneezer Scrooge, this Christmas favourite is an absolute must-see this year. The Patrick Barlow adaptation is set to be a lively take on the original, having previously written ‘The 39 Steps’ which is perhaps no bad thing with such a famously dark story-line. Tickets can be booked here.
Returning for Christmas 2015 with Beverley Knight as Grizabella, taking over from Nicole Scherzinger’s lead role, Cats may not be festive in content but it is certainly a showstopper (or starter, whichever works). Described as a ‘bizarre musical’ with an ‘even more bizarre reboot’, the play is certainly one more for the curiosity, but the Christmas cast revamp surely makes it worth the watch. The show runs until 2nd January 2016 and tickets can be booked here.
Elf the Musical
An adaptation of the favourite Christmas film ‘Elf’, smash-hit Elf the Musical has massive family appeal, having been described by reviewers as “infectiously enjoyable”. With ex-Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh making her debut as Santa’s Little Helper, Jovie, you can feel safe in the knowledge that the performance will be smooth sailing, especially for your ears. The show has been criticized for its steep prices (which have since been reduced) but due to its elaborate Christmas stage set-up, you might make the exception for such a unique Christmas treat. The show runs until 2nd January 2016 and tickets can be booked here.