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Theatre Review: Must See Christmas Shows of 2015

Christmas Shows are often thought of as just for young audiences, and while there are many companies that cater to that, there are others that push the boundaries of this definition. 2015 presents some of the best Christmas Shows, and some of the most controversial.

  1. Snow White: Bristol Hippodrome
    Starring the wonderful Warwick Davies, and with the questionable appearance of Shaun the Sheep, there is no doubt that this is a perfect panto for the kids. The gorgeous Francesca Lara Gordon plays Snow White after graduating from Arts Ed this year, and will charm the socks off your little ones!

  2. Aladdin: Birmingham Hippodrome
    Birmingham Hippodrome is often home to the biggest and best pantos of the country, and this year is no exception. Aladdin is definitely one for the whole family - Grandad will enjoy it as much as the toddlers – and, with a cast that includes Julian Clary, you are bound to have a good time and many a chuckle! Lee Mead ensures that the level of talent is exceptional, as well as giving something for Mum’s to enjoy.

  3. The Firework-Makers daughter: Lindbury Studio Theatre
    This is a wonderful theatrical event for the whole family at the Royal Opera House’s Lindbury Studio Theatre, where creative masters have crafted a child-friendly opera from Philip Pullman’s magical book. You will be enchanted by the incredible puppeteers that tell the story of Lila, determined to become a firework-maker like her father - who has other ideas for her.

  4. Dick: Leicester Square Theatre
    A pure ADULTS ONLY show, which guarantees giggles at its vulgar yet hilarious jokes. This critically acclaimed production is back after a few years of running, and the audiences are bound to be packed again! So if you and your friends fancy an adult trip to the theatre to escape the kids, then this is the one for you!

  5. Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs: Kings Theatre, Edinburgh
    The King’s Theatre always produces pantos of the most excellent quality and perfect for every member of the family. This year they present Snow White, a show that critics love.
    If you are in Scotland this Christmas, this is the panto to check out!

  6. Robin Hood: Theatre Royal, Stratford
    TRS has produced a treat this year, with a show packed full of enchanting original songs that will dazzle boys and girls of all ages. Critics have praised the show for its originality, entertainment and design. This show is definitely worth catching!

  7. Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty: Sadler’s Wells, London
    For those who are looking for something a little different this year, Bourne has created yet another stunning ballet but this time in the form of a gothic version of sleeping beauty. This stunner runs at Sadler’s Wells until Jan 24th, and then tours via Milton Keynes, Woking, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bradford, Bristol, Norwich, Southampton, London, Newcastle, and Nottingham, finally finishing in Cardiff in April 2016.

  8. Holy Mackerel, Eastern Angles, Ipswich/Woodbridge
    If you are in the East Anglian area of the country, Eastern Angles guarantees a great night out with their Christmas show Holy Mackerel. Every year, Eastern Angles produces high quality hilarious productions that ooze originality and focus on local stories. This show is no different and comes armed with songs, jokes and “fisty-cuffs.” After finishing in Ipswich, it transfers up to Woodbridge.

  9. Slava’s Snow Show: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre
    This show was an enormous hit last Christmas, and so is back this year. If you didn’t make it last year, take the kids this year! If you don’t have kids, borrow your friends’, or just enjoy being a kid yourself! This eclectic performance is interactive and hard to describe, but once you have seen it you will be urging everyone you know to follow in your footsteps!

  10. The Nutcracker: The Royal Opera House

    You can’t have Christmas in my house without the annual Christmas ballet, and this year it is one of the best….THE NUTCRACKER! The Royal Ballet have done it again, and produced an outstandingly elegant production of The Nutcracker. Many will have gone to watch the live screenings a few days ago, but for those who missed it and can’t get to London, they are doing another screening at cinemas all around the country on the 27th, so book your tickets now!

By Nikica Markot

 

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