Christmas? Summer is barely over, but tickets are on sale for London Christmas shows 2017 already. Now is the time to ponder what you would like to see. I’ve been looking around to see what’s on offer, take a look at the list of the shows that we’ve seen in the past or quite fancy this year.
Palladium, 9 December 2017 – 14 January 2018
Tickets £27.50 – £125
Star studded is the word for this production; Elaine Paige, Diversity, Gary Wilmot, Nigel Havers, Julian Clary will all be piling on the grease paint to tell the tale of Dick Whittington and his cat.
Royal Opera House, various dates 5 December 2017 – 10 Jan 2018 and screened live in cinemas 5 December 2017
Tickets: £5 – £125, family package up to 2 full price adults can buy unto 4 half price children’s tickets
Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score is for many the ultimate Christmas ballet, so much so that there are two versions on offer in London this year. In the past we have seen both productions this one at the Opera House has the most magnificent transformation scene where the Christmas tree grows before your eyes. If you are unable to get into the centre of the London the Nutcracker is being shown live in cinemas across the country on 5 December 2017, click here to find a venue near you.
London Coliseum, 13 December 2017 – 6 January 2018
Tickets: £14 – 79 (up to two children under 16 can attend with every full paying adult)
Clara and her Nutcracker are also exploring the enchanted Land of Snow at the Coliseum. If you have tiny balletomanes then the Coliseum has a special family friendly matinee production with no minimum age on 6 January 2018.
Sadlers Wells Theatre, 9 December 2017 – 27 January 2018
Tickets: £12 – 69, family ticket £190 (four tickets to include at least one child)
Matthew Bourne has taken Prokofiev’s score and set his dancers in the midst of the London blitz. Cinderella meets her charming RAF pilot as London is subjected to the horrors of bombing. Our boys have enjoyed all the ballet shows that we have taken them to over the years but the productions by Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures company have always been the favourites as they seem to have a far more muscular approach to dance.
Peacock Theatre, 23 November 2017 – 31 December 2017
Tickets: £15 – £36, family ticket £115 (four tickets including at least one child)
Every year for the last twenty years the Birmingham Repertory Company have taken up residence in the Peacock Theatre to put on their production of Raymond Briggs’s The Snowman. It is a simply magical show and I defy you not to cry as Walking in the Air plays at the shows climax.
Royal Festival Hall, 18 December 2017 – 4 January 2018
Tickets: £20 – £105
If clowns are your thing then Slava’s Snowshow is for you. Slava Polunin is the Artistic Director of the St Petersburg Circus and he leads a troupe of clowns in this show of clowning and spectacle.
Old Vic Theatre, 18 November 2017 – 20 January 2018
Tickets: £12 – £125
Rhys Ifans stars in this new production of Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic. The tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and tiny Tim is the show that we have paid our money for this year.
Lyric Theatre, 22 November 2017 – 7 January 2018
Tickets: £15 – £23, family tickets £66 (admits four)
One for the younger children, I confess that I was so excited when the Gruffalo’s Child was first published that I had it on pre-order. It makes me a little sad that the teens would probably not consider seeing the show, does anybody have a little one that I could borrow for the afternoon.
Are you hoping to see any London Christmas shows 2017 (or anywhere else) this year? This is not an exhaustive list by a long stretch. Theatre tickets are available for lots of other top shows, indeed research for this post has made me wish that there was more time (and money) available to see all that it on offer.
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