SHOWTIME NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2017
We love this time of year in the West End, with so many new shows and old favourites arriving just in time for the festive season. So if you’re looking for a way to bring family, friends, or colleagues together over Christmas, here are the shows worth snapping up tickets for.
If you saw The Producers, you’ll know that Mel Brooks’ has form for creating
smash hit comedies. Based on the 1974 horror spoof, Young Frankenstein stars Hadley Fraser, Ross Noble and Leslie Joseph, and has already been winning rave reviews.
2.Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
16 year old Jamie is a misfit on his Sheffield council estate, but is destined for bigger, brighter, more fabulous things. Inspired by the BBC documentary, Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, this is a brand new feel-good musical, with a score by The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie Sells.
Over to the Royal Festival Hall for a proper festive treat, complete with blizzard. Since debuting in the 1990s, Slava Polunin’s acrobatic clowning show has won awards in more than 80 cities around the world. And, with its amazing blizzard effects, it’s the White Christmas you’ve been hoping for.
Is it really Christmas if you haven’t been to see The Nutcracker? The English National Ballet production of Tchaikovksy’s classic features more than 100 dancers and musicians, and is back at the London Coliseum.
Last year, the London Palladium staged its first pantomime in 29 years. The follow-up this year will be Dick Whittington. Fresh from his breakout role in Half a Sixpence, Charlie Stemp leads the cast. He’s joined by stars like Elaine Paige, Julian Clary and Ashley Banjo & Diversity.
This surprising play tells the fascinating true story of secret peace talks between Israel and Palestine, held in the Norwegian capital. After winning a Tony Award for Best Play, and a sold-out run at the National Theatre, Oslo is playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre until 30th December.
If you remember The Snowman from when you were little, or want to introduce Raymond Briggs’ bookturned-heart-warming dance show to the kids, it’s returning to the Peacock Theatre for the 20th consecutive year.
One of the scariest films of all time now has a stage version. And it looks set to be just as frightening, with amazing effects and illusions bringing this supernatural tale of terror to life.
The South Bank’s Olivier Awardwinning La Soiree is back – but this time they’re taking on the West End. Expect the signature mix of cheeky cabaret, burlesque and circus, as well as a new spin off for the kids –La Petite Soiree.
10.A Christmas Carol
There’s more bumps in the night in the Old Vic’s new version of Charles Dickens’ festive ghost story. Adapted by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s Jack Thorne, it stars Rhys Ifans and is suitable for audiences aged 11+.