Beautiful to look at and clever enough to know when to be stupid, The Arabian Nights at the Lyceum in Edinburgh is genuine family Christmas entertainment.
Dirty Protest’s production of Last Christmas at the Traverse is an emotional and beautifully acted tale, but is not as much of an alternative to traditional Christmas theatre as it may first appear.
Clever, intriguing and thoroughly engaging for its target audience of pre-school toddlers, Too Many Penguins? returns in a form that is even better than before.
Old-fashioned trickery and a well-known story combine with humour in A (sort of) Christmas Carol Magic Show at the Spiegeltent in Edinburgh – a seasonal offering that does not always gel but provides a great deal of entertainment.
The celebrated trio of Allan Stewart, Grant Stott and Andy Gray are front and centre in this year’s King’s Theatre pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk – a production that is low on storyline but high on childlike fun and a headlong, effervescent energy.
Black Beauty, the Traverse’s show for all ages this Christmas, co-produced with Red Bridge, is a million miles from a straight adaptation of the children’s classic but provides more than enough fun for everyone. After Edinburgh, it embarks on a 2017 tour.
Wonderful: While not specifically Christmassy, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland at Edinburgh’s Lyceum proves an ideal fit for the festive season. Hugely colourful, funny, and fascinating, it is thoroughly involving and a little disorienting.