10 shows to get you in the Christmas spirit: Pinocchio, Dick Whittington, Christmasaurus &…

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With so many festive themed shows on this month, here is Love London Love Culture’s top shows to book for if you are struggling to decide…. Click on links to BUY tickets in the Mates Ticket Shop.

1. The Christmasaurus Live!, Eventim Apollo: based on Tom Fletcher’s children’s book, experience The Christmasaurus live on stage between the 21 -28 December 2017. Featuring brand new songs written by the singer and author, the show is set to feature Harry Judd, Matt Willis, Tom Fletcher’s wife Giovanna Fletcher and his sister Carrie Hope Fletcher.

2. Dick Whittington, London Palladium: Playing at the theatre from 9 December and featuring an all-star cast, this is set to be the glitziest pantomime you will get to see in London!

Join Dick Whittington (Charlie Stemp) on his daring journey through the streets of London aided by The Spirit Of The Bells (Julian Clary) as they face off against his dastardly nemesis, Queen Rat (Elaine Paige).

3. Alice in Winterland, Rose Theatre: Adapted and directed by Ciaran McConville, this wintery version of Lewis Carroll’s classic story will play at the theatre from 7 December.

Alice has been brought up to believe in wonder, but life takes an unexpected turn when she is sent to live with her stern auntie… until she is visited by a White Rabbit who propels her on a quest to save Winterland, a magical world of ice and imagination, of mad hatters and cruel queens. A frozen world inhabited by the mysterious Bandersnatch and the terrible Jabberwock, where only the bravest of girls can make the impossible seem possible…

4. King Tut: A Pyramid Panto, King’s Head Theatre: 2017’s festive season sees the return of the Charles Court Opera to the King’s Head Theatre, this time whisking audiences to Ancient Egypt!

This year, it’s all about Egypt, so ditch the tinsel and travel back in time to the Valley of the Kings for a whirlwind adventure of mummies, magic and mayhem, featuring a dazzling array of musical numbers performed by a five-strong cast that promises to whip up a vocal sandstorm.

5. Robin Hood, New Victoria Theatre: Playing from 9 December, Shane Ritchie, Ashleigh Gray and Peter Piper all-star in the New Victoria Theatre’s 2017 pantomime which set to filled with comedy and action!

Join the most heroic outlaw of them all as the arrow-shooting hero Robin Hood strives to win the hand of the beautiful Maid Marion while he and his trusty band of Merry Men outwit the evil Sheriff of Nottingham in a show packed full of comedy, action, adventure and plenty of glitz and glamour!

6. Miracle on 34th Street, Bridge House Theatre: marking this classic Christmas story’s 70th anniversary and making its UK premiere, Miracle on 34th Street gets the festive spirit going until 23 December.

New York, Christmas 1947, the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is in full swing, and Santa is drunk. Doris Walker, Macy’s Head of PR is at her wit’s end trying to find a last-minute replacement for the jewel in Macy’s crown when an elderly knight, Kris Kringle, steps into the breach, and rekindles her faith in humankind.

7. The Box of Delights, Wilton’s Music Hall: For those looking for magic and adventure in their Christmas show, pay a visit to Wilton’s to see the world stage premiere of Poet Laureate John Masefield’s much-loved classic, re-imagined especially for Wilton’s by Piers Torday.

Kay Harker is on the train home from school for the holidays. But this Christmas will be different. His parents are dead, and the wolves are running… On the train he meets an old magician, Cole Hawlings, who charges Kay with protecting his Box of Delights, a wondrous device with time travelling powers. But when the old man mysteriously disappears, Kay faces the fight of his life to protect the Box, and with it, the people he loves. For Cole’s nemesis, the wicked sorcerer Abner Brown will stop at nothing to get his hands on the Box.

8. A Christmas Carol, Windsor Castle: The festive season wouldn’t be complete without a production of Charles Dickens classic story. This immersive production will whisk audiences back to Victorian London as they follow Scrooge on his journey of discovery from the 16 December.

Be transported into the world of Dickens’s A Christmas Carol as you accompany Ebenezer Scrooge from the Castle gates to the Waterloo Chamber, where Jacob Marley awaits to conjure his haunting dreams of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After a seated performance with action taking place all around, follow Scrooge into St George’s Hall to celebrate his newfound festive spirit beneath the breathtaking Christmas tree.

9. Pinocchio, National Theatre: Featuring the songs and score from the original Disney film, this new production of the well-known story is brought to the stage by Dennis Kelly and is directed by John Tiffany.

On a quest to be truly alive, Pinocchio leaves Geppetto’s workshop with Jiminy Cricket in tow. Their electrifying adventure takes them from alpine forests to Pleasure Island to the bottom of the ocean.

10. The Snowman, Peacock Theatre: Now celebrating 20 years on stage, The Snowman is the perfect and classic way to celebrate Christmas with the whole family. Featuring music and lyrics by Howard Blake, it is a heartwarming story that combines dance, spectacle, storytelling and music performed by a live orchestra.

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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