London Christmas Show Guide 2019

December 18, 2019 6:07 pm

Our London Christmas Show Guide for 2019, including…

  • Two different shows, taking a crack at the nut
  • A starry stage show based on the hit Nativity film series
  • All your favourite Disney characters dancing on ice
  • Plenty more you’d have to be a Scrooge not to enjoy

Nutcracker, London Coliseum

Experience a festive feast for the eyes and ears at the London Coliseum this year with The Nutcracker. A quintessential treat for this time of year, Tchaikovsky’s ballet is brought to life by over 100 dancers and musicians of the English National Ballet. With dreamlike staging, exceptional choreography and music we all know and love, this is a classic London Christmas show, following on from sold out runs in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Go if you like…

Classical Christmas music, the best ballet dancers the country has to offer, imaginative wintery sets

Dates and tickets: 12 December 2019 – 5 January 2020. Tickets from £14-£80. To book, click HERE.

londoncoliseum.org

The Nutcracker, Royal Albert Hall

Tough nuts this year. We’re going to need another Nutcracker. The Royal Albert Hall’s version of the Tchaikovsky classic stars the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Expect dazzling period costumes, stunning choreography and some of the most spectacular staging and lighting you’ll see at a London Christmas show this year.

Go if you like…

Seeing a London Christmas show in one of the country’s most spectacular venues, exquisite costumes and classical Christmas tunes

Dates and tickets: 28 December 2019 – 31 December 2019. Tickets from £30.50 – £101.50. To book, click HERE.

A Christmas Carol, The Old Vic

This big-hearted, poignant and engaging adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic Christmas tale brings new life and meaning into the well-known story. Starring Paterson Joseph (Johnson from Peep Show) as Ebenezer Scrooge, the festive short story is stoked into song and dance, adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne, known for his work on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. There are even rumours of free mince pies…

Go if you like…

Johnson from Peep Show, a classic London Christmas tale turned into a classic London Christmas show, Dickens, potential mince pies.

Dates and tickets: 23 November 2019 – 18 January 2020. Tickets from £12 – £57.50. To book, click HERE.

oldvictheatre.com

The Snow Queen, Park Theatre

Adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen story, The Snow Queen is a 2019 London Christmas show for all the family, picking up endless positive reviews, bringing in the crowds and warming some hearts and cockles. Expect snowball fights and talking reindeers. If you loved Frozen—or at least someone little in your family did—then this could be the London Christmas show for you. The original Snow Queen awaits!

Go if you like…

Frozen, giving yourself a rest from watching Frozen on DVD again this year, big laughs

Dates and tickets: 4 December 2019 – 4 January 2020. Tickets from £18.50 – £32.50. To book, click HERE.

parktheatre.co.uk

Peter Pan Goes Wrong, Alexandra Palace

If you’re up for all-in silliness, then this is the London Christmas show you’re looking for. Mischief Theatre (The Play That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery) are putting on their mishap and slapstick-heavy Peter Pan Goes Wrong at Alexandra Palace this year, a retelling of J.M Barrie’s much-loved tale performed by the utterly incompetent (an utterly fictional) Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society. It takes a lot of skill to put on a play this bad, this well. You’ll want to stay a kid forever…if this is what adults are capable of.

Go if you like…

Catching international phenomenons live (Mischief are currently putting on shows across 35 countries), plays where everything goes wrong and very right at once, silliness brought to classic stories

Dates and tickets: 13 December 2019 – 5 January 2020. Tickets from £10 – £43. To book, click HERE.

alexandrapalace.com

Nativity! The Musical, Eventim Apollo

A London Christmas show where the stars are all out in force. There’s Danny and Dani Dyer, Sharon Osbourne and Rylan Clark-Neal, all signed on as the Stars of Wonder of this stage adaptation of the festive film. Featuring all your favourite singalong songs from the Nativity! movies, the show has been written for the stage by Debbie Isitt, creator of the original films. Expect the best, biggest budget nativity play you’ve ever seen.

Go if you like…

Star power guiding your route to Bethlehem, the hit movies, family-friendly fun

Dates and tickets: 11 December 2019 – 29 December 2019. Tickets from £36.50 – £116.50. To book, click HERE.

 

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic, The O2

Get ready for the ultimate Disney experience at the 02 this year. Over 50 of yours and your kids favourite Disney characters will be turning out, on the ice, bringing the last 100 years of classic storytelling to life. Guided along the way by host Mickey Mouse, the Christmas spectacular features songs from across the last 100 years of Disney movies and tv shows, including You’ve Got a Friend in Me, Let it Go and Hakuna Matata. Get your skates on.

Go if you like…

Characters great and small from the last 100 years of Disney, seeing people in giant costumes skating, singing along to 30 unforgettable songs

Dates and tickets: 26 December 2019 – 5 January 2020. Tickets from £33 – £54. To book, click HERE.

 

Circus 1903, Royal Festival Hall

Roll up, roll up for Circus 1903, a London Christmas show that’s bringing a turn-of-the-century circus to the 21st Century Southbank Centre. Elephants are brought back onto the stage, with magnificent puppetry by the team behind War Horse, and a range of classic and unique circus acts from across the globe all dazzle and vie for your attention and applause. It’s thrilling, visually ravishing and edge-of-your-seat stuff.

Go if you like…

Jaw-dropping and daredevil stunts, superb puppetry, turn-of-the-century circuses that don’t endanger any animals

Dates and tickets: 19 December 2019 – 5 January 2020. Tickets from £29.50 – £125. To book, click HERE.

circus1903.com

Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever, Duke of York’s Theatre

Everyone’s favourite pink, besnouted cartoon character, Peppa Pig is going on an adventure. Along with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig, Peppa is heading out for a road-trip filled with castles, caves, dinosaurs and dragons, ice creams and muddy puddles. Expect appearances from all your favourites from the show, including Miss Rabbit, My Bull, Suzy Sheep, Gerald Giraffe and many, many more. There’ll be songs, laughs and games along the way. The ideal London Christmas show for little little ones addicted to the country’s most famous farmyard animal.

Go if you like…

The Pig family, big costumed characters, fun and games at the theatre, entertaining the under sixes

Dates and tickets: 29 November 2019 – 5 January 2020. Tickets from £14.40. To book, click HERE.

peppapiglive.com

The Little Match Girl, Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler’s Wells

A coming together of opera, ballet, theatre and contemporary dance, The Little Match Girl at Sadler’s Wells reimagines the Hans Christian Anderson story for the stage, with choreography by the much-acclaimed choreographer Arthur Pita. As the young Fiametta wanders through the streets of an imagined Italian town, we are taken with her, meeting the menaces and patches of light in the night she comes across. The story is told through song, dance, beautiful staging and live music, and we’re taken along in the romance and coldness and warmth of it all, joining Fiametta for every step of her journey into the night.

Go if you like…

Charming stories charmingly told, mash ups of dance and theatre and song and more dance, beautiful costumes and beautiful choreography

Dates and tickets: 11 December 2019 – 29 December 2019. Tickets from £18. To book, click HERE.

sadlerswells.com

White Christmas, Dominion Theatre

See Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre, a classic musical that’s as Christmassy as stockings stuffed with Simpson’s merchandise. The story sees Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, soldiers just back from the war, attempting to put on a Christmas stage show at their local inn and save the inn from closure. The songs in this one are timeless, the staging is classic and the story is sure to melt even the most bah humbug in your group.

Go if you like…

Dreaming of a White Christmas, Bing Crosby in the original, the tunes of Irving Berlin, Hollywood Christmases of old

Dates and tickets: 16 November 2019 – 4 January 2020. Tickets from £25. To book, click HERE.

 

The Snowman, The Peacock at Sadler’s Wells

You’ll be walking in the air at The Peacock at Sadler’s Wells this Christmas. This charming staging of Raymond Briggs’s Christmassy classic brings the youthful and wintery wonder of the original tale to life. The design of the whole spectacle—from the sets to the costumes to the lighting—is enchanting, taking you by the hand and leading you through the imaginative, festive dreamland. Mixing dance, live music, storytelling and a dash or two of magic, The Snowman is a delight for dreamers great and small.

Go if you like…

Walking in the air, floating in the moonlit sky, drifting over icy mountains floating by

Dates and tickets: 21 November 2019 – 5 January 2020. Tickets from £18. To book, click HERE.

sadlerswells.com

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you. As the curtain falls on this list of our favourite London Christmas shows for 2019, all that’s left to do is ask that, should you have any comments, you make them in the box below. We appreciate anything you have to add to the conversation. And also, point you in the direction of this article, which offers a more general overview of what’s happening in London this Christmas.

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