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Off West End Christmas Shows 2017

IF YOU like theatre and are wondering what to do this Christmas, the capital will almost certainly have a show to suit your taste. Here, in alphabetical order, is a selection of Off West End productions. And while some are suitable for little people, others are for adults only.

A Christmas Carol – Windsor Castle – December 16 to December 30, 2017.

Throughout the festive period, nine family-friendly evening performances of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will be presented by theatre company Watch Your Head. The performances will take place in the Castle’s two largest rooms, where the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret performed Christmas pantomimes during the Second World War. Read more.

Aladdin – Richmond Theatre – December 9, 2017 to January 14, 2018.

Presented by Qdos Entertainment, Aladdin stars panto-legend Christopher Biggins, TV and radio’s Count Arthur Strong, Fascinating Aïda and West End star Issy Van Randwyck and hilarious comedian Rikki Jay.

Bananaman the Musical – Southwark Playhouse – December 15, 2017 to January 20, 2018.

For the first time, Bananaman (aka the Man-of-Peel) will be live on stage in a production written and composed by Leon Parris and directed by Mark Perry. Matthew McKenna and Marc Pickering star. Read more l Cast images.

Cinderella – Hackney Empire – November 18 to December 31, 2017.

This Christmas, Harlem meets Hackney in the classic rags to riches tale of Cinderella. In true Hackney Empire style that brings West End value at East End prices, this magical, family pantomime will be packed with glittering sets, big song and dance numbers, slapstick comedy plus a flying horse, all played out in the beautiful Victorian Theatre. Read more.

Cinderella – Greenwich Theatre – November 17, 2017 to January 7, 2018.

Packed full of all the amazing Greenwich pantomime ingredients, it is time to dust off your finest linens, practice your booing and join Cinders and her two horrible Step-Sisters as they embark on an adventure full of magic, mischief and musical mayhem…!

Daisy Pulls It Off – Park Theatre – December 5, 2017 to January 13, 2018.

Denise Deegan’s Olivier Award-winning, festive heart-warmer, Daisy Pulls It Off is an affectionate parody of 1920s boarding schoolgirl novels, directed by Paulette Randall MBE. Read more.

Dear Brutus – Southwark Playhouse – November 29 to December 30, 2017.

From J. M. Barrie, the celebrated writer of Peter Pan, The Admirable Crichton and Quality Street, comes this haunting drama of self-revelation. Darkly comic, and presented in a sumptuous production for the play’s centenary year, Dear Brutus is Barrie at his most magical. Read more.

Jack and the Beanstalk – Lyric Hammersmith – November 18, 2017 to January 6, 2018.

With plenty of magic beans, a loveable cow, an enormous beanstalk, a gigantic giant and a massive adventure, this year’s panto looks set to be the Lyric’s biggest ever. Read more.

Jack and the Beanstalk – New Wimbledon Theatre – December 9, 2017 to January 14, 2018.

The countries’ most outspoken publican Al Murray and West End, television and Olivier Award-winner Clive Rowe will lead the cast of this year’s GIANT pantomime.

King Tut – A Pyramid Panto – King’s Head Theatre – November 24, 2017 to January 6, 2018.

A now legendary part of North London’s Christmas, Charles Court Opera’s seasonal pantos are always cheeky, topsy-turvy retellings of myths, legends and fairytales and this year’s is no exception as they head for the Valley of the Kings. Read more.

Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play – Bridge House Theatre – November 27 to December 23, 2017.

Staged with astonishing live sound effects and a score of new and favourite holiday tunes, Miracle on 34th Street, which this year celebrates its 70th anniversary, is a tale set in a time where love, respect and the spirit of Christmas was paramount. Read more.

Rapunzel – Chickenshed – November 22, 2017 to January 6, 2018.

Described as mysterious, romantic and life-affirming, this will be a dramatic re-telling of a story you thought you knew! Featuring Chickenshed’s famously large and amazingly diverse cast, it will dazzle and delight children and adults alike. Read more.

Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas – Lyric Hammersmith – November 23 to December 24, 2017. For under 6s.

Join Father Christmas as he awakes from a dream of sun, sea and sand only to find it is the busiest day of the year: Christmas Eve.

Slava’s Snow Show – Royal Festival Hall – December 18, 2017 to January 4, 2018.

A combination of theatrical clowning and stunning visual spectacle, Slava’s Snow Show is performed by a world-renowned company of clowns led by Slava Polunin, Artistic Director of the St Petersburg Circus. Read more.

The Box of Delights – Wilton’s Music Hall – December 1, 2017 to January 6, 2018.

First published in 1935 by Poet Laureate John Masefield and adapted into a popular TV series in 1984, The Box of Delights is now re-imagined by Piers Torday whose work includes the bestselling Last Wild trilogy (Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize). Matthew Kelly and Josefina Gabrielle star. Read more.

The Velveteen Rabbit – Unicorn Theatre – November 17 to December 31, 2017.

A heart-warming and much-loved classic story about a very shy toy rabbit who longs for nothing more than to become real. First published in 1922, this American tale loses nothing of its power, magic and charm in this bold and adventure-filled adaptation.

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Jack Studio Theatre – December 13, 2017 to January 6, 2018.

Joan Aiken’s classic novel, loved by generations, is brought to life in this thrilling, funny and heart-warming adaptation, directed by Kate Bannister and produced by the same team behind The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Haunting and The Mystery of Irma Vep. Read more.

Ugly Duckling – The Albany – December 4 to December 31, 2017.

Moving through all four seasons, tutti futti and York Theatre Royal bring to life Hans Christian Andersen’s well known tale. With inventive physicality and live music, this charming production plays with the importance of identity, self-worth and takes audiences on a journey to discover inner beauty. Read more.

West End Christmas Shows 2017