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Christmas shows in and around the capital

Feature by Lizzie Guilfoyle

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:

A Christmas Carol: From December 6 to December 31, 2005, Patrick Stewart stars in his Olivier Award-winning one-man version of the Dickens' classic at the Albery Theatre. Read more

A Christmas Carol, a production that remains true to Dickens' original novel, will run from December 6 - 17, 2005 at New Wimbledon Studios and from December 20, 2005 - January 7, 2006 at Trafalgar Studio 2. Suitable for children aged 6 and over. Read more

Aladdin at Richmond Theatre runs from December 8, 2005 to January 22, 2006. The star-studded line-up for this all-new version of a classic, includes Christopher Biggins (Widow Twankey), Simon Callow (Abanazer) and Patsy Kensit (the genie). Read more

Aladdin: Following last year's sell-out success, Sir Ian McKellen returns to the Old Vic as Widow Twankey, the ultimate pantomime dame. Also taking part are Roger Allam as Abanazer and Frances Barber as Dim Sum. From December 7, 2005 to January 22, 2006. Buy tickets

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland from award-winning company Chicken Shed, runs from December 5, 2005 to January 14, 2006 , at the Rayne Theatre. Read more

Cinderella, a traditional pantomime, at New Wimbledon Theatre has an all-star line-up that includes Richard Wilson, Susan Hampshire and John Barrowman. Read more

Coram Boy, the National Theatre's 2005 Christmas show, is the story of two orphans - Toby and Aaron - whose epic adventure is filled with both danger and excitement. It previews from November 2 before continuing in repertoire. Read more l Buy tickets











Dick Whittington and His Magical Cat, presented in a purpose built pantomime theatre in the heart of London Zoo, runs from December 23, 2005 to January 8, 2006. It's been described as the purr-fect treat for all the family. Read more

Edward Scissorhands: Matthew Bourne's long-awaited adaptation of Tim Burton's 1990 film, runs from November 30, 2005 to February 5, 2006, at London's Sadler's Wells. Read more l Buy tickets

Jack and the Beanstalk at Hackney Empire runs from December 2, 2005 to January 7, 2006. It's a story that begins when Jack sells the family cow, their last remaining possession, for some 'magic beans'....

Jack the Ripper: A musical romp that runs from November 29 to December 22, 2005, at the Jermyn Street Theatre. Ideal if you're looking for something that dares to be different. Read more

Pinocchio, a magical musical pantomime and adventure about a naughty puppet with a conscience, runs from December 8, 2005 to January 21, 2006 (previews from November 26) at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. For further information call the Box Office on 020 8534 0310

The Jungle Book at the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre runs from December 13, 2005 to January 28, 2006. An adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic story, it follows the adventures of Mowgli, a young boy brought up in the jungle by wolves.

The Ratcatcher of Hamelin (aka the Pied Piper of Hamelin) is described as 'an antidote to sickly seasonal fare' and runs from November 25, 2005, to January 14, 2006, at Battersea Arts Centre. Read more

Scrooge, the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, runs from November 8, 2005 to January 14, 2006, at the London Palladium. Tommy Steele stars as the miserly Ebenezer. Read more l Buy tickets

The Sleeping Beauty which runs from January 5 to January 14, 2006, is South London Theatre's biggest panto to date. A classic tale given the 'wow' factor with special effects and magic. Read more

The Snow Dragon, new from Tall Stories, the company responsible for The Gruffalo, runs from December 8, 2005 to January 8, 2006 at Soho Theatre. Read more

The Snowman: For the eighth consecutive year, Raymond Briggs' delightful story of the snowman that comes to life on Christmas Eve, runs at the Peacock Theatre in Portugal Street - from December 7, 2005 to January 8, 2006. Read more


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