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He's behind you! Festive Theatric Treats and Christmas Shows in London

The festive season is packed full of theatric treats for children - from classics to new and exciting theatre, there is something for everyone to enjoy. We can't wait! Here's our pick of what's on in the run up to Christmas in North London and around..



The Chicken Shed Theatre is showing Cinderella between 30 November and 14 January 2012.
Chickenshed's spectacular new version of Cinderella takes all the familiar and traditional elements of this much-loved fairy tale, and serves them up with a modern twist. An unforgettable musical extravaganza with a cast of hundreds, this is the festive show that you will never forget! Age 5+ recommended.

Between 21 and 23 December The Chicken Shed is also showing the Christmas Tales (pictured above) - this promises to be a full-on family Talesomime (a pantomime starring all your favourite Tales characters from the Chicken shed production of Tales from the Shed). It’s gonna be high energy, hi-jinxing fun...Oh no, it’s not! Oh yes, it is!

Believe it or not, the Garrick is hosting the Sooty Christmas Show. The all new Sooty Christmas Show, featuring TV host Richard Cadell and the inexhaustible trio of Sooty, Sweep and Soo, starts on December 13th at the Garrick Theatre in London. The show is Sooty's first in 13 years.

We are totally overexcited by the return of The Gruffalo to the West End, at the Garrick this Christmas! Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. (‘A modern classic’ Observer). We saw it last year and were entranced by the  funny, energetic interpretation of the classic book. The run is from 24 November to 13 January.

And if you like The Gruffalo, you'll also enjoy Gruffalo's Child which is showing at Arts Depot in North Finchley. The Gruffalo said that no Gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood... But one wild and windy night, the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warning and tiptoes out into the snow on her own. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist... Does he? This is showing from 11th - 30th December and is suitable for ages 3+. 

The Snowman is showing a the Peacock Theatre. When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. On their travels they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and naturally, Father Christmas. Watch spellbound as the Snowman flies through the night sky above you, before escaping the clutches of the evil Jack Frost to return home for Christmas morning.

Jacksons Lane, Highgate is showing the classic - The Enormous Turnip -  Living on an allotment in a tiny house the size of a shed, Mr and Mrs Chickweed show off their prizewinning vegetables for the last time before they retire. However, they cant resist planting one last seed and as the Enormous Turnip grows it threatens their house with  disaster! Can anyone help them pull up the Enormous Turnip? This is on from 3-31st December and is suitable for age 2+. Some shows have already sold out so book fast! We will be running a competition to win tickets to this next week so watch this space. Get a feel for the show by watching the video above.

For something a bit different, The Puppet Barge in Little Venice is showing Mr Rabbit Meets Brer Santa. A tale of a wily fox and a mischievous rabbit in this Christmas adventure full of fun and surprises. A seasonal delight for both young and old. Showing from 3rd December to 8th January. 

Hampstead Theatre is showing Beasts and Beauties - a retellin gof the Brothers Grimm fairytales and other European fairytales. The script is written by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy and is supposed to be fantastic judging from previous reviews.  From 1st December to 7th January. Suitable for ages 8+.  


If your children are into princesses, then head to the Hackney Empire for its performance of Cinderella, running from 26 November to 8 January. Join beautiful Cinderella, two hideous Ugly Sisters, one seriously mean Stepmother, one huge pumpkin, a glitzy Palace Ball and lots of very cute mice. Add to these thrilling adventure, knockabout comedy, Show-stopping musical numbers and the most glittering glass slipper imaginable and you have the perfect family treat for this Christmas.

From 18 December to 8 January, BBC's Dan and Jeff return for a second festive season of Potted Panto at the Vaudeville Theatre, following a Best Entertainment nomination in the Olivier Awards and a West End run of their original show Potted Potter. For Christmas 2011, Potted Panto features eight classic pantomimes in just eighty minutes.

The Shaw Theatre is showing Jack and the Beanstalk from 6 December.  This is one pantomime that'll certainly get you "IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING", with Maureen Nolan taking on the role of Good Fairy Sugarsnap, whilst her real-life sister Linda (nicknamed 'The Naughty Nolan' by the press in the 80s) is playing her nemesis, the evil sorceress Venus Flytrap.


For a real Christmas Classic and a treat for you and the children, head to see The Nutcracker at The Coliseum. The English National Ballet's production is lavish and loely and there are family friendly performances for under 5s on 13th and 26th December. Can't wait.
amtstevens 10 November 2011 at 13:59 said...

Ycould also include the White show at the Southbank, suitable for 2-4 year olds. I'm hoping to take my son. http://ticketing.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/dance-performance/tickets/white-60630

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