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West End Christmas Shows 2017

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 of West End productions. And while some are suitable for little people, others are for adults only.

A Christmas Carol – The Old Vic – November 20, 2017 to January 20, 2018.

Matthew Warchus directs Jack Thorne’s new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic that stars Rhys Ifans as Ebenezer Scrooge. An uplifting story for families aged 11+, this festive treat is vividly brought to the stage in a big-hearted production full of music and cheer. Read more.

Dick Whittington – London Palladium – December 9, 2017 to January 14, 2018.

Qdos Entertainment’s London Palladium production of Dick Whittington has an all-star cast that includes Julian Clary (as Spirit of the Bells), Elaine Paige (Queen Rat), Paul Zerdin (Idle Jack), Nigel Havers (Captain Nigel), Gary Wilmot (Sarah the Cook) and Emma Williams (Alice Fitzwarren). Read more.

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – Sadler’s Wells Theatre – December 9, 2017 to January 27, 2018.

Following the sold-out and critical success of The Red Shoes, New Adventures return to Sadler’s Wells this Christmas with Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella – a thrilling and evocative love story set in London during the Second World War, which forms part of the company’s 30th anniversary celebrations. This world premiere is adapted by Matthew Bourne, with music played live by the New Adventures orchestra.

Mischief Movie Night – Arts Theatre – December 13, 2017 to January 27, 2018.

Returning to their comedy roots, Mischief Theatre (The Play That Goes Wrong, Peter Pan Goes Wrong and The Comedy About A Bank Robbery) bring the audiences’ genre, location and title suggestions to life complete with rewinds, fast forwards, directors’ cuts and a live score. Read more.

Snow Mouse – Barbican (The Pit) – December 13 to December 23, 2017.

In Snow Mouse two friends embark on an adventure in a magical forest full of play, music and wonder in this enchanting tale for babies and the very young to enjoy with their families.

Entering The Pit, it’s as though winter has arrived, with woods covered in sparkly snow. A child runs outside but soon feels lonely. Drawn by a sound, the child finds a sleeping mouse buried under the soft white flakes. Together they explore, sliding, tumbling and laughing. Read more at

Stick Man – Leicester Square Theatre – October 24, 2017 to January 7, 2018.

Based on the best-selling book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo), Scamp Theatre’s adaptation of Stick Man returns to Leicester Square Theatre for a seventh record-breaking season. Our 2013 review l Production images.

The Gruffalo’s Child – Lyric Theatre – November 22, 2017 to January 7, 2018.

Following hot on the heels of The Gruffalo’s monstrous West End success comes Tall Stories’ much anticipated sequel, The Gruffalo’s Child based on the award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

The Rat Pack – Live From Las Vegas – Theatre Royal Haymarket – December 13, 2017 to February 3, 2018.

This spectacular production – with a very special Christmas theme until January 6 – celebrates the incredible singing talent of three world-famous entertainers and performers (Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin) and some of the finest music and song that has ever been recorded (The Lady is a Tramp, Mr Bojangles, That’s Amore and many more). Read more.

Trump – The Panto! – Leicester Square Theatre – December 12 to December 30, 2017.

Taking its cue from everything from The Wizard of Oz to Into the Woods, Trump – The Panto! will feature a large cast of familiar fairytale characters, branded as outsiders and who are driven out of the magical woods overrun by global political overlords. Read more.

The Snowman – Peacock Theatre – November 23 to December 31, 2017.

Now in its 20th consecutive year on The Peacock stage, and based on the book by Raymond Briggs and the film directed by Dianne Jackson, this timeless story of wonder and imagination continues to delight and amaze. Read our 2007 review.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show – Ambassadors Theatre – December 13, 2017 to January 7, 2018.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 enchanting puppets during a magical 60-minute show that faithfully adapts four of Eric Carle’s best loved books for the stage: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and, of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Read more

Wilde Creatures – Vaudeville Theatre – December 15 to December 31, 2017.

Presented by Tall Stories, the Olivier-nominated producers of The Gruffalo, and part of the Oscar Wilde Season at the Vaudeville Theatre, Wilde Creatures takes you on a fantastical journey through palaces, forests and beyond in an exciting new adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s classic fairy tales. Read more.