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West End Christmas Shows 2018

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 27, 2018 to January 19, 2019.

Matthew Warchus’ hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic returns to The Old Vic. Adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne, it stars Stephen Tompkinson as Ebenezer Scrooge. Read more.

Christmas Spectacular – Theatre Royal Drury Lane – December 16 to December 23, 2018.

Join in with toe-tapping tunes and sing-along to seasonal songs including Merry Christmas Everyone, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bell Rock, Santa Claus is Coming To Town, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, Sleigh Ride, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Merry Christmas Everybody and many more.

The show features Kerry Ellis and Tim Howar, John Rigby, The Jingle Belles ® and the London Concert Orchestra, with special guests Kimberley Walsh, Anton du Beke and Erin Boag.

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake – Sadler’s Wells Theatre – December 4, 2018 to January 27, 2019.

Swan Lake returns with a fresh look for the 21st century. Retaining the iconic elements of the original, Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (set and costumes) and Paule Constable (lighting) will create an exciting re-imagining of the classic production.

Peppa Pig’s Adventure – Theatre Royal Haymarket – December 8, 2018 to January 6, 2019.

Join Peppa as she gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunch-boxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and her friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of games, laughter and live music! Read more l Production images

Room on the Broom – Lyric Theatre – until January 13, 2019.

Join the witch and her cat on their mission to defeat the dragon in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. To book, visit

Simon Callow’s A Christmas Carol – Arts Theatre – December 8, 2018 to January 12, 2019.

Using the adaptation Dickens made for his own public performances, Simon Callow together with director and designer Tom Cairns, have conjured up a moving, funny and fast-paced one-man theatrical spectacular, that is both intensely dramatic and profoundly heart-warming. Read more.

Snow White at the London Palladium – London Palladium – December 8, 2018 to January 13, 2019.

Qdos Entertainment’s production of Snow White at the London Palladium has an all-star cast that includes Charlie Stemp as The Prince, Danielle Hope as Snow White, Dawn French as The Wicked Queen, Julian Clary as The Man in The Mirror, Paul Zerdin as Muddles, Nigel Havers as The Understudy, Gary Wilmot as Mrs Crumble, and Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace-Mistry as The King and The Queen. Read more l Character Portraits

Stick Man – Leicester Square Theatre – October 20, 2018 to January 6, 2019.

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 an eighth record-breaking season. Read more l Our 2013 review l Production images.

The Showstoppers’ Christmas Kids Show! – The Paradiso Speigeltent at Christmas In Leicester Square – December 2 to December 30, 2018.

In the Christmas grotto, Elves are ready and waiting to take kids’ ideas and suggestions and transform them on the spot into hilarious, magical, musical adventures. Read more.

The Snowman – Peacock Theatre – November 22, 2018 to January 6, 2019.

Now, in its record-breaking 21st year at The Peacock, Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s twinkling production of The Snowman returns for the Christmas season. Read more.