Here are our top picks of shows to catch over the Christmas period.
From traditional pantos and festive classics to iconic revivals and brand new musicals, whether it be online or in-person there’s something for everyone!
A Christmas Carol
London, The Old Vic - 13 November 2021 - 8 January 2022 - Get tickets
The Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol fills the auditorium to the brim with mince pies, music and merriment. A unique staging immerses the audience in this uplifting story. Matthew Warchus’ production of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol is adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne with a cast led by Stephen Mangan as Ebenezer Scrooge. Get tickets here.
London, London Palladium - 4 December 2021 - 9 January 2022 - Get tickets
Pantoland at the Palladium, which had its run last year cut short due to the pandemic, will return for 2021. The variety spectacular will celebrate pantomime traditions with a mix of comedy, magic and show stopping song and dance numbers and special effects. An all star cast includes Donny Osmond, Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot, Jac Yarrow and Sophie Isaacs with The Tiller Girls. Get tickets here.
She Loves Me
Sheffield, Crucible Theatre - 11 December 2021 - 15 January 2022 - Get tickets
Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre will play host to a new revival of She Loves Me. The venue’s Artistic Director Robert Hastie said: Our Christmas musical this year promises to be a glorious, heart-warming swirl of festive joy. Get tickets here.
Chester, Storyhouse - 4 December 2021 - 16 January 2022 - Get tickets
The team behind the venue's 2020 production of A Christmas Carol will bring their irreverent and riotous take on the Dickens classic to the stage. The piece will run to 16 January with a range of both socially distanced and full capacity seating plans throughout the run as well as an online stream on selected dates. Get tickets here.
London, Theatre Peckham - 1 December 2021 - 22 December 2022 - Get tickets
Described as a 'Wizard of Oz meets Black Panther inspired reimagining' of L. Frank Baum’s iconic story, Ray Emmet Brown takes on the title role in this festive treat. Get tickets here.
White Christmas musical
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The Made at Curve production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas musical is currently on tour. The show will play Manchester Palace Theatre 22 November – 4 December, Plymouth Theatre Royal 7 – 11 December and finally Edinburgh Playhouse 14 December – 2 January. Get tickets here.
Robin Hood: Legend of the Forgotten Forest
Bristol, Bristol Old Vic - 25 November 2021 - 8 January 2022 - Get tickets
Bristol Old Vic teams up with The Wardrobe Ensemble on the production which is a fresh spin on the legendary Christmas favourite. The cast includes Wardrobe Ensemble founders Kerry Lovell Robin Hood, Tom England Will Scarlet, James Newton Sheriff of Nottingham, and Jesse Meadows Friar Tuck. Get tickets here.
London, Almeida Theatre - 30 November 2021 - 22 January 2022 - Get tickets
It's been 11 years since the Olivier Award Winning Spring Awakening closed in the West End and now it’s making a comeback. Almeida Theatre’s artistic director Rupert Goold is to direct a new production which will star Laurie Kynaston as Melchior and Amara Okereke as Wendla. Get tickets here.
A Christmas Carol
Reading, Reading Repertory Theatre - 3 December 2021 - 31 December 2021 - Get tickets
A world premiere adaptation by Beth Flintoff, Ebenezer Scrooge is the miserable boss of Huntley and Palmers, Reading's world-famous biscuit company. With a little help from Christmas Past, Present and Future, will he be able to feel the festive joy this year? Step back in time with your favourite characters and enjoy the whimsy and wonder of this yuletide production, drawn from the cobbled streets of Reading. Get tickets here.
Bring It On The Musical
London, New Wimbledon Theatre - 8 December 2021 - 22 January 2022 - Get tickets
Amber Davies and Louis Smith star in this musical adaptation of the film of the same name following follows cheer-royalty and newly crowned Squad Captain, Campbell. Get tickets here.
The Brothers Grimm Present: Cinderella
Cirencester, Barn Theatre - 16 November 2021 - 2 January 2022 - Get tickets
Based on the folk tale of Cinderella from the Brothers Grimm’s Grimms’ Fairy Tales, this new musical play at the Barn Theatre is brought to the stage by a talented cast of actor-musicians. Get tickets here.
A Chorus Line
Leicester, Curve - 3 December 2021 - 31 December 2021 - Get tickets
Curve is set to bring one singular sensation to Leicester this festive period with a new Made at Curve production of the legendary Broadway musical. Casting includes acclaimed dancer Adam Cooper as Zach while West End star Carly Mercedes Dyer as Cassie. Get tickets here.
London, Park Theatre - 7 December 2021 - 8 January 2022 - Get tickets
John Dagleish will play Bob Cratchit in this new retelling of Charles Dickens' classic, written and directed by Alexander Knott. Get tickets here.
Jack And The Beanstalk
London, Hackney Empire - 20 November 2021 - 2 January 2022 - Get tickets
When happy-go-lucky Jack is tempted into selling his family’s beloved cow for a bag full of magic beans, he finds himself tangled in an adventure of GIANT proportions. Join Jack on his journey up an enchanted beanstalk as he tries to outwit a rampaging giant, all with the help of his larger-than-life mum Dame Trot. Clive Rowe and Tony Whittle star and direct together. Get tickets here.
London, Richmond Theatre - 4 December 2021 - 2 January 2022 - Get tickets
Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke makes his panto debut in Richmond Theatre's Cinderella. Playing Cinderella is Oonagh Cox with Rosemary Ashe as Fairy Godmother, David Dale and Bobby Delaney as The Ugly Sisters, Edward Chitticks as Prince Charming and Jonny Weston as Dandini. Get tickets here.
Manchester, Opera House - 11 December 2021 - 2 January 2022 - Get tickets
Fresh from her stint in Joseph at the Palladium, Alexandra Burke will make her Panto debut in Aladdin at the Manchester Opera House. Get tickets here.
A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story
London, Alexandra Palace - 26 November 2021 - 9 January 2022 - Get tickets
This new production will see Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Dracula, The League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who) lead an ensemble cast, in his own retelling of Dickens’ classic winter ghost story, filled with Dickensian, spine-tingling special effects. Get tickets here.
West End Musical Christmas
London, Lyric Theatre - 13 December 2021 - 20 December 2021 - Get tickets
This all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza is brought to you by the producers of West End Musical Brunch, West End Musical Drive In and West End Musical Celebration – Live at The Palace. The all-star line-up includes John Owen-Jones, Emma Hatton, Oliver Ormson, Jodie Steele, Obi Ugoala and Idriss Kargbo Get tickets here.
London, New Wimbledon Theatre - 4 December 2021 - 2 January 2022 - Get tickets
Eastenders and panto legend Shane Richie stars in Dick Whittington at the New Wimbledon Theatre this year, joined by Peter Piper and Hiba Elchikhe. Get tickets here.
Manchester, Hope Mill Theatre - 24 November 2021 - 16 January 2022 - Get tickets
First opening on Broadway in 1975, The Wiz is a musical retelling of L. Frank Baum’s children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This new revival is directed by Matthew Xia. Get tickets here.
Dick Whittington Drag Panto
London, Phoenix Theatre - 5 December 2021 - 9 January 2022 - Get tickets
TuckShop are teaming up with Ameena Hamid to bring the second of its all drag pantomimes to London after its 2019 run of Cinderella. Dick will star RuPaul’s Drag Race UK favourites Cheryl Hole as ‘Dick’, plus two of the Queens currently appearing on screen in Series 3, Kitty Scott Claus as ‘The Spirit of Soho’, and Choriza May as ‘Queen Rat’, Get tickets here.
London, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre - 16 December 2021 - 2 January 2022 - Get tickets
Hosted by the charming and charismatic ringmaster David Williamson, Circus 1903 brings all the glamour and romance of the golden age of circus to the stage featuring many of the incredible acts from previous years, including Peanut and Queenie, the most charming elephants on any stage around the world. Get tickets here.
London, Garrick Theatre - 11 December 2021 - 9 January 2022 - Get tickets
The panto extravaganza returns for 2021, once again offering up a unique take on seven classic pantomime stories in 70 minutes. Get tickets here.
Goblin Theatre's A Christmas Carol
London, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich - 3 December 2021 - 23 December 2021 - Get tickets
Inspired by the Old Royal Naval College's Dickensian links, Goblin Theatre present a vibrant new adaptation of Charles Dickens's spooky classic tale A Christmas Carol featuring original songs and music performed live by a talented cast of actor musicians. Get tickets here.
A Musical Theatre Christmas
London, Actors' Church - 5 December 2021 - 5 December 2021 - Get tickets
A Christmas musical celebration will take place in the heart of Covent Garden this December. Raising money for The Actors’ Church Benevolent Fund and The Royal Theatrical Fund, the one-night-only concert will feature festive favourites from the musical theatre cannon, traditional carols, and more with an all star line up of West End stars. Get tickets here.
Cinderella: the AWESOME truth
London, Polka Theatre - 12 November 2021 - 30 January 2022 - Get tickets
Acclaimed children's theatre Polka Theatre brings an adventure to remember this festive period. Recommended for those 5+, Cinderella: the AWESOME truth has been inspired by conversations with children and scientists about the classic fairy story and healthy body image, promising to be a fun and refreshingly modern take on a beloved story. Get tickets here.
West End Does: Christmas
London, Cadogan Hall - 19 December 2021 - 19 December 2021 - Get tickets
West End Does returns for two Christmas themed performances at 2:30PM and 6:30PM on Sunday, 19 December. Hosted by West End legend Dame Maureen Lipman, the concert will feature West End stars including John Owen-Jones, Julian Ovenden, Gina Beck, Liam Tamne, Aisha Jawando, Grace Mouat, Rob Houchen and Ray Shell. Get tickets here.
Panto Live - 14 December 2021 - 24 December 2021 - Get tickets
Santa Live is be a fully interactive live show that will be streamed directly into homes, schools, and offices via the internet. Each ticket comes with a printable panto activity pack that will include puzzles, songsheets, and games. Get tickets here.
Colchester, Mercury Theatre - 27 November 2021 - 16 January 2022 - Get tickets
The first pantomime production in the venue's newly refurbished building, journey to distant shores where the penniless Aladdin dreams of winning the heart of the rebellious Princess Jasmine. When he is tempted by an evil sorceress with the promise of untold riches, our young hero finds himself trapped in the Cave of Wonders with nothing but his wits and a battered old lamp. Little does he know that its contents will change his life for ever. Get tickets here.
Puss In Moon Boots
Sleeping Trees - 1 December 2021 - 10 January 2022 - Get tickets
Jam-packed with original songs, characters and some of the finest living room engineering you’re ever likely to see, this is a seasonal space adventure for the whole family that’s truly out of this world. Get tickets here.