Best Alternative Christmas Shows for 2012

Somehow, it’s that time of year again. The Coca-Cola advert is on, shop windows are adorned with self-adhesive snowflakes, and bank balances are bracing themselves for a mass exodus. Yes, it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

But Christmas doesn’t necessarily mean you have to endure cheesy pantomimes (or even very good ones for that matter!); there is an eclectic array of Christmassy shows this year that you’d be sore to miss. Here are my top five:

  1. Feathers In The Snow – Southwark Playhouse
    Philip Ridley, acclaimed playwright and children’s author, presents the final show in the Southwark Playhouse venue beneath London Bridge station. ‘Feathers in the Snow’ covers 500 years, a tale of magic and migration, featuring a huge cast and promising to be a family show with a difference.
    Tickets: £14-£16 full
  2. Hansel and Gretel – National Theatre
    This production of the well-known Grimm Fairytale is geared towards children, but featuring a collaboration between Katie Mitchell, Lucy Kirkwood, and Vicki Mortimer who brought us Olivier Award nominated ‘Beauty and the Beast’. This newly designed ‘Hansel and Gretel’ will be an innovative take on the classic.
    Tickets: £5/£7.50 Entry Pass members (£16-£24 full)
  3. The Nutcracker – English National Ballet
    As always, the English National Ballet returns this festive season with their phenomenal performance of ‘The Nutcracker’. The story of Clara, the Mouse King, and a handsome prince is one that is intrinsically linked with Christmas time – combined with world class dancing, and stunning costume, this is a show that everyone should see at least once. Myself included!
    Tickets: from £10
  4. Slava’s Snowshow – Royal Festival Hall
    Following its multi-award-winning run last year, ‘Slava’s Snowshow’ is back at the Royal Festival Hall. With clowns, giant balloons, confetti, and plenty of fake snow, this production is both hilarious and touching, recapturing everyone’s inner-child.
    Tickets: from £20 (concessions 50% off for a limited time)
  5. Midnight’s Pumpkin – Battersea Arts Centre
    A fresh spin on the classic ‘Cinderella’ story brought to you by KneeHigh Theatre Company. In this Christmas ball, you are the guest of honour, and are invited to join in the revelry – dress up, impress the prince yourself, and become a part of the ultimate Royal Wedding party.
    Tickets: £20-£25 full

Feathers in the Snow


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