Thinking about taking a trip on the train to Tier 2 London and seeing a socially-distant and safe show this Christmas?
We've picked seven shows bringing live theatre back for the season.
The Gruffalo's Child, Alexandra Palace Theatre
Tall Stories' show for children opens at the theatre on Saturday December 11 and runs until Sunday, January 3. Follow the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in the adaptation of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, as the Gruffalo’s Child ignores her father’s warnings about the Big Bad Mouse and tiptoes out into the deep dark wood. Book tickets from £8.50 at alexandrapalace.com
Six the Musical, Lyric Theatre
The show featuring six sassy wives of Henry VIII taking to the mic opened last week after months of enforced closure. The intoxicating Tudor take-off by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss sees them tell their tales, remixing 500 years of historical heartbreak into an 80-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. The run lasts until Sunday, April 18, 2021 at the theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue. Book tickets from £29.50 at sixthemusical.com
Dick Whittington, National Theatre
In a rare move, the National Theatre is putting on panto this year, opening on Friday, December 11. The updated version of the Lyric Hammersmith’s 2018 spin on Dick Whittington by Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd will be staged at the Olivier Theatre on the South Bank until Saturday, January 23, 2021. Tickets must be booked online in advance. For tickets from £20 go to nationaltheatre.org.uk
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Apollo Theatre
Everybody is talking about the West End’s first major musical to reopen. With a hotly-anticipated new film adaptation due to be released in February 2021, the show has returned to the Shaftesbury Avenue theatre for its third birthday from Saturday, December 12. Inspired by a true story, the award-winning hit musical is made for the times we live in and is a socially-distanced production. For tickets from £24 go to fromtheboxoffice.com
Pantoland, London Palladium
The Palladium's annual panto is back for Christmas, despite everything that theatreland has gone through this year, and opens on Saturday, December 12 for a run that is just three weeks long. It will star Julian Clary, who lives in Aldington in Kent, with Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot among the star-studded cast. For tickets from £25 visit palladiumpantomime.com
A Christmas Carol at the Charles Dickens Museum
Scrooge, Tiny Tim, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come and a suspiciously large turkey - they'll all be captured in a special version of Dickens's festive tale being staged at his former family home, 48 Doughty Street in Bloomsbury, now the Charles Dickens Museum. Actor Dominic Gerrard will be accompanied by puppetry and Alexis Bennett on violin for the performances, to be aired on Thursday, December 17, Sunday, December 20 and Thursday, December 31, followed by a live Q&A on Zoom. For tickets at £15 go to dickensmuseum.com.
A Christmas Carol, the Dominion Theatre
Brian Conley is starring as Scrooge in the star-studded musical show, which runs in the West End until Saturday, January 2. He will star alongside Bexley-based Jacqueline Jossa from EastEnders and last year's I'm a Celebrity Queen of the Jungle and Busted star Matt Willis. The festive fable has a Broadway score, and a 24 piece orchestra and is staged with the auditorium organised into socially distant households or bubbles 1m apart. It is on throughout Christmas, except for Sunday, December 20 and Christmas Day. Book tickets from £23 at officialtheatre.com
* If you're in London, take a wander through the streets of Mayfair and Belgravia to discover its new outdoor gallery trail, Wander Art. Hosted by Landlord Grosvenor Britain & Ireland and curated by Alter-Projects, the bespoke walking trail will be home to 12 creations from the likes of artists including Ricardo Cavolo, Emily Forgot, Yinka Ilori, Fernando Laposse, Morag Myerscough and Richard Woods. Find out more here.