As Christmas approaches and we all get into the festive spirit, theatres around the UK and Ireland are preparing to lift their curtains for some fantastic brand new shows. With panto dames, witty humour and dramatic ballets hitting the stages, what better way to celebrate this joyful time of year than with a good old show? Whether it’s a Christmas family outing or a wonderful early present, heading to the theatre this winter is a must do thanks to some brilliant new productions just waiting to entertain you. I’ve written a list of all of the new shows opening this December, and what it is that makes them just that little bit special. I’ve already chosen my favourite, have you?
Kiss Me Kate
Old Vic Theatre, London. November 20th – March 2nd.
After huge success on Broadway, Kiss Me Kate hits the stage again bringing the razzle-dazzle to London. This show-within-a-show is all performed to the wonderful sounds of Cole Porter, with iconic songs such as ‘Too Darn Hot’, ‘Brush up your Shakespeare’ and ‘Another Op’nin, Another Show’. With gun toting gangsters, romantic entanglements and exhilarating drama, Kiss Me Kate will have you dodging ‘bullets’ and dancing in the aisles all night.
Aladdin – A Wish Come True Pantomime
The O2 Arena, London. December 7th – January 5th.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a cheesy, family panto – especially one that has the undeniable humour of Lily Savage as Widow Twankey! The O2 Arena’s purpose built theatre is set to be graced by this traditional tale with a modern day spin. The desire of young love is torn apart by reality, and in his quest to find his Princess, we see Aladdin stumble upon the most unlikely of helpers… a genie. Perfect for a light-hearted break this winter, Aladdin – A Wish Come True will have the whole family on their feet.
The Lion King Manchester
Palace Theatre, Manchester. December 1st – March 31st.
One of the best loved Disney movies brings its award-winning stage adaptation to Manchester this December, and if you haven’t seen it before you must go! Not only does it whisk you back to your childhood, all the humour and heartbreak of the film coming to life, but you can witness some of the greatest staging and costume design the stage has ever seen. With giraffes and antelopes roaming the stage, all to the original soundtrack of iconic songs, it’ll be a hit with the whole family. The Lion King Musical truly is something to witness in your lifetime, so make sure you don’t miss out this Christmas.
Adelphi Theatre, London. November 6th – April 27th.
Based on the smash hit Hollywood blockbuster starring Kevin Costner and the late Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard is set to wow West End audiences with its iconic songs and passionate romance. As a former secret service agent turned bodyguard strives to protect his superstar singer client, a power struggle develops into one of the most romantic thrillers the stage has seen. Sing along to the best of Whitney and enjoy the drama as the story unfolds.
Piccadilly Theatre, London. November 27th – June 1st.
So, who was your favourite Spice Girl?! The fabulous new stage production of Viva Forever! celebrates the best of the biggest selling British girl group of all time in a story of the value of friendship and cost of fame. Written by the hugely talented Jennifer Saunders and produced by Judy Cramer, producer of the massive hit Mamma Mia, this is sure to be more than an evening of reminiscing. Featuring all the top hits brought to the globe by Baby, Posh, Sporty, Scary and Ginger, in one pop-tastic musical extravaganza, Viva Forever! will definitely be a show to remember.
Royal Opera House, London. December 17th – March 12th.
For a more refined theatre experience this Christmas, La Boheme should definitely be top of your list. Performed in the romantic tones of the Italian language with English surtitles, the story follows a tale of love in every day life and the trials and tribulations it faces. Set in 1830’s Paris, the drama of restrained passion filters through the streets of impoverished artists and lowly market traders. For beauty, romance and a hint of desperation, La Boheme is a must.
Privates on Parade
Noel Coward Theatre, London
If you fancy something completely different this December, Privates on Parade is definitely worth considering. Written by Peter Nichols, the Privates on Parade play is set in South East Asia at the end of the Second World War and follows the escapades of the fictional Song and Dance Unit South East Asia (SADUSEA). Newly recruited to the troupe, Private Steven Flowers must prove his manhood, without relying on his uniform as he reports to the effervescent Captain Dennis. With hilarious musical arrangements and witty comedy, the recreation of the huge 1977 stage hit is destined to be just as popular.
Are you going to the theatre this winter? Let us know what you thought of the show!