News, Reviews & Interviews December 2023

Here are the highlights of new shows in London’s West End, Off-West End, and regional theatre across the UK for December 2023, presented with British elegance:

West End Highlights:

  1. “The Nutcracker” at London Coliseum:
    • The beloved Christmas classic “The Nutcracker” returned to the London Coliseum, enchanting audiences with its timeless story, stunning choreography, and Tchaikovsky’s magical score. This production, a holiday favourite, continues to captivate both young and old with its festive charm.
  2. “Elf The Musical” at Dominion Theatre:
    • Based on the popular film, “Elf The Musical” brought holiday cheer to the West End with its heartwarming story and catchy songs. The tale of Buddy, a human raised by elves, discovering his true identity and spreading Christmas spirit delighted audiences of all ages.
  3. “The Mousetrap” at St. Martin’s Theatre:
    • Agatha Christie’s legendary whodunit, “The Mousetrap,” continued its historic run, offering a thrilling and suspenseful theatre experience. The longest-running show in the world, this classic murder mystery remains a must-see for fans of intrigue and drama.

Off-West End Highlights:

  1. “A Christmas Carol” at Old Vic Theatre:
    • Charles Dickens’ timeless tale “A Christmas Carol” returned to the Old Vic Theatre, providing a poignant reminder of the spirit of Christmas. This innovative production, with its immersive staging and emotional depth, offered a fresh take on the classic story of redemption and generosity.
  2. “The Snow Queen” at Park Theatre:
    • “The Snow Queen,” a new adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, made its debut at Park Theatre. This enchanting production, filled with magic, adventure, and beautiful visuals, captured the essence of the beloved story, making it a perfect festive outing for families.
  3. “Peter Pan” at Lyric Hammersmith:
    • The adventurous tale of “Peter Pan” flew into Lyric Hammersmith, bringing with it the timeless magic of Neverland. This spirited production, featuring spectacular special effects and engaging performances, delighted audiences with its sense of wonder and escapism.

Regional Theatre Highlights:

  1. “Cinderella” at Theatre Royal, Bath:
    • The classic pantomime “Cinderella” graced the stage at Theatre Royal, Bath, offering a festive mix of humour, music, and audience participation. This beloved fairy tale, brought to life with vibrant costumes and lively performances, provided joyous entertainment for the holiday season.
  2. “Beauty and the Beast” at Birmingham Hippodrome:
    • Another pantomime favourite, “Beauty and the Beast,” enchanted audiences at Birmingham Hippodrome. With its charming story, spectacular sets, and delightful musical numbers, this production brought festive cheer and a touch of magic to the stage.
  3. “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” at Leeds Playhouse:
    • This new adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s classic, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” transported audiences to the wintry world of Narnia. With its imaginative set design and compelling performances, this production captured the wonder and excitement of the timeless story.

Concluding Paragraph:

These new shows from December 2023 highlight the enchanting and diverse landscape of theatre across the UK during the festive season. From the glittering stages of London’s West End to the innovative and heartwarming productions in Off-West End venues, as well as the charming and festive offerings in regional theatres, there is a wealth of magical experiences to enjoy. This array of productions underscores the creativity and resilience of the UK’s theatrical community, offering audiences a rich tapestry of memorable and joyful experiences. Whether you are a seasoned theatregoer or new to the world of live performance, these shows promise to deliver an unforgettable celebration of the holiday spirit for everyone.

News, Reviews & Interviews December 2023

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol – Alexandra Palace Theatre
Splinter by Martha Loader at the Jack Studio Theatre | Review
£1 THURSDAYS by Kat Rose-Martin at Finborough Theatre
Infinite Life a new play by Annie Baker | Review
Sh!t-faced Showtime presents: A Pissedmas Carol
Made at Curve production of Evita | Review
Dreaming and Drowning by Kwame Owusu at Bush Theatre
Little House in the Snow by Marisha Wallace
The Gruffalo’s Child at the Garrick Theatre, London | Review
SoundChat with Jake Shears and Self Esteem
Bill Kenwright Ltd Announces Spring 2024 Touring Productions
Christmas with The Choir of Man at the Arts Theatre
SOLSTICE – Battersea Arts Centre and Wild Rumpus | Review
The Time Machine – A Comedy at Park Theatre | Review
SIX Celebrates 1000th West End performance at the Vaudeville Theatre
Jake Shears and Rebecca Lucy Taylor’s final run in Cabaret
Imelda Staunton to Headline New production of Hello Dolly!
A Very Very Bad Cinderella at The Other Palace
Lucian Msamati and Ben Whishaw to star in Waiting for Godot – Sep 2024
Vinegar & Brown Paper at the Old Red Lion Theatre
Children’s Festival at New Wimbledon Theatre Summer 2024
Talking About The Fire at the Royal Court Theatre | Review
Peter Pan By J.M. Barrie at the Rose Theatre Kingston – Review
High Society – The Mill at Sonning | Review
Stevie Doc & Tobias Turley crowned winners of Mamma Mia! I Have a Dream
21 Round For Christmas at Park Theatre | Review
Holly Sewell’s Dazzling at the Etcetera Theatre | Review
Rock ‘n’ Roll by Tom Stoppard at Hampstead Theatre
Dick Whittington at Richmond Theatre
Jack and His Giant Bigstalk at The Prince Of Wales Drury Lane | Review
The Half-Cocked Sketch Show at Hen & Chicken’s Theatre
Oh No It Isn’t! by Luke Adamson at the Jack Studio Theatre
Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre
You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown | Upstairs at the Gatehouse
The House With Chicken Legs at Southbank Centre
Stranger Sings! by Jonathan Hogue at Southwark Playhouse
Protest Song at the Arcola Theatre | Review
The Motive and the Cue at the Noël Coward Theatre
Frank Skinner: 30 Years of Dirt UK Tour in 2024
West End Transfer: The Merchant of Venice 1936
Three Ellen Kent Operas to play at Richmond Theatre in 2024
This Much I Know | Hampstead Theatre | Review
Top shows of 2023 from reviewers at LondonTheatre1.com
The Ruckus: Everyone’s Invited at Waltham Forest Town Hall
Scrooge: A One-Man Christmas Carol Show – Livestream
LIFE WITH A LITTLE “L” at The Golden Goose Theatre
Sleeping Beauty at Harold Pinter Theatre | Review

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