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Unmissable Christmas treats to enjoy online and in-person!

Much-loved company Sleeping Trees will bring the magic of panto to your living room with their epic Christmas adventure The Legend of Moby Dick Whittington. Streaming throughout December, this exciting production, filled with original music, will ensure the whole family has a whale of a time. Available from 1st December – 5th January.
https://www.thesleepingtrees.co.uk/

Joshua George Smith, James Dunnell-Smith and John Woodburn, The Sleeping Trees
Joshua George Smith, James Dunnell-Smith and John Woodburn, The Sleeping Trees
Polka are giving a free gift to give to their supporters this Christmas with a digital family reimagining of Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. Created by the team behind the lockdown hit I Want My Hat Back, comes a visually imaginative short film made almost entirely from recycled and recyclable Christmas materials! Available from 19th December to those who sign up to the Polka newsletter. Images here, release here.
https://polkatheatre.com/

Turning a much-loved story on its head with an intriguing modern twist, Tea Break Theatre will present their new re-working of Sleeping Beauty?. This live and interactive epic Zoom adventure will feature puppetry, original music and comedy to explore loneliness, community, and isolation during Covid-19 lockdowns. Available from 17th – 30th December.
https://www.teabreaktheatre.com/

Constella aim to raise money with their upcoming Christmas Gala to continue their incredible Connecting Stars initiative which provides free one-to-one virtual performances to isolated care home residents. Constella’s Christmas Gala will see the musicians enter a Christmas wonderland. Since their launch earlier this year, they have reached over 50 care homes and over 2,000 residents with 150 virtual performances; the Gala will bring festive joy to even more residents, and raise money to continue this vital programme. Available from 8th December.
https://www.constella.org.uk/virtualtheatre

London’s Old Red Lion Theatre’s first piece of digital work will be a brand new filmed production inspired by Bob Cratchit. Written and directed by artistic director Alexander Knott, December will be filmed on the theatre’s stage and will be available to watch online this December.
https://www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk/theatre.html

In-person:
Throughout December the crème de la crème of London’s Queer cabaret scene, Ginger Johnson, Bitten Peach, Pecs Drag Kings, and the Cocoa Butter Club, are taking over the Pleasance’s transformed auditorium for some festive fun – ‘tis the season to be Queer! The venue will follow up-to-date safety regulations with e-ticketing, enhanced cleaning and table service with drinks and pizzas from their neighbours, The Depot.
https://www.pleasance.co.uk/

The thrilling adaptation of Joan Aiken’s classic children’s novel, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, brings festive magic south of the river. Injecting some Christmas joy into the local community, the production will see the return of Greenwich’s favourite panto villain Anthony Spargo (Horrible Histories). With unforgettable characters, snowy wastelands and ferocious wolves, this promises to be a winter adventure the family won’t forget! Available from 18th December – 10th January.
https://greenwichtheatre.org.uk/

Come along to the Old Royal Naval College this Christmas to celebrate the festive season with pop-up festive theatre performances for children in the beautiful riverside grounds, a local arts and crafts market and live-streamed and in-person carol services. Admire the magnificent Christmas tree with a glass of mulled wine and explore the beautiful Wren architecture illuminated with colourful lights and projections.
https://ornc.org/

For unique and special gifts this Christmas season, go straight to Shapero Rare Books – the internationally renowned rare and antique bookshop. Gift buyers can head online to their bookshop for the ultimate gift. Their incredible and wide-ranging collection has beautiful and unusual books on every topic, for everyone including beautiful first editions of Beatrix Potter, Winnie the Pooh and Dr Seuss, as well as favourites like Charles Dickens to Daphne Du Maurier’s thrilling Rebecca, to Ernest Hemingway.
https://shapero.com/

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