Family Christmas Shows in London

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The Snowman
The Nutcracker And The Mouse King
The Gruffalo's Child: Tall Stories
Lemony Snicket's The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming
Room On The Broom
Room On The Broom
Cindermouse: Little Angel Theatre
The Wind In The Willows
Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales For Young And Old
The Tin Soldier: Peut-Etre Theatre


There are some wonderfully creative shows for families to enjoy this season. From classic fairytales and modern dramas, through to the utterly ridiculous, there's something to keep everyone entertained. 

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Cindermouse: Little Angel Theatre

Drawing on the Cinderella story, a little mouse finds love in the arms of a prince.

Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, London, N1 2DN

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 20th November - 01st February 2015


A host of colourful glove and rod puppet characters travel to the land of mice where hardworking little Cindermouse, the down-to-earth daughter of a struggling clockmaker, finds love in the arms of a prince. Drawing on the Cinderella story, this show introduces its young audience of 3 to 8 year olds to a host characters - the outrageous sisters, a twinkly fairy mouse-mother, acrobats and dancers - all focussed on the prince's birthday ball.


The Nutcracker And The Mouse King (Over 8s)

New adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann's original tale of magic and mice.

Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, More , London, SE1 2HZ

Tube: London Bridge Station


Dates: 21st November - 04th January 2015


One of three festive shows for families at the Unicorn theatre this Christmas, Annie Siddons creates a new adaptation of E.T.A. Hoffmann's original masterpiece, The Nutcracker and The Mouse King, for children aged 8 and above. Set on Christmas Eve, seven year-old Marie retrieves the sad and broken Nutcracker from under the Christmas tree who, on the stroke of midnight, comes alive. Using music and song to create a magical world where the Nutcracker fights the evil seven-headed Mouse King, and where there's a secret land made entirely of candy, Annie Siddons' new play highlights the fear, courage, compassion and wonder of this classic Christmas story. The Unicorn stages three Christmas shows this year: The Nutcracker and The Mouse King (for children aged 8 and above), The Fourth Wise Man (ages 4 and above), and Scrunch for the smallest theatre goers, aged 6 to 18 months.


Room On The Broom

Delightful dramatisation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's picture book.

Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station


Dates: 26th November - 11th January 2015


Anyone with children under five will know, Room on the Broom is a spellbinding adventure from the creators of The Gruffalo!. Adapted for the stage from the best-selling book written by Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, this Tall Stories production of Room on the Broom at the Lyric Theatre tells the story of a witch whose hat, bow and wand are blown away while she's flying along with her cat on her broomstick. Enlisting the help of a daft dog, a beautiful bird and a friendly frog, the witch goes in search of her belongings. But with a hungry dragon looming, will there be room on the broomstick for the witch and her four companions? This is a magical, musical delight for children aged 3-8.


The Snowman

Loved by children and adults alike, this festive tale returns for its annual sob-fest.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station, Temple Station


Dates: 26th November - 04th January 2015


This staging of Raymond Briggs's The Snowman by Sadler's Wells, suitable for children aged 4 and over and staged in the Peacock Theatre, has become a much-loved festive tradition in London. Translating the beautifully-illustrated book to dance, the respected ballet company creates a winter wonderland of a stage show at their West End theatre. This is the theatrical equivalent of going to see Father Christmas except infinitely more spectacular as a young boy's snowman comes to life and the two of them fly across the sky. When Father Christmas does appear it's in a shimmering woodland, surrounded by magical reindeer, dancing penguins and a host of snowy friends. As the first notes of Walking in the Air fill the theatre, the heart-melting factor will not disappoint as awe-struck children (and adults) are mesmerised by the dazzling light show of snow.


The Wind In The Willows

Alan Titchmarsh makes his West End debut in this atmospheric Royal Opera House production.

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station, Leicester Square Station


Dates: 26th November - 17th January 2015


Gardener, broadcaster and novelist Alan Titchmarsh makes his West End debut as the narrator in Will Tuckett's production of The Wind in the Willows, the role performed last year by Blackadder star Tony Robinson. The Royal Opera House production, named Best Entertainment and Family Show at the 2014 Olivier Awards, returns to London's West End for an eight-week run at the Vaudeville Theatre, bringing Kenneth Grahame's classic story to life through dance, song, music and puppetry. The tale of four friends - Ratty, Mole and Badger and the reckless Mr Toad - is "an energetic, enjoyable and atmospheric production" said The Telegraph, "just make sure you take your three best friends along for the ride". Will Tuckett directs and choreographs and the narration is written by the former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion. Suitable for over 5s.


Philip Pullman's Grimm Tales For Young And Old (Over 8s)

An immersive fairytale adapted from Philip Pullman's reimaginings of the Brothers Grimm.

Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, London, SE1 9PH

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 28th November - 15th February 2015


Philip Wilson directs this immersive fairytale adapted from Philip Pullman's reimaginings of the Brothers Grimm, which shepherds the audience through atmospheric rooms over five floors of the Bargehouse on the South Bank into six fantastical tales: The Frog King or Iron Heinrich, Hansel & Gretel, Faithful Johannes, Thousandfurs, The Goose Girl At The Spring and The Three Little Men In The Woods. The cast of sixteen storytellers includes John Seaward, best known as John in The Inbetweeners, Morag Cross, who recently appeared in Olivier award-nominated No Room On The Broom and the National Theatre's Romeo and Juliet, Leda Hodgson, who appeared in the Young Vic's production of Ibsen's A Doll's House, and Amanda Gordon, whose recent stage credits include Shakespeare in the Dark at Battersea Arts Centre, and Chichester Festival Theatre's revival of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui. Warm clothing and comfortable footwear advised.


Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas (Under 6s)

Raymond Briggs' famous Christmas story returns to the Lyric for Chrismas 2014.

Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, 2 King Street, London, W6 0QA

Tube: Hammersmith Station


Dates: 20th November to 24th December 2015


Returning to the Lyric for a third Christmas run, for two years of sell-out success, Raymond Briggs' famous Christmas story returns to the smallest stage of the Hammersmith theatre in 2014. Created by the London-born author and illustrator in 1973, Briggs' Father Christmas is as enchanting as it was 40 years ago, portraying Santa as a rather grumpy, discontented figure. In this adaptation presented by Pins and Needles the popular children's tale is told using puppet theatre and live music to create a wonderful seasonal outing for those under 6. Barry McCarthy, who plays the lead as, "a homely, flesh and blood old chap who snores, feels cold, goes to the loo..." (The Stage), reprises his role as Father Christmas.


Treasure Island (Over 10s)

The National Theatre's Family Christmas show is Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island.

National Theatre: Olivier Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 22nd December - 08th April 2015


The National Theatre's Christmas kids' show takes Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, Treasure Island, and adapts it for children aged ten and above. This stage adaptation has been written by Bryony Lavery, the 67-year-old playwright best known for her play Frozen, who has also penned The Believers, playing at the Tricycle Theatre earlier in the year, in spring 2014. Speaking to the Ham & High about Treasure Island, Lavery said, "It's made me think that characters don't always have to say things to show what they mean." She continued: "Most of our experiences of strong emotions are silent. We are quite gobstruck and rarely say, 'I am feeling like this'. My aim is to keep it as spare as possible and write as few words to give the sound and acting space." Polly Findlay, who has directed Protest Song, War Horse (Berlin), Antigone, and Double Feature for the National, directs.


The Fourth Wise Man (Over 4s)

A funny and heart-warming show about Artaban, the wisest man of them all.

Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, More , London, SE1 2HZ

Tube: London Bridge Station


Dates: 30th November - 04th January 2015


If you thought there were only three wise men, The Fourth Wise Man will make you think again. Lee Lyford, associate director of The Egg, Theatre Royal Bath who brought The Queen's Knickers to the Southbank Centre, comes to the Unicorn theatre this Christmas to direct his funny and heart-warming show about Artaban, the wisest man of them all. He's the one who spots a beautiful, bright new star and who knows it will lead him to something special. Audiences age four and above can find out what happens when the wisest man attempts to make everything perfect for the arrival of a very special baby... now, where to find the perfect camel?


The Gruffalo's Child: Tall Stories

The sequel to The Gruffalo, this time the Gruffalo's Child ventures into the dark wood.

Artsdepot, 5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, Soho, London, N12 0GA

Tube: Woodside Park Station


Dates: 10th December - 04th January 2015


The sequel to The Gruffalo which proved such a hit and a popular Christmas outing in the West End, The Gruffalo's Child is a stage version of Julia Donaldson's classic picture book story that kiddies just love, enchantingly told by Tall Stories with a winning simplicity. This time its the Gruffalo's child who venutures into the 'deep, dark wood', against the advice of her sleeping father. On the search for excitement and a 'big, bad mouse', she meets creatures who come close but are nothing like the scary mouse - a snake, an owl and a fox. The cast of three manage to transform the book into a live stage show with remarkably few props and a host of infectiously catchy songs, not to mention some superb dance routines and non-stop drama. Recommended for children aged 3 and above.


There Was An Old Woman: Oily Cart

Oily Cart's beautiful new show is loosely based on the tale of the woman who lived in a shoe.

Southbank Centre: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX

Tube: Waterloo Station, Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 13th December - 04th January 2015


Oily Cart's beautiful new show will delight children aged 3 to 5, taking young ones on a journey through the sights, scents, textures and sounds of a multi-sensory shoe-inspired wonderland. There Was An Old Woman, loosely based on the old tale of the woman who lived in a shoe, takes the audience on a mysterious adventure uncovering all sorts of footwear from welly boots to fluffy slippers. Oily Cart is well known for its excellent theatre productions for small children - previous sell-out shows include Ring A Ding Ding and In A Pickle at Camden's Unicorn Theatre - and this Christmas show, held in the Blue Room at Royal Festival Hall, promises to be a real treat, with a live musician as they embark on a flip flop and a football boot finding mission.


The Tin Soldier: Peut-Etre Theatre

Hans Christian Anderson's tale is brought to the Roundhouse by Peut-etre Theatre.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station


Dates: 13th December - 04th January 2015


Hans Christian Anderson's tale of love between a Tin Soldier and a ballerina is brought to the Roundhouse by Peut-etre Theatre as this year's Christmas show, suitable for families and children over three. A cast of four performers act out the tale of the tin soldier who goes on an adventure that takes him far away from home. Set at Christmas time, the mix of physicality, dance and live music used to tell this story of love, adventure and heartache makes it perfect for a Christmas outing. "There's plenty of clowning and tumbling and bags of audience participation" says the Peterborough Telegraph.


Lemony Snicket's The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming (Over 5s)

Enchantingly absurd story for the over 5s.

JW3, Finchley Road, London, NW3 6ET

Tube: Finchley Road Station


Dates: 15th December - 04th January 2015


A wonderfully strange tale by Lemony Snicket writer Daniel Handler, adapted for the stage by YaD Arts, arrives at JW3 this December following a sell-out run at the Roundhouse in December 2012. The enchantingly absurd story opens in a small snowy village deep in the throes of the festive period, here we meet a new born Hanukkah Latke (that's a fried potato pancake to you and I), whose only wish is to avoid the pan of boiling oil that inevitably awaits him. The vivid and ridiculous plot is "deliciously directed", by the Tall Stories company, writes Laura Thompson in The Telegraph, praising the cast for taking "full possession of the show". They play a variety of instruments and "create an air of adorable silliness, a good-natured knowingness that tips delicately into pastiche". The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming is undoubtedly one of the season's most imaginative (and daft) productions and is suitable for anyone aged five and above.


The Railway Children

Mike Kenny's Olivier Award-winning adaptation pulls in to King's Cross.

King's Cross Railway Station, Euston Road, London, N1 9AP

Tube: King's Cross Station


Dates: 16th December 2014 to 3rd January 2016


Mike Kenny's Olivier Award-winning adaptation of The Railway Children, staged at Waterloo three years ago, moves to King's Cross Theatre for a Christmas run. E Nesbitt's classic tale is specially adapted for the railway setting by Mike Kenny. A highlight of this site specific theatrical production in which the three children are forced to make do after their father's false imprisonment is a real steam locomotive, Silver Stirling, whose steam and noise certainly adds to the atmospheric setting. When the show premiered at the National Railway Museum, York, in the summer of 2008 it was described as "pretty spectacular" (The Guardian) with Kenny's "unsentimental adaptation" praised for reclaiming the text from romantic notions and frilly petticoats, returning to Nesbit's original Fabian message. The rest of the station has been put to good use too - while you're waiting for the play to start, you can browse an exhibition all about E Nesbit's original book, the history of the railways, the Railway Children Charity, and the play's Yorkshire setting. The train now departing from platform 5 may not be bound for Paris but it promises just as much drama and excitement - and a tear jerking climatic final scene.

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