Christmas is coming and here’s a round-up of what there is to see…
For those of you who like the traditional Christmas pantomime, make you way to the London Palladium to see an all-star cast in Cinderella. What better way to round off a day of frantic shopping in Oxford Street than to flop down on a theatre seat and forget real-life for a couple of hours. With Britian’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden turning Cinders rags into a dazzling ballgown and Paul O’Grady donning a frock as the Wicked Stepmother, you also get to see Julian Clary as Dandini, Lee Meade as Prince Charming, Nigel Havers as the Lord Chamberlain as well as Count Arthur Strong as Baron Hardup and Natasha J Brown as Cinderella, herself.
Making its last Christmas appearance at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is the fantastic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which will close on 7th January after four gloriously chocolatey years in the West End. I’ve actually seen this show three times (yes, it’s that good) and I remember the second time we went on Christmas Eve and it was a truly magical experience. After the obligatory visit to the world’s biggest toy shop, Hamleys, we watched a matinee performace and afterwards walked back through Covent Garden and Soho to Regent Street so that we could see the Christmas lights there and in Oxford Street too. Such a magical day!
Another great family show is at the Prince Edward theatre – Disney’s Aladdin. Full of dazzling bright costumes and amazing sets, there are all the songs from the original 1992 animated film – A Whole New World, Prince Ali and Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me – plus some newly written ones and special effects that you will not believe you are seeing! Go on, watch and then tell me how the carpet actually flies? Jaw-droppingly good!
In Edinburgh there’s going to be a non-stop Christmas party going on with the fun-filled musical Mamma Mia bringing some sunshine to the cold winter nights. Full to the brim with all of Abba’s greatest hits including Money Money Money, Does You Mother Know, The Winner Takes It All, Voulez Vous, Waterloo and, of course, Mamma Mia, every Dancing Queen will be giving their all at the Edinburgh Playhouse through December to 7th January 2017.
Enjoy your Christmas and I’ll see you in the New Year!