Festive Family Shows That You Should Book RIGHT NOW!

Christmas wouldn't be complete without a family trip to the theatre, and it doesn't always have to be a pantomime! Check you these amazing shows for Christmas 2016...

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Sometimes there's nothing more festive than a trip to the theatre!

It's not just watching a show, it's the whole experience. The Christmas lights, the feel good feeling when you leave the theatre and the lovely wintery evening air.

It doesn't have to necessarily be a Christmassy show to get you in the holiday spirit, but there's such a selection of shows going on up and down the UK this November and December so you don't have to live in London to join in the fun.

Matilda

All the quirks of Road Dahl's classic has been bought to life in this all-singing, all-dancing musical which follows the story of the precocious 6-year-old who is wiser than her years.

The musical recently celebrated it's 5th anniversary at the Cambridge Theatre in London and it was a night to remember as Zaris Angel Hator  stepped up to take the lead role.

Photo: Matilda, Cambridge Theatre

Bright, charming and utterly adorable, the young actress captures the audiences attention throughout with her devilishly cheeky grin and holds the stage with charming numbers such as 'Naughty'.

The wider chorus sees adults play children, which certainly adds to the humour of the show, but young stars step up to play much-loved characters such as Lavender and Bruce Bogtrotter. 

Photo: Matilda, Cambridge Theatre

And who could forget Miss Trunchball? The loveable villain, played by Oliver Brooks, is as domineering and sarcastic as the memorable book character and a stand out star of the play.

If you want comedy, heartwarming songs and a bit of mischief, then this is the show for you!

The Red Shoes

Based on the classic 1948 film about an aspiring ballerina, Matthew Bourne - who you may know as the choreographer of the famous all male production of Swan Lake that actually featured in the Billy Elliot film) - has adapted the tale for his dance company this Christmas.

 
The Red Shoes
 

The show will kick off down in Plymouth at the Theatre Royal in November before heading to The Lowry in Salford and then landing in London's Sadler's Wells just in time for Christmas. 

The magical story will be sure to give you ALL the festive feels, and don't worry if you're not near those theatres as the show will continue to tour up and down the country in 2017. 

Check out the full tour schedule here !

The Stick Man

If you're kids are a fan of children's book The Stick Man - created by the folks who made The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldon and Axel Scheffer - then you're in luck! This year it has been brought to the stage by Scamp Theatre!

The play brings to life the story as it is in the beloved picture book... 

‘Stick Man lives in the family tree
With his Stick Lady Love
and their stick children three...’


The Stick Man On Stage

Photo: Steve Ullathorne

The show has already been touring the country since the start of September and between now and January will visit venues in Wales, Somerset, Kent, London and Warwick and is certainly a wintery must see.

See the full tour information here .   

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

We can guarantee it will be on the telly this Christmas, but now the fantasmagorical car itself could also be on the stage near you thanks to a UK touring production of the smash hit musical!

The show has been touring the UK this year and will continue to visit cities across the UK this holiday season and throughout 2017.

It's had truly scrumptious reviews and to top it off, Jason Manford will be playing Charactacus Potts and Claire Sweeney will play Baroness Bomburst.

 
Jason Manford Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Photo: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang UK

The tour will head up to Glasgow across Halloween before heading back down south to Woking and then finishing off the year in Salford's The Lowry.

Find out everything you need to know about the show here .

La Soiree

The circus extravaganza is back in London following its stint on the Southbank during the summer! It's taken resident for the Christmas period in the Christmas market in Leicester Square.
 
Christmas Show - La Soiree
 
It’s London’s favourite naughty cabaret circus experience – its decadent, daring and at times downright dangerous! The grandeur of the Spiegel tent is the perfect setting and actually the space feels quite intimate once your inside with glamorous ushers showing the audience to their seats and the performers singing, sauntering and even climbing over the audience throughout the show!

This is an utterly captivating show that will leave you wanting to join the circus!