It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And what could make it even more wonderful? A trip to the theatre!
If you brave the last minute shoppers and tourists and families and crowds from Winter Wonderland (basically London is busy af right now), you will be rewarded. Following Treasure Island last year, the National’s latest family Christmas show is Peter Pan. Fusing the darker elements of the original story with the joy of staging at the National, it’s a mishmash of magic and fairy string! While you’re there, also check out the free Art of Make-Believe Exhibition, all about bringing stories to life on stage. Recommended for 5 – 14 years olds, it’s also great fun for big kids too! Elsewhere, if you like Christmas reruns of classic Hollywood musicals, then you’ll love She Loves Me or 5⋆ Half a Sixpence.
For those of you outside of London, there’s a lot to see. Not to push Peter Pan, but if you’re Northampton based, you must see Peter and the Starcatcher which found great success on Broadway and which will hopefully get a london transfer. For those closer to London, The Wind in the Willows is currently on at the Rose Theatre Kingston, located on the very banks of the river where the book is set. It’s a show with community at its heart, as Director Ciaran McConville shared with me. Speaking of community, you could show your support for your local theatre and go see regional a pantomime.
However, if you’re like me and 1) love theatre but 2) also love your sofa and 3) hate Southern, you may not want to leave the house. And don’t fear: TV has a whole host of shows this Christmas. The third (and final) Peter Pan related show comes in the form of Peter Pan Goes Wrong, which will be on BBC1 New Year’s Even at 18.20. From the team behind The Play That Goes Wrong, I saw this last Christmas in London and will definitely be tuning in once again.
I’ll be back blogging more regularly in the New Year, so I’ll wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. And here’s to 2017!