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Festive December Theatre

The decorative lights are up. The children are excited. The social media Scrooges are grumbling away and Chris Rea is rubbing his hands for another Yuletide pay cheque. Christmas, like it or not, is certainly here. With so many unpleasant surprises through 2016, at least the reassuring and comfy embrace of Christmas is returning to see us through a few of the darker months. So, to get help you get into the Yuletide spirit, here are our six shows of Christmas.

Peter Pan at the National Theatre

For the first show of Christmas the South Bank gave to me – an adaptation of JM Barrie.

Year on year, the National continue to wow and impress with their magical Christmas productions. This year is no different with a high flying and daring modern take of JM Barrie’s classic – Peter Pan. When the eponymous leader of the Lost Boys loses his shadow in London he must rely on headstrong Wendy to re-attach it. In return, Peter takes her past the second star on the right and straight on to Neverland.

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Bianco at NoFit State Big Top - Southbank Centre

For the second show of Christmas the South Bank gave to me – true circus love.

And an adaptation of JM Barrie

Bianco is a circus show like no other. An unashamedly wild, fun and immersive production that only aims to entertain and thrill. Gone are the overtly symbolic, slow drone dances of some contemporary circus and in is amazing talents, breathtaking visuals and enough good cheer to see you through til Spring.

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Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre

For the third day of Christmas the South Bank gave to me – new Ibsen, true circus love. And an adaptation of JM Barrie.

Directed by Ivan van Hove, a real life theatrical phenomena, adapted by Patrick Marber, a real life playwriting legend, and starring Ruth Wilson, one of the most exciting stage actors of her generation, this new production is not to be missed.

A staple drama and one of the greatest female roles ever written, this is a true coming together of a theatrical Holy Trinity.

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LOVE at the National Theatre

For the fourth show of Christmas the South Bank gave to me –more inspiring words, new Ibsen, true circus love. And an adaptation of JM Barrie

LOVE tells the story of three different families are forced together into temporary accommodation in the run up to Christmas. With cramped conditions and no personal space, these strangers learn about love and show how they each care for the ones closest to them. Written through a devising process with the cast, this is a modern Christmas story for our times.

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Art at The Old Vic

For the fifth show of Christmas the South Bank gave to me –WHITE. ART. THING. More inspiring words, new Ibsen, true circus love. And an adaptation of JM Barrie.

Starring the comedy excellence of Tim Key, Rufus Sewel and Paul Ritter, Art is a classic exploration of exactly what is . . . Art. Pretentious? Prophetic? Inspiring? Inane? Magical or just plain mad? After returning home with his new framed acquisition – a pure white square – Serge tries to convince Marc and Yvan that what he has purchased is art and not just a blank canvas.

Returning to London to celebrate its 20th anniversary – Art is a hilarious night out.

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Million Dollar Quartet at South Bank Centre

For the sixth show of Christmas the South Bank gave to me – Rock n’ Roll a-playing. WHITE. ART. THING. More inspiring words, new Ibsen, true circus love. And an adaptation of JM Barrie.

December 4th, 1956. Legendary producer Sam Philips brings together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for a jam session to end all jam sessions.

Cooped up in Sun Records, Memphis, the four seminal artists endeavoured on what was to become one of the defining moments in American music history. Full of classic hits from all four artists – this is a Christmas sing-a-long with a bit more bite than your usual carol service.

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