Family Christmas Shows in London

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The Gruffalo's Child: Tall Stories
Wilde Creatures
The Snowman
Rapunzel at Chickenshed Theatre
The Ramshackle House
The Little Christmas Tree
Peut-Etre Theatre: Shh...Bang!
Go Noah Go!


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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Our hero with the growing nose embarks on a quest to be truly alive.

National Theatre: Lyttelton Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station , Waterloo Station


Dates: 1st December 2017 to 7th April 2018


After co-writing Matilda the Musical, Dennis Kelly now brings Pinocchio to life at the National Theatre. The new production will be directed by John Tiffany, former director of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and will feature songs and score from the Walt Disney film, including I've Got No Strings, Give a Little Whistle and When You Wish Upon a Star. Audiences will take a journey with Pinocchio as he leaves Geppetto's workshop and embarks on an exciting adventure through alpine forests and Pleasure Island with Jiminy Cricket in tow.


The Gruffalo's Child: Tall Stories

Gruffalo Jnr. ventures into the 'deep, dark wood', against the advice of her sleeping father.

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

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station , Leicester Square Station


Dates: 22nd November - 07th January 2018


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 it's the Gruffalo's child who ventures 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.


The Little Christmas Tree

Snow, magical lighting effects and cute animals combine to create a feel-good festive show.

Puppet Theatre Barge, Opp 35 Blomfield Road, London, W9 2PF

Tube: Warwick Avenue Station , Royal Oak Station


Dates: 02nd December - 07th January 2018


The Little Christmas Tree is a bit wonky so no one wants to buy it in this festive puppet show for children as young as three, showing at the Puppet Theatre Barge. A young boy called Joe turns up and finds himself drawn to the tree. All he has to do now is get the rest of his family to agree to buy the tree and not to throw it away in the New Year. Snow, magical lighting effects, cute little animals and a friendly policeman combine in this new festive production to create an atmospheric and poignant story of the friendship between a boy and a little Christmas tree.


Peut-Etre Theatre: Shh...Bang!

Explore a world filled with boings, whooshes, tick-tocks and silence.

Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station


Dates: 15th - 17th December 2017


Two characters set out on a journey through a world filled with boings, whooshes, tick-tocks and a cacophony of sound in this dance-theatre performance which playfully explores sound and silence. Presented by the wonderful Peut-Etre Theatre company who return to the Roundhouse this Christmas, Shh...Bang! is the perfect show for children aged three and above as the characters on stage learn to feel the noise and see the sounds around them. At the end, feathers fall from the ceiling encouraging children to catch them.


The Snowman

Translating the beautifully-illustrated book to dance.

Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, London, WC2A 2HT

Tube: Holborn Station , Covent Garden Station, Temple Station


Dates: 23rd November - 31st December 2017


This staging of Raymond Briggs's The Snowman by Sadlers Wells, suitable for children aged 4 and over, 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.



Musical retelling teaches us that true strength comes from within.

Chickenshed, Chase Side, Southgate, London, N14 4PE

Tube: Cockfosters Station


Dates: 22nd November - 06th January 2018


Featuring Chickenshed's famously large and diverse cast, this magical, musical and mysterious version of Rapunzel promises a romantic and life-affirming re-telling of a story you thought you knew. The girl with the long hair lives in a tower surrounded by woods that are full of fantastic creatures - and while Rapunzel's long hair may give her incredible abilities, she learns that her true strength comes from within. Strength which she may need sooner than she thinks, as some unexpected strangers are about to arrive unannounced.


Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas (Under 6s)

Raymond Briggs' famous Christmas story returns to the Lyric for Chrismas 2015.

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

Tube: Hammersmith Station


Dates: 20th November - 24th December 2015


Returning to the Lyric for a sixth Christmas run after five years of sell-out success, Raymond Briggs' famous Christmas story returns to the smallest stage of the Hammersmith theatre in 2015. 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.


Wilde Creatures

The talented Tall Stories bring Oscar Wilde's classic fairy tales to life.

Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH

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


Dates: 15th - 31st December 2017


A month after staging The Gruffalo's Child at the Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue, the Olivier-nominated Tall Stories present a new musical adventure for audiences of all ages at the Vaudeville Theatre. Wilde Creatures brings Oscar Wilde's classic fairy tales to life through imaginative storytelling and music and takes the audience on a fantastical journey through palaces, forests and beyond, meeting characters from The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose and The Birthday of the Infanta along the way.


The Ramshackle House

Circus show about the dynamics of family life and never giving up.

Stratford Circus, Theatre Square, London, E15 1BX

Tube: Stratford Station


Dates: 04th - 24th December 2017


The antics of a growing family who tumbles, balances and flies through life is the Christmas show at Stratford Circus Arts Centre this December. A tale without words, The Ramshackle House is a circus show about solving problems and never giving up. Seeing how each member of the family uses their skill and ingenuity to keep their rickety house together, the show makes us consider the dynamics of family life and how adults and children help each other. Created by Upswing, a diverse led contemporary circus company founded by Vicki Amedume, the production explores big questions in a way that is fun and accessible for the over threes. See how the three multi-skilled circus artists balance, climb, juggle, swing, slide and swoop to tell the story of the family's ups and downs.


Go Noah Go!

The story of the great flood, set in the Caribbean.

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

Tube: Angel Station


Dates: 10th November - 04th February 2018


Set in the Caribbean, this adaptation of Go Noah Go! by John Agard takes a well known story and gives it a new and colourful interpretation. The Little Angel Theatre's show, suitable for the entire family, uses puppetry, masks, stories and songs to tell the story of the great flood. Mr and Mrs Noah have been set the most impossible task of taking two of each animal and building them a home. A magical ark is built on stage and the story told with over 50 carved animals, catchy songs and set design from Lyndie Wright, co-founder of Little Angel Theatre.

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