Christmas is officially coming. I know this because the television was shouting it at me this afternoon, via adverts about turkeys, crackers and mince pies. (I LOVE MINCE PIES).
I’m a big fan of heading to the theatre over the festive season and here are some of my picks for this fuzzy sparkles-filled time.
And if you didn’t know it already, I bloody love Christmas.
An Inspector Calls
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5DE
Friday 4th November 2016 – Saturday 4th February
Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning production of JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls is coming back to the West End and if you haven’t seen it, this is your chance. This production marks the 70th anniversary of the first UK staging of the play. Since 1992, Daldry’s production of An Inspector Calls has won a total of 19 major awards, including four Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards, and has played to more than 4 million theatergoers worldwide…
An Inspector Calls is a compelling and haunting thriller. The story begins when the mysterious Inspector Goole calls unexpectedly on the prosperous Birling family home. Their peaceful family dinner party is shattered by his investigations into the death of a young woman.
Benighted by J.B. Priestley
Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John Street, London EC1V 4NJ
Tuesday 6th December 2016 – Friday 1st January 2017
If An Inspector Calls isn’t enough of a Priestly fix for you then check out Benighted at the Old Red Lion. Originally published as a novel in 1927, Benighted was the first real introduction to the world of a then unknown J.B. Priestley. Now you can see the the world premiere of its stage production, adapted by Duncan Gates. In Benighted, the literary seeds of one of Britain’s greatest ever playwrights are beautifully evident in the rich dialogue, unforgettable characters and gripping tension – now fully realised on stage for the first time.
Scrooge and the Seven Dwarves
Theatre503, The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 3BW
Tuesday 22nd November 2016 – Saturday 7th January 2017
If traditional Christmas panto is more your cup of tea then award-winning Sleeping Trees are back at Theatre503 with a brand new three man family pantomime. One cold Christmas Eve night, Mr Scrooge is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, who transports him back in time in a bid to change his ways. However the spirit makes a minor miscalculation and takes Mr Scrooge back too far – to the time of fairy tales and magic. With only a few dwarves to help him, Mr Scrooge must work out how to make it back to the present day before it’s too late..
Will Scrooge make it back in time for Christmas? Or will he be trapped in the fairy-tale kingdom forever?
Pride and Prejudice
Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST
Wednesday 30th November – Wednesday 21st December 2016
We’ve all read Pride and Prejudice – even the boys who prefer to be all macho and not talk about it. Well now you can see it come alive on stage. Over 200 years after it was first published, Joannah Tincey’s adaptation brings Pride and Prejudice to life with just two actors. Using nothing but Austen’s text and their own ingenuity the actors illuminate Austen’s words in a fresh and relevant way for the modern viewer. The full gamut of Austen’s 21 characters and locations, from the Meryton Assembly to the grounds of Pemberley, from Mrs Bennet’s nerves to Mr Wickham’s misdeeds all come to life in this highly inventive production. And, of course, there are Darcy and Lizzy, who move from instant dislike to something altogether more affectionate.
The Bunker, 53A Southwark Street London SE1 1RU
Wednesday 7th December 2016 – Saturday 7th January 2017
New musical Muted, written by Sarah Henley, composed by Tim Prottey-Jones, with additional lyrics by Tori Allen-Martin, has already been described by Stephen Fry as ‘stunning’ – high praise indeed. At seventeen, Michael Brookman was the exceptionally talented lead singer of Lost Boy, a band on the brink of stardom, when his mother, Amanda, was killed in a hit and run accident. Fast-forward three years. Michael hasn’t uttered a word since Amanda’s death. Then one day, encouraged by Michael’s exasperated uncle, the love of his life appears at Michael’s door to see if she can make him speak, or even sing, once again. Edgy, fast paced, sexy and raw, Muted is a story about grief, guilt, self-discovery, forgiveness and that thing we just can’t do without – love. Very excitingly, Muted is being staged at a brand new theatre, named The Bunker, which is found in a former underground car park in Southwark Street!