If you’re missing your regular dose of London theatre, then we have good news. With all the negative headlines you could be forgiven for thinking the city’s cultural sector is in a deep-freeze. However, if you know where to look, there are still plenty of entertaining options this holiday season, from traditional Christmas pantomimes to rocking musicals to intimate cabaret-style shows.
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London’s largest theatre, the London Palladium, is normally packed to the rafters with almost 2,300 spectators, but this year a socially distanced regime is in place as household names Elaine Paige, Julian Clary and Diversity from Britain’s Got Talent bring you Pantoland from the 12th December. This raucous show contains something for every age group, with over the top slapstick comedy for the children and suggestive gags for the adults in the audience. Running time 2h15 minutes including one interval.
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Over at London’s Lyric Theatre, high-energy is on tap as Six: The Musical returns to the stage with a rock’n’roll approach to one of history’s most notorious characters, King Henry the VIII. Fortunately, the spotlight is on his wives, who tell their side of the stories in turn, each in a distinct musical style. This lively show combines masterful storytelling, plenty of historical facts and lashings of humour in a compact 75-minute showtime. This is one soundtrack you’ll be rushing to download as you leave the theatre. From 5th December.
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For a more traditional story, perennial favourite A Christmas Carol is on stage at The Bridge Theatre located just over Tower Bridge from Cheval Three Quays. A cast of three will play all parts including the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future as they visit Ebenezer Scrooge in his bedroom to teach him about the true meaning of the season! Run time is 90 minutes with no interval. From 3rd December.
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Finally, if cabaret-style performances are more your style, take a look at the line-up at The Crazy Coqs, a cosy venue next to Piccadilly Circus twinned with adjacent restaurant Brasserie Zedel. Bookings can be made for tables of two, three and four, and you can order cocktails and drinks directly to your table to enjoy during the show. From jazz to comedy to showtunes on the piano, there’s something for everyone. You can also book a table at the neighbouring restaurant either pre or post the show. Various shows at The Crazy Coqs, from 3rd December.