By Maria Bregman
London is renowned for its vibrant and diverse theatre scene, offering something for everyone, from Shakespeare to musicals, from drama to comedy. But this Christmas, the city is especially appealing for families looking for some festive entertainment, as it boasts a range of shows that cater to all ages and tastes.
Whether you want to relive your childhood memories, introduce your kids to some classic stories, or simply have a good laugh, London has it all. Here are some of the best family shows to book this Christmas in London, and why they are worth seeing.
Matilda the Musical
If you love Roald Dahl’s books, you will love Matilda the Musical, a smash-hit adaptation of his most famous novel. The show tells the story of Matilda, a brilliant and brave girl who uses her intelligence and imagination to overcome her cruel parents and tyrannical headmistress. The show features catchy songs by comedian Tim Minchin, witty dialogue, and a talented cast of children who perform amazing feats of singing, dancing, and acting. Matilda the Musical is a celebration of the power of books, friendship, and courage, and a must-see for any Dahl fan.
The Lion King
The Lion King is one of the most successful and beloved musicals of all time, and for good reason. The show is a spectacular adaptation of the Disney animated film, with stunning costumes, puppetry, and scenery that bring the African savanna to life. The show also features the iconic music by Elton John and Tim Rice, including songs like “Circle of Life”, “Hakuna Matata”, and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”. The Lion King is a timeless tale of family, identity, and destiny, and a feast for the eyes and ears.
Cinderella is a classic fairy tale that has been told and retold in many different ways, but this version is unlike any other. This Cinderella is a fresh and funny take on the story, with a modern twist and a feminist edge. The show stars Carrie Hope Fletcher as the titular heroine, who dreams of becoming a fashion designer and escaping her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. The show also features Andrew Lloyd Webber as the composer, who has created a new score that blends pop, rock, and musical theatre. Cinderella is a fun and fabulous show that will make you laugh, cry, and cheer.
The Snowman is a magical and heartwarming show based on the Raymond Briggs book and film, which have become synonymous with Christmas. The show follows the adventures of a young boy and his snowman, who comes to life one night and takes him on a flying journey to the North Pole. The show features live music by a band and a soloist, who perform the famous song “Walking in the Air”. The show also features dance, acrobatics, and special effects that create a winter wonderland on stage. The Snowman is a show that will melt your heart and fill you with joy.
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong is a hilarious comedy that will make you laugh until you cry. The show is about a hapless amateur theatre company that tries to stage a murder mystery, but everything that can go wrong does go wrong. The show is full of mishaps, mistakes, and mayhem, as the actors struggle to keep the show going despite the collapsing set, missing props, and faulty sound effects. The Play That Goes Wrong is a show that celebrates the spirit of theatre, and the fun of making a fool of yourself.
London is the place to be for family-friendly theatre this Christmas, as it offers a variety of shows that will entertain, inspire, and delight you and your loved ones. Whether you choose to see one or more of these shows, you are guaranteed to have a memorable and magical time. So don’t miss this opportunity to experience the best of London theatre, and book your tickets now.