14 Incredible London Christmas Shows 2014

14 Incredible London Christmas Shows 2014

This Christmas, why not escape the dire TV selection & enjoy a world of London Christmas shows – packed to the brim with all the yummy stuffing you can take!

On The Table, Under the Bed | Waterhouse Theatre | 11-30 Dec | £ Varies

If you see one show this Christmas, make sure it’s On The Table, Under The Bed. This show is the first to be performed at the new Waterhouse Theatre, a floating boat theatre near Victoria Park. Vacuum Theatre are sure to surprise with a quirky take on the traditional Christmas dinner…

La Soiree | Spiegeltent at Southbank Centre | Until 11th January | From £15

Our favourite variety show packed full of raunchy acts and delightful oddballs returns – and we can’t wait to see it! New faces this year include Puddles Pity Party, the sad clown with a great voice, Saulo & Anna with their electrifying flying aerial pole & Tanya Gagné from The Wau Wau Sisters!

Mother Goose | Hackney Empire | Until 4 Jan | From £10

The inimitable Clive Rowe returns to the best panto in London. Expect outrageous laughs from director/writer Susie McKenna, and some star turns from the cheeky chappie Kat B & soulful tones of Sharon D Clarke!

Golem | Young Vic | Until 17 January | From £10

Dark animation theatre pioneers 1927 are back with the bitter-sweet tale of Golem. The show asks what happens when man and machine intertwine. Expect gorgeous graphics, quirky performances & a festive mindfuck…

A Christmas Tail – Weirdos Comedy Panto | Heroes Grotto of Comedy at Throgmorton’s | 9-13 Dec | £10

The third annual Weirdos Alternative Panto features a cast including (probably) Ali Brice, Ben Target, Beth Vyse, John Kearns, Pat Cahill, Gareth Morinan, Marny Godden, Adam Larter, & Matthew Highton. Story details are scarce, but expect something suitably crazy, kooky, offbeat and downright brill!

Apocalypse Meow: Crisis is born | Southbank Centre | 16-29 Dec | £19

Non-traditional holiday cheer from the diva chanteuse who stole our hearts. Expect sensational seasonal songs, a sizzling hot band, surprising stocking stuffers, extra-special guests & diabolical theatricality from the queen of cabaret!

Robin Ince’s Christmas Science Ghosts | Bloomsbury Theatre | 15-21 Dec | £25/15

Robin Ince channels A Christmas Carol as he visits the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come with the help of some top name special guests from the fields of comedy and science, including Phil Jupitus, Josie Long, Mary Beard, Stewart Lee, Professor Steve Jones and more…

Winterville Spiegeltent | Victoria Park | 2 Dec – 1 Jan | £Varies

Forget Winter Wonderland, and head east for the new Christmas village on the block. At the heart of a festive fun-land packed with an ice rink, fun fair, market stalls, free evening activities and more mulled wine than you could shake a gift-filled stocking at, is the Winterville Spiegeltent. The line-up includes Cirque du Cabaret, Cutting Off Kate Bush, Gay Bingo, Bears on Ice, Sink the Pink, and Supreme Fabulettes…

The Hidden House | Westfield Stratford | Until 4 Jan | From £8

Westfield shopping center isn’t just a Christmas shopping heaven/hell – it’s also home to The Hidden House, an immersive experience through a maze inspired by the tales of The Brothers Grimm. Investigate the sudden disappearance of Red Riding Hood, and expect a whole host of fairytale-themed surprises!

The Night Before Winterval | Roundhouse | 12-20 Dec | From £12.50

Dusty Limits writes and directs this neo-cabaret evening of anti-entertainment, led by London’s original cabaret antichrist, David Hoyle. Along for the merry sleigh ride are Fancy Chance, Kalki Hula, Tom Baker, and The Ungewinster.

Kristmas Karaoke | BGWMC | 15-17 Dec | From £10

They Say: Award-winning Lisa Stansfield impersonator Scottee teams up with low-rent Mel and Sue lookalikes Bourgeois & Maurice for three nights of ear splintering, glass shattering Kristmas Karaoke joy. No piano politics. No autobiographical soul-searching. Just the best-worst karaoke songs ever written, with YOU at the mic.

Lionboy | Tricycle Theatre | 17 Dec – 10 Jan | From £13

Strokey-chin theatre makers Complicité present Lionboy, an imaginative, mind-blowing family adventure about Charlie – a perfectly normal boy, who just happens to be able to talk to cats. Teaming up with a circus and a floating circus and a pride of lions, Charlie must set out to rescue his kidnapped parents…

The Shinky Shonky Christmas Cracker | The Black Cap | 1 Dec

They Say: Festive beats on the tinsel-trimmed wheels of steel courtesy of Albert Twatlock and Boogaloo Stu, spinning a non-stop cornucopia of pop party classics!

Showbiz veterans Boogaloo Stu & Special Guests take to the stage for late-nite Christmas cabaret capers, smutty sing-a-longs and naughty-botty showbiz shenanigans!

Mrs Hudson’s Christmas Corker | Wilton’s Music Hall | 2-31 Dec | From £20

Need a Sherlock fix this Christmas? Join his landlady Mrs Hudson for a good old Christmas knees-up. A music hall celebration of the Sherlock Homes legend, all aimed at giving you a Christmas party to remember. Expect tatty magicians, lady boxers, and a death-defying finalé perhaps…

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