Top Ten London Christmas Shows

Top 10 London Christmas Shows 2015

To Do List can’t wait for Christmas – endless mulled wine, cheesy music, mince pies and jazzy jumpers!

But of course, what we’re most excited about are all the shows that the Christmas season brings! We’ve picked out the best of the bunch, including quirky theatre, edgy cabaret, seasonal spectaculars and downright cheeseathons – not to mention the obligatory pantos!

hoxton hall vs wiltons music hall - London Christmas Shows

Music Hall Panto Wars | Hoxton Hall & Wilton’s Music Hall

The magic of music hall is alive and well in East London and 2015 is the first year for both Hoxton Hall and Wilton’s Music Hall. Hoxton is going for a more contemporary style with aerial circus whilst Wilton’s is going for the full on variety experience with Roy Hudd. Both shows are a great chance to support these historic halls.

Hackney Honky Tonk Duckie - London Christmas Shows

Hackney Honky Tonk | Friday 18 & Saturday 19 December, 7pm

Why not do something good for others this Christmas & volunteer at Duckie’s Christmas bash for homeless people & those in needy circumstances in Hackney.

Please note this show is not for the public but you can volunteer.

Jack and The Beanstalk - Hackney Empire - London Christmas Shows

Jack and The Beanstalk | Hackney Empire | Sat 21 Nov – Sun 3 Jan | From £10 (+fees)

The inimitable Clive Rowe returns to the best panto in London. Expect outrageous laughs from director/writer Susie McKenna, and some star turns from fellow Olivier nominee, The Bodyguard’s Debbie Kurup & the hilarious Jocelyn Jee Esien!

Kim Noble You're Not Alone - Soho Theatre - London - Christmas Shows

You’re Not Alone by Kim Noble | Soho Theatre | Tue 8 Dec – Sat 9 Jan, 7.15pm | £20/15

Bored of panto? Sick of the endless advertising?

Try this for a divinely different festive mindf*ck! Kim Noble examines the essence of loneliness at the time when so many feel so lonely. London Christmas shows don’t get much darker than this!

La Soiree - London Christmas Shows

La Soirée | Spiegeltent at Southbank Centre | Until Sun 17 Jan 2016 | From £15

The return of our favourite of all classic London Christmas shows; La Soirée is a madcap variety show packed full of raunchy acts and delightful oddballs! New faces this year include Miss Frisky (from Frisky & Mannish Fame) who does an outstanding Kate Bush surprise & Yammel Rodriguez a cuban cigar smoking siren on a single strap (pictured above with ‘The Incredible Rubberman’ Captain Frodo).

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho - London Christmas Shows

Margaret Thatcher Queen Of Soho | Leicester Square Theatre | Thu 3-Sat 5  December| £15

Disco Queen Margaret Thatcher, in some people’s eyes the perfect pantomime dame, is back with extra sparkle for 3 special shows.

A riot of counterfactual story-telling, as Maggie takes centre-stage in a kaleidoscope of witty one-liners, merciless caricature and a good few song-and-dance routines… It’s what she would have wanted!

Peter Pan Goes Wrong - London Christmas Shows

Peter Pan Goes Wrong | Apollo Theatre | Fri 4 Dec – Sat 31 Jan | From £25

‘Once again the members of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society battle against technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes. Will they ever make it to Neverland?’

Who could resist!

Slava's Snowshow - London Christmas Shows

Slava’s Snowshow | Southbank Centre | Weds 16 Dec 2015 – Sun 3 Jan 2016 | From £20

Clowns have never been this genuine, beautiful and mischievous. This show will take children and adults alike back into a childhood dreamscape of awe and wonder.

Top tip: Avoid the balcony & rear stalls for the full on experience.

The Lorax - London Christmas Shows

The Lorax | The Old Vic |Thu 3 Dec 2015 – Sat 16 Jan 2016 | From £12

‘Inspired by Dr. Seuss’s classic tale, The Lorax tells of a moustachioed and cantankerous critter who’s on a mission to protect the earth from the greedy, tree-chopping, Thneed-knitting businessman known only as The Once-ler.’

We can’t wait to see David Greig & Max Webster’s interpretation of Dr Seuss’s delightfully odd tale.

Weirdos for Christmas number 1. an alternative pantomime | Throgmortons | Tue 8 – Fri 11 Dec | £11 (10 goes to charity innit)

The weirdos are back for Christmas and they’re going for CHRISTMAS NUMBER ONE. Join a huge gang including: Ali Brice, Beth Vyse, Gareth Morinan, Pat Cahill, John Kearns, Katia Kvinge, Let Luce, Joz Norris, Laurence Owen, William Lee and Eleanor Morton and help raise £££ for Great Ormond Street.

Your reward for getting this far…TWO BONUS BALLS!

The Insatiable, Inflatable Candylion | The SSE SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff | Mon 16 Dec-Sat 2 Jan | From £10

Welsh misfit Gruff Rhys’ (Super Furry Animals) uses his seminal album, Candylion to create a fusion of wacky theatre, music & spectacle in lovely Cardiff.

the night before christmas - London Christmas Shows

The Night Before Christmas | Gary’s Warehouse, Bermondsey | Sat 5- Sat 19 Dec | £15/20

The ultimate anti-panto from Anthony Neilson brought to life by Different Breed and featuring some great post theatre ents including Tina Tea Lady & Marcel Lucont.

Rupert Dannreuther

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I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.