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Must See Christmas Concerts and Shows for 2018

Is it still too early to mention *whispersChristmas?  I’m not sure many of us are fans of those that whip out the Christmas tree as soon as the fireworks have faded. However there are certain occasions when forward planning is essential and this festive season London will not disappoint with a host of stellar concerts and peformances planned.  So none of your Bah Humbugging – iceskates on or you’ll end up in the gods, stuck behind a pillar or left back at home watching Strictly.

Here’s a taster of what’s on offer and hopefully all bases are covered, whatever your age or fancy.

Family Fun

Nativity! The Musical

Nativity, The Musical! Eventim Apollo London
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Feel-good, funny and full of yuletide joy, this cracker of a musical is based on the Christmas film series.  Join Mr Maddens, crazy Mr Poppy, hilarous children and much sparkle and shine.

Eventim Apollo, 19 -31 December 2018

Circus 1903 

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If you’re not keen on the traditional panto (boo, hiss), why not branch out and experience the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a turn-of-the-century circus.  Circus 1903 has arrived fresh from the Paris Theatre in Las Vegas.  Expect to see sensational life-sized elephants stunningly created by puppeteers from War Horse, a huge cast of jaw-dropping and dangerous acts from all corners of the globe including acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, trapeze and high-wire performers and more. This captivating show is a kick back to the golden age of circus.

The Royal Festival Hall, 19 December 2018 – 5 January 2019

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol, The Old Vic London
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Christmas in London wouldn’t be complete without a visit from Ebenezer Scrouge. Filling the auditorium to the brim with mince pies, music and merriment, a unique staging immerses the audience in this uplifting story for everyone aged 8+.  There ‘s a strong cast too with Stephen Tompkinson tackling the role of Scrooge.

The Old Vic, 27 November 2018 – 19 January 2019

For the Grown-Ups

Briefs: Close Encounter

Briefs: Close Encounter Christmas In Leicester Square
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Grab Christmas by the baubles – the Briefs boys are back with a gloriously glittered brand of circus, drag, burlesque and comedy. Strictly for over 16s, it’s a show for the fun, and not fainthearted. This troupe have managed to bust every gender-conforming myth possible with their eclectic on-stage shenanigans, With their trademark skill and humour, they test the limits of masculinity, taste and decency.

Leciester Square, 9 November 2018 – 3 January 2019

Music and Lights

Christmas Festival at the Royal Albert Hall

Christmas at The Royal Albert Hall
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The iconic Royal Albert Hall lights up at Christmas time and their programme for this festive season offers something for everyone.  Choose from classical favourite Handel’s Messiah, festive films Home Alone and The Snowman accompanied by live music, two versions of A Christmas Carol, seasonal ballet The Nutcracker, traditional carol concerts and more.

Albert Hall, 1-31 December 2018

Ballet Shoes

The Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker

The Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House
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Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Mouse King, the Sugar Plum Fairy and a world where toys come to life all dancing to the sounds of Tchaikovsky’s score.

The Royal Opera House, 3 December 2018 -15 January 2019

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake at Sadler’s Wells Theatre
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Swan Lake returns with a fresh look for the 21st century. Retaining the iconic elements of the original, this version of Swan Lake is perhaps best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, shattering convention and taking the dance world by storm.

The Sadler’s Wells Theatre, 4 December 2018 – 27 January 

Panto Fun

Snow White

Snow White at the London Palladium
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Surely this must be the fairest panto of them all and this year the stars are all out to create a most lavish festive production.  So who can you expect to see? Dawn French stars alongside returning London Palladium pantomime royalty Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot joined by Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent & Flavia.

London Palladium, 8 December 2018 – 13 January 2019

Dick Whittington

Dick Whittinghton The Lyric Hammersmith
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This year Dick Whittington will be getting the full Lyric treatment. You can expect the usual mix of live music, crazy characters, singing, dancing, villainous baddies and heroic goodies with a little bit of feline flavour chucked in for good measure.

Lyric Hammersmith, 17 November 2018 – 6 Jauary 2019

Peter Pan on Ice

Peter Pan Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
©Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

J M Barrie’s well-loved story of Peter Pan takes to the ice at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. The award-winning Imperial Ice Stars comprise 24 World, European and National Championship-level skaters – including Olga Sharutenko from Dancing on Ice. They will have you on the edge of your seat with their exhilarating leaps, throws and spins, not to mention some daredevil aerial fighting!

Hyde Park, 22 November – 6 January

This is a mere soupçon of what is on offer this festive season in London. Christmas is an opportunity to enjoy time with friends, family and loved ones but to get the best seats in the house you’ll need to move fast.

The Wolseley and Coppa Club
From the top: ©Coppa Club & ©The Wolseley

If I’ve added to your infinite to-do list then contact Buy Time and a VA can take care of all the arrangements – from short-listing shows, booking tickets, arranging taxis and researching restaurants.  All you need to do is turn up looking dashing and glamerous – oh we can help with that too!

Get in touch with Buy Time today to discuss your requirements – info@buy-time.co.uk or  0203 292 0566

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