An overview of the Christmas show from south-west London

Presents an overview of Christmas shows in south west London this Christmas season.

The Albany: The Snow Queen, December 4th – 31st

The timeliness of changeable weather is not lost on the Wrongsemble theater company in this modern, sustainable version of a classic fairy tale. Billed as suitable for ages 4-104 years, it promises Christmas Eve musical escapism for parents and children.

Wandsworth Civic Suite: Aladdin, 7 – 19 December

Wandsworth Council and Enable Leisure and Culture have devised a utilitarian, affordable rendition of the proven pantomime. Steps have been taken to ensure inclusivity with sensory performance and a space for relaxation.

Lyric Hammersmith Theater: Aladdin, Nov. 19 – Jan. 2

Cheese, slapstick and the audience’s call and response is a shoo-in here, as well as some modern twists like Aladdin in tracksuit. Expect lively seasonal fun for the whole family, especially now that we can leave our houses again.

New Wimbledon Theater: A Christmas Carol, November 29 – December 4

This two-handed player sees a pair of teasers from The Dickens Theater Company take on over 30 different roles. Expect authenticity, but also an acknowledgment from the actors that they are staging a play.

GENIE IN A BOTTLE: Poster for Aladdin at the Civic Suite, Wandsworth. Credit: Enable marketing

Online: A Christmas Carol, December 1st – 31st

Do you long to combine the experiences with eating out, going to the theater and staying in? Creation Theater has teamed up with Hawksmoor steak restaurant to deliver a three-course home-cooked meal, designed to accompany a streaming version of this seasonal staple.

Theater Peckham: The Wonderful, December 1st – 22nd

This show is a new take on the iconic imagination of L. Frank Baum and has been dubbed ‘Wizard of Oz meets Black Panther’. It takes place in a takeaway shop and an Afro-futuristic version of Land of Oz, and deals with themes of identity and self-determination.

Rose Theater: Beauty and the Beast, December 3 – January 3

Critics have praised the Kingston power plant’s winter shows for their sophisticated and sheer entertainment value. Thespians from its youth theater plays alongside a cast of established professionals.

Battersea Arts Center: Sleeping Beauty & The Beast, November 26 – December 30

In a mashup of pantomime trophies and characters, a crazy tale centers on Goodie-versity: an institute of reformed evil, run by Rector Beast and Belle. Audience participation is inevitable as you are encouraged to help solve a Christmas mystery.

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