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Grumpy Gay Critic’s Christmas Show Advent Calendar – Week 1

christmas show Artwork for 'A Christmas Carol...More or Less'.
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Artwork for ‘A Christmas Carol…More or Less’.

In the words of Noddy Holder, “It’s Christmas!” So what Christmas show should you see in the run up to the seasonal grand finale?

With the first Sunday of Advent being this weekend, I think it’s safe to finally cry “Crimbo!” and let loose the reindeer of Santa. Here’s the first instalment of my Christmas show picks, some which I’ll be reviewing, and some that I won’t, but with plenty of variety to fill up your theatrical advent calendar.

1 December

A Christmas Carol…More Or Less

After last year’s stupendous It’s A Wonderful Life – The Radio Play (which is still touring to great acclaim), The Bridge House Theatre turn to off-the-rails farce for this year’s Christmas show, said to be a cross between Stones In His Pockets and Noises Off, with some Dickens thrown in for good measure!

30 November – 22 December at Bridge House Theatre, London, SE20 8RZ. Tickets are £15 (concessions available). To book, visit www.bhtheatre.com.

through the mill

Three for the price of one! Lucy Penrose (left), Belinda Wollaston (centre) and Helen Sheals (right). Photograph: Courtesy of Darren Bell.

2 December

Through the Mill

Not a Christmas show, but perhaps as “gay” as Christmas! Playwright Ray Rackham – one half of the creators of brilliant Apartment 40c invites you to meet Judy, Judy, and Judy, as they take you through three stages of “gay icon” Judy Garland’s life, with music from some of her greatest hits.

1 – 19 December at London Theatre Workshop, London, SW6 4SG. Tickets are £15. To book, visit www.londontheatreworkshop.com.

Read the full ★★★★☆ review!

What's in Sheila's box? Sheila Simmonds in "Sheila Simmonds Christmas Cracker".

What’s in Sheila’s box? Sheila Simmonds in “Sheila Simmonds Christmas Cracker”.

3 December

Sheila Simmonds’ Christmas Cracker

The Aussie queen of pink polyester and Werther’s Originals brings her five star festive award-nominated Christmas show back to the Leicester Square Theatre.

2 – 30 December at Leicester Square Theatre, London, WC2H 7BX. Tickets are £15. To book, visit www.leicestersquaretheatre.com.

4 December

Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho

Jon Brittain, who’s recent opus was the brilliant Rotterdamfound initial fame with this hoot of a political satire. Margaret Thatcher, on the eve of the Section 28 vote, gets lost in Soho and ends up staring in a drag cabaret. Not a Christmas show per se, but certainly glittery!

3 – 5 December at Leicester Square Theatre, London, WC2H 7BX. Tickets are £15. To book, visit www.leicestersquaretheatre.com.

cinderella and the beanstalk

Anarchy in panto-land. James James Dunnell-Smith (left), John Woodburn (centre) and Joshua George Smith (right). Photograph: Courtesy of Jack Sain.

5 December

Cinderella and The Beanstalk

Comedy trio, Sleeping Trees, return to Theatre503 with their acclaimed anarchic panto mash-up. Expect sublime silliness.

Watch the #FreshOffTheStalls video review and read the full ★★★★☆ review!

Until 2 January 2016 at Theatre503, London, SW11 3BW . Tickets are £15 (concessions available). To book, visit https://theatre503.com.

6 December

The Tiger Who Came To Tea
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What’s a tiger’s least favourite tea? CeyLION (sorry). Photograph: Courtesy of Bob Workman.

The Olivier Award nominated stage adaptation of the children’s book by Judith Kerr, comes back to the West End. It might not be the most Christmassy thing on the menu, but this family show is a perfect matinee for a grand seasonal family day out in London.

Watch the #FreshOffTheStalls video review and read the full ★★★★★ review!

Until 10 January 2016 at Lyric Theatre, London, W1D 7ES. Tickets are £18.50 – £22.50 (concessions and family rates available). To book visit www.nimaxtheatres.com.

Don’t forget to go and see what’s behind the doors in Week 2 of Grumpy Gay Critic’s Christmas Show Advent Calendar!