Five great shows in London this festive season

It’s December, the Christmas lights are up, and it’s high-time we previewed the hottest entertainment offerings on the local theatre circuit. Fortunately, there’s something for everyone in London this year.

The Snow Gorilla

Sunny is the hero of this charming story – a young gorilla who embarks on the adventure of a lifetime when he discovers the circus. Show-goers can look forward to amazing African acrobats, Spanish Flamenco, jugglers, contortionists and daring aerialists, as well as a great storyline complete with love, friendship and mystery.

“Your kids will love The Snow Gorilla,” says The Surrey Comet, while Broadway World describes the show as “part love story, part pantomime, part circus and part special effects fest – it’s all entertaining for all the family.”

  • When: 29 Nov to 5 Jan
  • Where: Rose Theatre, Kingston
  • Tickets: Start at £17.50 per person
  • Who: Kids of all ages, young-at-heart adults
1st Contact previews five great shows in London this festive season.

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The Book of Mormon

Written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon is razor-sharp, extremely witty and downright dirty. It has won nine Tony awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards and twelve Drama Desk Awards. Not for the sensitive, this is definitely a show for adults who are not put off by crude language!

  • When: On until 3 May 2014
  • Where: Prince of Wales Theatre, 31 Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS
  • Tickets: Start at £60
  • Who: Adults who don’t mind a bit of smut
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We Will Rock You

Ben Elton’s futuristic story of rebellion set to the music of Queen is still running and is worth a watch if you haven’t seen it yet. Galileo and Scaramouche live on the planet Mall, where musical instruments are banned by the horrid Killer Queen. This is the quintessential magical musical journey that comes with a couple of good laughs in between.

  • When: 4 Dec to 5 April
  • Where: Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 7AQ
  • Tickets: Start from £22.49
  • Who: Queen fans, musical lovers
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The Nutcracker

This classic ballet set to the well-known Tchaikovsky score is the story of a young girl who, one Christmas Eve, finds herself in a fantastical world where toys have become larger than life.

There are two different shows at two different venues:

The Nutcracker at London’s Coliseum with the English National Ballet

  • When: Until 5 Jan 2014
  • Tickets: £25-£74.50

The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House with the Royal Ballet

  • When: Until 16 Jan 2014
  • Tickets: £24-£112
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The Night Before Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve and someone dressed as an elf is breaking into Gary’s warehouse. This is a quirky, modern-day take on the classic tale and features stars like Rebecca Atkinson from Shameless alongside Navin Chowdhry, Craig Gazey and Craig Kelly.

  • Where: Soho Theatre, 21 Dean St, W1D 3NE
  • When: 3 Dec to 5 Jan
  • Who: Anyone aged 15+ who enjoys a bit of a song and dance.
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