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BRIGHTER – Festive shows and events in the Angel
The festive season brings an abundance of shows, events and performances to the Angel. Below is just a selection of what’s on offer over the coming month!
Saturday 30 November – Chapel Market Christmas Cracker!
To celebrate the start of the festive season in Chapel Market, Islington Council is organising a ‘Christmas Cracker’ event on Saturday 30 November from 12 noon to 4pm. There will be festive tunes, free hot chestnuts and even an appearance by Father Christmas himself!
KING’S HEAD THEATRE – www.kingsheadtheatre.com
Until 11 January (various dates including ‘adult-only’ performances) – The Nativity Panto
Charles Court Opera return with their thirteenth gloriously festive boutique pantomime. This year, they’ve taken the story that sparked the season and sprinkled it with a generous helping of magic, whimsy and Christmas cheer to create their most joyous show yet. Join a cast of well known characters in this respectful yet irreverent spin on the nativity for a miraculous mix of jaw-dropping musical numbers, laugh-out-loud puns and – as always – the entirely unexpected! From adult only performances to young children’s matinees, The Nativity Panto is perfect for families, couples, groups of friends and office parties. Don’t miss this legendary London Christmas show, which will fill you with Myrr-th into the New Year and beyond!
SADLER’S WELLS – www.sadlerswells.com
3 December to 19 January – Matthew Bourne’s production of the The Red Shoes
A sell-out for its world premiere in 2016, Matthew Bourne’s triumphant adaptation of the legendary film returns to London, having won two Olivier Awards and dazzled audiences across the UK and the USA. The Red Shoes is a tale of obsession, possession and one girl’s dream to be the greatest dancer in the world. Victoria Page lives to dance but her ambitions become a battleground between the two men who inspire her passion.
LITTLE ANGEL THEATRE – www.littleangeltheatre.com
Until 2 February various performance dates) – The Pixie and the Pudding
It’s Christmas Eve on the farm, and the chickens, pigs and cows are fast asleep. Inside the farmhouse, the fire is roaring and a delicious, steaming pudding is left out on the windowsill… This brand new musical brings a tale from Scandinavian folklore to life with puppetry, original music and a sprinkling of pixie magic.
Thursday 19 December – Christmas Carol Concert
Join the festivities at Little Angel Theatre for an enchanting evening of classic and contemporary carols with plenty of opportunities to sing along. The night will be supported by the casts of the Christmas shows and some very special guests. Tickets include a complimentary glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and plenty of Christmas spirit. All the proceeds from the event go towards charitable projects.
OLD RED LION THEATRE – www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk/theatre.html
10 December to 4 January – Blood Orange
It’s Christmas eve in Swansea A&E and Amy has just vomited all over a doctor’s shoes. Amy is not a patient at the hospital. She’s a junior doctor. Amy is hoping to secure a transfer to Great Ormond Street Hospital. She can handle the long hours, the over-time and even the shame of vomiting on her colleague, but when assigned to a young boy with cancer, Amy finds herself confronted by childhood memories she thought she had long put to rest and the pressure begins to take its toll. Full of pathos, dry wit, and a twist of dark comedy, Amy’s story is a love letter to the NHS and a reminder that sometimes those who devote their lives to caring for others need to be cared for themselves.
THE ALMEIDA – www.almeida.co.uk
30 Nov to 25 January – The Duchess of Malfi
Almeida Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall follows her Olivier Award-winning production of Summer and Smoke and Three Sisters with The Duchess of Malfi, John Webster’s electrifying revenge tragedy about rage, resistance and a deadly lust for power. When the Duchess falls in love with her steward Antonio, her corrupt brothers embark on a chilling plot to destroy her marriage, power and agency. What begins as a jealous plan to extinguish her love becomes a bloodthirsty quest to extinguish her life.