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Winter Theatre Highlights

November 30th, 2017 | by Andy Currums

Winter Theatre Highlights

The winter nights are drawing in, couples huddle for warmth in bus stops whilst friends and relatives desperately seek out the perfect gift. As always, the theatre scene of London provides something for everyone and, to make your life a little easier, we’ve selected the ideal shows for the all the special someone's in your life.

  • For your free spirited Auntie – Follies at the National Theatre

    Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton star in this immaculate revival of Stephen Sodheim’s peerless musical. 30 years after their final performance, the Follies gather on stage of the Weismann Theatre to drink and reminisce. With Friday rush tickets being the only option now, be ready and poised on December 22nd to ensure you have tickets to hand over Christmas day. 

    For more information and tickets click here.

    National Theatre
  • For your high-brow in-laws – Amadeus at the National Theatre

    With live orchestral accompaniment from Southbank Sinfonia, this thrilling tale of jealousy, power and corruption is accessible enough for those wanting a good story, grand enough for those wanting spectacle and artsy enough for those with finer tastes.  Worth seeing for the performances by Adam Gillen and Lucian Msamati as Mozart and Salieri if nothing else.

    For more information and tickets click here.

    National Theatre
  • For your classics loving Mum – Macbeth at the National Theatre

    Starring two of the greatest working stage actors, Rory Kinnear and Ann-Marie Duff, perfectly cast as the doomed power couple and directed by the National’s Artistic Director Rufus Norris, this staging of Macbeth promises to be something incredibly special. 

    For more information and tickets click here.

    National Theatre
  • For your dead-trendy and forward thinking sister – John at the National Theatre

    Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning Annie Baker and transferring to London after a critically acclaimed run on Broadway, Baker’s new play has been hailed by some as her masterpiece. It is also the first play of hers to have a woman as the lead character and, unsurprisingly, Baker has crafted a protagonist who is rich, deep and complex. A play that will spark much discussion over post-show drinks.

    For more information and tickets click here.

    National Theatre
  • For your precocious nephew/niece – The Winter’s Tale at the National Theatre

    Introduce your extended family to the joys of Shakespeare with this child-friendly re-imagining of one of Shakespeare’s oft over-looked classics. The Winter’s Tale, of course, features one of the most infamous stage directions in history and seeing it translated to live performance is always a treat.

    For more information and tickets click here.

    National Theatre
  • For your slightly more timid nephew/niece – Night Light at Southbank Centre

    A gentle and humorous journey through the night from internationally renowned theatre makers Teater Refleksion and Andy Manley. An ideal way to introduce the younger members of your clan to the transporting and calming magic of theatre.

    For more information and tickets click here.

    Southbank Centre
  • For your “Look at me! Look at me!” nephew/niece - Ginger Johnson presents: Glamorous Gran! And other tall stories at Southbank Centre

    For the budding performer in your life, treat them to this wild and imaginative show from drag queen Ginger Johnson. Songs, shouting, sequins and story-telling for people aged seven and up, this is the perfect show for your younger relative who is destined for the limelight.

    For more information and tickets click here. 

    Southbank Centre
  • For your exhausted friend and their child who won’t sit still – Tidy Up at Southbank Centre

    Some children need to expend a huge amount of energy in order to sleep through the night and some parents will do near anything to make that a reality. Tidy Up is the perfect pairing of theatre and play that will enwrap children and ware them out.

    For more information and tickets click here.

    Southbank Centre
  • For your other half – A Christmas Carol at the Old Vic

    Starring Rhys Ifans as the curmudgeonly Scrooge, this new adaptation is as Christmas-y as they come. A classic tale of redemption and charity, enjoy with minced pies, lashing of mulled wine, frost-bitten walks along the Thames and plenty of Christmas cheer.

    For more information and tickets click here.

    The Old Vic
  • For your northern Dad – The Divide at the Old Vic

    Although he is the second most performed playwright in the world, and deservedly so, Alan Ayckbourn will forever remain of child of God’s own county. And, being from the North myself, I can say with some confidence that Ayckbourn is one of our proudest sons. His new work, a dystopian exploration of gender politics, moves away from the farce for which he is famous but keeps the deep character studies which have peppered his plays. Another example, as if it were ever needed, that people from the north are just better.

    For more information and tickets click here.

    The Old Vic
  • For yourself – Fanny and Alexander at the Old Vic

    Once all the madness, endless motorways and predictable moaning that come from driving around the country to fulfil familial obligation is over, remind yourself why it’s all worth it with this adaptation of the classic Ingmar Bergman film. Told in that swooping, glamorous way that only old films can be told, this beautiful play will remind you of the joys of childhood and the magic of family.

    For more information and tickets click here.

    The Old Vic

Find The Venues

  • 1 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 2 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 3 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 4 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 5 - National Theatre

    Upper Ground, South Bank
    London
    SE1 9PX 

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  • 6 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 7 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 8 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 9 - The Old Vic

    The Old Vic
    The Cut
    London
    SE1 8NB 

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  • 10 - The Old Vic

    The Old Vic
    The Cut
    London
    SE1 8NB 

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  • 11 - The Old Vic

    The Old Vic
    The Cut
    London
    SE1 8NB 

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