What To Watch On Stage December 2020

As the countdown to Christmas begins …

… Seasonal classics take to the stage, with the National Theatre staging their annual pantomime and Winter classics, such as A Christmas Carol and The Snow Queen being streamed to your home. Alongside family-friendly shows, this month’s selection also features Talawa Theatre Company’s latest production and a new burlesque show from the legendary Cocoa Butter Club…

Tales from the Front Line…and other stories by Talawa Theatre Company

In the wake of the Windrush Scandal and the global Black Lives Matter movement, the Covid-19 pandemic has presented an additional challenge to Black key and front-line workers’ perceptions of belonging, leading many to demand that a changed society must emerge from it. Exposing the exhaustion of Black front-line workers, and their glimmering hope for a better future, Tales from the Front Line … and other stories uses verbatim interviews to explore the historic Covid-19 crisis and its seismic impact on those at the front line of the pandemic.

The first two films were released on 30th November 2020. Further episodes will follow in January and March 2021.

Find out more here.


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Creation Theatre

This brand new adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ is filled with storytelling, songs, and magic, and features Le Gateau Chocolat as the Good Witch. Audiences across the globe will be invited to escape reality and journey together to the magical Emerald land; where, along with the Scarecrow, Lion, Tin Man, and many more dreamlike characters, they will work together to get Dorothy back home

Livestreaming from 19th December 2020 – 3rd January 2021.

Find out more here.


Nine Lessons and Carols by Rebecca Frecknall, Chris Bush and Company

Nine Lessons and Carols is a play about connection and isolation, about lighting a candle to see us through the longest night, about what we hold on to when we cannot hold each other. The play is devised by a company of six actors, including Naana Agyei-Ampadu (Caroline or Change) and Toheeb Jimoh (Anthony).

Playing at the Almeida Theatre from 3rd December 2020 – 9th January 2021.

Find out more here.


The Snow Queen by Iris Theatre

This one-woman show sees Leda Douglas playing Holly, a girl who reads the stories that get delivered to her door – except the latest story she has been delivered is so cold that the pages are frozen together! This magical, snow-filled adventure, inspired by the classic fairy tale
The Snow Queen features innovative new technology and audience interaction, and families can download a free activity pack filled with fun games and craft ideas based on the show.

Livestreaming from 19th-26th December.

Find out more here.


In Camera: A Christmas Carol by Jack Thorne

Unsurprisingly, as December comes around a whole host of productions of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol are being staged. This production, starring Clive Rowe, Gloria Obianyo, Maria Omakinwa, and Golda Rosheuvel, was first staged in 2017 to rave reviews and is sure to bring the magic of Christmas into your home this December.

Livestreaming from The Old Vic from the 12th-24th December.

Find out more here.


Dick Whittington by Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd

Starring Lawrence Hodgson-Mullings (The Panopticon), Georgina Onuorah, and Cleve September (Hamilton), this hilarious and heartfelt panto is packed with the cheekiest of jokes, the chattiest of animals, the awesomest of songs, and the messiest of silliness.

Playing at the National Theatre from 11th December 2020 – 23rd January 2021.

Find out more here.


The Black Burlesque Revue by The Cocoa Butter Club

Powerful, political, provocative performances; Burlesque is known for having it all! Over 2 nights, the Bridge Theatre is home to The Black Burlesque Revue’ 9– the 5-star production conceptualised by the UK’s own ‘Soul Sista of Burlesque‘ Demi Noire and produced by The Cocoa Butter Club.

It’s a call to decolonise, moisturise and, on this very special occasion, mesmerise, with performances that proudly platform the legacy of Burlesque Artists of African and Caribbean descent. Revel in the rhythm and soak up the stories, because you can’t buy soul, but you sure can watch it.

Playing at the Bridge Theatre on 28th and 29th December.

Find out more here.





Rapunzel by Johnny McKnight, Apphia Campbell, Uma Nada-Rajah, Morna Pearson, Stef Smith, Meghan Tyler, and Anita Vettesse

Starring Amber Sylvia Edwards (20th Century Boy), Michelle Chantelle Hopewell (Matilda), and Reuben Joseph (Midsummer) amidst a cast of eight actors, Rapunzel is a celebration of theatricality, music, and storytelling that allows us to hear from all previously unheard characters– like the hairdresser who made it her life’s mission to track Rapunzel down or Rapunzel’s twin brother who’s terrified he’s going to have to take the throne if his sister isn’t found or the six-foot all singing, all dancing rose in the garden whose psychic visions are going to save the day…

This very special online festive show has been filmed in the beautiful surrounds of Stirling Castle and comes with a free, fun, festive activity pack for families to enjoy over the holiday period.

Streaming on the National Theatre of Scotland website from 23rd December 2020 – 4th January 2021.

Find out more here.

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