What To Watch On Stage December 2023

As Panto Season Continues we have some great shows to choose from this month!

Let us know if anything tickles your fancy this season.

Refilwe – By Bisola Alabi. Directed by Hannah Azieb Pool

Join 13-year-old Refilwe, her aunty Agnus and their new friend Tumi as they use dance moves, riddles and magic hair to escape the British Museum after closing time.

Inspired by Zukiswa Wanner’s southern African retelling of the classic fairy-tale Rapunzel, a family adventure about home, hair and connecting with your roots, for audiences aged seven and older, with all performances presented in a relaxed environment.

Refilwe runs 2nd-10th December 2023 @ Bernie Grant Arts Centre. 13th-17th December 2023 @ National Youth Theatre. 20th-23rd December 2023 @ Talawa Theatre Company.


Aladdin – Directed by and starring Clive Rowe.

Aladdin dreams of finding love and making his fortune. When he discovers an enchanted lamp and meets a mysterious genie, it looks like all of his wishes are going to come true. But are they, or will forces of evil stand in the way…?

Aladdin runs Friday 8th – Sunday 31st December @ Hackney Empire.


White Christmas – Starring Sandra Marvin

Former soldiers turned successful showbiz duo Bob and Phil are on the lookout for a new act. On meeting singing sisters Betty and Judy they are immediately smitten.

When the four wind up performing a gig together at a remote Vermont ski resort, they discover that the hotel is owned by the boys’ old army commander. But the place is on the verge of bankruptcy thanks to an unseasonal lack of snow.

Can the talented foursome transform the lodge’s fortunes in time for Christmas? And will the snow start to fall?

White Christmas runs Saturday 9 Dec 2023 – Saturday 13 Jan 2024 @ Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.


Jack and the Beanstalk – Written and Directed by Susie Mckenna

Jack, his Mum and their cow Caroline live in the Kingdom of Lewishfarm and life is tough; the people are poorer, and the rich are getting richer.

Everyone is at the mercy of Giant Blunderbore and his evil cockroach henchman Boris (who, by the way, secretly wants to destroy humanity). Will Jack fulfil his destiny? Will Caroline the Cow become a TikTok star? Will Jack’s Mum find love in the audience?

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk runs December 13th – December 31st @ Catford Broadway Theatre


Queens of Sheba by Jessica L. Hagan and Ryan Calais Cameron

Turned away from a nightclub for being “too black”, four women take to the stage with their own explosive true stories: the music and the misogyny, the dancing and the drinking, the women and, of course, the (white) men.

Loosely based on the DSTRKT nightspot incident of 2015, it tells the hilarious, moving and uplifting stories of four passionate Black women battling everyday misogynoir; where sexism meets racism.

Queens of Sheba is a co-production between Soho Theatre and Nouveau Riche.

Queens of Sheba runs Monday 18th – Saturday 23rd December @ Soho Theatre, Dean Street.


Macbeth Starring Cush Jumbo & Moyo Akande Ross

A spellbinding story of love and murder, the renewing power of nature, and of the internal struggles of a damaged man as he tries to control his destiny. This bracingly fresh production of the Scottish play uses binaural sound technology to place us inside the minds of the Macbeths, asking are we ever really responsible for our actions?

Macbeth runs Friday 8th December 2023 – Saturday 10th February 2024 @ Donmar Warehouse Theatre.


Rapunzel – Written by Geoffrey Aymer and directed by Suzann McLean

While some crave material wealth, it’s actually those with richness of soul who can overcome any adversity!
You’ve heard of his-story; you’ve heard of her-story; well, get ready for hair-story!

Get your bonce in locs-step with Theatre Peckham this Christmas as we weave and style this modern-day hairy tale with a few twists. Let Rapunzel and friends sprinkle a little Barnet Magic on you!

Rapunzel runs Tuesday 5th – Sunday 24th December @ Theatre Peckham


Brief Encounter – Starring Baker Mukasa and Hannah Azuonye.

In a busy railway station, where everyone is simply passing through, Laura and Alec find each other. Falling passionately and wildly in love in a few stolen moments they live and breathe a lifetime of epic emotions, reawakening everything they buried deep inside. Together they find themselves in a bittersweet, hopelessly romantic, elegantly awkward love affair.

Brief Encounter runs Friday 8th December – Saturday 13th January 2024 @ Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

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