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Sugarplum doggy: Dogs Don't Do Ballet at the Little Angel Theatre

A playful adaption of Anna Kemp's 2010 children's book of the same name, the puppetry piece Dogs Don't Do Ballet had a sell out run last year. With its unbounded playfulness it's not hard to see why. At the Little Angel Theatre.

Monday 23rd December 2013 Read more...
The rationalists have all the fun: Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People at the Bloomsbury Theatre

Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People at the Bloomsbury Theatre provides an alternative take on seasonal entertainment with a jam-packed, humorous and hugely inspirational feast of ideas.

Thursday 19th December 2013 Read more...
Thrills and frivolities in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake

Matthew Bourne’s company is back at Sadler’s Wells this month, with its award winning production of Swan Lake. An expected box office sell-out for the theatre that housed the premiere in 1995, and an exciting opportunity for dance lovers to see again the show that once took London by storm.

Wednesday 18th December 2013 Read more...
Beyond happy!: Told by an Idiot's Get Happy at the Barbican

Our reviewer Josey takes eight-year-old Henry to Told By An Idiot's latest production, a collaboratove adventure-cum-panto-cum-circus show, with a giant egg sandwich thrown in. At the Barbican Centre.

Tuesday 17th December 2013 Read more...
Dark doings and darker sounds: Crows' Bones at Spitalfields Music Winter Festival

Crows' Bones puts together a series of murderous folk ballads which made for an eerie, atmospheric evening – yet never quite come to life. Part of the Spitalfields Music Winter Festival.

Tuesday 17th December 2013 Read more...
Messing about in boats: the Wind in the Willows at the Duchess

Acclaimed choreographer Will Tuckett's version of children's classic The Wind in the Willows is a slice of theatrical magic. Marianka Swain reviews at the Duchess Theatre

Tuesday 17th December 2013 Read more...
"This is a Regency drama, not a...": Pride and Prejudice, the Panto at the Cockpit Theatre

Returning after a successful run at the White Bear last year, Pride and Prejudice, the Panto is a fun mash-up of Regency poise and festive silliness. The adaptation by Heather Remington and James Walker-Black manages to tick all the traditional panto boxes while keeping reasonably faithful to the plot of the novel, and works in a few surprises on the way. At the Cockpit Theatre.

Monday 16th December 2013 Read more...
All's Well: The Middlemarch Trilogy: Fred and Mary at the Orange Tree Theatre

Lighter than the other parts of Geoffrey Beevers' adaptation of Middlemarch, the story of Fred and Mary is heartwarming, funny, smart and even a smidgen allegorical – just right for Christmas. At the Orange Tree Theatre.

Monday 16th December 2013 Read more...
Fish out of Water: Blind Tiger’s The Little Mermaid at Riverside Studios

Blind Tiger's dark, moody, angst-ridden Little Mermaid is an informative and intriguing watch. But be warned: it's not exactly Christmas (or children's) fare. At Riverside Studios.

Sunday 15th December 2013 Read more...
All wired up: Peter Pan Goes Wrong at the Pleasance Theatre

Mischief Theatre's comedic take on J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, as performed by the fictional Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, is a virtuosic farrago of ridiculous acting, lethal props, genuinely alarming flying sequences and total thespian mayhem which left me frequently helpless with laughter. At the Pleasance Theatre.

Saturday 14th December 2013 Read more...
English National Ballet's Edwardian Nutcracker: The Nutcracker at the London Coliseum

English National Ballet has performed The Nutcracker every year since it was founded in 1950. The latest version, by former company artistic director Wayne Eagling, had a rather traumatic creation but the old-fashioned Edwardian Nutcracker has become a favourite. At the London Coliseum.

Friday 13th December 2013 Read more...
The Royal Ballet's Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Opera House

This classic, packed with action and drama, always offers a good night out. Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta made this particular night one to remember. At the Royal Opera House.

Friday 13th December 2013 Read more...
Renaud Wiser has the weight of Rambert behind him: Renaud Wiser Dance Company Double Bill - Metropolis and Skin Walkers at Rich Mix

Budding young choreographer Renaud Wiser presents two dynamic, experimental pieces, his choreography bearing the hallmark of his dancing experience. At Rich Mix.

Friday 13th December 2013 Read more...
Sam Green remembers Buckminster Fuller, with Yo La Tengo

Sam Green here turns documentary into live performance, separating and reforming the constituent parts to create an event out of understanding. His subject is Buckminster Fuller, seminal post-war American thinker, architect and designer.

Friday 13th December 2013 Read more...
Never mind the politics, watch the slapstick: The Duck House at the Vaudeville Theatre

If you're looking for broad custard-pie-in-the-face farce, you'll love The Duck House. If you're expecting political satire, you'll be disappointed. At the Vaudeville Theatre. 

Friday 13th December 2013 Read more...
Not Just for Kids: Aladdin at the New Wimbledon Theatre

Two genies equals double the fun in this laugh-filled, star-studded and pop-packed version of Aladdin, with Jo Brand and Matthew Kelly. At the New Wimbledon Theatre.

Thursday 12th December 2013 Read more...
All great expectations and no hard times: Dickens Abridged at the Arts Theatre

This latest venture from the founder of the Reduced Shakespeare Company tells the life story of Charles Dickens through his greatest works, in an evening of song, dance and some colourful characters. At the Arts Theatre.

Thursday 12th December 2013 Read more...
Nation Painting: Namatjira at the Southbank Centre

This play, which tells the story of Albert Namatjira, the first indigenous Australian painter to win international acclaim, premiered in Alice Springs in late 2009 and has since toured Australia. Now this fascinating story comes to London. At the Southbank Centre. 

Thursday 12th December 2013 Read more...
A New Adventure: The Jungle Book at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre

Our reviewer takes Alannah (aged ten) and James (five) to a new version of The Jungle Book, with wonderful wild animals and a pretty convincing jungle for above a pub. At the Lion and Unicorn Theatre.

Thursday 12th December 2013 Read more...
A December Trip to the Seaside: Mr and Mrs Moon at Stratford Circus

This gentle interactive show for young children creates a theatre of the senses with imaginative depth – and a huge balloon. At Stratford Circus.

Thursday 12th December 2013 Read more...
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