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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...
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...
"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...
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...
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...
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...
Surfaces all the Way Down: The Shape of Things at the Arcola Theatre

It's quite possible to find LaBute's play unpleasant, insincere and glib. Yet as this solid revival shows it remains difficult to resist. At the Arcola Theatre.

Wednesday 11th December 2013 Read more...
The People's Theatre: The Night Before Christmas at Chickenshed Theatre

Twenty some years after Princess Diana helped a group of young actors save The Night Before Christmas, Chickenshed Theatre's inclusive values hold true. A Christmas show that signs the way to a more compassionate society – with lots of exciting theatre along the way.

Tuesday 10th December 2013 Read more...
Bonny but not blithe: Much Ado About Nothing (for Christmas!) at the Park Theatre

Slightly unremarkable is probably the most fitting way to describe ACS Random's production of this much loved Shakespeare play. The intriguing idea of setting the piece in a 1940s post-war setting is sunk by unnecessary sincerity and not enough sparkiness. At the Park Theatre.

Tuesday 10th December 2013 Read more...
Only an elf stirred: The Night Before Christmas at Soho Theatre

Twas the Night Before Christmas, when all through the warehouse, only an elf was stirring... This is the set-up for surreal writer Anthony Neilson's characteristically original take on the conventions of Christmas shows. At the Soho Theatre.

Tuesday 10th December 2013 Read more...
Dame for a laugh!: Jack Off the Beanstalk at Above The Stag Theatre

What's dirty and smells and makes you laugh out loud? Yes, it's the annual bawdy pantomime from Above The Stag at a brand spanking new Vauxhall venue.

Monday 9th December 2013 Read more...
Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life: Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory

The Menier does it again with a rollicking production of Candide that carries you along on a tidal wave of sumptuous ensemble singing: a grand and glorious romp for the Christmas season.

Sunday 8th December 2013 Read more...
Treat everyone as if they're Andrew Lloyd Webber: Ushers: The Front of House Musical at the Hope Theatre

The brand new Hope Theatre is hosting the world premiere of Yiannis Koutsakos and James Oban's first show. The idea of putting ushers in the spotlight is either brilliant or dreadful, depending on your point of view, but here it works startlingly well, combining deliciously bitchy satire with some catchy songs and likeable characters.

Saturday 7th December 2013 Read more...
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