Time&Leisure, Thursday 24 November 2016
It’s show time! Treat your friends and family to a night out at one of these fantastic Christmas shows
Join Dick and his feline friend Tommy on his fun-filled quest for fame and fortune. Will the streets really be paved with gold? Will he win the hand of the lovely Alice and will he defeat the dastardly King Rat? The best dame in the business, Matthew Kelly, returns to the New Wimbledon Theatre as Sarah the Cook along with a star cast to be announced – previous years have seen such stellar names as Verne Troyer, better known as Mini-Me from Austin
Powers, and Priscilla Presley of The Naked
9 December to 15 January; tickets £12 to £42
Merton-based Attic Theatre Company presents its flagship theatre production in the brand new Merton Arts Space, recreating the vivid world of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations within Wimbledon Library’s new artistic hub. Directed by Louise Hill, eight actors will perform ‘in the round’ to tell Dickens’ classic tale of romance, ruthless ambition and revenge.
30 November to 18 December; tickets £10-16
THE NIGHT THAT AUTUMN TURNED TO WINTER
Little Bulb Theatre conjures a magical woodland full of stories, songs and silliness at Battersea Arts Centre this Christmas. Children aged three to seven and their families will be transported to the night of the year when autumn leaves are touched by the first frost and the animals of the forest must rush
to get ready for the cold season ahead in a frenzy of nest building and nut gathering. A trio of multi-instrumentalist performers
transform from woodland wardens into a variety of animals, including hyperactive squirrels, suave foxes and a short-sighted owl. Original songs, engaging storytelling, puppetry and hand-knitted costumes bring plenty of other wintry surprises to life along the way.
3 December to 8 January; tickets £10
020 7223 2223
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
The Rose’s annual Christmas Show has become a much loved institution. This year’s play is a story of friendship and courage. The Wind in the Willows is brought to the stage in a glittering new production that promises festive madness for all ages and an enchanting ode to the wild banks of the River Thames. When Mole abandons his spring cleaning in search of adventure, little does he expect to be scooped-up by Ratty, Badger and the irrepressible Toad. From summer-days messing about in boats, to an automobile addiction and an evil invasion from the Wild Woods, Mole finds himself hurtling towards the historic Battle for Toad Hall.
6 December to 3 January; tickets £5 to £30
020 8174 0090
The classic tale of Sleeping Beauty arrives at Richmond this Christmas with Maureen Lipman starring as the Wicked Fairy and CBeebies presenter Chris Jarvis returning for a third year in the role of Chester the Jester. A spell has been cast over Princess Beauty by the Wicked Fairy sending her into a deep sleep – but can the spell be broken by a handsome Prince and will there be a happy ever after? Sumptuous sets, gorgeous fairytale costumes, big song and dance numbers, magic and bags of audience participation, all combine to make a great Christmas outing for all the family.
2 December to 8 January; tickets £17 to £44
Another outing for Dick W, this time from the same team behind previous productions at Dorking Halls of Cinderella and The Wizard of Oz. Dick Whittington tells the rags-to- riches tale of the eponymous hero and his hilarious cat, on a fun-packed journey to find fame and fortune in London. Starring CITV’s Chris Edgerley as Dick Whittington, Melissa Suffield (Lucy Beale from EastEnders) as Alice Fitzwarren and Richard Aucott as Sarah The Cook, this year’s panto will be packed full of laugh-out-loud comedy routines, stunning dances, show-stopping songs and heaps of audience participation… Oh yes it will!
17 to 28 December; tickets £16-£18 (adults)
DOWN’S SYNDROME ASSOCIATION CHRISTMAS CONCERT
This year’s Down’s Syndrome Association Christmas Concert at the Normansfield Theatre sees the Voices of Lions Choir from Hampton Boys School (finalists of the BBC Choir of the Year 2015), Larondina Dance Company and the Marble Hill Singers all performing at this popular annual concert that raises money for the Down’s Syndrome Association.
2 December; tickets £12.50 (concessions £10)
SANTA AND THE CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE 2016
The producers of the Santa Adventures are back in Epsom this Christmas for their fourth year with this must see interactive show – a magical Christmas experience with songs, stories, a meet and greet with Santa Claus himself and a free gift.
9 to 24 December; tickets £12.50