Christmas shows

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From the Australian Ballet to Brandenburg’s Noël!: the best live arts to stream this Christmas
Australia’s arts companies are streaming gorgeous productions this weekend. As a little Xmas treat, we’ve compiled some highlights

Elissa Blake

24, Dec, 2021 @2:04 AM

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‘There’s always been an affinity between Christmas and ghosts’: Mark Gatiss on the joy of festive frights
The writer and actor puts the ghoul into yule with screen and stage roles reprising haunting classics from Charles Dickens and MR James

Vanessa Thorpe

11, Dec, 2021 @3:33 PM

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From a joyous Mancunian Wiz to the most charming of Beasts – the best Christmas family shows
The Railway Children reduces our critic to tears, and a topical take on The Wizard of Oz blows her away as festive family shows return with a bang

Clare Brennan

05, Dec, 2021 @10:30 AM

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'Holding their nerve': Almeida reopens with play devised during lockdown
With auditions on Zoom, social distancing on stage and scenes that can be cut if an actor tests positive, Nine Lessons and Carols is a play for Covid times

Andrew Dickson

07, Dec, 2020 @3:07 PM

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The best family theatre for Christmas 2019
An exciting new adventure for Tiny Tim, a penguin chick with two daddies and a furry green grouch’s plot to steal Christmas are among the jolliest shows to unwrap this festive season

Chris Wiegand

23, Oct, 2019 @3:21 PM

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A Christmas Carol review – a real Dickens cracker
Sound, light and sets brilliantly convey Scrooge’s turn from miserliness to philanthropy in Neil Bartlett’s joyous adaptation

Clare Brennan

23, Dec, 2018 @8:00 AM

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A Christmas Carol review – Dickens's social ills touch the mind but not the heart
David Edgar’s lively adaptation for the RSC foregrounds the tale’s reforming message and features Phil Davis as a grotesquely good Scrooge

Michael Billington

07, Dec, 2017 @1:33 PM

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Hurry Up, Father Christmas! review – fun for all ages, with added flying veg
A harmless, sprout-hurling and highly interactive small-scale show to see you through the holiday period, writes Andrew Pulver

Andrew Pulver

22, Dec, 2014 @5:01 PM

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Bad boys: the secret world of the pantomime villain
Alfred Hickling: With panto season in full swing, three theatre baddies – including Nigel Havers, currently playing King Rat in Dick Whittington – open up about ‘the biggest ego-trip there is’

Alfred Hickling

22, Dec, 2014 @8:00 AM

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The Fourth Wise Man review – aimless trek through sandstorm and blizzard
The story of man struggling with his midlife crisis seems oddly pitched at an audience as young as four, writes Lyn Gardner

Lyn Gardner

21, Dec, 2014 @2:53 PM

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Beauty and the Beast review – panto starring Fairy Sponge and a giant eyeball
Peter Duncan’s take on the fairytale has the balance between kiddie and adult pleasures just about right, says Andrew Pulver

Andrew Pulver

18, Dec, 2014 @5:11 PM

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Get Santa review – not your average Christmas entertainment
A seven-year-old plans to trap Santa with crisps, glue and chilli powder in Anthony Neilson’s weird seasonal offering, writes Alfred Hickling

Alfred Hickling

17, Dec, 2014 @11:43 AM

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