Christmas is coming…
…and what better way to enjoy it than by finding a rare theatrical gem to entertain you this festive season. Here at the Ginger Wig & Strolling Man we like to think we have a special eye for spotting those star quality shows that you don’t have to traipse into central London for and won’t break your bank. Why pay west end prices when you can see equally good performances on the fringe? So, here is our Christmas season selection. We have picked out six cracking shows that are playing right now or very soon, where you can by tickets for under £15! Lots of musicals on offer and, of course, plenty of Christmas treats…
In Theatres Now
The Beggar’s Opera – Jack Studio Theatre £15/12 (until 3rd December)
John Gay’s 1728 musical comedy is set deep within London’s underbelly, a frantic, dangerous and lascivious world of highwaymen, hangmen and harlots. This uncompromising exposure of moral and financial corruption comes to the stage with an original score and contemporary staging. (Read our review here)
Candide – Bridewell Theatre Concessions on previews and matinees £14.50 (23-26 Nov & 3 Dec)
Based on Voltaire’s 1759 novella of the same name, Candide is a masterpiece from the greats of musical theatre. The show combines a beautiful score with a fast-paced, witty book in a joyful and hilarious operetta which as been delighting audiences for 60 years.
2 Become 1 – Kings Head Theatre £10 (3 Dec), £14 (4 Dec) £15 Concessions (6 Dec – 7 Jan)
Comedy pop-musical following four 90s girls embarking on a wild night of speed dating, meeting Mr Wrongs and Mr Rights along the way. A hilarious non-stop journey through infectious pop anthems and ballads.
Hamlet Part II – Hen and Chickens Theatre £8 (8 – 10 Dec)
Part of Perry Pontac’s trilogy of Shakespearean parodies ‘Codpieces’, Hamlet, Part II answers a question about Hamlet that has plagued scholars, readers and playgoers for over four hundred years: “What the hell happened next?”.
On The (Yuletide) Horizon
The Snow Queen – Theatre N16 £15/10 (11 – 22 Dec)
Greta’s brother, Kay, has been acting strange. He’s mean and moody and won’t play games. The Snow Queen must have snatched him, and left an imposter in his place. Funny, magic and full of surprises, this new modern adaptation of The Snow Queen is a perfect family Christmas adventure.
A Christmas Carol – LOST Theatre £15/12 (19 – 31 Dec)
Charles Dickens’ classic gets the full Broadway treatment by the Broadway team of Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid,), Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical) and Mike Okrent (Crazy For You, Me and My Girl).