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Your Complete Guide to Buying Tickets for Best Christmas Shows in London 2021

Theaters in London are back in full-swing for an exciting Christmas in 2021. The West End theaters are set to offer a spectacular array of Christmas shows and pantomimes for families, kids and audiences of all ages! From hilarious pantomimes to heart-warming Christmas shows that will dazzle you from start to finish, gear up to watch some of the best Christmas shows in London. The Valkyrie, Stick Man, Comedy of Errors and The Mirror and the Light are a few of the many shows that await you in London theaters to brighten your Christmas with all your loved ones. Browse through and choose your favorite Christmas shows and book your tickets today. 

West End Pantomimes and Christmas Shows are back in London!

Theater enthusiasts across the globe can rejoice because Christmas shows are back in London! Closed during the lockdowns enforced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK government has allowed London theaters to reopen from 17th May 2021.  

This holiday season, you have the opportunity to witness some of the best Christmas shows and Pantomimes in London at theaters in the West End. Choose from a wide variety of delightful shows that are family-friendly and guarantee an unforgettable experience.

Best Christmas Shows in London in 2021

Best Christmas Shows in London

& Juliet

& Juliet revisits Shakespeare's classic story about star-crossed lovers Romeo & Juliet by exploring the idea of Juliet staying alive at the end of the play. The musical gets a modern-day treatment filled with the latest pop music in this rendition. The 2019 production opened at the West End to roaring acclaim, in part, due to award-winning performances by David Bedella, Cassidy Janson, and Miriam-Teak Lee.

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The musical genius Andrew Lloyd Webber offers a fresh, feminist take on the iconic fairy tale from our childhood. In this version of Cinderella, the titular character is a loud-mouthed local pariah who loathes the beauty obsessed folks in her town of Belleville. The musical is adapted from the book by Emerald Fennel and is a cheeky satire on the questionable morals set by traditional folklore.

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The story follows Clara as she goes on a magical journey with the nutcracker (who transforms into a Prince) and, along the way encounters exquisite characters like the Mouse King and Sugar Plum Fairy. The world of the Nutcracker truly comes alive with Tchaikovsky’s sweeping score and hypnotizing ballet performances. It has been an integral part of Christmas traditions for decades. You shouldn’t give this one a miss this holiday season.

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The Lion King

The Lion King has mesmerised theatre lovers since it opened at West End's Lyceum Theatre in October 1999. Audiences are introduced to King Mufasa and his young lion cub Simba from the African Pride Lands with ingeniously designed sets and awe-inspiring props. Simba's personal journey from self-doubt to fulfilling his destiny as King is bound to strike a chord with audiences of all ages. 

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Aladdin 2021

Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, and Genie are back to honour the British tradition of pantomime this holiday season. Abigail Graham directs this brand-new adaptation written by Vikki Stone and successfully recreates the world of magic lamps and flying carpets replete with a talented Lyric Panto Ensemble. This production brings together Qasim Mahmood as Aladdin, Ellena Vincent as Jasmine, and Kate Donnachie as Genie to create a truly memorable festive experience. 

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The Valkyrie

The Valkyrie is the second in Richard Wagner's 4-part music drama called the Ring Cycle from the mid-1800s. The story is steeped in Norse mythology and can be best described as a cross between Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. The play centres around the God Wotan as he feuds with his Valkyrie daughter Brunhilde over the punishable actions of siblings Siegmund and Sieglinde. 

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HMS Pinafore

Arthur Sullivan and W.S. Gilbert brought their musical to London's Opera Comique in 1878 to much fanfare. Josephine, the daughter of Captain Corcoran (Commander of H.M.S. Pinafore) must choose between her love for the ordinary sailor Ralph Rackstraw and her duty to marry the high-ranking Sir Joseph Porter, First Lord of the Admiralty. The play is essentially a parody of the rigid British class system. 

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The Comedy of Errors

William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors staged its first production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in 1976. The premise revolves around 2 sets of

identical twins who are separated at a young age and uses the concept of mistaken identity to create hilarious scenarios. It featured a star-studded

cast of Judi Dench, Mike Gwilym, and Michael Williams and was awarded the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 1977.

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Operation Ouch Live on Stage

Operation Ouch Live on Stage is a unique show wherein real-life doctors - Dr. Chris and Dr. Xand take centre-stage to share their fascination with human biology. The twin brothers perform outlandish medical experiments at the Lyric Theatre in West End, much to the amazement of the audiences. The end result is an exciting, and oftentimes squeam-inducing, experience that highlights the peculiarities of the human body.

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The Mirror and the Light

The Mirror and the Light was successfully adapted from the concluding chapter in Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall book trilogy in September 2021. The story takes us back to the 16th century where Thomas Cromwell, the right-hand man of King Henry VIII, attempts to masterfully navigate his personal ambitions, the high stakes surrounding Henry's succession, and the ensuing political turmoil.

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Stick Man

An animated wooden stick gets lost from his family tree and is determined to reunite with his stick family before Christmas morning. His Odyssey-like journey is filled with misadventures as he encounters unfriendly birds, dogs, and even human beings. The play is based on the beloved children's book author Julia Donaldson's book of the same name and is one of the favourite plays enjoyed by parents and children together.

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Five Little Christmas Monkeys

Five Little Christmas Monkeys is a treat for young children aged between two to five years. The play makes use of musical genres like funky rap, classical, and dub reggae, to teach kids about numbers and counting in a playful way. Wide-eyed kids are riveted from the get-go as they watch Sue the zookeeper interact with colourful monkey puppets (designed by Frances Barry) and keep up with their shenanigans. 

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Christmas Show Vs Pantomimes

Best Christmas Shows in London

Christmas Show

A Christmas show is a theatrical production that looks at relevant themes relating to Christmas. Relive classic Christmas tales transformed into entertaining musicals that are adored by kids and adults alike. Some of the top Christmas shows at the West End are Nutcracker, The Valkyrie, HMS Pinafore and more. 

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Pantomime Show

A Pantomime show is a form of interactive theater performed during the Christmas season. Usually based on fairy tales, they rely on physical comedy, outlandish plots, and silly characters that are incredibly fun to watch. Audience participation is encouraged in Pantomime shows. 

How to Choose the Right Holiday Show this Season?

Genre: Choose your favorite Christmas show or Pantomime based on a genre. Whether it’s a heartwarming fairytale that’s been reimagined or light-hearted comedy, select what works best for you and your family based on your preferred genre. 

Review: Reading reviews in advance can always help. You get a good idea of what you can expect from the show and also helps you figure out which shows will work best for you. 

Budget: A crucial factor in your theater experience is the cost of a ticket. Look out for websites that offer you great deals and discounts on Christmas show tickets so you can have some fun without making a huge dent in your budget.

How to Find Best Seats for a Christmas Show in London?

  • Choosing the right seats for your Christmas show is essential to have an enjoyable experience. 
  • Remember to not sit too close or too far away from the stage to have the most optimal theater experience. 
  • The stalls are the most expensive and coveted seats in the house. The middle section of the stalls offer the best views.
  • For the best views of the stage, pick seats in the the royal circle that looks directly down upon the stage.
  • If you are looking for budget options, head over to the Dress Circle, which is the first elevated section at any West End theatre. 

Essential Tips for Watching a Christmas Show in London

  • Check the food and drinks policy at your theatre. Some theatres allow you to take your own food and beverages. 
  • Carry your raincoats and umbrellas. The UK has over 200 days of rainfall.
  • Take care to keep all your electronic devices in silent mode.
  • Look out for West End ticket deals and offers on various websites and apps to buy tickets on a budget.
  • Find a place to eat nearby. There are various eateries at the West End where you can grab a bite before the show.
  • Dress appropriately. For matinee shows, casual attire such as jeans and a t-shirt might pass. For evening performances smart casual wear is recommended. 
  • Watch out for early-bird discounts on West End musical tickets. 
  • Avoid driving to the theater as free parking could be very limited or even unavailable at the theater.
  • Do not carry or use videography devices during a West End show as this is an unlawful act.
  • Do not leave during the curtain call as it is regarded as a rude gesture.

Frequently Asked Questions about Christmas Shows in London 2021

What are the best Christmas shows in London?

Some of the best Christmas shows in London are The Valkyrie, The Cunning Little Vixen, Stick Man and HMS Pinafore.

Where can I buy tickets for Christmas shows in London?

Book tickets for the best Christmas shows in London online for great deals and discounts along with a hassle-free experience. 

Where can I buy cheap tickets for holiday shows in London?

Purchase your London holiday show tickets online to avail the best deals and discounts. 

What are the best Christmas shows for kids in London?

Stick Man, The Comedy of Errors, The Mirror and the Light are some of the best Christmas shows for kids in London. 

Are West End theatre shows open to the public?

Yes, West End theater shows are open to the public with all COVID-19 safety protocols in place. 

Are there COVID-19 safety protocols at Christmas shows in London?

Yes, all the theaters at West End London have the best COVID-19 safety protocols in place for everyone to enjoy Christmas shows without any hassles.

Is the Valkyrie suitable for all children?

Valkyrie is suitable for children above the age of 11 years.  

Will theaters for Christmas shows function at full capacity?

Christmas shows will function at 50% capacity to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols.

How much do London theater tickets generally cost?

London theatre tickets generally range from around £10 to £120, depending on the show and the seats you choose.

What kinds of payments are accepted to buy Christmas show tickets?

All forms of debit and credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Discover, and JCB can be used to purchase London theater tickets.