Christmas theatre in London

  • Category: Music & Theatre
  • Dates: Sunday, 01 December 2013 to Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Theatre is a very traditional Christmas pastime for British families, with West End venues often reporting record-high attendance rates during the winter season. There are plenty of traditional favourites to be enjoyed, including the panto, but why not make this a Christmas to remember by seeking out something a little different this year?

Book into The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel before checking out one of the alternative performances below. Remember you can enjoy a whole host of extra treats when you take advantage of the Mayfair Winter offer, including a complimentary bottle of fine champagne in your room and a traditional afternoon tea before the theatre.

The Ballad of Rudy

Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer himself features in a funky show of live music courtesy of the Gypsy jazz band Los Pelos Rizos. Not only are the tunes toe-tappingly addictive but the story - about a penguin who wishes he had a red nose - is surprisingly heart-warming. Suitable for ages three and upwards, The Ballad of Rudy runs from December 4th until the 22nd.

Emil and the Detectives

The National Theatre's production is likely to particularly appeal to children as the cast is predominantly under the age of 16. Inspire their love for the theatre by showing that they too are worthy of treading the boards. Emil and the Detectives is an engaging story and is suitable for all above the age of seven.

Let the Right One In

If you've got teenage children who are obsessed with the likes of Harry Potter and the Twilight series, look no further for a Christmas theatre trip than Let the Right One In. This Swedish teen-vampire story has been beautifully adapted by the National Theatre of Scotland, and the strangely endearing friendship it depicts will touch adults as well as children. Let the Right One In starts its run on November 29th at the Royal Court Theatre.


One for the adults, Fuerzabruta is a unique display of Argentine culture and includes an eye-popping array of sights, sounds and stunts. Its very name means 'brute force', and it's certainly an impactful experience. Fuerzabruta opens at the Roundhouse on December 23rd.