Londoners are always spoilt for choice when it comes to musical family Christmas events. Here’s a selection of events happening over the festive period:
Magical Night at The Royal Opera House
December 13th – 19th
A brother and sister squabble over toys in their shared bedroom – it’s a scene being played out all over the world. Once the children are asleep, however, the extraordinary happens; a fairy appears and with the tap of her wand the toys come to life. Cue mischief and fun from a cast of characters including a knight, a robot and a monkey with a grievance.
Magical Night is a charming tale choreographed by Associate Artist Aletta Collins to a long lost soundtrack by Kurt Weill.
The Snowman, The Peacock Theatre (Sadler’s Wells)
Now until 8 Jan 2012
When a young boy’s snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. On their travels they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and naturally, Father Christmas. Watch spellbound as the Snowman flies through the night sky above you, before escaping the clutches of the evil Jack Frost to return home for Christmas morning.
Featuring Howard Blake’s beautiful Walking In the Air, performed by a live orchestra, choreographed by Robert North and directed by Bill Alexander, this is the perfect Christmas treat for all the family.
The stage show based on Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman and the subsequent film has become a modern classic. Ruari Murchison’s enchanting design combined with Tim Mitchell’s spectacular lighting has been delighting children for over a decade. With its wonderful mix of storytelling, spectacle and magic, The Snowman is back for a record-breaking 14th year.
The Nutcracker, Sadler’s Wells
Now until 22 Jan 2012
One of the most popular dance productions ever staged in the UK, Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! returns to Sadler’s Wells this Christmas to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a limited seven week run.
This delicious theatrical feast has family-sized helpings of Matthew Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy. Nutcracker! follows Clara’s bittersweet journey from a hilariously bleak Christmas Eve at Dr. Dross’ Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland.
Tchaikovsky’s glorious score performed by a live orchestra and Anthony Ward’s unforgettable sets and costumes combine with sizzling choreography to create a fresh and charmingly irreverent interpretation of the traditional Christmas favourite.
Hailed by The Observer as “the undisputed king of dance theatre”, Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventures has produced some of the most successful dance productions of the last two decades including Swan Lake, Edward Scissorhands and last year’s sell-out hit, Cinderella.
New Year’s Day Parade Festival at Cadogan Hall
31 December 2011 at 1pm
The Harker School Orchestra
Stayton High School Choir
Rider High School Wind Ensemble
This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce your children to the wonders of a classical music concert. There will be a mixed repertoire of traditional music performed and some contemporary songs from The Stayton ‘Chanticlairs’. This is also the venue where the SE22 Piano School students will be performing on stage on the 18th of February, 2012.
Slava’s Snowshow at The Royal Festival Hall
17 December 2011 – 8 January 2012
The multi-award-winning international sensation Slava’s Snowshow has delighted and thrilled audiences in over 80 cities around the globe, including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro and Moscow. This Christmas experience a joyous, dream-like world that will touch both your heart and funny bone, culminating in a breathtaking blizzard leaving you literally knee-deep in snow!
Recommended for ages eight and over.