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Book Now: 13 virtual festive shows

From interactive pantos to Christmas classics, these virtual productions will bring some festive cheer to your home this December.

The Gruffalo, 12- 13 Dec

Theatre company Tall Stories’s stage versions of children’s classics have taken over the West End for years now – and the most beloved of all, Julia Donaldson’s The Gruffalo, now makes a welcome leap to the screen. Take a stroll through the deep dark wood via live stream on 12 and 13 December. Tickets from £10.

Mark Thomas: Ouch – Christmas Stories, Y Theatre, 13 Dec

Mark is just about the last person you might associate with ho ho ho let’s throw a log on the fire and gather round for Christmas but… Mark loves Christmas! Christmas singles, films, carols, decorations and, most of all, Christmas stories! So here they are – a string of hilarious festive stories with live music, comedy, pathos and lots of Christmas cheer.

Sunset Boulevard, Curve 22 Dec – 9 Jan

Set over a turbulent New Year’s Eve in 1940s Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard is a compelling story of romance and obsession. Joining the previously announced Ria Jones as Norma Desmond and Danny Mac as penniless screen writer Joe Gillis. Curve’s award-winning 2017 touring production will be streamed online. Tickets are on sale from £20 and there will be up to three different performance times daily.

Cinderella, Nottingham Playhouse 19 Dec

A reimagined family panto which follows Cinderella as she attempts to outwit her Ugly Stepsisters and win the heart of the dashing Prince – with a little help from friend Buttons and her very own Fairy Godmother. Filled with panto humour, upbeat musical numbers and all the characters you know and love, this production is specially adapted to ensure a safe, comfortable and magical experience for all. There’s also the choice to watch an on-demand version from 11 Dec. From £25.

The Belgrade Theatre Jack and the Beanstalk, until Dec 31

Jack and the Beanstalk Online, Belgrade Theatre

Written by and starring Coventry’s favourite Dame Iain Lauchlan, alongside the wonderful Craig Hollingsworth, this seasonal screening is full of festive fun and magical mayhem. Life has been turned upside-down in the village of Prickly Bottom. An evil Giant and his horrible henchman Fleshcreep have pinched the enchanted harp that helps keep Prickly Bottom peaceful, safe and prosperous. Brim with slapstick silliness, crazy costumes and lots of magical make-believe. From £16.

A Christmas Carol, London’s Old Vic, Dec 12- 24

Starring The Walking Dead‘s Andrew Lincoln as Scrooge, performed live from our auditorium and streamed to homes across the world so take part in the music and merriment of this uplifting story.

Father Christmas, 9 – 24 Dec

The little people will be pleased to know that they can still have their time with Santa this year – this festive show, from the brains behind The Snowman, will be streaming throughout December for ages six and under. Tickets from £10.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Creation Theatre, 19 Dec – 3 Jan

This clever alternative to panto – from the geniuses at Creation – is the next best thing (‘oh no it isn’t!’ etc etc). Live matinee and evening performances of the classic show will take place online from 19 Dec, including Christmas Eve, with an interactive audience – so if you dial in at the same time as Aunty Brenda, you’ll be able to spot her on screen. £30 per device.

Sleeping Beauty Online Panto, 14 Dec – 3 Jan

Enjoy the spellbinding fairy-tale of Sleeping Beauty. Starring Benidorm’s favourite and I’m A Celebrity’s Crissy Rock as Fairy Nuff alongside the beautiful Rebecca Lake as Princess Aurora, Chris Pym as Prince Harry, and the hilarious Andrew Curphey as Chester The Jester. Sleeping Beauty is the perfect online festive treat. With dazzling costumes, spectacular scenery and amazing special effects to enjoy from your own home. From £15.49.

Cinderella Live Online, 18 & 19 Dec (live shows)

Chris Rankin, best known as Percy Weasley from the Harry Potter films, Jessica Ellis (Hollyoaks) and Kimberly Hart-Simpson (Coronation Street) join the cast of the first live fully interactive pantomime premiering from the UK this Christmas. You will boo, laugh, cheer, clap, shout “Behind You!” and even sing along with the cast in this brilliant interactive pantomime. Tickets from £19.97.

Snow White in the Seven Months of Lockdown, 14 – 31 Dec

This Christmas, Charles Court Opera are hosting an online panto full of festive frivolities from the comfort of your living room for the very first time. A brand new film, created over the last seven (or-so) months and featuring interactive, choose-your-own-adventure moments. An inventive take on the age-old story unfolds but what happens next is up to you. Ad the best thing is? There’s a choice between a family-friendly or an adult-only versions available – so make sure that you click for the right one. From £25.

Jack and the Beanstalk, avail now until 10 Jan

 Panto dame and Blue Peter legend, Peter Duncan is presenting Panto Online – see Jack and the Beanstalk, filmed on location. Expect plenty of boos, cheers, ‘he’s behind yous’, a sing-a-long song and all the classic panto antics that we love. From £25.

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