A Christmas city break is made more celebratory still with a West End show. Our hotel is perfectly situated to take in the theatre – step out in any direction from the front doors, and there’s a landmark London stage a few footsteps away. At this time of year, they put on some of their twinkling best, and festive favourites that never get old.
The Royal Opera House is as iconic as The Sleeping Beauty, it’s lead offering over the Christmas period. Walk through the lights of Covent Garden from our hotel and enter an even more glittering and magical setting in this historic building and this fairytale story. It’s one of the most beautiful ballets in the company’s vast repertoire and was the one chosen to celebrate the reopening of the Royal Opera House in 1946 after the Second World War. This production is as dreamy as they come.
At the Royal Opera House until 16 January
Jack Thorne’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol was a sell-out success on its debut in 2017. Best known for writing the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Thorne produced an adaptation of this Dickensian delight that was so enjoyed that it returned last winter, and is back again. Ebenezer Scrooge is interpreted by Paterson Joseph (of Peep Show, Babylon and Green Wing fame) in a poignant performance. But it’s not all bah-humbug – mince pies and Christmas carols bring plenty of cheer to this classic tale of redemption.
At the Old Vic from 23 November until 18 January
Pretty much next door to us is the Novello Theatre, home to the mega-musical Mamma Mia! For a feel-good factor, ABBA’s perfect pop is hard to beat, especially during the festive season. From the Novello and from the hotel, to make a real celebration of it, walk over Waterloo Bridge to catch the Thames Clippers Party Express. On Fridays and Saturday evenings from 22 November, a super speedy boat ride with a glass of champagne included will whisk revellers off to the O2 for Mamma Mia! The Party. Step into the Med from the Thames, into a specially created Greek taverna for a four-course Mediterranean meal, music and then action with an ABBA disco to finish.
Mamma Mia! The Musical, at the Novello Theatre until 19 September 2020
Mamma Mia! The Party, at the O2 until 16 February
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without The Snowman. The Peacock Theatre puts on this heart and snowman-melting classic every winter – this year will see the 22nd production. It’s as magical now as it ever was, a festive theatre favourite set in a winter wonderland.
At The Peacock Theatre until 5th January
The Lion King has been on stage at the Lyceum, moments away from us, for years now. This perennially popular show is of the moment again now, with demand rekindled by the recent hugely successful remake of the classic film. On stage, it’s intensely dramatic and immersive, with a wow-factor as strong on stage as it is on screen.
At The Lyceum Theatre, booking until May 2020
Another children’s classic is on at The Theatre Royal on Haymarket. The Tiger Who Came to Tea has been long beloved, capturing young imaginations for more than 50 years. This superb production is a fitting tribute to the story’s creator, Judith Kerr, who passed away earlier this year, aged 95. It’s been nominated for the Olivier Awards and has enjoyed superlative reviews all round.
At The Theatre Royal, Haymarket, until 19 January
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