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Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol The streets of York and 17 Colliergate, York

Theatre  There can’t be many places better suited to a Dickensian tale than York, and so it proves with Nightshade Productions’ take on A Christmas Carol, which starts at The Shambles and follows a route to an empty shop, repurposed as Scrooge’s home.

Exit the King Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath

Theatre  The season of black comedies by European playwrights at the Ustinov in Bath has been a notable triumph.

Grimm Tales for Young and Old Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London

Theatre  Earlier in the year, in the warren of rooms beneath Shoreditch Town Hall, Philip Wilson adapted a series of Philip Pullman’s versions of the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales; this second collection of tales, which has been relocated to the equally atmospheric Bargehouse on the South Bank, is bigger in scale.

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King Unicorn, London

Theatre  This version of ETA Hoffmann’s story provides an entertaining world of mice catapaulted out of holes, swans on roller skates, a magnificently terrifying multi-headed, red-eyed mouse (well done, puppet designer Max Humphries) and a tour de force scenic surprise when the whole stage is revealed in Act II.

Robin’s Winter Adventure Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford

Theatre  Robin and his family have to move from their idyllic rural life to one in the big city, and understandably the young boy doesn’t want to go.

Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Theatre  This year West Yorkshire Playhouse is offering an ambitious Christmas programme including the major musical White Christmas, a classic Roald Dahl for older children in James and the Giant Peach, plus Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas for three to six-year-olds.

Once Phoenix Theatre, London

Theatre  Once first arrived in the West End in the immediate juggernaut wake of The Book of Mormon, so it inevitably slipped a little below the radar.

Don Quixote Royal Opera House, London

Dance  Never my favourite ballet, Marius Petipa’s Don Quixote has always struck me as inexpressibly dull.

Mixed program 2014 Linbury Studio Theatre, London

Dance  With 10 dancers, including one guest, stable management, and Arts Council funding that’s escaped the recent cuts, more is expected of Phoenix Dance Theatre than in its recent past.

Sacred Monsters Sadler’s Wells, London

Dance  It is so fitting that one of Sylvie Guillem’s penultimate performances (she announced her retirement at the beginning of this month) should be a work of such personal effect.

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