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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.