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The festive month of December is upon us and as well as the traditional pantomimes there are some amazing original plays out there this month. Here are my top three to look out for. 


3) The Last Voyage Of Sinbad The Sailor Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol

Christmas offerings at the Tobacco Factory are always a little different and this year they follow Sinbad on his final adventure. One for all the family and the director guarantees that the end will leave you feeling all warm and Christmassy! Click here for more info. 

2) Hansel And Gretel Ballet Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Scottish Ballet unveils Artist Director Christopher Hampson’s first full-length ballet for the company – a new look at the Brothers Grimm’s famous fairy tale. Surreal and inventive, this is bound to be an enchanting performance for the whole family. Click here for more info. 

1) Let the Right One In The Royal Court Theatre, London.

The amazing John Ajvide Lindqvist novel has been adapted into a stage production and is directed by Tony and Olivier Award winning director John Tiffany (Black Watch, Once). If you haven’t read the book or seen the film (watch the original not the American remake!) this is a coming of age love story that also happens to be a brutal vampire myth, you can’t really get more of an alternative to a panto. Click here for more info. 

In other news Tom Hiddleston is gearing up for his leading role in Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse, London. After conquering Hollywood in War Horse, and his scene stealing stint as Loki in the recent Marvel films, he’s back in London and back on the stage that saw him nominated for an Olivier award. Coriolanus see’s him playing a warrior forced to become a politician. When famine threatens Rome the mood of the people changes and Coriolanus, although adept in the art of war, finds himself in the deep end of political struggle.

Previews begin on 6th December – there are no advanced tickets left but £10 Barclays Front Row Tickets have been released this morning and will be released every Monday at 10am for performances starting a fortnight later. If you’re unable to get to the show at the Donmar Warehouse it will be screened as part of the fantastic NT Live on 30th January.

And for something completely different… The remaining members of Monty Python announced last week that they are reforming to put on a one off reunion show at London’s O2 Arena. Pretty much as soon as the tickets were released they were sold out but by the next day it was announced that they would perform 10 dates next July. On announcing the extra dates John Cleese said, “The response to our planned reunion has been very silly. But we’re all touched that so many fans still want to see such old people perform. So we’re delighted to be adding more dates to the run at the O2.”

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