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A guide to alternative Christmas shows 2017
Image Credit: The Ramshackle House (c) Mark Robson

A guide to alternative Christmas shows 2017

3 December 2017 Katie Da Cunha Lewin

At this time of the year, it’s lovely to go and watch a show with friends or family. The pantomime might be the most traditionally British Christmas activity to attend, but why not try something a little more inventive this year? We’ve put together a guide for you of the more unusual weird and wacky stuff across London to get you in a Christmas mood.

This year, there are lots more alternative pantomimes, whether they be unusual mash ups or something performed in a brand new setting. Caravantomime is an intimate re-imagining of classic pantomime stories, featuring well-known characters like Snow White, Cinderella and Widow Twanky.  This cute little caravan will be travelling around different locations on Bankside from 1 December.


Image credit: Caravantomime (c) Bernadette Baksa

Theatre Peckham hosts another one of their famous Christmas pantos; this year it’s called Cinderella Shoeshine and follows the story of Cindy and her little brother travelling to UK from Jamaica. As ever, the theatre’s cast incorporates professional actors and the youth company so that the play has a definite community spirit, perfect for this time of year.  Or why not head over to the King's Head Theatre for King Tut: A Pyramid Panto. This hilarious show puts a historical spin on the pantomime, featuring music and laughs from an ensemble cast. They even host family or adult only performances, so you can decide if you want to take the kids of leave them at home for some more risque laughs.

The Ramshackle House is a circus-based family show with a difference. Telling the story of family trying to live their happiest lives together, The Ramshackle House is kept together through the skill and ingenuity of three amazing circus performers.  Though not necessarily Christmassy, the swinging, sliding and swooping is bound to entertain you this December. London venue Live at Zedel always has interesting events on at this time of year, particularly those who like their evenings full of cabaret and song. La Voix returns for her one-woman show, filled with songs by famous divas like Cher and Liza Minelli. Booking is recommended as La Voix is always popular! For something really different, check out Clemetine’s Christmas Special. Clementine the Living Fashion Doll is the alter ego of master puppeteer Mark Mander, and is a unusual combination of puppet and human, or a Huamette. Clementine will sing and dance from her little booth, joined by a host of other entertaining puppets in this unique spin on cabaret.  The


Image credit: Clementine's Christmas Special

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