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A Guide to Christmas Presents for Theatre Lovers

A Guide to Christmas Presents for Theatre Lovers

7 December 2016 Bethany Duck

Christmas shopping can be stressful enough when you know a person and all their interests well, but if all you have to go on is 'theatre lover' for that family friend or cousin you don’t see often, here are some fool-proof gift ideas that will have them reciting monologues and singing show tunes all day long come 25 December.

Theatre tokens
Essentially a gift card for musical theatre, these can be used to purchase tickets at over 240 venues across the country, including almost every West End theatre, and come in denominations as low as £5, so they’re perfect for any budget. If you don’t know what shows your gift recipient likes to see then this is ideal for letting them have their pick of all of the amazing theatre London, and beyond, has to offer.

Available to purchase from participating theatres, selected WHSmith and Waterstones branches, or online.


Image credit: Antony Kwok

Theatre Club Membership
There are several organisations that offer a theatre club or priority membership of some kind that have different benefits depending on which you chose. Some offer money-can’t-buy experiences like cast Q&A sessions or backstage tours, others offer discounted tickets or priority booking windows. With lots of benefits that theatre fans love and sometimes can’t get anywhere else, these memberships are perfect for those who live near the West End and can make it in for priority events because some of them are definitely not to be missed! Here are some great options to check out:

DMT+
WhatsOnStage’s Theatre Club
National Theatre
ATG Theatre Card
 

Credit: Jeremy Marshall

Wicked 10th Anniversary Scarf

Having just celebrated its 10th anniversary in London, Wicked came out with a range of exclusive limited edition merchandise to commemorate the occasion. One of their products was a super soft scarf with a print of brooms, flying monkeys and witch’s hats, and what better gift to give at Christmas than the joint present of warmth and musical theatre?

Available at the Apollo Victoria theatre, or online


 
Shakespeare Dewey Decimal System Necklace

Etsy is a perfect website to go present hunting on, and theatre gifts are no exception. If you have someone to buy for who loves traditional theatre and all things Shakespeare, try this necklace. A subtle nod to The Bard, 822.33; is the call number for Shakespeare’s plays in the Dewey Decimal system used to organise libraries. Perfect if you know your gift recipient likes trips to the Globe!

Available online



 
‘Curtain Call: A Year Backstage in London Theatre 2016’
Full of backstage photographs from 60 West End productions that graced the stages of London this year, this book features interviews and over 500 images to celebrate the world of theatre and the effort from everyone (cast and crew) that goes into each performance. A must read for a theatre fan looking for a unique perspective of the shows they love, and therefore a perfect present to keep them occupied all of Christmas Day.

Available at Amazon and Waterstones, along with other retailers


 
Les Miserables Keychain

The longest running show in musical theatre history, Les Miserables is at the very centre of London theatre. You’d be hard-pressed to find a theatre fan who wouldn’t be able to tell you that 24601 is the prison number for the main character of this iconic show, so you can be certain that they’ll love this discrete key ring that pays homage to Jean Valjean.

Available online
 


‘Wait for it’ Hamilton Bracelet
Whilst you can’t buy someone tickets for Hamilton UK quite yet, it’s one of the most anticipated shows of 2017 so your gift recipient might need just a little prompting to remind them that good things come to those who wait. You could even include an IOU for a ticket to the show itself, but that might not be the best promise to make as they’re expected to sell out pretty quickly! Still, any Hamilton fan (which is a term almost synonymous with ‘theatre fan’ at the moment) will love this bracelet’s nod to one of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s songs whilst they wait for the show to finally make its way to London.

Available online


 

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