News: Must see festive dance shows 2017

Thursday 16 November 2017

The Snowman. Image by Tristram Kenton.

The Nutcracker

Great for – Christmas magic in sumptuous surroundings
Book if you’re looking for – dazzling sets and fantastic music

You can’t help but ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ your way through the glittering story of The Nutcracker. From the waltz of the snowflakes to the giant Christmas tree, this ballet offers up a sumptuous end of year treat as ‘a young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure’. Londoners are spoilt by not one but three productions to choose from, performed by some of the world’s top ballet companies.

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Royal Albert Hall
English National Ballet – The Coliseum
The Royal Ballet – Royal Opera House

The Snowman

Great for – magical memories for the smaller members of the family
Book if you’re looking for – something fun, joyous and easy to follow

The Snowman celebrates its 20th anniversary on stage this year and there’s a reason this show has been such a success. Filled with magical moments, the retelling of Raymond Briggs’ book ‘twinkles with festive spirit’ as audiences are transported into a ‘wintery world of a boy and his magical snowman’.

The Snowman – The Peacock Theatre


Great for – fantastic storytelling and romance
Book if you’re looking for – something for the whole family

It wouldn’t be Christmas in the dance world without an offering from Matthew Bourne. In this reimaging of Cinderella, a chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the horrors of the Blitz.

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella- Sadler’s Wells

The Little Match Girl

Great for – something a little bit different
Book if you’re looking for – a classic Christmas tale, beautifully re-imagined

Renowned choreographer Arthur Pita revisits the classic tale of The Little Match Girl following her Christmas eve tale through an inventive mix of dance, song and live music.

Arthur Pita’s The Little Match Girl – Lilian Baylis Studio

What the Moon Saw

Great for – first time dance goers
Book if you’re looking for – imaginative, playful dance

2Faced Dance Company present a magical new dance and circus adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale for little ones and their families.

Alone in the world and scared of the dark, young Jack opens his bedroom curtains to find a familiar friendly face, The Moon. The Moon shining bright, teaches Jack how to be brave by taking him on an amazing adventure across the world.

2Faced Dance Company, What the Moon Saw – The Place

The Buildy-uppy Dance Show

Great for – a family adventure
Book if you’re looking for hands on fun and adventure

Let your imagination run riot as hundreds of cardboard boxes are stacked, squashed and rebuilt. Help create enticing caves, precarious castles and fabulous creatures in this interactive theatrical adventure.

The Buildy-uppy Dance Show – Greenwhich Dance

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