The (Christmas) show must go on: some good news!

Brian Conley holding a candle and looking Scroogeish

Brian Conley will be Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at the Dominion Theatre, London. Image by Oliver Rosser.

The London Christmas experience has been given a boost in this dismal year, says GTO Editor Fiona Horan, by the announcement of the return of several more festive favourites to join those included in my original article in late September.

A Christmas Carol

The Dominion Theatre, near Tottenham Court Road tube station, has announced that comedian and musical star Brian Conley will play Ebenezer Scrooge in a new staged concert of Alan Menken, Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent’s musical  A Christmas Carol – running from 7th December this year to 2nd January 2021. Conley will be joined by an orchestra and cast of over 50.

The Nutcracker

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker is a recent Christmas tradition at the Royal Albert Hall. Having been on sale earlier in the year, it looked like it wasn’t going ahead. However, the ballet company have been working furiously to find a way through the ever-changing Covid-19 restrictions. They have come back with some live performances on tour this autumn and now have a (complicated) plan to stage The Nutcracker again at The Royal Albert Hall – using several “bubbles” of dancers and understudies. Keep an eye on the Albert Hall’s website for more information. I believe tickets will go on sale from 23rd October.

Pantoland at the Palladium

Along with the majority of large venue pantomimes, the London Palladium’s annual pantomime was cancelled in late summer. However, the National Lottery came to the rescue of UK panto a week ago, and the Palladium is the first of (hopefully) several venues to spring back to life with a Christmas show.  Pantoland at the Palladium will have a top-notch cast of Julian Clary, Elaine Paige,  Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers, Gary Wilmot, Ashley Banjo & Diversity and Charlie Stemp – with Palladium panto newcomers West End stars Beverley Knight and Jac Yarrow.

For news about other Christmas theatre shows in London and around the country, read my earlier article The (Christmas) Show Must Go On