Antic Disposition's much-loved musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' festive classic A Christmas Carol returns to the spectacular Elizabethan setting of Middle Temple Hall this December. West End star and Olivier Award nominated David Burt (Les Misérables; Evita; Cats; Jesus Christ Superstar) will recreate his critically-acclaimed performance for the third year in the lead role of Ebenezer Scrooge.  

Returning to the cast of Antic Disposition's A Christmas Carol will be David Anthony, Charlotte Armer, Chris Courtenay, Elliot Fitzpatrick, Katie Lovell, Dean Riley and Katherine Robb. The cast also includes Scott Brooks, Mabel Clements, Kate Hume, Timothy Mylechreest and María Rodríguez Reina, who will be joining the production for the first time. Additionally, young actors Harvey Loakes (The Wind in the Willows, London Palladium) and Charlie McLellan (Kinky Boots, Adelphi Theatre) will share the role of Tiny Tim.

First performed in Middle Temple Hall in 2012 and now firmly established as one of London's most magical festive treats, Antic Disposition's A Christmas Carol has been newly revised and expanded this year for performance by a talented company of actor-musicians. This joyous celebration combines the ghostly tale of miser Ebenezer Scrooge with a score of original songs inspired by the carols of a traditional Victorian Christmas.

A Christmas Carol is adapted for the stage by Antic Disposition's artistic directors Ben Horslen and John Risebero, who together founded the Peter Brook Award-winning company in 2005. Their recent joint directorial credits include: Henry V and Richard III (UK cathedral tours); The Comedy of Errors (Gray's Inn Hall); and Romeo and Juliet (Temple Church).

They are joined this year by composer and musical director Nick Barstow who recently toured the UK as Musical Director of Frank Wildhorn's Wonderland, starring Kerry Ellis, and was a judge on Gareth Malone's The Choir for the BBC. His arrangements and orchestrations have been performed around the world and recently at the Royal Festival Hall under the baton of comedian and Maestro winner Sue Perkins.

This Christmas, following a highly acclaimed UK and Russian tour and a sold-out run at Pegasus Theatre, Paper Balloon's Once Upon a Snowflake will be coming to Chelsea Theatre. Using a captivating blend of shadow puppetry, storytelling and enchanting original songs from Darren Clark (The Scarecrow's Wedding), this funny, quirky and different show follows the journey of missing Liza and the Winter Sprites.  

Evoking a unique Anglo-Russian aesthetic and spritely mayhem, audiences will get the chance to get involved in the story and help Liza on her quest - helping to choose how her adventure will end!

It's winter and Liza has disappeared. No-one knows where she can be but one thing's clear, those mysterious Winter Sprites have something to do with it. Every winter, these tiny elf-like creatures can be found hiding in pockets, shoes and sock drawers, watching everything and hearing everyone.  

Follow Liza into a colourful whirlwind of stories and adventure, led by a tiny Sprite with a fascination for snowflakes. But how are they connected with Liza's disappearance? Can they help to find her? And what is inside the mysterious Winter Sprite's strange suitcase?

Once Upon a Snowflake has been developed in collaboration with award-winning Russian Theatre Director Maria Litvinova (Theatre Trikster).  

Artistic Associate of Chelsea Theatre, Bertie Taylor-Smith, comments, ‘At the Chelsea Theatre our Christmas show is the highlight and the most anticipated show of the year. This year we have taken it up a notch with Once Upon A Snowflake, with its quirky and unique folklore feel and shadow puppetry, it is the perfect winter outing for the whole family.
We cannot wait to share this weird and wonderful show with you all.’

“A festive delight to inspire young minds.”
Tim Hughes, The Oxford Times

This week’s pick of alternative and family shows for Christmas 2017 and January 2018.

David Burt leads the cast of Antic Disposition's  A Christmas Carol

Middle Temple Hall, Middle Temple Lane, London, EC4Y 9AT Friday 22nd - Saturday 30th December 2017

Paper Balloon presents
Once Upon a Snowflake

Chelsea Theatre, 7 World's End Place, King's Road, London SW10 0DR

Thursday 30th November -
Friday 22nd December

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Stick Man
Based on the book by
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX Until Sunday 7th January 2018

This joyful adaptation of Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s bestselling book, Stick Man, returns to Leicester Square Theatre for another enchanting festive adventure.  

Following six consecutive Christmas seasons in London’s West End and multiple UK and international tours,Stick Man is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves.

The Lost Boy Peter Pan
Pleasance Theatre, Carpenters Mews, North Road, London N7 9EF

Wednesday 29th November 2017 -
Sunday 7th January

Based on the most famous children's story of all time, this magical adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic tale of fairies, pirates and the little boy who flew through the window is the perfect alternative to Pantomime.  The Lost Boy Peter Pan is a journey past the second star to the right and on until morning, featuring the songs of The Beatles. Searching for the perfect mother, Peter finds Wendy Darling and her brothers, taking them to his home in Neverland. Will they ever return?
Will they ever grow up?

Presented by Eastlake Productions FCUK'D

The Bunker, 53A Southwark Street London SE1 1RU  Monday 11th - Saturday 30th December 2017

There's only so many times you're called shit, before you start getting to believe it.

It is estimated that around 100,000 children run away from home every year. Niall Ransome, member of Olivier Award winning Mischief Theatre Company, explores this important issue in FCUK'D: an alternative show for the festive period, dealing with abandonment, loyalty, family, and the real experiences of young working-class lads in Britain today.   

FCUK'D tells the brutal and heartfelt story of a teenage boy who kidnaps his younger brother in an attempt to flee his decrepit council flat and escape his daily encounters with the authorities.  This one-man show, written entirely in verse, switches between the innocence of childhood and the very real struggle of being fcuk'd by an unfair system.

With only each other to rely on and with nowhere to turn, the boys must keep on the move to avoid being found and the consequences that this entails.