35 of the Best Shows in London this December
With the national lockdown coming to an end, many people are asking: ‘What tier is London in?’ Local Londoners are also asking the question: ‘What tier am I in London?’
We can confirm London is in Tier 2 according to the Government’s COVID-19 Winter Plan. London tier 2 restrictions mean all businesses can reopen in a COVID-Secure manner apart from nightclubs and bars that don’t sell food. Tier 2 rules London also mean theatres in London can start welcoming back audiences up to 50% capacity or 1000 people, depending on which is smaller.
London tier 2 is almost life back to normal for most of London’s businesses. Tier 2 rules London ensure the West End can come back to life. London theatres tier 2 shows will all be COVID-Secure with appropriate social distancing and sanitary measures. Our Hotel Indigo London Hyde Park Paddington is perfectly situated for visiting theatres in London. A short walk into the London West End will bring you to all the best theatres in London showing fantastic performances now London theatres open.
So, with London theatres open, London theatres tier 2 performances in December are detailed below. There is no better way to experience some magic in the run-up to Christmas. From serious thought-provoking plays to fun-loving musicals and Christmas pantos, Christmas in London has never been this good. Check-out our list of the best shows in December at theatres in London below and celebrate as London theatres open their doors again!
1. Potted Panto 2020, Garrick Theatre London
Seven of your favourite pantos in 80 side-splitting minutes! Double Olivier nominees Dan and Jeff return, following their world tour of Harry Potter parody Potted Potter. In a fun ride through the biggest stories and best-loved characters of pantomime, our dastardly double act dash from rubbing Aladdin’s lamp to roaming the golden streets of Dick Whittington’s London and making sure that Cinderella finds her royal baby's daddy at the Ball!
2. Death Drop, Garrick Theatre London
A ‘Dragatha Christie Murder-Mystery’ with Courtney Act and Monét X Change!
3. Love Letters, Theatre Royal Haymarket London
A classic romantic tale of two pen pals is told in a modern stage play.
4. One Night Records present: Lockdown Town, One Night Records London
Lockdown Town comes to London for a first-ever totally immersive live music experience.
5. GHBoy, Charing Cross Theatre London
In Paul Harvard's new play, the flourishing London party scene hides a dark secret: young men are dying unexpectedly, with whispers of a nameless killer!
6. Hamilton, Victoria Palace Theatre London
The tale of one of America's Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton emigrates from the West Indies to become George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and helps shape the USA, blending hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway.
7. SIX – Live, Lyric Theatre London
Divorced, beheaded, live! SIX is an uplifting addition of new British musical theatre. Prepare to lose your head!
8. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre London
Based on the new story by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play by Jack Thorne. It is a sequel to the Harry Potter books and the first Harry Potter tale presented on stage.
9. The Book of Mormon, Prince of Wales Theatre London
Winner of 4 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, The Book of Mormon, the Broadway musical from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, makes you laugh your head off; it is comedy heaven.
10. Wicked, Apollo Victoria Theatre London
Based on the celebrated novel by Gregory Maguire that re-imagined the original story by L. Frank Baum, this famous musical explores an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students. Astonishing adventures in Oz will see them fulfil their destinies.
11. Pretty Woman: The Musical, Piccadilly Theatre London
Based on the 1990 film of the same name, the musical adaptation of Pretty Woman comes to Piccadilly Theatre London.
12. Come From Away, Phoenix Theatre London
Winner of the best new musical at the 2019 Olivier Awards, this musical is set in Canada immediately after the 9/11 attacks. A small town welcomes thousands of passengers from diverted flights.
13. Matilda the Musical, Cambridge Theatre London
A multi-award winning musical, Roald Dahl’s book is brought to life by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
14. TINA - The Tina Turner Musical, Aldwych Theatre London
From her humble beginnings in Tennessee, to her global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll status, Tina Turner always played by her own rules. Presented in association with Tina Turner herself, this musical shows her untold story as she defies the constraints of race, gender and age.
15. The Prince of Egypt, Dominion Theatre London
Epic and emotional with a fantastic soundtrack, this is an outstanding new musical from three-time Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz.
16. Mary Poppins, Prince Edward Theatre London
A star cast tells the magical tale of the world’s favourite nanny, reborn for the stage with dazzling effects and memorable songs.
17. The Mousetrap, St. Martin's Theatre London
Agatha Christie's longest-running stage-adaptation, this whodunit just gets better and better - an irresistible treat for amateur detectives everywhere!
18. Les Miserables, Sondheim Theatre London
The world's longest running musical, this award-winning musical is a story of passion and destruction, all while a nation is on the brink of revolution.
19. The Play That Goes Wrong, Duchess Theatre London
Enjoy a slapstick comedy and light-hearted fun from the Mischief Theatre Company.
20. MAMMA MIA!, Novello Theatre London
Enjoy all the greatest Abba hits, the world’s sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical!
21. The Woman in Black, Fortune Theatre London
Stephen Mallatratt’s clever stage adaptation of Susan Hill’s ghost story, Robin Herford’s gripping production has atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.
22. Everybody's Talking About Jamie, Apollo Theatre London
16 and living on a council estate in Sheffield, Jamie isn’t normal and is frightened about his future. He overcomes prejudice, beats bullies and emerges from the darkness into glory.
23. Only Fools and Horses - The Musical, Theatre Royal Haymarket London
Join the legendary Trotters from the famous BBC sitcom in a new show written by and starring Paul Whitehouse as Grandad, with music by Chas and Dave.
24. The Great Gatsby - Immersive London
Jay Gatsby invites you to one of his infamous parties. Expect to be immersed in a world of red hot jazz, bootleg liquor and pure jazz age self-indulgence.
25. Aladdin – Pantomime, Lyric Hammersmith Theatre London
Aladdin and the Genie go on a magic carpet ride where all their wishes shall be granted.
26. & Juliet, Shaftesbury Theatre London
The fun-loving new London musical that asks: What if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to choose her own fate? This is Juliet’s story now as there’s always life after Romeo…
27. The Phantom of the Opera, Her Majesty's Theatre London
Captivating audiences time and again after more than 12,000 performances, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous musical continues.
28. Adam Kay - Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas Live, Palace Theatre London
Christmas is approaching, the turkey is fattening but millions of NHS employees are heading to work. Adam Kay delves back into his diaries for a hilarious peek behind the blue curtain at Christmastime.
29. Christmas at the (Snow) Globe, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre London
National treasure, Sandi Toksvig brings the laughter, song and joy of Christmas to the Globe Theatre.
30. The Pirates of Penzance, Palace Theatre London
Swashbuckling humour and wit, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance is chock-full of memorable melodies.
31. A Christmas Carol - The Musical Staged Concert, Dominion Theatre London
With a star-studded cast, this concert production of A Christmas Carol sees London Musical Theatre Orchestra perform one of Charles Dickens' most famous works.
32. Disney's The Lion King, Lyceum Theatre London
Disney's musical phenomenon continues to stun audiences. With dazzling staging and imaginative costumes, this astounding show uses breath-taking magic to tell the story of Simba’s epic journey.
33. Faulty Towers The Dining Experience, Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury London
Inspired by one of Britain's greatest ever comedy series, this 2 hour interactive production is set in a restaurant where you the audience are the diners. If you love the original show, you'll find Faulty Towers The Dining Experience a unique pleasure and great fun.
34. Nutcracker - English National Ballet, London Coliseum
On Christmas Eve in Edwardian London, Clara is given a Nutcracker doll for Christmas, and the pair goes on an enchanted adventure to discover a magical world.
35. The Snowman, Peacock Theatre London
Delighting audiences for 23 years, this magical stage adaption of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved book, and the film directed by Dianne Jackson and produced by John Coates, has transported a generation of children and their families into the wintery wonderland of a boy and a snowman that comes to life.
So with London theatres open and all these incredible London theatres tier 2 performances to choose from, you are spoilt for choice during London tier 2 restrictions. Tier 2 rules London allow you to still have a great time in the city. Theatres in London cannot wait to welcome you into their COVID-Secure shows and we cannot wait to welcome you into our COVID-Secure boutique hotel.Book Now