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Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol: a marvellously musical, disarmingly sincere take on Dickens

Cold Feet alumnus Robert Bathurst is an iron-fisted Scrooge in Parton’s homespun, soulful interpretation of the famous novella. Read my full Telegraph review here

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This Snow White is as traditional as panto gets (for better or worse)

New Wimbledon Theatre’s festive offering will keep youngsters happy, but a little more creativity wouldn’t have hurt. Read my full Telegraph review here

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What to do in London at Christmas

From shows and restaurants to markets, ice skating and more. Read my full London Theatre article here

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London theatre’s best winter warmers

Escape the winter chill – or embrace it with seasonal shows like Frozen. Read my full London Theatre article here

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A Christmas Carol, Old Vic

Matthew Warchus’s Dickensian charmer is back at the Old Vic for a fifth year. Read my full Telegraph review here

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The West End panto forced to move to Easter – if it can survive

Is Easter the new Christmas? Producer James Seabright certainly hopes so. His Potted Panto, a best-bits of compendium of seven different pantomimes, opened and then closed prematurely in the West End when London was put into Tier 3. So, he’s … Continue reading

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The Nutcracker, Birmingham Royal Ballet online

It’s a tough year for our festive favourite, with the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s (BRB) Nutcrackers all obstructed by the Government’s tier restrictions. But, 2020 style, it’s a pivot to digital for BRB, who live-streamed their production from Birmingham Rep … Continue reading

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The theatre where Christmas is saved – thanks to ‘the Morecambe and Wise of Weston-super-Mare’

Christmas has been cancelled for most of Britain’s theatres, thanks to the Government’s tightening of tier restrictions, with venues all having to close if placed into tiers 3 and 4. But amidst the slew of bad news for the West … Continue reading

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‘Justin Bieber has been so supportive of the NHS’: the Covid nurse aiming for a Christmas number one

Five years ago, pop star Justin Bieber faced surprising competition in the race for the Christmas number one: a choir formed of doctors, nurses and staff from the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. Bieber eventually threw his weight behind their … Continue reading

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How are Britain’s cathedral choirs preparing for a Covid Christmas?

For many, the official sound of Christmas is a cathedral choir in full voice, leading us in traditional music and favourite carols. But it’s been a tough year for choristers, with lockdowns and tier restrictions hampering their work. Three leading … Continue reading

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