Christmas 2014: Six Christmas shows for panto-haters

From Grimm Tales to Edward Scissorhands, we've got the lot

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Grimm Tales

To 15 Feb, Bargehouse, London;

Immersive adventure based on Philip Pullman’s re-telling of fairytales “for young and old”. For age eight and up.

The Christmas Truce

29 Nov to 31 Jan, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon;

You may have First World War-drama fatigue by now, but hold out for this

offering, about the ceasefire in 1914. For age nine and up.

Edward Scissorhands

On tour to 14 Mar;

A welcome return for Matthew Bourne’s ballet version of Tim Burton’s movie, featuring Danny Elfman’s distinctive music. A captivating spectacle, with heart to boot.

Treasure Island

3 Dec to 8 Apr, National Theatre, London;

Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s buccaneering adventure will no doubt be rendered epic on the National’s biggest stage.

For little pirates aged 10 and over.


26 Nov to 4 Jan, Royal & Derngate, Northampton;

Ella Hickson’s wonderful Wendy and Peter at the RSC was a theatrical highlight of last year, so hopefully she’ll sprinkle the same magic over her new festive family show.

Palace of the Snow Queen

27 Nov to 23 Dec, east London;

Grown ups can make a night of it at another immersive theatre offering, in a secret location, where the white, regal one commands spectacular circus and cabaret acts to entertain you.