December plays

December is always a strange time for theatre.  It’s either Christmas shows, or alternative-to-Christmas shows.

Alice in Wonderland is a retelling of the classic story with music for children.  On at the Bolton Octagon until 10th January, I saw this in rehearsal and it looks fantastic.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time comes to the Lowry from 18th December to 10th January.  It had great reviews in London so should not be missed.  Adapted by Simon Stephens, and based on the book by Mark Haddon, this looks an innovative and entertaining play.

Little Shop of Horrors is on at the Royal Exchange from 5th December to 31st January.  After the critical success of Hamlet and the mixed reception to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, surely the Royal Exchange must return to form with this Christmas show – the run has been extended so looking good.

For something different, try White Rabbit, Red Rabbit at Contact, a play about a conscientious objector in Iran played by a different actor every night.  Two nights only, 2nd and 3rd December.


Theatre lover, amateur director, occasional actor, writer.

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