News: new musicals for Christmas and New Year

It’s a theatre that reliably creates memorable Christmas productions so it is good to hear that Forever Plaid will return to Upstairs at the Gatehouse from 16th December. The cast features Cameron Burt, George Crawford, Christopher Short and Alexander Zane, with Ian Oakley (musical director) and Jess Martin.

The show was written and originally directed and choreographed by Stuart Ross and has musical continuity, supervision and arrangements by James Raitt. This production is directed by John Plews and choreographed by Racky Plews.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice arrives at the South wark Playhouse from 9th January. This enchanting new British musical explores the extraordinary world of a sorcerer and his rebellious daughter, as she discovers the explosive possibilities of her newfound magical powers. Acclaimed musical theatre writers Richard Hough and Ben Morales Frost have created this gender-swapped twist on the timeless poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which also inspired the Dukas symphony that memorably featured in the Disney film ‘Fantasia’.

The cast features Nicola Blackman, Dawn Hope, Mary Moore (title role), Marc Pickering, Yazdan Qafouri, and David Thaxton, with an ensemble of Tom Bales, Ryan Pidgen, Vicki Lee Taylor, and Kayleigh Thadani.

Neil McDermott and Gina Beck met over 20 years ago performing with the National Youth Music Theatre. And since they now live in the same village with two children each, they really wanted to make something for small people and their families to ensure that Christmas this year is as magical as ever.

So they’ve created The Elf Who Was Scared of Christmas, a journey of self-discovery, friendship and Christmas cheer, ending in an an all-singing, all-dancing musical celebration featuring some of your favourite Christmas songs. The Elf Who Was Scared of Christmas runs at Charing Cross Theatre from Tuesday 8th – Wednesday 23rd December.

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