Some alternatives for festive shows in London, if panto ain’t your thing

Not up for seeing panto but still fancy getting out of the house before Omicron burns it all down? Here’s some alternatives to pantomimes over the coming month, plus a mention for some seriously good deals on West End shows over at Seatplan


Les Misérables and The Phantom Of The Opera star John Owen-Jones will be joining fellow Welsh West End singing sensation Lucie Jones to celebrate the festive season in style at her exclusive December concerts. John – who has starred to great acclaim as both Jean Valjean and The Phantom – will appear at the Lucie Jones at Christmas concerts at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, and at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London.

The intimate and exclusive shows will feature Lucie, who has just finished playing Jenna Hunterson on the UK tour of Waitress and will soon take on the iconic role of Elphaba, and John performing all their favourite Christmas songs and showtunes, accompanied by Lucie’s live band. The dates are Monday December 13 at St David’s Hall, Cardiff and Tuesday, December 14 at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London.

Tickets are on sale now from www.cuffeandtaylor.com


For anyone looking for some queer cheer this Christmas, then The Guilty Feminist Presents CAMP AS CHRISTMAS is planning to provide it in spades. Hosted by Deborah Frances-White, best known for her smash hit podcast The Guilty Feminist (Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie to You? Mock the Week, Question Time) and Tom Allen (8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Mock the Week, The Great Christmas Bake OffThe Guilty Feminist Presents CAMP AS CHRISTMAS promises to offer lively, effervescent, brilliantly witty, satirical, and inevitably camp entertainment from a host of LGBTQ+ celebs including Sandi Toksvig, Russell Tovey & Raven Smith. 

Taking place on 16th December at the magnificent Union Chapel in Islington, the night will bring together the best of London’s comedy, music, and conversation. The event will be held to raise money for two amazing operations. 

  • The Say It Loud Club, is an operation run for & by LGBTQ+ refugees fleeing homophobic violence & criminalisation. 
  • CanDo – founded by a Syrian doctor in London provides a breakthrough early warning system in Syrian schools to give children a chance to evacuate ahead of an aerial attack.

Critically acclaimed international stage sensation Whitney – Queen of the Night is returning to London’s West End as part of its biggest ever UK tour.
The electrifying show – which has wowed audiences and critics in the West End and around the world – is a stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of all time.

Whitney – Queen Of The Night stars the sensational Elesha Paul Moses (What’s Love Got To Do With It?, The Voice, The X Factor) in the title role, supported by a stunning live band. This unmissable show is now visiting more than 80 theatres and venues including a date at the Adelphi Theatre on Tuesday December 7. Tickets are on sale now from www.cuffeandtaylor.com


What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than being entertained by Dragos Montenescu who is bringing his critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe show ALL ABOARD WITH DRAGOS MONTANESCU to London’s Comedy Store on Sunday 12 December at 3.00 pm.  A musical comedy show, ALL ABOARD sees the Romanian star performing a mix of stand-up and sit-down at the piano comedy.

After 20 years at the top of his game in Romania with more than 500 episodes of sitcom and comedy drama as an actor/writer/producer, Dragos fled Romania for the UK in pursuit of a new career in English!   


What happens in Vegas goes on tour this Christmas… The rebellious, rambunctious spirit of the iconic 1960s medley crew arrives at Cadogan Hall on the 18th December 2021, as The Definitive Rat Pack brings the party to London as they embark on their festive tour.

Seasoned West End stars Stephen Triffitt, Mark Adams and George Daniel Long, star as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Joined onstage by acclaimed West End performers The Golddiggers and the internationally renowned Manhattan Swing Orchestra, all costumes, instruments and stage setting is authentically recreated to capture the magic of a live Rat Pack concert, which promises to be the ultimate experience for any big band fan the world over.

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