Lots of arts events to choose from locally over Christmas.
Jack and the Beanstalk – Lyric Theatre, Lyric Square, King Street
Tickets £15 ‐ £40 available here. Running time – 130 minutes. Ages 6+
See the review in the Evening Standard.
Bush Hall, 310 Uxbridge Road, London W12 7LJ 020 8222 6955
Lots going on at this excellent Edwardian venue. It was originally built in 1904 and was used as a dance hall through the roaring twenties and as a soup kitchen during the Second World War.
Comedy: Bush Hall Presents a Festive Tim Key – details here.
Then on New Year’s Eve there is: The Sheen Resistance presents: Lost in Disco New Years Eve Extravaganza! Sunday, Dec 31, 2017 9:00 PM – 3am January 1st 2018. Details here.
Baron’s Court Theatre, The Curtains Up pub, 28a Comeragh Road, London W14 9HR 020 7602 0235
An intimate venue under the Curtains Up pub. Founded in 1991 it has only 57 seats.
Coming up we have Improvised Pantomimes. 7.30pm – 10.00pm from 12th- 17th of December with the Very Serious People. Tickets £10-£12 here.
Then we have The Fairground Magic Show. Set in the Fairground and carnivals of yesteryear. A traditional magic show for the whole family. Created and presented by magician and showman Richard Leigh. Tickets £10-£12 here.
More details here.
Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Road, W12 8LJ 020 8743 5050
I’m afraid very much dominated by agitprop in recent years. Currently showing Parliament Square about a woman who sets herself on fire for no terribly clear reason. “There’s passion here, but without purpose and direction it just fizzes and zips about haphazardly, like a lit firework in a box,” said the review in The Times. Plus “some blurry existential musing.”
As Miss Jean Brodie said: “For those who like that sort of thing. That is the sort of thing they like.”
Others might prefer A Storystock Christmas on Saturday December 9th and Saturday December 16th. “A magical series of interactive storytelling, craft, drama and comedy sessions for all the family this winter season.” More details here.
Tabard Theatre, 2 Bath Road, W4 1LW 0208 995 6035
This 96 seat venue opened in 1985 above the Tabard Pub and is very near Turnham Green tube – so just over the border in Hounslow.
The Little Match Girl, 7 December – 31 December 2017 adapted from the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Tuesday – Saturday 7pm, Saturday Matinees 3pm, Sunday Matinees 3pm.
Tickets £19.50 Concessions £16.50 Under 16’s £14.50. More details here.
Irish Cultural Centre, 5 Black’s Road, Hammersmith, W6 9DT
Nun’s Chorus – an Irish Theatre Play by Sally Mulready. Directed by Molly Mulready. “Set in 1950s Ireland, ‘Nun’s Chorus’ tells the story of what happens when a group of Carmelite Nuns, from an enclosed order, are forced to leave their convent for the very first time in years, to go on an holiday to Galway.”
Friday December 8th, 7.45pm. Tickets £10, £6 concessions. More details here.
I agree with your comment about the Bush Theatre. It does seem to have a political axe of a certain flavour to grind quite a lot of the time. It’s an important cultural resource for its neighbourhood and a more balanced and challenging (or even just entertaining) programme is needed.
Just on a related tangent, the Xmas market in King Street at the weekend featured such traditional festive offerings as a stall festooned with the EU flag handing out “Bollocks to BREXIT” stickers and a couple of people with clipboards inviting us to sign up to “Save Charing Cross Hospital”. The council never give it a rest do they.
It was dire. Very little seemed to have to do with Christmas, just the usual collection of low budget street traders and other odds and ends. At least there was a bloke selling tree at sensible prices.