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The Christmas Gift Guide

Posted 11th December 2020

Stuck on gift ideas this festive season? Look no further..

For those who want to learn about theatreland’s hidden tales

They’ve been to many, many theatres but there may be one story they haven’t yet uncovered in London. When it reopens in 2021, Theatre Royal Drury Lane is giving you the chance to take a behind the scenes tour round the West End’s oldest theatre site.

Surviving tragedy, bankruptcy, fire, and even murder, delve deep in the theatre’s almost 400 years of history.

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For those who have all the film memorabilia already

Are they a fan of the 80s cult classic, Back to the Future? You can’t go wrong with the theatre show of the same name. If they’re new to musicals, don’t worry; the movie’s creators are involved and you bet those memorable songs still feature.

Great Scott! You’re gonna see some serious… entertainment!

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For those who want to see the newest show in the West End

A brand new score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by the Oscar-nominated David Zippel and a script by Killing Eve’s writer, Emerald Fennell? Cinderella is the newness that’s heading your way in 2021.

Leading lady, Carrie Hope Fletcher and director Laurence Connor (School of Rock the Musical) also join the dream team.

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For those who love the laughs

No joke, we’ve got the cream of the comedy crop coming to The London Palladium. For observational, you’ve got the likes of Josh Widdicombe and Jason Manford, for unfiltered perspectives see Katherine Ryan or Ross Noble and for no taboo stone left unturned, there’s always Ricky Gervais.

If there was ever the time to give the gift of some laughs, it’s now.

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For those who are fanatic about Disney

You may already be able to recite that song in perfect pitch, but Frozen The Musical brings so much more to the stage. Putting you in the magical world of Arendelle, the tale you know comes to the West End, following a successful stint on Broadway.

Expect groundbreaking sets and special effects, exquisite costumes and innovative stagecraft in the show for all ages.

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For those who fancy a foodie treat in the city

Based in the soon-to-be-open Theatre Royal Drury Lane, dine like Kings and Queens with their new Afternoon Tea experience. You’ll be nestled in The Grand Saloon, home to dazzling chandeliers, lavish furnishings, fine art and terraces overlooking Covent Garden and beyond.

Set inside an opulent and elegant setting, indulge in an afternoon tea to match.

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For those looking for a bit of nostalgia

Go, Go, Go to The London Palladium in summer 2021 as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is returning with Jac Yarrow back as the title character and Jason Donovan as the roof-raising Pharaoh.

Experience the joyous classic for a no-doubt feel-good time.

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For those who’d like a family-friendly classic

The Roald Dahl classic is brought to life via an extraordinary show, featuring original songs by comedian, Tim Minchin. The familiar story does wild and whimsical well, thanks to its vivid sets, energetic routines and colourful costumes.

We challenge you not to hum the songs once you leave the Cambridge Theatre.

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For those you can find in the crowd of a gig

So you know they’re into music, you’re just not too sure what kind of music to spend the money on? Step away from snooping on their Spotify, bank on The London Palladium and they’ll have many a gig to choose from.

Chart toppers, veteran rockers and dancefloor hit droppers, we got it all.

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For those who want to see the musical of all musicals

Do you know someone who loves the grandeur and spectacle of a theatre show? No one does it as good as The Phantom of the Opera. A mainstay of musical theatre for over 34 years, follow The Phantom as he hides within the shadows of the Paris Opera House.

Expect jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects, all within the majestic Her Majesty’s Theatre.

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