The Snow Queen - Bristol Old Vic - photo Mark Douet
The Snow Queen - Bristol Old Vic - photo Mark Douet
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Theatre and music across the West this Christmas

Live performances help make a memorable Christmas, especially if it is something that everyone enjoys.  Nothing else beats experiencing a show or concert.  Whether it’s music, theatre, comedy or carols there’s something for you nearby.

Kai and Gerda from the Snow Queen - photo Mark Douet
Kai and Gerda from the Snow Queen – photo Mark Douet

Getting rave reviews already is Bristol Old Vic’s The Snow Queen.  ‘Deliciously dark’ new version of Hans Christian Anderson’s traditional story of best friends Gerda and Kai are inseparable until their world is turned upside down when children start disappearing, and the legend of the strangely beautiful Snow Queen becomes all too real.

One of the biggest shows this Christmas is at the Hippodrome.  A magical Cinderella comes to Bristol – its a singing and dancing extravaganza on ice with Torvill & Dean take to the stage as the Fairy Godparents, real Shetland ponies and glittering sets.

Make tickets to see Aladdin the pantomime one of your three wishes this Christmas…climb aboard a magic carpet and let the Theatre Royal Bath take you on an amazing journey.  From now until January 8.

Cinderella at the Tobacco Factory (courtesy of Farrows)
Cinderella at the Tobacco Factory (courtesy of Farrows)

There’s another Cinders in Bristol this Christmas. Cinderella: A Fairytale premiered at the Tobacco Factory in 2011, it has been performed it three other venues for Christmas, it has been seen by 60,000 people, been nominated for an Olivier Award and won an off West End Award. When Ella’s mother dies she is brought up by her devoted and loving father but Ella’s peaceful life is turned upside down by a host of new and unpleasant relations. It appears her only allies are the feathered friends who roost in the trees, but they are no ordinary birds…on until 22 January.

Weston’s Playhouse hosts John Challis aka Boycie Only Fools and Horses and Weston’s own Chloe Hawkins in this year’s panto from December until 1 January.   An arrogant young prince falls under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into a hideous Beast until he learns to love and be loved in return. The spirited, headstrong village girl Beauty enters the Beast’s castle after he imprisons her father. Join the Playhouse in this tale of love, friendship and magic this Christmas to see how this tale unfolds.

img_2989It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And that can mean only one thing. For over 120 years Bristol Choral Society have been getting a seasonal handle on Messiah, and this year at the Colston Hall will be a great start to the Christmas festivities on 17 December.

On 21 December Elvis is in the Valley…Yeo Valley.  Break out your blue suede shoes, and get those sideburns growing… the King is coming to Yeo Valley HQ for one hip swivelling night.  Darren ‘Graceland’ Jones is one of the top UK Elvis tribute artists, the only person ever to win Best Welsh Elvis three years on the trot!  You’ll be ‘All Shook Up’ and ready to ‘Rock’n’Roll’ for Christmas!  £40 including a delicious Yeo Valley meal.

Join Above & Beyond on Thursday 15 December for a magical evening of carols at Bristol Cathedral.  Compered by the BBC’s Phil Hammond and all proceeds go to Bristol city centre hospitals, £10 a ticket or £20 for a family ticket.

There’s no escaping Nutty Noah, even at Christmas time.  Local favourite Nutty Noah has a very silly show for families at Bath’s Komedia.  The show is geared for children and their families to relish – there is no educational content – guaranteed!  ‘He made mummy snort laugh through her nose’ – Freya aged 9

Once again Starlite Productions return to Redgrave Theatre at Clifton Colleage from 31 December – 7 January with a traditional fun filled family pantomime. Fresh from receiving the NODA award for Best Pantomime in the South West, this fabulous team look forward to treating you to an experience you won’t forget…. Oh no you won’t.

St George’s Hall off Park Street, in Bristol hosts two Christmas Spectacular evenings performed by professional orchestra, the Bristol Ensemble, with the 100-strong voices of City of Bristol Choir on 20 and 21 December.  It promises to be an entertaining evening of festive music including sparkling orchestral pieces, beautiful choral Christmas carols and the opportunity for audience members to join in with the singing too.

Take a look at other Christmassey activities around the west on Live Mendips’ what’s on page.