What’s On in the New Year

Circus 1903
Expect acrobats, contortionists, trapeze artists, a death-defying high-wire act and sensational life-sized elephants, created by the puppeteers behind War Horse.

All this entertainment is packaged into a show with a gorgeous vintage feel, inspired by the classic circuses of the turn-of-the-century era.

And there’s great news if you’re lucky enough to have experienced the thrill of Circus 1903 before: there are new acts included for this season.
Until January 2
Royal Festival Hall

Beauty and The Beast Family Pantomime
The show tells the story of a Prince who is cursed by an Enchantress and turned into a Hairy Beast. Will he find true love and reverse the curse?

Will village girl Belle be able to see his true heart under his beastly appearance? All will be revealed.

Featuring all the ingredients of a traditional pantomime including big song and dance numbers, side-splitting comedy, lots of audience participation and a huge sprinkling of pantomime magic this is a show that will delight young and old.

Dick & Dom and Derek Griffiths will be starring in this year’s pantomime.
Until January 2
Fairfield Halls

Sleeping Beauty
Musical theatre and TV star Lee Mead will star as The Prince alongside theatre and dance phenomenon Bonnie Langford as The Good Fairy.

Once upon a time in a land far away, the beautiful Princess Aurora is given a sixteenth birthday present by her evil godmother Carabosse.

By pricking her finger on an enchanted spinning wheel she is placed under a cruel curse and forced to sleep for 100 years.

Can true love survive and the handsome Prince Charming break the spell? Can Aurora’s hilarious best friend Muddles help save the town and who will outwit the evil Enchantress and foil her wicked plans?
Until January 2
Churchill Theatre

The Night Before Christmas
Inspired by Clement Clarke Moore’s much-loved poem, Christmas Eve is brought to life in a new production featuring original music, skilful puppetry and a generous sprinkling of festive magic.

Amber is six and loves reindeers! It’s Christmas Eve but Grandad is being extremely grumpy, and Amber’s favourite snow-globe gets broken. Then her world is turned topsy turvy by a surprise visitor and Amber begins an adventure she will never forget.

Join Amber on a festive journey like no other – after all, on the night before Christmas, surprises can happen.
Until January 16
The Polka Theatre

Deep in the wood, a lonely fairy longs for someone to bless.

When she is summoned to the palace to help the princess sleep, her dream turns into a nightmare and her blessing becomes a curse.

Soon, she is plunged into a frantic, hundred-year quest to somehow make everything right.

Rosalie Craig plays the fairy in this vividly original retelling of Sleeping Beauty: a mythic, big-hearted new musical that goes beyond the waking kiss.
Until January 22
National Theatre

Best of Enemies
It is 1968 – a year of protest that divided America.

As two men fight to become the next President, all eyes are on the battle between two others – the cunningly conservative William F Buckley Jr., and the iconoclastic liberal Gore Vidal.
Beliefs are challenged and slurs slung as these political idols feud nightly in a new television format, debating the moral landscape of a shattered nation.

Little do they know they’re about to open up a new frontier in American politics, and transform television news forever. Charles Edwards plays Gore Vidal and David Harewood plays William F. Buckley Jr.
Until January 22
The Young Vic

Bring It On
The smash-hit Broadway cheerleading musical backflips into the UK, starring Amber Davies and Olympic gymnast Louis Smith.

Inspired by the film of the same name, Bring It On: The Musical takes you on a high-flying, high-energy journey tackling friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness – wrapped up in explosive choreography and tricks.

Cheer-royalty and newly crowned Squad Captain, Campbell, should be embarking on her most cheertastic senior year at Truman High School.

When she’s forced to move to the neighbouring hard-knock Jackson High, Campbell fears her life is over.

But an unlikely friendship catapults Campbell back into contention, with a powerhouse squad and the fire to achieve the impossible.
Until January 22
Queen Elizabeth Hall

Womxn of Colour Art Award Exhibition: Altitude 
Altitude features the work of WoCAA winner Maybelle Peters as well as 7 artists WoCAA finalists currently working in the UK. Some are early-career practitioners just starting to find their voice whilst others have established studio practices.

This poignant, immersive and timely show celebrates the fact that these artists are continuing to make art. As such, Altitude is holding the space for artists to question audiences as well as facilitate the emergence of new aesthetic narratives for womxn of colour.

Curator Marlene Smith has selected an exciting range of new and recent artworks including drawing, print, photography, textiles, sound, film and performance.
Until February 26
198 Contemporary Arts & Learning

Kids’ Countdown with Ida Barr
Start your family’s New Year revels early at a daytime party with ex-music hall singer turned hip-hop goddess Ida Barr.

It’s the perfect way to celebrate New Year’s Eve with little ones, as we count down to 12 at midday.

Ida’s party features sing-songs, fashion shows, dancing and Auld Lang Syne, so get your best threads out the loft and your dancing shoes on.

All ages can come and party hard, have a smashing time and still be in bed nice and early.
December 31
The Clore Ballroom, Royal Festival Hall

The London New Year’s Eve Ball 2021
Join us for an all-inclusive Après Ski-themed New Year’s eve party in the heart of Battersea Park with breathtaking scenery, sumptuous food, and mesmerising entertainment: the magic ingredients for an unforgettable New Year.

Kick off 2022 in style and treat yourself to something a bit different this New Year’s Eve. The ball is perfect for attending alongside a group of friends or as a couple, it’s set to be truly special.
December 31
Battersea Park

Glitterbox New Year’s Day
An iconic party brand that champions the values of inclusivity and diversity at its core, the blissful Glitterbox crew promises another memorable Printworks takeover on NYD with no shortage of glam dancers, sequences, disco anthems and, of course, tons of glitter.

The first day of 2022 will be soundtracked by a unique selection of disco and house music stalwarts including Derrick Carter, Floorplan, Jocelyn Brown Live PA, Luke Solomon, and many more.
January 1



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