What’s On this Week: 7th January – 14th

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

Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2021
New Contemporaries exhibition of emerging and early career artists returns to the SLG for the fourth consecutive year.

The 2021 edition includes 75 artists selected through an open submission by internationally renowned artists Hew Locke, Tai Shani and Michelle Williams Gamaker.

New Contemporaries was established in 1949 to give visibility and recognition to an incredible breadth and depth of emerging talent.

It also provides other vital development opportunities that enable artists’ practices to become more sustainable long-term.
Until February 20
The South London Gallery

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

OAE TOTS: Going on a Journey
Travel back in time to sing, clap and stomp along during a Baroque journey around Europe in this interactive family event.

This fun-filled trip through musical history is sound tracked by the horns, winds and strings of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, who know a thing or two about making the most of music’s rich history.

This time the Resident Orchestra caters its tunes, and its knowledge, to kids of between two and five, as well as their parents.
January 9
Royal Festival Hall

TS Eliot Prize Readings
See live readings from the ten poets shortlisted for producing the most scintillating poetry of the past year, hosted by poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan.
January 9
Royal Festival Hall

The Da Vinci Code
The blockbuster story based on Dan Brown’s multi-million selling novel, has its world stage premiere in Bromley.

Starring Nigel Harman, Danny John Jules and Hannah Rose Caton, The Da Vinci Code follows the pulse-racing journey of Professor Robert Langdon and fellow cryptologist Sophie Neveu as they discover a trail of clues left beside the murdered body of the Louvre curator and race to uncover the truth in the greatest thriller of the past 2000 years.
January 10 to 15
Churchill Theatre




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