Auditoriums and concert halls all across the North are now selling their Christmas theatre and concerts, and it is best to plan ahead as the top tickets sell out faster than Santa on a speeding sleigh.
This year the theatre stocking is well and truly stuffed with a mix of reimagined Broadway classics, exciting new stories and traditional family favourites, while carols and hymns are performed by the North’s finest orchestras and ensembles. Here are our picks of the very best festive-themed theatre productions and concerts.
Here are our picks
The Guild of Misrule team up with great friends and charity Theatre Deli for the yet another year to present a rousing rendition of A Christmas Carol, served over a two-course Christmas feast cooked up by local suppliers.
Get your tickets quick to have your eyes opened by a whole other (animal) world this festive season. Mark Williams (The Fast Show) stars in the title role of this major new musical adaptation.
The Hallé at Christmas will celebrate great Scandinavian composers (Finlandia), feature live accompaniment to classic films (The Snowman and Casino Royale), and invite world-hallenowned guest artists to lead joyous festivities (Hallé Extravaganza with Noah Stewart).
Neil Brand’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ festive classic gives it a dark and atmospheric twist – helped along by Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Chamber Choir and actors from Manchester School of Theatre. The leading role of Ebenezer Scrooge is played by Timothy West for this one-off staging.
Put on your best Victorian bib-and-tucker as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future whisk you on a brilliantly funny flight of theatrical fancy in Spymonkey’s A Christmas Carol.
Coming to The Lowry this December. With Morecambe and Wise’s most-loved routines, songs and sketches, An Evening of Eric & Ern at Christmas is a superb homage to the comedy duo.
Who doesn’t love a charmingly grumpy character? Especially when it’s the big man himself? Lucky for us that the critically acclaimed production of Raymond Briggs’ classic tale docks at Waterside this Christmas.