TWELVE MUST-HAVES FOR THEATRE FANS THIS XMAS

The Twelve Gifts of Christmas

We sent our elves out to find the best gifts for Theatre Lovers. They came back with twelve perfect pressies – one for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas, ranging from the completely luxurious to the truly affordable. One thing they all have in common is that they’re utterly fabulous.

1. A trip to The Big Apple!

Luxury: Fly to New York in style with BA from London City airport
Budget: Check out apps like Skyscanner, Travelbag or Expedia. If you shop around, you can find flights in January from as little as £250 return.
Try to stay as close to Times Square as you can. We’d suggest the Hyatt Times Square if your budget stretches that far!
135 West 45th Street New York, New York, USA, 10036
Tel: +1 646 364 1234

Time out in Times Square
Hyatt Times Square – the captivating core of the Big Apple!

2. Tickets to see Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl

Luxury: Take your pick of the seats for Britain’s favourite Funny Girl but be quick before they all go!
Budget: Slip an IOU inside the original DVD (£6.80 at the time of writing)….with the promise to queue for £15 day seats nearer the time!

3. Membership of the Audience Club

The first rule of The Audience Club….shhh! Don’t talk about it!  You just pay £5.00 to their favourite charity.

The first rule of The Audience Club....
The first rule of The Audience Club? Don’t talk about it!

4. Hamilton The Musical

Luxury: Splash out and see Hamilton The Musical – set to sweep the board at the 2016 Tony Awards. (Flights and hotel not included!)
Budget: If you can’t get to New York, bag the Hamilton soundtrack.

5. A Trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Luxury: The eye-wateringly expensive Waldorf Astoria on Princes Street offers spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle – be sure to ask for a room with a view!
Budget: The University of Edinburgh offers student rooms which are basic but central.
Top tip: Book trains 12 weeks in advance for the very best deals. Everything is at a premium in Edinburgh during the festival – for good reason. It is utterly brilliant.

6. Theatre Tokens

The Society of London Theatre’s Theatre Tokens are the perennially popular Xmas gift whatever your budget. Perfect if you just can’t decide what to see!

7. Kristina från Duvemåla

If you haven’t heard this Abba-meets-Les Mis soundtrack then you really must. The Carnegie Hall concert recording has a string of 5 star reviews. Take a listen and you’ll soon hear why.

8. Café Press

Fabulous gifts for Theatre Lovers of all budgets at the wonderful Cafe Press. Pick pretty much anything from here and you’d even bring a smile to the Phantom’s face….

If it's got a Musical connection, you'll find it at Cafe Press
Seen the show, bought the T-shirt…

9. Dinner at Rules

A must for any theatre lover, Rules Restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden is London’s oldest and has even featured in Downton Abbey. This was where Elaine Stritch learned of the sad demise of Noel Coward. Vouchers allow you to set an amount to fit your budget.

10. Opera glasses

Look like a real theatre luvvie with these gorgeous Opera Glasses – just £24.99 from Dresscircle.

11. Indulge yourself with a weekend in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Visit the birthplace of Shakespeare – it’s a lovely place for a stroll by the river. The mid-priced Premier Inn offers prices from just £35.00
If you’re more of a city-dweller, why not enjoy a backstage tour of Shakespeare’s Globe in the heart of London? Adults £15.00 – concessions available.

Brush up your Shakespeare this Christmas!
Brush up your Shakespeare this Christmas!

12. Lego – yes really!

This might be one for the kids, but just look at what artist JanetVanD came up with – a perfect replica of Her Majesty’s Theatre! If that’s a bit ambitious, try starting with the lovely Palace Cinema!

The ultimate Lego Theatre!
The ultimate Lego Theatre….just awaiting the Chandelier!

Have a very Theatrical Christmas…and happy shopping. xxx