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They’ve booked the venue
They’ve bought the costumes.
There’s just one problem. They’ve forgotten to cast any actors.
When award-winning comedy trio Sleeping Trees brought their unique brand of slapstick comedy to Battersea’s Latchmere last year, they sold out with their fast, furious and madcap humour.
Now James Dunnell-Smith, Joshua George Smith and John Woodburn return, jumping from character to character with a seemingly supernatural elasticity. Sleeping Trees comes from a tradition of anarchic buffoonery – but don’t let that fool you – it’s all choreographed with military precision.
Join Cinderella on her perilous adventure as the scheming Rumpelstiltskin blackmails the would-be princess into retrieving his golden eggs from the top of the beanstalk. Prince Charming, the Fairy Godmother and Jack’s pregnant cow all do their best to get in the way, so the delicious, oversized eggs may not be so easy to reach. Is poor Cinders doomed to spend her life climbing vegetables with just one shoe?
If you’re looking to treat the family to a magical Christmas but you fancy a change from the usual celebrity-over-substance, try this gem of a show.
★★★★ WHATS ON STAGE
★★★★ WEST END WILMA
★★★★★ BRITISH THEATRE
The Latchmere, 503 Battersea Park Road, London SW11 3BW
Booking: 020 7978 7040
Tickets £15/£12 (Plus pay what you can Sundays at 7pm)
Until Saturday 2 January 2016
If you’re looking for other seasonal treats, why not also try one of these fabulous festive fancies:
A Christmas Carol (Rose Theatre Kingston)
Will Scrooge open his heart to the true spirit of Christmas before it’s too late? Find out in the Rose Theatre Kingston’s beautiful production of the Charles Dickens classic.
La Soiree (Southbank)
LA SOIRÉE’s heady cocktail of cabaret, new burlesque, circus sideshow and contemporary variety is more potent than ever.
Wonder.Land (National Theatre)
A giant green screen, astonishing dance numbers and a cast of extraordinary characters make this ambitious and modern production a hugely satisfying re-telling of Carroll’s masterpiece.
The Little Match Girl (Lilyan Baylis Studio)
Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, this touching tale of an impoverished young street girl’s hopes and dreams is beautifully told through dance, song and original music performed live on stage.
The Lorax (Old Vic)
Inspired by Dr. Seuss’s classic tale, The Lorax tells of a moustachioed and cantankerous critter who’s on a mission to protect the earth from the greedy, tree-chopping, Thneed-knitting businessman known only as The Once-ler.
Derren Brown: Miracle (Palace Theatre)
Hot on the heels from his sensational sell-out show Infamous, master of the mind Derren Brown returns to London’s Palace Theatre with his most daring magic show yet.
Finally…don’t miss the BBC4 broadcast of Gypsy on Sunday 27th Dec. The show was filmed live at the Savoy Theatre, and stars Imelda Staunton and the delightful Gemma Sutton – you can read our interview with Gemma here.
Whatever you choose to do this festive season,
May your days be merry and bright,
Happy Christmas to all,
And to all a good-night!”
Firstly, an apology. We’re about to use the C word. Christmas….and it’s still only August.
While we’re used to stories about the high cost of West End Theatre, even we were a little shocked at the news this week that a festive trip to Elf – The Smash Hit Musical will cost up to an eyewatering £240.00 per ticket. The show will star Kimberley Walsh (Girls Aloud, Strictly Come Dancing, Shrek The Musical) alongside Joe McGann, Jessica Martin and Ben Forster (Jesus Christ Superstar).
Our advice is simply to avoid the uber-expensive seats. The Dominion is one of those theatres which, because it was once a cinema, tends to have pretty great views wherever you sit.