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What’s On – International: 14th – 20th Dec

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1. Living Newspaper – Edition 1

What – Performance
When – 14th – 20th December 2020

WhereRoyal Court Theatre Website

Each weekly edition of the newspaper will be created by both a collective of writers responsible for the front page and overall tone of the edition and contributing writers offering individual pieces. Edition 1 is written by Miriam Battye, Amir Gudarzi, Nazareth Hassan, Matilda Ibini, Sonia Jalaly, Jasmine Lee Jones, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, Somalia Nonyé Seaton, Katherine Soper, Chris Thorpe, Temi Wilkey and Daniel York Loh.

It will be urgent, responsive and fast – with writers filing their pieces by Tuesday and actors performing from Thursday, script-in-hand, hot off the press. Each edition will include performances relating to the moment we are in with local and global perspectives, longer form pieces, dating columns, a cartoon of the week, the world in pictures, a weather room, agony aunts, horoscopes and much more.

2. Nine Lessons And Carols

What – Performance
When –15th December onwards

WhereAlmeida Theatre website

Stories For A Long Winter

Created By Chris Bush, Rebecca Frecknall and The Company with Songs By Maimuna Memon

This is not a Corona play.

This is a play about connection and isolation, about lighting a candle to see us through the longest night, about what we hold on to when we cannot hold each other.

Almeida Associate Director Rebecca Frecknall (Summer and Smoke, The Duchess of Malfi), playwright Chris Bush (Standing at the Sky’s Edge, Pericles) and a company of six performers devise a new production reflecting on a year of separation and the power of contact.

3. Father Christmas

What – Performance
When – Until 24th December 2020

WhereLyric UK Website

Join Santa as he awakes from a dream of sun, sea and sand only to find it is the busiest day of the year: Christmas Eve. Back for another brilliant bloomin’ year. Christmas isn’t Christmas without this Lyric family favourite. Book now to stream the online version of Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas, filmed especially for you this year.

4. The Nutcracker

What – Performance
When – 18th – 24th December 2020

WhereBirmingham Royal Ballet Website

Join Birmingham Royal Ballet and The REP as they bring the magic of The Nutcracker At The REP to your living room. When Clara’s toys come to life at the stroke of midnight, she embarks on a fantastical journey through a winter wonderland. Be whisked from the heart-warming Christmas Eve party where Fritz and Clara meet the magician Drosselmeyer, to the rousing battle between King Rat and the toy soldiers, through a flurry of Snowflakes to the Kingdom of Sweets, where Clara meets the Sugar Plum Fairy and her prince. The production will feature Peter Wright’s award-winning choreography which was adapted by David Bintley for the acclaimed production at the Royal Albert Hall.

For Christmas 2020, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Carlos Acosta and The REP’s Sean Foley have created a special version of The Nutcracker. This new, 80-minute magical experience will conjure up the most dazzling moments and characters from the timeless full-length show. Brought to life by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s world-class dancers, this enchanting spectacle features the Royal Ballet Sinfonia performing Tchaikovsky’s cherished score live. Don’t miss this reimagined family favourite, guaranteed to sprinkle Christmas cheer from the comfort of your own home.

5. A Christmas Carol

What – Theatre Performance
When – 12th – 24th December 2020

WhereOld Vic Theatre website

Matthew Warchus’ big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol returns to the Old Vic stage this year, to be performed live from their auditorium and streamed to homes across the world. This Christmas, come together with your household or with friends and family online to take part in the music and merriment of this uplifting story, joyously adapted by Jack Thorne. A Christmas Carol will be performed and streamed live as part of the Old Vic: In Camera series.

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