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Theatre & Live Events Around The World: December 2018

By Claire Hammond

Take a look at the live events, entertainment, theatre and arts around the world we’ve found for you this month. What’s happening near you? See the year out with a bang with this eclectic mix of festivals, holiday productions, and New Year celebrations. 

December, 2018

THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR, NEW YORK, USA

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes is an annual musical holiday stage show presented at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and celebrates all things Christmas and New York. A must-see!

THE NUTCRACKER, HONG KONG

It’s an enchanted journey up the Christmas Tree with little Clara, as snowflakes swirl, flowers waltz, and the Hong Kong Ballet present this timeless traditional story. Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score contains some of the most brilliant music written for ballet, and renowned Australian choreographer Terence Kohler brings a world of wonderment and joy in this perennial holiday celebration, with live music by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

WONDERLAND FESTIVAL, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

As the days warm up and dusk playfully turns into evening, Wonderland Festival turns up the intensity with a unique carnival of burlesque, circus, music, theatre, comedy and more. Purveyors of all things weird and wonderful, the festival will tantalise you with shows explicitly curated to surprise and delight.

CIRCUS 1903, LONDON, UK

Fresh from the Paris Theatre in Las Vegas, Circus 1903 visits Southbank Centre London for its European premiere. The show includes sensational life-sized elephants stunningly created by puppeteers from War Horse, putting elephants back in the ring as never before. Featuring acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, trapeze and high-wire performers and more, this show captivates and transports audiences of all ages to the golden age of circus.

PETER PAN GOES WRONG, CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND

Following hot on the wobbly heels of the box office hit The Play That Goes Wrong, brings its triumphant disaster Peter Pan Goes Wrong from London’s West End to New Zealand and Australia. The play turns the J.M. Barrie classic, Peter Pan, into a hilarious masterclass of physical comedy and all over disaster.

SNOW WHITE, LONDON, UK

Following the recent success of Cinderella, the traditional London Palladium panto returns to the legendary West End theatre with Snow White, starring Dawn French in her pantomime debut. The Palladium is steeped in pantomime history which began back in 1914, and the history continues today.

EVITA, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

With more than 20 major awards to its credit, the original Broadway and West End production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical EVITA opens at Arts Centre Melbourne in December. Featuring some of the best loved songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, and Another Suitcase in Another Hall, this smash hit show truly promises to be one of the highlights of the year!

A CHRISTMAS CAROL, LONDON, UK

Matthew Warchus’ big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol once again returns to The Old Vic. Filling the auditorium to the brim with mince pies, music and merriment, the unique staging immerses the audience in this uplifting story.

LA BOHEME, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Put on some bling, kick up your heels and head out the door. Leave the crowds behind as you stroll towards the magnificent Sydney Opera House. Enjoy drinks or a wonderful meal overlooking Sydney Harbour before you head inside to watch the romantic La Bohème performed by Opera Australia. Gale Edwards’ glittering production is set among the fishnets and fairy lights of 1930’s bohemian Berlin.

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