Essential guide to festive shows in East London

Our round-up of festive shows covers the traditional – pantomimes (oh yes we did), the Christmassy (a couple of Dickens) and the shows that happen to be going on in December, which is good enough for us.

STAGE

Hackney Empire

Dick Whittington and His Cat – firm favourite Clive Rowe appears in a story that has the Windrush Empire at its heart.

Until 5 January, various times, from £10, details

 

Theatre Royal Stratford East

Dick Whittington – will Dick defeat the villainous rodent who’s taken control of the city?

Until 11 January, various times, from £10, details

 

Wilton’s Music Hall

Christmas Carol: A Fairytale – Scrooge’s sister Fan receives three ghosts in a twist to the classic story.

Until 4 January, 7.30pm (2.30pm mats), from £20, details

 

Barbican

Three Shakespeare plays – Measure For Measure, As You Like It and The Taming of the Shrew from the RSC.

Until January 18, various dates and times, from £10, details

 

Greenwich Theatre

A Christmas Carol – John O’Connor recreates Charles Dickens’ famous performance of the author’s  ghost story.

9-23 December, 7.30pm (mats 2.30pm), £17, details

Tim Key at the Arcola

Arcola Theatre

Tim Key: Chrimbo Bimbo – poems have all been dug back out of trusty Christmas chest. Classic Christmas Fayre.

12-20 December, 9.30pm, from £15, details

 

The O2

Jack Whitehall: Stood Up – the comedian makes scabrous observations. Critically panned but always popular.

15 December, doors 6.30pm, from £25, details

 

The O2

Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic – Join a cast of more than 50 Disney characters old (Mickey Mouse) and new (the cast of Frozen) as they sing 30 unforgettable songs.

26 Dec – 5 Jan, various times, from £33, details

MUSIC

The O2

Jingle Bell Ball – A-list headliners including Stormzy, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith etc account for the sell-out..

7-8 December, 6pm, returns only, details

 

The O2

An Evening With Michael Buble – the master crooner brings festive cheer.

9-10 December, doors 6.30pm, from £83, details

 

The O2

Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics – with guests Beverley Knight, Becky Hill, Robert Owens and Maxi Jazz.

13-14 December, doors 6.30pm, from £42, details

The O2

Rod Stewart – after showing off his monster model railway, the singer is back to what he does (second) best.

17-20 December, doors 6.30pm, from £65, details

SPORT

Copper Box Arena

Basketball: London Lions v Glasgow Rocks – the Lions are looking to defend their trophy after winning the league last season.

8 December, 4pm, from £9,90, details

ART & ARCHITECTURE

Canary Wharf

Art, Architecture and Old Flo – a guided tour around Canary Wharf with architectural photographer Grant Smith

7 December, 11am-1pm, FREE, details

EXHIBITIONS

Museum of London Docklands

The Clash: London Calling – behind the scenes on the making of the ground-breaking London Calling album on its 40th anniversary.

Until April, 10am-6pm, FREE, details

 

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