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Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas hero image
Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas hero image
Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas hero image

Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas Tickets

Lyric Hammersmith

Storytelling and puppetry combine to create Pins and Needles Productions' glorious Father Christmas, based on the classic Raymond Briggs' Christmas book.

Theatre company Pins and Needles Productions return to the Lyric Hammersmith with their staging of Raymond Briggs' classic Christmas book Father Christmas. Storytelling, puppetry and stunning design bring the North Pole to life with colour and vibrancy, creating a world especially for children under six.

Raymond Briggs’ picture book Father Christmas takes a rather different view of the red suited character that we usually imagine as perpetually jolly and surrounded by elves. This Father Christmas is lonesome and grumpy, with only a few animals to help him with his annual endeavour of delivering gifts to all the children of the world. Things don’t always go as they should, and Cat and Dog aren’t particularly helpful, but another Christmas passes with everyone receiving their presents in this charming story full of adventure.

Director Emma Earle is the co-Artistic Director of Pins and Needles and an Associate Artist of the egg, as well as Associate Director of Les Infants Terribles. She recently directed Flies at the Tobacco Factory and Edinburgh Fringe, Holly & Ivan’s Christmas Adventures for the Lyric Hammersmith and Earnest and the Pale Moon at the Pleasance Theatre. The original production was designed by Zoe Squire, with music by Lucy Rivers, puppet design by Max Humphries, lighting by George Ogilvie and dramaturgy provided by Adam Peck.

This wonderful story has just the right amount of adventure for little ones, keeping them entertained but without frightening them. It’s a great show for young families’ Christmas traditions, running for a limited festive season from 21 November to 30 December 2018.

Sorry this show closed 30 December 2018, we recommend these similar productions.

Fawlty Towers
A View From the Bridge
The Nutcracker
Performance dates:
21 Nov 2018 - 30 Dec 2018
Running time:
1 hour.
Age recommendation:
Suitable for all ages
Audience Notes:
Family audiences with young children will be swept away by the striking visuals and delightful adventure story.
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