Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas at Lyric Hammersmith tickets
Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas at Lyric Hammersmith tickets

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Overview

With festive pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk playing at the Lyric Hammersmith, the theatre never forgets tiny theatregoers, and Christmas is no exception. A firm audience favourite, Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas returns to entertain London audiences, playing a strictly limited, snow-filled festive season.

Written in 1973 by Raymond Briggs, Father Christmas sees a grumpy Santa who isn’t a fan of the cold, cold snow. But, the crimson-clad Claus is determined to get himself and his reindeer ready to deliver presents on Christmas Eve. However, things don’t always go to plan!

With the monumental task of delivering presents to all the children in the world, Father Christmas quickly finds that the weather is dangerous, and some chimneys are rather too small and dirty to climb down. His pets, Cat and Dog, also cause plenty of mischief along the way.

Eventually adapted into a 1991 short film, which later saw a sequel Father Christmas Goes on Holiday, theatre company Pins and Needles Productions bring the original as the source of inspiration for the stage show.

Stage and screen veteran Barry McCarthy plays Father Christmas, with credits including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Absence of War, Hollyoaks and Doctors, amongst many others. McCarthy is accompanied by a collection of puppets by Max Humphries, which are based on the charming illustrations in Briggs’ book.

Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas features design by Zoe Squire, lighting design by George Ogilvie, and sound and music by Lucy Rivers. David Emmings puppeteers, whilst Kate Adams provides live musical accompaniment.

Playing at the Lyric Hammersmith from 22 November to 24 December 2017, the show is an hour-long treat for young children and their families. Stunning design, songs and an adventure-filled story make this a wonderfully festive treat in the run up to the holidays.

Recommended for

Families with children under 6 years old and fans of design-led theatre and puppetry won’t want to miss this festive production.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for all ages

Dates and times

Running time: 60 minutes (without an interval)
Opened: 22 Nov 2017
Booking from: 23 Dec 2017
Booking until: 24 Dec 2017

Location and map

Lyric Hammersmith
Lyric Square
London, W6 0QL

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