If you’re over Christmas before it’s even started, then fear not you’re not alone (and you can still go out to the theatre).

There are plenty of shows on the horizon that aren’t kicking around glitter and shoving forced merriment down your throat.

Over the next few months we’ve got left field adaptations, an award-winning Gaga impersonator (who also acts as Gaga’s character in a relatively well-known film) and ground-breaking looks at life in the 21st century.

If you’re also like me, then there are plenty of shows out of the Christmas bubble to start booking as we brace ourselves for 2020. My must-sees: Too Pretty To Punch and Nathan & Ida.

Dr John Cooper Clarke

John’s new show is a breathtaking showcase of poetry and spoken work featuring pieces from his new collection, as well as his usual musings, chat, riffs and gags.

“A chance to see a living legend at the top of his game.”

Nathan & Ida: Double Bill (Hot Dog Stand and Tropez!)

Award-winning comedy duo Nathan & Ida (Best Performance, Swindon Fringe 2018 and Best Comedy, Buxton Fringe 2018) present a double bill of their 5-star comedy shows.

We saw Tropez! and could not recommend it more!

Rare Productions’ Annie

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City.

In adventure after fun-filled adventure, this is the perfect family-friendly musical!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Enter a world of dreams and desire in this soulful, spell-binding comedy that combines wit and romance with a unique approach to Shakespeare. Fizzing with magic in an enchanted Victorian music hall; secrets, love and mistaken identities collide.

Too Pretty To Punch

A Star Is Born This Way

Experience the magic as the multi-award-winning Lady Gaga tribute impersonator Donna Marie transforms into Ally Maine to give you a truly all live Ally concert. The show later transpires into a celebration of Lady Gaga’s biggest hits.

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)

This is an adaptation like no other. Six young women have a story to tell. Men, money and microphones will be fought over in this loving and irreverent all-female adaptation of Jane Austen’s unrivalled literary classic.

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