Photos of Christmas in Worcester and Hereford

West End cast brings joy to Worcester with festive family show

Worcester Live Christmas Party
Worcester Live Christmas Party

This December, Worcester’s Swan Theatre welcomes ‘Santa’s Christmas Party’, a fun Christmas show for all the family to enjoy. Featuring a full West End Cast of performers from Kinky Boots, Buddy and Footloose, ‘Santa’s Christmas Party’ will take place to a reduced audience size and follow up to date safe distancing guidelines.

The show will feature festive musical favourites such as Jingle Bells, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is coming to Town amongst many others. 

Santas Christmas Party’Worcester Swan Theatre – Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th December.  There are two performances on the Saturday at 2pm and 5pm, the Sunday has three performances at 11am, 2pm and 5pm. Each performance has strictly limited availability. Tickets are now on sale and available bookable via the Worcester Live website worcesterlive.co.uk or by calling the Box Office on 01905 611427.

The Courtyard bringing Children’s Christmas Theatre into your homes

The Courtyard Hereford will be staging their annual Children’s Christmas Show a bit differently this year. Herefordshire’s Arts Centre will live stream a performance of the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel directly from their main stage to screens on Sunday 6 December at 4pm.

Photo of Hansel and Gretel at the Courtyard Theatre, Hereford
Hansel and Gretel at the Courtyard Theatre, Hereford

David Durant, Associate Director at The Courtyard said: “We’re really excited to announce that we’ll be going ahead with Hansel & Gretel digitally this year! After having to postpone our Christmas Pantomime, we are overjoyed to be able to still stage this fantastic family show. Our Christmas Show has a much smaller cast so is a lot more viable for us to stage in these difficult times. We are very much looking forward to bringing this delightful children’s story to life and giving the families in our community something to enjoy.”

The show, which traditionally enjoys a four-week run through December, with nurseries, schools and families attending up to three shows a day, will be accessible on a Pay-What-You-Can basis.

David continues: “It was very important to us to make this show as accessible as possible. The pandemic has affected everyone differently, so that was very much at the forefront of our minds when deciding how to sell tickets. We are also delighted that we are able to offer Subtitled, Signed and Audio Described versions of this fantastic show.”

Hansel and Gretel will be performed by actors Elisha Covell and Jack Blakey, who starred in last year’s Christmas show, Elves and The Shoemaker. They play multiple roles, using creative storytelling to encourage children to use their imagination; incorporating interactive puppetry and lots of familiar characters along the way. The show is created for families with younger children under 8, or children experiencing theatre for the first time, however it is enjoyable for all ages.

The Courtyard’s Christmas Show, now in its seventh year, will be staged in the Main House and professionally recorded by local Film Production Company Wild Edric Media. This live recording of Hansel and Gretel will be streamed to ticket holders on Sunday 6 December at 4pm and will be available on line thereafter. Tickets will be sold on a Pay-What-You-Can basis via The Courtyard’s website courtyard.org.uk.

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