London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London

London for Christmas

Your Guide to Christmas in London



Christmas Season - Half Moon

Christmas Season - Half Moon

4 November 2017, 11.00, 13.00, 15.00
Handa’s Surprise
Running Time: 35 minutes
Age Range: 2-6

Can you resist the sweet-smelling guava? How about a ripe red mango or a tangy purple passion fruit? Travel to Kenya and follow Handa as she journeys to visit her best friend Akeyo in the next village. Handa is taking seven delicious fruits as a surprise – but seven different animals have seven very different ideas.


A blend of physical performance, puppetry, live music and song combine to create an intimate, magical production with audience participation from Little Angel Theatre, based on the hugely popular book by Eileen Browne, published by Walker Books Ltd.

11 November 2017, 11.00, 13.00, 15.00
Twinkle Twinkle
Running Time: 30 minutes
Age Range: 1-3

There are melodies that live in all of us. No one knows that more than Marty the puppy, whose bedtime songs and playtime with his dad are the best part of his day. But sometimes, you have to learn how to find the music inside yourself.


Twinkle Twinkle is a beautiful adventure in music and light, featuring brilliant puppetry, magical interaction and a gorgeous original score. Join Marty on his journey to find the brightest light in the sky, and inside all of us.


Created with an award-winning team of artists, this gorgeous tale of love, loss, loneliness and light is an entrancing introduction to theatre for the very young.

Early booking is advised as this show has limited capacity.

18 November 2017, 11.00, 14.00
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
Running Time: 50 Minutes
Age Range: 3+

There once was a remarkable tin soldier who fell in love with a beautiful paper dancer and then tumbled out of a window, so beginning a perilous journey into the unknown.


This playful retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s poetic story uses light, projected animations and simple materials that are skilfully transformed through puppetry to create a theatrical experience that will engage and touch young hearts and minds.

23-25 November 2017, 10.30, 11.00, 13.30, 14.00
Three Billy Goats Gruff & Other Furry Tails
Running Time: 50 minutes
Age Range: 3+

Our Storyteller is on the run from those three-headed monsters, trying to bring you the most fantastic tales from the Magic Land of Three. Are you really sure what happened to the wolf and those three little pigs? What about Goldilocks? Why was she walking in those woods? And as for the three Billy Goats Gruff, how did they really deal with that troll? 


All will be revealed in this beautiful show using puppets and props. It’s full of fun and laughter and has an infectious soundtrack that you won’t be able to stop singing long after the show has finished. Suitable for everyone aged 3 and up and their pet trolls.


9 December 2017, 11.00, 14.00
Running Time: 30 minutes
Age Range: 3+
Ben is delighted when he rips open his present, inside is a penguin. “Hello Penguin!” says Ben. Penguin says nothing. Ben tickles Penguin; he pulls his funniest face; he puts on a happy hat; sings a silly song and does a dizzy dance. Penguin says nothing. So Ben fires Penguin into outer space. Penguin comes back to earth without a word! It isn’t until a passing lion intervenes that Penguin finally speaks and when he does, Ben discovers something that was really worth the wait.


Based on the award-winning book by Polly Dunbar, Penguin is exciting, surreal and full of surprises, with lively songs by Tom Gray, of Gomez, that will have everyone joining in!


16 December 2017, 11.00, 14.00
Fairytales Gone Bad: Grannylocks / The Monstrous Duckling
Running Time: 45 Minutes
Age Range: 3+

Join performance poet Joseph Coelho, National Poetry Day Ambassador, as he unravels familiar fairytales to create fresh contemporary classics in an enchanting performance for young and old alike.


A father returns home with a magical cloak. A cloak that hides a story ...


Did you know that the ugly duckling was never ugly? He was truly monstrous! Or that Goldilocks was never a tale about a little girl. It was always a tale about a granny – a mean, thieving granny who has plans for something quite nasty.


Join our poetic storyteller as he unwinds the true stories behind the happily ever afters and discover they’re maybe not as charming as you remember!


After the show there will be a chance to meet Joseph and purchase signed copies of his books.


6 January 2018, 11.00, 14.00
Ugly Duckling
Running Time: 60 Minutes
Age Range: 3+

In a nest at the edge of a pond a flock of baby ducklings find an enormous egg which hatches into the most unusual duckling the pond has ever seen – Ugly Duckling! Tormented by the other ducklings and feeling different to them, Ugly goes on an adventure in search of a place to fit in. The lost, rejected duckling hides beside an ice-covered lake and stares skyward at the migrating swans, yearning to belong and marvelling at their beauty ...


Hans Christian Andersen’s well known tale is brought to life through inventive physicality and live music. The charming production from tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal plays with ideas of identity, self-worth and the journey to discover inner beauty.

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Venue Details

Half Moon
Young People's Theatre
43 White Horse Road
London E1 0ND

Box Office
020 7709 8900

Nearest tube
Limehouse DLR


More info

4, 11, 18, 23-25 November, 9, 16 December 2017, 6 January 2018



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