Bah Humbug! 5 Anti-Christmas Shows for the Scrooge in Your Life


Keep your presents, parties and partridge in a pear tree.

We here at London Theatre Bookings love Christmas (we’ve got Mulled Wine running through our veins right now), but we understand that there are some people who are sick of the sight of Santa, miffed about mince pies, and fed-up with fairy lights. For those differently-minded individuals, we’ve put together a list of the best anti-Christmas West End shows, so that everyone can receive theatre tickets in their stocking, with or without a lump of coal!

1. Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories, Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson’s hit horror offering, returned to the West End just in time for Halloween, and is now causing a fright for the festive season. Just like Scrooge was visited by three ghosts, Ghost Stories petrifies its audiences at the Ambassador’s with three tales of terror, culminating in one bone-chilling twist. A twist which we’re not going to spoil for you, obviously! You’ll have to get your tickets, before Ghost Stories gets exorcised on January 4th!

2. Curtains: A Musical Whodunnit

What’s more festive than a murder? Jason Manford stars in Curtains, the Tony-winning musical mystery from the writers of Cabaret and Chicago, at Wyndham’s Theatre this December. After the star of a new Broadway musical is murdered on stage on opening night, Manford’s showtune-loving Lieutenant Cioffi is called in to crack the case! With twists, turns, and cracking musical numbers, Curtains is not to be missed! Get your tickets here!

3. Touching The Void

There might be a lot of snow in this show, but Touching the Void is anything but festive. David Greig’s critically-acclaimed adaptation of Joe Simpson’s memoir recreates a perilous climb of the Peruvian Andes at the Duke of York’s Theatre, with its tension, humour and literal cliffhangers captivating audiences each night. Life-affirming, uplifting, and awe-inspiring, this show is the perfect Christmas tale that’s got nothing to do with Christmas! Tickets are available here, until the end of February.


4. The Wolf of Wall Street


Stocks. Bonds. Cocaine. Not what you would initially associate with Christmas. Or maybe you would, I don’t know your life. Anyway, this immersive adaptation of the hit memoir/film (from the same people who brought you The Great Gatsby) takes place over four floors at Stratton Oakmont, near Liverpool Street. Assuming the role of either a Wall Street employee, or an FBI agent on a mission to expose corruption, audiences can expect hedonism, excess and depravity in this one-of-a-kind, definitely-not-Christmassy experience.


5. The Woman in Black

When a predominantly horror-themed play sees through over thirty Christmases, it says a lot about that production’s enduring appeal and quality. The Woman in Black, based on Susan Hill’s bestselling novel, opened in 1989, and has since become a staple of the West End. The play follows a young solicitor who is haunted by the ghost of the malevolent titular character, to terrifying and spine-tingling consequences. Audiences have been delighted and spooked by this play for three decades – will a trip to the Fortune Theatre be at the top of your Christmas list this year? Get your tickets now!


Which of these anti-Christmas shows will you be seeing this Winter? Whether you’re a fan of the festive, or just can’t wait or the warmer months, we’ve got just the ticket! Browse our full list of shows here, give us a call on 0207 851 0300, or pop into one of our West End ticket shops!



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