What’s on in London for December 2015

London Transfers January 2013

Last month of the year and Christmas and New Years just a few weeks away. Well as you would expect there is lots to do over the festive season. Things to look out for are the limited run Christmas shows that will be playing in London Theatres also the one off concerts and Christmas events that will be happening all over town. So enjoy all of what London has to offer during December and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year from everyone at Harmony cars.

No.1. 1st December till 2nd December “Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour” at The O2. The award-winning singer-songwriter promotes her 13th studio album, Rebel Heart.         Fully recovered from her tumble off the stage at the BRIT Awards, the award-winning singer-songwriter bring her trademark provocative stagecraft to the UK as part of a 35-city world tour to promote her 13th studio album, Rebel Heart. Prices: Adult Ticket: £47.50 to £195.75 per ticket.

No.2. 1st December till 31 January 2016 “Hogwarts in the Snow” at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. Winter has arrived at Hogwarts. Glittering Christmas trees line the Great Hall and a replica festive feast, complete with flaming Christmas puddings, is laid out on the long tables. Special-effects fires roar in the fireplaces, the Gryffindor common room is filled with festive treats and the detailed castle model is covered in a special blanket of snow. Get up close to props and models used in the Harry Potter films, and take a look around the studio’s famous movie sets decorated as they were for the festive scenes. You’ll also discover how artificial snow is created and how special effect fires are controlled on set. Explore The Great Hall, which will be decked out in festive finery this season with no fewer than eight Christmas trees decorated with baubles and topped with witches on broomsticks. The imposing hall will also host a feast like no other with the likes of roast turkeys, hams, potatoes and cakes adorning the tables – sadly, all of these are props, despite their realistic appearance. Just in case you fancied tucking in!

Don’t miss: Flaming Christmas puddings. During the Great Hall Christmas feast in the film, the puddings had real flames, which were created using gas pipes that ran from the floor and up through the tables.

See Hogwarts castle in a different, twinkling light this Christmas, as it is covered in glistening snow for a festive feel. Made from paper and salt, the dusting of snow gives the scale model first used in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone an even more lifelike appearance. Don’t miss: The chance to feel the different types of “snow” used during filming, from the snow with the greatest crunch to snow as light as a feather. See at first hand numerous props used in the films during the studio tour – how many will you recognise? Venture along Diagon Alley, home to the Leaky Cauldron pub with a lit fireplace for Christmas; and discover the Gryffindor common room and the Weasley kitchen decorated in a festive style. You’ll also have the chance to pose with a replica of platform 9 ¾ and see the Hogwarts Express, Privet Drive, the Knight Bus and Hogwarts Bridge amongst many other attractions. Don’t miss: The chance to examine the Goblet of Fire, which will be exhibited for the first time this year. Having been taken out of its jewelled casket the goblet, which featured in the fourth Harry Potter film, will be specially lit with blue and red flames. Tickets can be obtained from Harmony cars along with transport to this fantastic event.

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No.3. 1st December to 24 January 2016 “Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty” at Sadler’s Wells Matthew Bourne’s haunting production of the ballet classic returns to Sadler’s Wells. Sleeping Beauty is a timeless fairy-tale about a young girl cursed to sleep for 100 years. The story was first turned into a ballet in 1890. This haunting production of the ballet classic, first premiered in 2012, sees award-winning choreographer Matthew Bourne return to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete a trio of masterworks, which started with Nutcracker! and Swan Lake. In this latest re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty, the story begins at heroine Aurora’s christening at a time when fairies and vampires fed the gothic imagination before fast-forwarding 100 years. Featuring spectacular designs by Olivier Award winners Lez Brotherston and Paule Constable, the production is making a popular return to London’s Sadler’s Wells for an eight-week run over Christmas. Prices: Adult Ticket: £58.00 to £71.00 per ticket

No.4.   1st December 2015 to 5th March 2016 “Hangmen” at Wyndham’s Theatre. Hollywood’s favourite Irish playwright, Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths), brings his pitch-black brand of comedy to Wyndham’s Theatre with his new play Hangmen. The play takes place in a small pub in Oldham, where Harry (David Morrissey), England’s second-best hangman, reacts to the news that capital punishment is to be abolished. Reporters, pub locals and a mysterious stranger circle around Harry, all with differing motives on this momentous day. McDonagh’s first UK play for a decade opened to critical acclaim with a sell-out run at the Royal Court Theatre earlier this year. The West End transfer promises London audiences a surreal and darkly funny night of theatre. Book your tickets now.

Prices: Adult Ticket: £25.00 to £109.00 per ticket

No.5. 8th December to 14 January 2016 “The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker” at the Royal Opera House Experience the magic of Tchaikovsky’s famous score as the enchanting world of The Nutcracker is brought to life at the Royal Opera House. Late on Christmas Eve, a young girl named Clara tiptoes downstairs in search of her favourite present, a nutcracker doll. There, she is met by the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer who transports Clara on a dream-like adventure, through the magical Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets where she encounters the Mouse King and Sugar Plum Fairy. Expect breath taking sets inspired by 19th-century Christmas images, sparkling stage effects with a Christmas tree that grows before your eyes, and famous melodies in Peter Wright’s spectacular production performed by The Royal Ballet. Prices: Adult Ticket: £132.00 per ticket

No.6. 10th December to 12th March 2016 “Guys And Dolls” at Savoy Theatre. Catch an exhilarating revival of one of the great musicals of the last century as Guys and Dolls makes a welcome return to the capital at the Savoy Theatre. This colourful Broadway hit has delighted millions of fans over the years with its infectious energy, peerless tunes and dazzling dance routines.

Set in a glitzy world of New York dancers, gamblers and gangsters, it tells the story of a betting man (Sky Masterson) who wagers that he can make the next woman he meets fall in love with him. His unwise bet is complicated when the woman in question is revealed to be a highly moral, straight-laced missionary called Sarah Brown. Although she is described as having a heart of ice, Masterson attempts to melt her heart with a trip to Havana for dinner. Brimming with irresistible songs, including Luck be a Lady, Adelaide’s Lament and Guys and Dolls, this is a show that’s sure to win over a new generation of fans. Prices: Adult Ticket: £32.00 to £128.00 per ticket

No.7. 11th December “Kylie Minogue – A Kylie Christmas” at the Royal Albert Hall. Pop princess Kylie Minogue presents a special, one-off Christmas show at the Royal Albert Hall. A Kylie Christmas sees the legendary pop star belting out classic festive tunes as she makes her first ever headline appearance at the iconic venue.                                                             “To perform at the Royal Albert Hall will be a dream come true. I can’t wait for 11 December to share a night of joy and celebration with everyone,” she said.                                                           Prices: Adult Ticket: From £129.00 per ticket

No.8. 12th December “Disney in Concert: Alice in Wonderland” at the Royal Albert Hall. Watch Tim Burton’s award-winning film “Alice in Wonderland” to the sounds of a live orchestra and choir. See the award-winning film projected on a huge screen, while Danny Elfman’s enchanting score is brought to life by a live orchestra and choir in the grand concert hall. In matinee and evening performances this magical combination is sure to capture the imagination of children and adults alike.                                                                                                                Based on Lewis Carroll’s famous novel, Tim Burton’s film follows the adventures of young Alice (Mia Wasikowska) in a fantasy land, home to the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) and the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen). Remember next year will see the follow up to this film “Alice through the looking glass” so this will be a good chance to take the kids to catch up with the first movie before the new one comes out. Prices: Ticket: £47.20 to £55.00 per ticket

No.9.   22nd December till 3rd January 2016 “Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment” at The O2. The spectacular ice show is bigger and better than ever before, with a whole range of new characters joining old favourites Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the gang. Taking part in this all new production are characters from the likes of Frozen, Cars, The Little Mermaid and Toy Story, all brought thrillingly to life by some of the country’s top ice skaters. Audiences are encouraged to sing and dance along with their Disney pals as they perform incredible antics on the ice, playing out well-known scenes from the classic films. With lavish costumes, elaborate lighting, breath-taking set pieces and everyone’s favourite Disney scores, audiences are transported to a magical world of adventure and fun. From the wintery world of Arendelle to the enchanted undersea kingdom of The Little Mermaid, there’s something here for Disney fans of all ages. Prices: Adult Ticket: £29.00 to £43.00 per ticket

No.10. 31st December “London New Year’s Eve Fireworks: London New Year’s Eve with Unicef” London’s spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display at the Coca-Cola London Eye is famous around the world. At midnight, Big Ben’s famous “bongs” will ring out, followed by the UK’s largest annual fireworks display, part of London’s New Year’s Eve with Unicef.

London’s New Year’s Eve fireworks display is hugely popular. It was ticketed for the first time in 2014 to ensure the event stays safe and fun for all and will be again this year. Tickets are not currently available, but there will be a limited release of return tickets following the 3rd December return deadline. Return tickets will cost £10. For more information go to www.london.gov.uk/nye   Please note: Tickets can only be booked via See Tickets and are non-transferable. Don’t buy through second sellers, as tickets offered through third parties will be cancelled.

You can also watch the fireworks broadcast live on television, and there are still lots of great things to do in London on New Year’s Eve. Central London will be very busy so plan ahead .


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