What’s on in London Sunday 15 December

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 at Old Royal Naval College, London
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Guided tour, around the Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College Enjoy a 60-minute tour around the Old Royal Naval College, with one of their knowledgeable Yeoman guides. The historic buildings were designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the 1690s, as a refuge for old and injured sailors, but its rich history stretches back more than 500 hundred years to when Greenwich Palace was a home to Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.
Grease at Prince Charles Cinema, London
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Sing-A-Long-A Grease

Prince Charles Cinema Join John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John and the greasy gang of bikers in Sing-A-Long-A Grease! A compere will be on hand to whip the audience into a highschool frenzy. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged, and full audience participation is essential!
 at Royal Festival Hall, London
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Jacques Offenbach’s “Fantasio”

Royal Festival Hall Join conductor Sir Mark Eldar,the Opera Rara Chorus and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Royal Festival Hall, as they perform Jacques Offenbach's "Fantasio" -- a comic opera in French, with English surtitles.
Status Quo at O2 Arena, London
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Status Quo, and 10CC

O2 Arena Britain's best-loved rockers Status Quo are back with "Bula Quo!" -- the title of the band's forthcoming feature film and soundtrack album. Status Quo will be supported by 10CC -- two classic bands on one bill.
 at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
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Charles Dickens — “A Christmas Carol”

Queen Elizabeth Hall This year marks the 170th anniversary of the Charles Dickens' classic novel, and what better way to celebrate than a celebrity reading?
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at Cadogan Hall, London
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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, at Cadogan Hall

Cadogan Hall Join Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and pianist Gary Matthewman at Cadogan Hall, as they perform a selection of arias by Verdi and Puccini, an exquisite set of Strauss songs, and a quirky set by American composer William Bolcom.
Paul Merton at Comedy Store, London
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Paul Merton and Phil Jupitus — Comedy Store

Comedy Store TV's Paul Merton will be joining Phil Jupitus and Josie Lawrence at the Comedy Store for a night of comedy improvisation. Other comedians on the bill include Andy Smart, Richard Vranch and Lee Simpson.
 at Royal Albert Hall, London
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Jingle Bell Christmas, at the Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall John Rigby will be leading the Capital Voices and London Concert Orchestra in an afternoon of festive favourites... everything from "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", to the classic "White Christmas" and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town".
 at The City, London
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Guided walk: A Victorian Christmas

to The City Many of the traditional ways in which Victorians celebrated Christmas, like their Christmas trees, stockings and cards, are still familiar to us today, passed down through the novels of Charles Dickens. This guided walk will explore how the Victorians have shaped the way we celebrate Christmas.
 at Fortnum & Mason, London
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Christmas storytelling at Fortnum & Mason

to Fortnum & Mason How about some Christmas storytelling at Fortnum & Mason? This year's story will be read by a very special person... none other than Father Christmas himself! The storytelling will take place in the beautiful 5th Floor boardroom, and will include a goody bag to take away.
 at Alexandra Palace, London
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Ladbrokes World Darts Championship

to Alexandra Palace The Ladbrokes World Darts Championship is the world's largest darts event, featuring the world's best players from over 20 countries, competing for a £1 million prize.
Cinderella Panto at Shaw Theatre, London
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“Cinderella” — a traditional Christmas panto

to Shaw Theatre What could be more Christmassy than taking your kids to see a panto? The Shaw Theatre will be telling the tale of Cinders, whose life is one of drudgery and hardship, bullied and mistreated by her three ugly sisters, until her fairy Godmother casts a spell that leads her to meet her Prince Charming...
 at Prince Charles Cinema, London
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Christmas movie: “It’s A Wonderful Life”

to Prince Charles Cinema Settle down to the ultimate feel-good Christmas movie, "It's A Wonderful Life". The film stars James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore, and follows Stewart as he struggles to find himself and work out what he really wants. In the end he teaches us the most important lesson of all -- that life, although a long and winding road, truly is wonderful.
 at Royal Albert Hall, London
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Handel’s Messiah… at the Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a rendition of Handel's "Messiah". The Royal Albert Hall will be hosting one of the best, when conductor Brian Wright leads the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra alongside a choir of 500 voices -- made up of the Goldsmiths Choral Union, English Concert Chorus and Highgate Choral Society.
Little Mermaid On Ice at Alexandra Palace, London
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The Little Mermaid — A Christmas panto on ice

to Alexandra Palace Alexandra Palace Ice Rink will be putting on a performance of "The Little Mermaid on Ice". Dive into her undersea kingdom and experience some amazing skating, fantastic costumes and hilarious performances, in a show which can be enjoyed by all the family.
 at The Scoop, London
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Christmas market, at The Scoop

to The Scoop The Scoop will be hosting a little Christmas market with gift stalls, craft stalls, stalls full of sweets and treats, and cabins selling hot food and drinks -- the perfect place to buy some Christmas gifts in your lunch break.
Robin Ince at Bloomsbury Theatre, London
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Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People

to Bloomsbury Theatre "Nine lessons and Carols For Godless People" returns to the Bloombury for the sixth year running, having totally sold out every show since 2008. It can best be described as a Christmas comedy show for non-believers, hosted by Robin Ince.
 at Trafalgar Square, London
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Christmas carols, around the Trafalgar Square tree

to Trafalgar Square Where better to enjoy some carols than around the Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree? Every night, between five and nine, a choir will entertain late shoppers and weary workers travelling home with a round of Christmas carols, under the lights of the giant fir.
Potted Panto at Vaudeville Theatre, London
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Potted Panto — seven pantomimes in one!

to Vaudeville Theatre Enjoy a whistle-stop tour of seven pantomimes, with CBBC presenters Dan and Jeff. Roam the streets of Dick Whittington's London and search for Cinder's slipper -- but don't forget to rub Aladdin's lamp and wake Sleeping Beauty from her slumber before the giant climbs down the beanstalk to squash the seven dwarves!
Peter Pan at Richmond Theatre, London
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Henry (‘The Fonz’) Winkler — in “Peter Pan”

to Richmond Theatre This year's Christmas panto at Richmond Theatre will be "Peter Pan", starring Henry Winkler as Captain Hook (aka The Fonz from 'Happy Days'). Help Peter and Wendy take on the villainous pirate in a captivating fairytale world. With stunning sets, glittering costumes and plenty of audience participation, this swashbuckling show is set to be the highlight of your year.
Aladdin at New Wimbledon Theatre, London
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“Aladdin”… with Jo Brand and Matthew Kelly

to New Wimbledon Theatre Set off on a spectacular journey to the mystical East, where you'll enter the cave of wonders and discover the magic lamp. With some stunning sets, glittering costumes, dazzling dancing and wonderful songs, get ready for a magical carpet ride into a fun, fairytale world! Make tickets to Aladdin one of your three wishes for Christmas.
 at Buckingham Palace, London
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Buckingham Palace — Exclusive guided tour

to Buckingham Palace This Exclusive Guided Tour of Buckingham Palace offers the visitor an insight into the history and use of the State Rooms, and the magnificent works of art on display. With their gilded ceilings and glittering chandeliers, the State Rooms provide the perfect setting for the many famous masterpieces from the Royal Collection. The tour takes place in the company of an expert guide, and will end with a glass of champagne served in the Grand Entrance.
 at Trafalgar Square, London
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Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree

to Trafalgar Square Get yourself down to Trafalgar Square and marvel at London's most famous Christmas Tree. The square has been adorned with this fine fir for more than sixty-five years -- as a thankyou from the good people of Norway for our help during World War II. The tree remains rigidly traditional, a true evergreen fir decorated with simple white lights.
 at Spencer House, London
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Guided tour of Spencer House

to Spencer House Built a short distance from Buckingham Palace with magnificent views of Green Park, Spencer House is one of the finest aristocratic town houses in London. It the city's only great 18th-century private palace to survive intact. The restoration is complimented by a magnificent collection of paintings and furniture, including five Benjamin West paintings graciously lent by Her Majesty The Queen.
Suggs at Garrick Theatre, London
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Suggs — My Life Story in Words and Music

to Garrick Theatre Madness frontman Suggs is taking to the stage in a hilarious one-man show at the Garrick. Is it a play? Is it comedy? Is it Music Hall? Whatever it is, watch as he plummets through the trap door of failure, only to trampoline back up and catch the trapeze of show business success!
 at London Zoo, London
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Meet Santa and his reindeers, at London Zoo

to London Zoo Come and meet Santa in his Reindeer Lodge -- a fairytale grotto with real reindeer! Children will be able to talk to Santa and tell him their Christmas wish-list, and the cheeky elf photographers will be on hand to capture the fun. Each child will also receive a special present to take home.
Seussical at Arts Theatre, London
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Suessical — The Musical

to Arts Theatre Let the Cat in the Hat take you on a journey into the fantastical world of Dr Seuss. Horton the Elephant has been left alone to guard an abandoned egg, but then he discovers a small world floating by on a speck of dust. This small world is home to the Whos, and he must find a way to save them from a world of naysayers and dangers.
Dickens Abridged at Arts Theatre, London
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“Dickens Abridged”, at the Arts Theatre

to Arts Theatre "Dickens Abridged" is a high-speed comic journey through Charles Dickens' Greatest Hits. A talented cast of five Dickens devotees will bring hundreds of Dickens' best loved characters to life.
Parsifal at Royal Opera House, London
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Wagner’s “Parsifal” — Royal Opera House

to Royal Opera House Wagner's "Parsifal" tells the story of a young man who is ignorant of everything, even his own name, who arrives at the Kingdom of the Holy Grail. Is he really a fool? Or is he the young man of prophesy, who has come to purify the kingdom?
 at Serpentine Gallery, London
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Jake and Dinos Chapman: Come and See

to Serpentine Gallery Jake and Dinos Chapman's new exhibition "Come and See" will include everything from painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, to film, music and literature. Their grotesque and often violent scenes are offset by the detail and painstaking labour evident in their works.
 at Serpentine Gallery, London
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Wael Shawky exhibition — Serpentine Gallery

to Serpentine Gallery The Serpentine Gallery's new exhibition will feature work by the Egyptian artist Wael Shawky. Shawky is regarded as one of the most exciting artists to emerge from the Middle East in many years, and this exhibition will include three films (including a worldwide premiere), a selection of flags and drawings, and a collection of ceramic marionettes.
 at Jubilee Gardens, London
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Eyeskate — Outdoor ice rink by the London Eye

to Jubilee Gardens It might not be the biggest or the best outdoor ice rink in London, and the sessions may only last 45 minutes instead of an hour, but at least the rink is handily placed near the London Eye. So you can enjoy a skate and make a day of it with the nearby attractions. There will also be a Christmas market all along the Southbank, with wooden chalet-type stalls selling traditional gifts, drinks and food.
Snowman at Peacock Theatre, London
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Raymond Briggs’ “The Snowman”

to Peacock Theatre Raymond Briggs' much-loved children's book "The Snowman" has become as much a part of Christmas as carol singing and figgy pudding. When a young boy's snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two fly through the sky meeting everything from dancing penguins and reindeer, to Jack Frost and Father Christmas.
Candide at Menier Chocolate Factory, London
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Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide”

to Menier Chocolate Factory The Menier Chocolate Factory will be putting on a production of Leonard Bernstein's "Candide". Candide's journey of discovery is anything but dull. This whirlwind adventure is a joyous musical romp trough anguish, happiness, loss and love, as she seeks to prove that "life is happiness indeed".
Puss In Boots at Hackney Empire, London
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“Puss in Boots”, at the Hackney Empire

to Hackney Empire This year's Christmas panto at the Hackney Empire is "Puss In Boots". When Puss arrives in the merry kingdom of Hackneyonia he sets about gaining wealth and power for his master. Expect the usual show-stopping songs, dazzling dance routines, and bags of audience participation as our loveable hero defeats the Ogre so that Jack can marry the princess.
Jack And The Beanstalk at Lyric Hammersmith, London
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Christmas Panto: “Jack and the Beanstalk”

to Lyric Hammersmith Grab a couple of kids and lug them down to the Lyric Theatre for a bone fide Christmas panto. Join Jack and his mad mother's pack of magic beans, as he sows them in the earth and watches them rise up higher and higher into the sky. But what will he find hiding in the clouds?
 at National Maritime Museum, London
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Turner and the Sea

to National Maritime Museum The National Maritime Museum's "Turner and the Sea" exhibition will explore Turner's lifelong fascination with the sea. It will include many of his most iconic works, from his transformative early paintings of the late 1790s and early 1800s, to the unfinished, experimental seascapes that he produced towards the end of his life.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park, London
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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

to Hyde Park Hyde Park will be transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland this Christmas. Soar 60-metres into the sky on a giant observation wheel, enjoy the clowns and acrobats in Zippo's Christmas Circus, and meet Father Christmas in the Christmas grotto. If that's all too much for you then take a leisurely stroll through the Magical Ice Kingdom, with 200 tons of real ice and snow!
Father Christmas at Lyric Hammersmith, London
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Raymond Briggs’ “Father Christmas”

to Lyric Hammersmith Raymond Briggs' delightful animated story "Father Christmas" is returning to the stage. When he awakes from his lovely dream of summer sun, there it is on the calendar, December 24th -- the start of his busiest day of the year!
Puss In Boots at Greenwich Theatre, London
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“Puss in Boots”, at Greenwich Theatre

to Greenwich Theatre Greenwich Theatre is putting on another pantomime treat. This year they will be telling the tale of "Puss In Boots". It tells the story of three miller's sons, who are left some goods when the miller dies. Jack and Puss decide to leave home to seek their fortune, and after many adventures Puss defeats the Ogre so that Jack can marry the princess.
Gruffalo at Lyric Theatre, London
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Catch “The Gruffalo”, at the Lyric Theatre

to Lyric Theatre Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the award winning picture book "The Gruffalo". Mouse can scare hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with monster himself?
From Morning To Midnight at Lyttelton Theatre, London
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From Morning To Midnight

to Lyttelton Theatre When a trusted bank clerk falls for an exotically perfumed woman from Florence, he shoves a fortune in his pocket and runs to her hotel, where she rejects him. But now there's no turning back. He ditches his family and scours the city's senseless entertainments in an increasingly disillusioned search for a reason for live.
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