The Christmas Theatre Season continues. This weekend we were delighted by the production of Raymon Briggs’ Father Christmas at the Lyric in Hammersmith!
First up, I will say: go see it – it is delightful and all four of us loved it AND for London it is really well priced….
For those of you unfamiliar with the story, Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas, is the story of Christmas (from the 23 Dec – 26 Dec) from the view of the great man himself. Father Christmas is a slightly grumpy, yet still jolly and caring man, who, well has the great task of going out and delivering all the gifts on Christmas Eve.
He lives alone in North England with his Cat, cheeky dog and trusted Reindeer. We see Father Christmas getting up on the 24th and getting all the gifts ready and then setting off on his journey around the world.
Finally, he comes home and sits down to his own Christmas festive meal and (bad) gifts from family members.
As to the adaptation of the story to the stage, I can say it was most delightful. Four actors are involved – Father Christmas himself of course (and so so so nice to see a REAL BEARD – sorry if it is age-ist, but it is great to have an “older gent” play Father Christmas, with no wigs fall off his head or beards accidently shifting…), wonderful animal puppets (they are simply wonderful) and sound maker (sorry I don’t know the technical term).
I could describe it some more – but I won’t – I will tell you just go and see it for yourself at the intimate studio at the Hammersmith Lyric. But hurry, when we went it was FULLY Booked!
Now I am feeling all Christmassy.. I am going to hop over to Red Ted Art and make some of these fabulous 3D Paper Snowflakes DIY!
Disclosure: we were invited along on Press Tickets, but the views above are our own