Emmie Newitt

5 Plays To See In December 2023

Whether you fancy a festive production like A CHRISTMAS CAROL at The Old Vic or the magical stage adaptation of MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO, there are so many plays to see in London right now.

plays to see in london in december 2023A Christmas Carol, Frank and Percy and Backstairs Billy production images.

Our carefully curated list has selected the 5 shows our customers are currently snapping up tickets for. The West End isn't just thriving with musicals to see but plays too. Allow yourself to make the most of the month with everything London's theatreland has to offer.

1. A Christmas Carol

a christmas carol the old vicA Christmas Carol at The Old Vic production image.

Matthew Warchus’ big-hearted, smash hit production of Charles Dickens’ immortal classic has been delighting audiences at The Old Vic for a few years, proving to be an annual go to for many audiences. The theatre is transformed into Victorian Britain for a retelling of this story which stars Christopher Eccleston as Scrooge.

2. Frank and Percy

frank and percy the other palaceFrank and Percy at The Other Palace production image.

Join legendary British actors Ian McKellen and Roger Allam in a fresh new comedy which explores an unexpected relationship between two very different men; a widowed schoolteacher and an elder statesman. The production proved a smash hit over the summer in Windsor and Bath, don’t miss out on this play which is playing for a limited season.

Frank and Percy Tickets

3. My Neighbour Totoro

my neighbour totoro production imageMy Neighbour Totoro production image

There’s no stopping the love for MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO which returns to the Barbican Theatre on the heel of its award success and recording breaking run last year. The stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli has received rave reviews with the Financial Times hailing it as “a tender and remarkably beautiful show”. See the enchanting coming-of-age story for yourself!

My Neighbour Totoro Tickets

4. Hamnet

hamnet garrick theatreHamnet production image

Adapted from Maggie O’Farrell’s bestselling novel by the award-winning playwright Lolita Chakrabarti, Hamnet unravels the story of England’s greatest playwright and Anne Hathaway, the woman who loved and supported him. The production transferred to the Garrick Theatre following a success at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in April 2023.

Hamnet Tickets

5. Backstairs Billy

backstairs billy duke of yorks theatrePenelope Wilton and Luke Evans in Backstairs Billy

Explore a pivotal moment in the relationship between the Queen Mother and her servant William “Billy” Tallon in this glorious new comedy at the Duke of York’s Theatre. BACKSTAIRS BILLY stars Penelope Wilton and Luke Evans and focuses on a time in history when Britain was in civil unrest.

Backstairs Billy Tickets

So whether you will head to enjoy some exciting stage adaptations with Hamnet or experience two acting greats in Frank Perry, the West End has a wealth of fantastic plays for you to enjoy, why not check our guide to the best plays in London! Don’t forget to grab your tickets at London Box Office.