Must-see Art, Ballet & Theatre this December

Condor and the Mole, 2011 by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

This second lockdown has been better than the first but gosh, we have missed our art and culture.  So now that lockdown has lifted, we can’t wait to see some of the following:

The Nutcracker at The Royal Opera House, 11 December 2020 – 3 January 2021, tickets: £5 – £100

This reworked, Covid-safe version returns to the stage with the Royal Ballet. All the classic scenes have been kept with one new battle scene added.  Seats are sold only to household bubbles, with a limited amount of singles available and allocated at safe, social distancing.

A Christmas Carol at The Bridge Theatre, 3rd December 2020 – 16 January 2021, tickets: £15 – £55

Simon Russell Beale, Patsy Ferran and Eben Figueiredo star in and play all the parts in this festive classic directed by Nicholas Hytner. 90 minutes long with no interval, the recommendation is for children aged 6 plus but we’d say it suits older children.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at Tate Britain, until 9 May, tickets: £13

Winner of the Carnegie Prize in 2018, this is one of the biggest shows of writer, poet and painter Yiadom-Boakye’s work ever shown.  Including over 80 works (including The Cream and The Taste, 2013 below), her portraits are so vivid that it’s hard to remember sometimes that they are of completely fictitious people. Only timed tickets are sold and do note that the cloakroom is closed so you’ll need to carry all coats and bags.

A Christmas Carol at The Old Vic, 12 – 24 December, tickets: from £20

Matthew Warchus’ hit production of A Christmas Carol returns starring Andrew Lincoln and is available to be streamed live only. Tickets are from £20 upwards but viewers are being encouraged to give what they can.  Tickets for care homes and state schools in Lambeth and Southwark are free.

Fantastic Beasts at The Natural History Museum, 9 December 2020 – 31 March 2021, tickets: £13.25 – £22

Exploring the similarities and abilities shared by both mythical beasts and those in the real world, tickets to this highly anticipated show are expected to sell out quickly. If you’re a member, you can get an digital preview of the show on 9th December at 7pm.

Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul at The Royal Academy, until 28 February 2021, tickets: £17

Emin says of her fascination with the Norwegian expressionist and painter Munch, “I’ve been in love with this man since I was eighteen”. This exhibition juxtaposes over 25 of Emin’s works including paintings, neons and sculptures alongside 19 oils and watercolours ( such as the Seated Female Nude, 1923 – 1933 below) by Munch from his archives in Oslo, Norway that Emin has specifically chosen to explore the theme of loneliness of the soul.

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, weekends only until 20 December, tickets: £6 

Normally closed for winter, the Henry Moore Studios & Gardens are now open every weekend until Christmas. With 20 of Moore’s sculptures in over 60 acres of gardens fields, there is plenty of room for social distancing and only an hour away from London, it’s a very do-able day trip.

Don't-miss Art, Ballet & Theatre this December
— Francesca
2nd December 2020

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