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What's better than Christmas? Learning about its history in a twisted, amusing and shocking way, and that's exactly what Horrible Christmas has in store!

Why Watch Horrible Christmas

Horrible Christmas is based on Crackers Christmas, one of the many books in the Horrible Histories series by Terry Deary. With a stunning cast of characters and excellent execution, this top-notch production of Horrible Christmas is sure to leave you full of holiday spirit - oodles of it!

The Story

When a jolly man dressed in red threatens to ruin Christmas, it's up to one young boy to save the day... but can he save Christmas? From medieval monks to Victorian villains, Tudor treats to Puritan parties, jump on a hair-raising ride through the history of Christmas in the company of King Henry VIII, Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, St. Nicholas, and, of course, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as they all join together to save Christmas.

Good for

Fans of History | Family Activities | Fans of Christmas Stories

Critics Reviews

This neatly designed show zips along, and it is performed with energy and a madcap charm by the hard-working cast.
The Guardian

This is good old fashioned silly fun, performed in the festive panto mould: lots of fart and bottom gags, a spot of audience participation, and a good old sing-a-long. Chuck in a few jokes for the adults and you have all the trappings of a great show.
The Reviews Hub

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Show Details

Show Timings

Wed & Thu 1:30 PM & 7:00 PM
Fri 10:30 AM & 6:30 PM
Sat 2:30 PM & 6:30 PM
Sun 11:00 AM & 3:00 PM


Leading Roles
Chris Gunter as Sydney Claws
Ashley Bowden as Rudolph
Erika Poole as Shirley Holmes
Tom Cawte as Watson
Ed Allenby as Richard Cromwell
Natalie Simone as Elizabeth Cromwell

Directed by
Neal Foster

Designed by
Jackie Trousdale

Lighting by
Jason Taylor

Sound by
Tom Lishman

Music by
Matthew Scott

Choreography by
Rae Piper & Paul Chantry

Production Managed by
Adrian Littlejohns

Additional Information


Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in West End.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theatre is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.

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Mes Billets

You will receive an email with your voucher. You may display your voucher on your mobile phone. Please carry a valid photo ID for identification.

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Alexandra Palace Theatre, Alexandra Palace Way, London

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