There’s a regal programme of events coming to the Royal Albert Hall this Christmas.
An iconic venue demands an iconic lineup – especially at Christmastime. Luckily, the Royal Albert Hall know this, and they’ve unveiled a seasonal lineup to excite and delight you. From Christmas classics to top-notch comedy, there’s always something special happening at London’s famed concert hall – so let’s take a closer look, shall we?
The Royal Albert Hall’s Christmas season kicks off with an event to tickle your funny bone. To celebrate the 30th birthday of the classic comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, host Clive Anderson and a lineup of the show’s favourite guests will decamp to the Royal Albert Hall across the weekend of December 15th & 16th. The laughs come thick and fast across three quick-witted shows, and you won’t want to miss out.
Things get a little more festive with A Hollywood Christmas. Legendary conductor John Mauceri leads the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra on a journey through stirring film scores, with Harry Potter, A Christmas Carol, and The Nightmare Before Christmas all set to get the grand treatment. Further musical magic comes with Handel’s Messiah, a much-loved annual treat that will be led by emerging Russian conductor Maxim Emelyanychev.
As Christmas draws ever closer, the Royal Albert Hall gets even more festive. An incredible double bill sees two British favourites combine; Paddington Bear’s First Concert is brought to life by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and guest narrator Stephen Mangan, before a special 40th anniversary screening of The Snowman takes place, with the live score making for an unforgettable experience.
Last, but by no means least, is the crown jewel of the season: the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s mesmerising performance of The Nutcracker. The utterly spellbinding show won rave reviews last year, and will no doubt be an audience favourite in 2018 – so don’t miss your chance to see it.
Honestly, there’s so much going on that we couldn’t possibly fit it all into this article. Carolling, jazz, and spoken word also taking place across the Christmas season, and you can find the full list of events here. One thing’s for sure: there’s never a dull moment at the Royal Albert Hall this December!