Christmas has arrived already, and nothing quite gets you in the festive spirit like a Christmas show.  The Big Imaginations Network has plenty on offer and here is our round up of all the great Christmas events happening across the venues.


With a host of classic family favourites, from Hansel & Gretel at Kirkgate, Sleeping Beauty at The Turnpike, Beauty and the Beast at The Unity, and J.M Parries version of Peter Pan at The Dukes; the network has something for everyone.


Following critically acclaimed runs in the UK and New York, Red Bridge Arts and the Traverse Theatre Company are bringing Black Beauty to Z-arts, whilst Waterside Arts Centre are bringing back Raymond Briggs for another favourite: Father Christmas. Alternatively, The GrandTheatre Deli, The CitadelThe Atkinson and Culture Tameside all have their own take on Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.” Head to Hollywood for a new glitzy twist on the tale at The Grand, expect lots of laughter with Culture Tameside and join Theatre Deli’s The Guild of Misrule for their theatrical dining experience version of A Christmas Carol.


Bringing their own take on the X Factor, Touchstone lets us be the judge, with The Cabin of Curiosity’s Xmas Factor, whilst Burnley Youth Theatre are keeping it tradition with their own unique twist to Pinocchio. And in search for snow to bring home in time for Christmas, The Boo, Rossendale bring an interactive storytelling show that will take you around the world.


Here’s what’s on offer across the Big Imaginations network this Christmas..


Touchstones Rochdale

The Cabin of Curiosity’s Xmas Factor! | 13th December 2018


Kirkgate Arts

Lyngo Theatre Co. Hansel & Gretel | 13th December 2018


The Grand, Clitheroe

A Hollywood Christmas Carol | 18th – 19th December 2018


The Boo, Rossendale

Snow Globe | 15th – 16th December 2018

By Horse + Bamboo Theatre


Culture Tameside

Chris T, Maz and Carol | Various Dates and location throughout December 2018

Written, devised and presented by 2 Boards and a Passion theatre Company


The Turnpike, Wigan

Sleeping Beauty |12th – 15th  December 2018


The Atkinson, Southport

Dear Santa | 12th December – 18th December 2018

Norwell Lapley Productions


The Dukes

Peter Pan | 23rd November – 5th January 2019

By J.M. Barrie | Adapted and Directed by Sarah Punshon


The Citadel, St Helens

A St Helens Christmas Carol | 16th December 2018

Adapted by Tom Wood


Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Beauty and the Beast | 30th November – 5th January 2019

A Unity Theatre and Action Transport Theatre coproduction in association with DaDaFest


Waterside Arts Centre, Sale

Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas | 4th – 31st December

A Lyric Hammersmith & Pins and Needles Production



Black Beauty | 14th – 15th December 2018

Red Bridge Arts and the Traverse Theatre Company