This show finished on: 11 January 2014
Tickets: £11 - £20
Venue: Rayne Theatre
It's Christmas Eve and, too excited to sleep, the children are desperate to tear into their huge sack of presents. However the gifts they find are clearly not for them - instead these are gifts meant for Cinderella's Ugly Sisters, Mr Ebenezer Scrooge and The Snow Queen. So the children realise they must journey to magical faraway lands to return these presents, learning the true meaning of Christmas as they go - and all before Midnight!
Revived for 2013, The Night Before Christmas is fondly remembered as one of Chickenshed’s best shows ever – with our professional actors and diverse cast once again bringing Christmas alive in a completely fresh and festive way. Prepare to be mesmerised by the wonderful story, beautiful music and songs, amazing dance and a feast of memorable characters specially created for this uniquely Chickenshed show.
This will be a magical and festive family treat for everyone aged 5 and above.
Make sure to 'like' our facebook page to receive updates and photos of the show's development. Also follow the action by using #NightBeforeChristmas on twitter.
To get a sense of the show's feel good energy, amazing choreography and brilliant characters click on the 'Video' tab above, but remember there's nothing quite like experiencing it in person!
You can also watch a short video of audience reactions to see and hear the lovely things that people have been saying about the show.
Watch us on BBC London news
We were recently featured on BBC London News. They filmed short extracts of show, interviewed Louise Perry, our Head of Performance, and spoke to members of the cast. To see what they said watch the full BBC feature.
Reviews and audience feedback:
‘Seriously good fun: witty, artful, thoughtful and performed with headlong glee.’ Libby Purves, theatre critic read the full review
'OMG @CHICKENSHED_UK #NightBeforeChristmas is fantastic. Beg, steal or borrow a ticket.' @julesmnewman
'Everyone must go and see the Christmas show performance by @CHICKENSHED_UK Loved it!' @ClaudiaP123
‘Simply life affirming.’ Broadway World read the full review
Read more by clicking 'Reviews / Audience Feeback' above.
Preview & Off Peak Stalls: £13 (£11 concessions) | Gallery: £11
Standard Stalls: £19 (£17 concessions) | Gallery: £13
Peak Stalls: £20 (£18 concessions) | Gallery: £14
Schools Performances Stalls: £11 | Gallery: £11
Running time: 2hrs including interval
Captioned Performances: Fri 13 Dec 12pm, Sun 15 Dec 2pm, Sat 4 Jan 3pm
Audio Described Performances: Sun 15 Dec 5.30pm, Fri 20 Dec 7pm, Sun 22 Dec 2pm, Sun 29 Dec 2pm
Touch Tours for all
Touch Tours are available an hour before the audio described performances on Fri 20, Sun 22 & Sun 29 Dec. These tours allow all audiences, visually impaired or fully sighted, the opportunity to experience the set, meet some of the cast and interact with key props. The tours are open to everyone but places are very limited so booking is essential. Lasts approx 20mins.
Sign Language will be integrated into every performance. For further information on the best seating for viewing the integrated Sign Language please contact us at .
Access resources: Near to the start date of the show we can provide large print synopsis, braille synopsis, standard size print synopsis and an audio description of set, costumes, characters and synopsis (the audio files can now be downloaded from the right hand side of this page.) If you are interested in any of these resources please email .
Access tickets: Signing, Captioned, Audio Described tickets, and tickets for wheelchair users, will be charged at a reduced rate (usually equivalent to the gallery rate for that performance). Please contact the Box Office for more details.
Audience reactions and snippets of the show
‘Chickenshed still cheering me up, 36 hours on.. divinely silly reindeer, cool Cratchits, scary Snow Queen.’ Libby Purves, theatre critic
'Again Chickenshed, you have stolen my heart! Book those tickets people!' @GJANewson
'One of my boys said the @CHICKENSHED_UK Christmas Show was AWESOME! I agree xxx' @Lionmark452
‘I saw the show, it blew me away!! I'm so into the Christmas spirit now!!!’ Caron Richards on facebook