The Twelve Days of Christmas

25 November 2015 - 09 January 2016
  • "Truly dazzles ★★★★"
    The Stage

    Venue:  Rayne Theatre

    Tickets:  £11 - £20

    A magical and thrilling festive adventure!

    Brilliantly re-inventing the traditional and well-loved song, The Twelve Days of Christmas will be a rollicking, magical Christmas adventure with lots of laughs along the way!

    Four brave children flee their mean step-family to follow a mysterious Partridge on a quest for five gold rings. Aided and abetted by Three French Hens, they encounter a dazzling array of larger than life characters including a gaggle of paranoid Geese and some particularly pompous Lords, and are pursued by Four Calling Birds who are also in search of the rings. Just why do the Two Turtle Doves guard the rings so carefully, and will the children find them and so unlock the secrets to their family?

    Featuring Chickenshed’s famously large and amazingly diverse cast, and chock-full of fun, music and dance, The Twelve Days of Christmas is one of our most popular and imaginative Christmas shows ever – and the perfect festive production for everyone aged 5 and up!

    Make sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter using #12DaysofXmas to receive updates and photos of the show's exciting developments.

    Ticket Information
    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 Download booking form

    Running time: 2hrs including interval
    Ages 5+

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    Sign Language is integrated into every performance. For further information on the best seating for viewing the integrated Sign Language please contact us at

    Audio notes

    Audio notes for the show are available here, comprising: the set, costumes and characters, story synopsis, credits and notes.

    Production photos

    Click on Gallery to see some fantastic photos - colourful and dynamic with an amazing set design!
    See some of the cast in their early photoshoot here.

    Watch our promo film

    Click on Video tab and see critics' reviews and what some kids think!


    'It's impossible to come away from Chickenshed with anything other than a rosier view of the world.' Broadway World - read full review.

    'With a fabulous rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas to close the show, there’s no doubt that this Christmas carol will hold a whole new special place in your heart. The work and the talent of the performers and the creative team shines through the Chickenshed’s production and will definitely get you counting down the days until the 25th December!' Curious Mum - read full review.

    'This is a remarkable institution and those that are involved there are remarkable people. As for the show – get there with your children or grandchildren or borrow a few. Otherwise just go by yourselves. It is worth the journey.' Remote Goat

    'Songs are catchy and packed with energy, huge set-pieces are fluid while allowing the entire bulging cast to shine, and the script is joyous, brave and very witty.' The Stage ★★★★ - read full review.

    Audience quotes
    'Absolutely brilliant. It will be an annual fixture in our family diary from now on!'
    'Spectacular and fun. Loved the songs, music and dance.'
    'It was dynamic and vibrant! Full of fun as usual.'
    'An amazing feat - the directors and production team have done another excellent job of producing a dazzling show, making sure it sticks to its inclusive roots.'
    'A thoroughly enjoyable show with a Christmas theme...with a twist.'
    'Funny, good quality - perfect for families.'
    'All inclusive feeling, energy and talent. Dancing incredible!'
    'Loved it so much, fantastic job, you should be proud.'
    'It is just the best celebration of difference!'
    'Was absolutely brilliant, one of the best yet.'

    Award nomination

    We have been nominated for a very prestigious Offie Award. Off West End's Catherine Fenton said:

    'The Twelve Days of Christmas at Chickenshed was a fantastic night out for our family. Based on the well known Christmas carol, it was such an original script that I never knew what to expect, but was delighted when I found out! My kids sang the songs, with the accompanying sign language, for days after. Funny, enchanting and full of Christmas joy!'

    Access resources: 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 will be available to download 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.

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  • “It's impossible to come away from Chickenshed with anything other than a rosier view of the world”
    BWW Reviews: THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS, Chickenshed, December 5 2015

    For many, Chickenshed's Christmas extravaganza is circled on the calendar long before the clocks have gone back - indeed, many return to sit in the stalls having been on the other side of the fourth wall as kids or students in shows long gone. The cavernous space in North London remains a symbol of a more innocent, better world than the one we see in news broadcasts or feel when jostling through Christmas shoppers eager to acquire yet more stuff to fill lives already too busy with other stuff.

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