Raymond Brigg’s Father Christmas Review – Lyric Hammersmith – 24th December 2016 – Don’t miss it!


Have you got your tickets yet for this amazing family Christmas production at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith? If not, I highly recommend that you grab them before they sell out….read on to see why.

I was lucky enough to be offered tickets to see this show with my Sister Rachel and her 3 year old daughter, my neice, Angel at the end of last month.

I’d heard of the book, even had a flick through, but wasn’t quite prepared for the way that the story would be brought to life.



Like I mentioned earlier, this is a book that is extremely popular with lil ones, and even those who have not read the book, will still know who ‘Father Christmas‘ is.

The story is a day in the life of Father Christmas on Christmas Eve, we follow him on his preparations to deliver from millions of presents to all the children worldwide.

We watch as he does all the day to day chores that we all have to do, from turning off his alarm clock and dragging himself out of bed, deciding what to have for breakfast to getting dressed for a busy day ahead.

The Set


The set was a fantastic backdrop of Father Christmas’ House, but had  so many hidden interactive gems that popped up, slid away, lit up and what looked like quite a ‘lightweight’ backdrop could actually be climbed and jumped upon by Father Christmas himself – the set is like a new Christmas toy that you’re not sure how to operate but every button and behind each door hides a wonderful surprise – I loved the set.

As you can imagine the set keeps any boredom at bay, even the littlest audience members sat up at various points, totally in awe of the surroundings.

The Cast

The cast is very minimal, Father Christmas is the main star, but is accompanied by his pet Cat and Dog , who are operated by a very smooth puppeteer lady who is also responsible for the many smooth set changes too.

Above the set, towards the right, sits a very talented lady who makes all the sound effects on various instruments, she is in full view of the audience and I thought was quite a nice touch.

Costumes were normal ‘Father Christmas‘ style Pyjamas and Slippers and there was a complete sprinkling of Christmas magic when Father Christmas finally put on his famous Red Suit 🙂

My Thoughts

I have to admit that the most magical part of the show for all ages, was when Father Christmas set off on his quest with the Reindeers’ in full gallop, the snow coming down, the lighting and music were perfect and the audience (including myself) were just gushing at the pure gorgeousness of the whole thing – utter magic!

Take your family to see this before it’s too late – You will not want to miss out 😉

My gorgeous niece Angel after the show x

Chanel 🙂

Chanel Williams

Performance Dates: 18th November – 24th December 2016

Venue: Lyric Hammersmith, Kings Mall Shopping Centre, One Lyric Square, King St, London W6 0QL (www.lyric.co.uk)

Other Information: All children over the age of 18 months must have a ticket.

Seating for this event is unreserved.

Tickets: £10
Ages: Under 6s
Running time: 1hr
Enjoy & Merry Christmas! x

2 thoughts on “Raymond Brigg’s Father Christmas Review – Lyric Hammersmith – 24th December 2016 – Don’t miss it!

  • 20/12/2016 at 6:53 pm

    My Boys liked this show, thank you for this review.

  • 01/01/2017 at 1:52 am

    You’re niece is so cute, the show looks fun too.


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