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The Night Before Christmas

25 November 2022 to 31 December 2022 Royal & Derngate

Having enchanted children at Christmas time for more than 200 years this popular festive poem bursts into life in a magical production for under 7s and their grown-ups. Watch in amazement as Father Christmas and his reindeer fly through the starlit sky on their busy Christmas Eve journey ensuring that every last present is delivered on time!

Adapted for the stage by Hattie Naylor (The Night Watch, Manchester Royal Exchange; The Three Musketeers, nominated for Best Show for Children and Young People at the National Theatre Awards), the production is directed by Polka Theatre’s Associate Director Roman Stefanski. In addition to directing numerous Polka productions including The Wind in the Willows, Roman’s credits include Sarah & Duck and Twirlywoos for CBeebies. 

The show is designed by Kate Bunce whose credits include Why the Whales Came and I Believe in Unicorns for Wizard Presents, as well as many previous shows for young audiences at Royal & Derngate. Lighting design is by Aaron J Dootson (Pippin, Charing Cross Theatre; The Snow Queen, Polka Theatre), with Julian Butler (The Everywhere Bear, Polka and Royal & Derngate; both Charlie and Lola live shows, touring globally) as composer and sound designer. 

Playing the part of Grandad and Father Christmas’s reindeer Blitzen is Dan McGarry (60 Miles by Road or Rail, Royal & Derngate) and Amber is played by Joanne Maroun (A Little Midsummer, The Deck/National Theatre).

Royal & Derngate Artistic Director James Dacre said: “We’re delighted to be collaborating with Polka Theatre again to bring the magic of theatre to our younger audiences this Christmas. We’re also thrilled to welcome Dan McGarry and Joanne Maroun – two exceptional actors from Northamptonshire – to our company.” 

During December audiences will be able to enjoy family activities in the theatre foyer before and after performances, and there will be a series of themed workshops available over the festive period.


Royal & Derngate, Underground Studio, Guildhall Road, Northampton NN1 1DP

Friday 25 November – Saturday 31 December 2022


Grandad/Blitzen Dan McGarry, Amber Joanne Maroun.  

A full performance schedule can be found on the website including details of relaxed and signed performances:- .