Christmas For Grown Ups: Alternative Festive Shows in London 2019

By Natasha Sutton-Williams

Tis the season to be entertained! Get your jollies off at these raucous, belly-laugh inducing shows for adult eyes only… 
Sex Shells: XXXmas – Soho Theatre

Having sold out Soho Theatre this March and April, Sex Shells - the enfant terrible threesome - are back to gift their audience with plums, pearl necklaces and public school stripteases. Expect an onslaught of original music, song parodies and comic sketch routines. Your hosts for the evening are Dr Adam, an escaped academic, Calum, a sustainable fashion designer, and Rosie, an ex-pole dancer. With trans rights, chemsex, and a take down of Maggie Smith on their agenda, how could you say no to these mischievous little imps? 

16 – 28 December
Kneehigh’s Ubu! A Singalong Satire – Shoreditch Town Hall 
Anarchic theatre company Kneehigh are taking sharp satirical aim at the orange-faced president with their new show Ubu! The show is based on French symbolist writer Alfred Jarry’s play Ubu Roi written in 1896. The original production opened and closed on the same day having caused audience uproar with its obscene, bizarre and comical content. Kneehigh’s adaptation blends buffoonery, improvisation and iconic singalong anthems. Described as the world’s first ‘improvised promenade musical’, you can guarantee you will never have seen a show like this before! 

4 - 21 December
Escape From Planet Trash – Pleasance Theatre

Sink the Pink have returned for a queer, camp Christmas jamboree on Planet Trash! Written, directed and designed by triple-threat drag queen Ginger Johnson, Planet Trash is the dumping ground of the universe, and the home of its sole resident… Ginger! Unfortunately Ginger and her planet are in danger of being obliterated by an intergalactic solar flare! Featuring a host of drag queen space explorers, outrageous aliens, gigantic space spiders and a live score, what more could you ask for this Christmas? 

19 November – 22 December 
Pecsmas by Pecs Drag Kings – Yard Theatre

Pecs Drag Kings are back at the Yard to whip up a Christmas feast for the eyes after their sell out five-star show Sex Sex Men Men. This drag king centric cabaret contains outrageous dance routines, queer adaptations of classic Christmas tales, and if the audience have been very good this year, the kings may even bear gifts...  A different special guest performer will join these moustachioed beauties each night, and on 20 December they will end their run with a Christmas party that promises to drag on till the wee hours!

9 – 20 December
Cinderella – The Vaults 

For a fully immersive Christmas experience, head down into the depths of the Vaults. There you’ll find the tunnels transformed into a traditional English pub with all the classic Cinders characters pulling you pints and shaking their tail feathers on the dance floor. The story is told through anarchic songs performed by a live band. You’ll be welcomed into the heart of the action to witness love-ins, pub brawls, and participatory Christmas cheer. 

22 November – 12 January