Each month IDEA1 invites a guest editor to choose their top five events for the month; this month was the turn of Theatre Manager of the newly re opened Broadway Theatre, Harrison Fuller. 

Harrison’s Top 5 Choices for December

Christmas is most definitely on its way. The lights on are on, trees are going up and Jack Frost has returned to give the mornings a dusting of festive sparkle. Caught up in a whirl wind of present wrapping, hot chocolates and preparing for the celebrations the days just whizz by. There are lots of events in Peterborough to add to (or distract from) the Christmas season. Here, I have chosen the top five that I am looking forward to but there are plenty more to discover.


Aladdin at The Broadway

14th – 31st December – The Broadway Theatre 

I am thrilled that pantomime is back at The Broadway after a ten year absence. KD Theatre Productions are delivering a Christmas family spectacular. With a stellar cast that includes panto veteran Mark Hyde and West End star Victoria Blackburn, the show is packed with fun songs, splendid scenery and a mountain of magic (I’ve been promised a ride on the magic carpet!)

The show will run from the 14th to the 31st. The first show will help support Shine and a percentage of ticket sales will be donated to the charity to help their work. Family tickets and group discounts are available (I have booked for 10 to come along due to the fabulous offer) and I’m looking forward to seeing the biggest panto in town (Oh yes I am!). Find out more details here. 

Peter Pan by Lamphouse Theatre

Saturday 20th – 24th Dec – The Undercroft Serpentine Green

Peter Pan is a favourite story and has been a seasonal delight since its first appearance on the stage in 1904. 113 years later, the story of the boy who never grew up is still enchanting audiences and this December you will be able to see a unique production right here in Peterborough. Lamphouse Theatre has a reputation for imaginative and quality productions and I’m sure this one is no exception. You will find Peter, Wendy and the Lost Boys in Neverland, ‘second star to the right and straight on til morning.’ (The Undercroft, Serpentine Green is better for Sat Nav). Full info here. 

The Magical Christmas Santa Show – The Broadway Suite

Monday 18th December – The Broadway Theatre

Who doesn’t love a magic show!? Who doesn’t love Santa!? Who doesn’t like to get a present from the fella himself!? On Monday 18th December for just two shows (12pm and 2.30pm) you can join Santa and his helper, Ellie the Elf, in a sing a long festive spectacular. All children will receive a present from Santa! I feel like Will Ferrell!. The show looks to be lots of fun and the perfect way to feel festive in the run up to Christmas. Full info here. 



Cathedral by Candle Light

20th & 23rd December – Peterborough Cathedral 

For something a little different, Peterborough Cathedral are holding a series of tours by candle light. It is a unique chance to experience the atmospheric architecture as it would have been seen in centuries gone by. The warm glow of the flickering flames dancing across the vaulted ceilings and carved stone will make for an enchanting evening. There will also be a glass of wine (yes please) at the end of the tour and a chance to learn more about the beautiful Cathedral as it prepares to turn 900 (It doesn’t look a day over 850!) next year. Click here for more details. 
New Year’s Eve Speakeasy – The Broadway Suite

Sunday 31st December – The Broadway Theatre

After all the turkey (and turkey sandwiches, turkey soup and turkey curry) I’m looking forward to turning back the clock to the 1920s and bringing in 2018 with a cocktail in hand, live jazz band and some entertainers. Christmas crackers will, by then, be a distant memory and thoughts will turn towards the New Year and all the possibilities and opportunities that it holds, ready to be discovered. Casino tables will be in the bar area for people to have a go and a prize is on offer for the winner – red or black? Click here for more info. 

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