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Music and theatre in the South West at Christmas

  • Date: 13 December 2010
  • Area: South West

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, at the Brewhouse. Credit: Farrows Creative

There are Christmas performances all over the region, ranging from traditional panto to Handel's Messiah.

Sleeping Beauty runs at the Hall for Cornwall until 3 January. As a taster, you can play the Sleeping Beauty game online, and if you email it to a friend there's the chance to win free tickets to the show.

Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company use puppetry and live music in their version of the children's story The Enormous Turnip which is at the Drum Theatre, Plymouth until 9 January.

You can download a colouring sheet and see a trailer of Room on the Broom which is at Exeter Northcott from until 2 January. There's also a trailer to tempt you to Peter Pan which runs at the Lighthouse, Poole until 9 January.

At the Brewhouse, Taunton, The Gallery will be transformed into a magical environment with workshops and activities to complement the Christmas performance - a rare opportunity to see a live version of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe.

Swallows and Amazons is a new musical for the whole family written especially for Bristol Old Vic. It's a story of an idyllic era, of endless summer evenings and the beauty of youthful imagination. Performances run until 15 January, while Boing! runs until 9 January and is for families and children aged three and over. Travelling Light have been working with Champloo Dance to create this new piece of dance theatre to get your feet tingling, your toes tapping and your head spinning with a whirl of colourful images and playful sounds.

This year's family friendly panto at the Everyman, Cheltenham is Cinderella and another traditional panto, Aladdin runs until 8 January at Salisbury Playhouse.

The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra celebrates the festive period with four very different concerts. Handel's Messiah is a staple part of the orchestra's festive calendar and will be performed at the Lighthouse, Poole on 17 December and Exeter Cathedral on 20 December. On 18 December at the Lighthouse, Poole the BSO are joined by The New Scorpion Band for an evening of festive readings as well as traditional performances of carols including The Sussex Carol, Shepherds Arise and the Somerset Wassail. Also at the Lighthouse, there's a Celebration of Christmas Carols on 23 December.

Viennese conductor, Günther Bauer-Schenk returns to conduct the BSO's annual series of New Year concerts featuring a selection of Viennese dance hall favourites inlcuding the Pizzicato Polka, Poet & Peasant Overture and The Blue Danube. The performances are at Bristol's Colston Hall on 31 December, the Lighthouse on 1 January, and Weymouth Pavilion on 7 January.