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Strictly Musicals Weekend special

For fans of musical theatre, Strictly’s Musicals Week was surely a must watch. Here at ET we certainly savoured every moment of it, even if it did remind us what we’ve been missing so much this year. But it did make us think, what a great time to remind people that theatres are slowly re-opening, and you can already grab tickets to the biggest and best musicals, either for yourself or as Christmas treats for your nearest and dearest. So check out below for which shows featured at the weekend can be booked now.
Of course before that, there's a chance to remind you of what other shows we’ve seen recently. Some were even in person and not just online. As much as we’ve enjoyed the digital content, we really are getting desperate to return to the precious seats of some of our favourite theatres.

Latest reviews

Since our last newsletter we've covered a host of shows, some of which are still available to watch online. A selection of them are below, but of course, why not head over to the website to see all our latest content?

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, live streamed

A captivating story about love that (almost!) feels like being at the theatre again.
Review: The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, live stream from Bristol Old Vic

Christmas Tales 'Live On Stage', Chickenshed

Review: Christmas Tales 'Live On Stage', Chickenshed
An all singing, all dancing (and signing) Christmas performance. Full of songs, skits and stories and a visit from Rudolf and Santa himself.

The Crow's Tale, Puppet Theatre Barge

This production is delightful at every level; visually beautiful, musically impressive, skilfully enacted and a captivating story.
Review: The Crow's Tale, Puppet Theatre Barge

Peter Duncan's Jack and the Beanstalk, online stream

Review: Peter Duncan's 'Jack and the Beanstalk', Online Stream
A precious gift that will help you and your family put your worries… behind you!

The Legend of Moby Dick Whittington, online stream

An online panto that really is a joyous offering, whether you’re still a kid or just want to behave like one for an hour.
Review: The Legend of Moby Dick Whittington, online stream

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, live streamed via Facebook

Review: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, live streamed via Facebook
A short, pared down version of Stevenson’s classic that embraces the limitations of theatre in lockdown.

Agent Venture, online via Zoom

Agent Venture is the best use of Zoom theatre I've yet seen.
Review: Agent Venture, Online via Zoom

This week's Twitter poll

We all know Christmas is a time for pantomime. So, this edition's poll is asking whether you are still planning to watch a panto this year, whether it's one of the surviving ones you can actually see in person, or if it's one of the many available online.

Strictly Musicals Weekend

As you'd expect from BBC's flagship Saturday evening entertainment show, this weekend was a spectacular celebration of musical theatre, featuring music from shows old and new. So if watching it has left you yearning for more, why not check out which shows you can go and see, some as early as this month, others in the new year.

& Juliet

Sunday evening's results show began with the cast of & Juliet giving a live performance. The show asks what if Juliet hadn’t died at the end of Romeo and Juliet? What would she do? Who would she become?

When we saw this we loved it, giving it a full five stars. You can read our review here. The West End show reopens next March, and you can grab tickets right now.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Strictly viewers would have seen Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing and partner Karen performing a rather striking tango to the title song from Everybody's Talking About Jamie.

When we reviewed this, we said it was "Totally feel good and guaranteed to make you feel fabulous!" It returns to the West End from 12 December, and is currently booking through until March. You can snap up tickets from as little as £24.

Phantom of the Opera

Maybe you were mesmerised by Bill Bailey’s portrayal of the Phantom with his dance partner Oti? Well, Phantom of the Opera will be back in 2021 – we’re just waiting for dates to be confirmed.

In the meantime, you can still see Bill Bailey’s stand up show, which is on for a handful of performances from 28 December at Lyceum Theatre. And if you live outside London, he already has dates booking for next December.

Strictly tours for 2021 and beyond

Besides the musicals, you can of course savour the Strictly experience live. In fact there are three different ways you can get to see the show live. The Live Tour features a selection of celebrities and professional dancers, whilst The Professionals and the latest edition, The Power of Dance, will bring the professionals to the fore. All three are touring in 2021 and 2022, so grab tickets below.

Ways to support ET

Everything Theatre is funded by a small amount of advertising and ticket sale commissions. As we approach 2021, we hope that we'll continue to support the theatre world as it recovers from what has been a terrible year for everyone. If you want to help us do so in bigger ways then when you book tickets, please do consider clicking through via our links. Or if you just want to buy us a virtual coffee, you can do so via our Kofi page. If enough of you can support us with even just a pound or two, then we promise we will continue to throw all our efforts into supporting theatres not just in London but around the country too.

Until next time

There may have been a big gap between this and the previous edition of our newsletter, but we hope that it won't be so long until next time. Do look out for us in your inbox, and do let us know if anything you read here has inspired you to book a show.
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