If you're traveling to London this winter, be sure to add to your itinerary Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, which will celebrate London's Christmas past with its first ever Christmas show and other activities.
Christmas Cracker, presented by Footsbarn Theatre company, is billed as a family feast of carnival, comedy and Christmas cheer, drawing from festive traditions, and inspired by works of Shakespeare.
The Footsbarn Theatre company, which previously brought its Shakespeare Party to the Globe in 2008, first began in Cornwall, England in 1971, rehearsing in a barn owned by the Foot family. In 1984 the company took its brand of theatre internationally and has been delighting audiences worldwide ever since.
Footsbarn's ridiculous and delightful characters include their poetry reciting, three headed Shakespeare who discovers words that have never been heard before; a family of tightrope walkers playing the violin over the groundlings; and the outsized accordion-playing worm. With music, carnival, dance, puppets and circus, this unique show is great for the entire family.
The short production, with intermission for getting mulled wine and hot food, will run between December 22, 2009 and January 3, 2010, at 11am, 2pm and 5:30pm.
To complement the Christmas show, there will be a magnificent Christmas tree as well as charming Christmas cabins, offering delicious and festive fare - spiced nuts, gingerbread men, roasted chestnuts, gourmet sausages and mulled wine.