A Christmas Story – The ★★★★★ Musical

★★★★★ A Christmas Story – The Musical 

As we await the arrival of the much-anticipated Dear Evan Hansen next year, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s 2012 Broadway musical A Christmas Story receives its European premiere at London’s award-winning Waterloo East Theatre – and very welcome it is too. 
The coveted BB gun

With a book by Joseph Robinette and music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, A Christmas Story – The Musical is based on the movie classic. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, we follow young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the Christmas gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. Rebuffed at every turn, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. 

The British Theatre Academy teams
Cleverly directed with an enormous amount of obvious affection by Gerald Armin and presented in association with The British Theatre Academy, A Christmas Story is the perfect and very welcome alternative to traditional pantomime – oh yes it is! 

Lucyelle Cliffe and Simon Willmont
With strong performances from Lucyelle Cliffe as Mother and Simon Willmont as Old Man, who is, in fact, Ralphie’s father, brilliantly played by Felix Hepburn. At this time, I must point out that the production has an excellent company of seven young actors (Felix Hepburn, Ethan Manwaring, Alfie Turnbull, Daniel Osei, Ethan Quinn, Amelia Ioannou and Alice Bonney), who joyously outnumber the older members of the ensemble with great assuredness and gusto. Special mentions must go to Ethan Quinn as Schwartz whose performance was captivating, funny and full of vigour and energy, and Bradley Riches who unquestionably proved that the art of the jazz hand was utterly safe with him.  

A Christmas Story has a varied, captivating show-biz score delivered beautifully by the whole company. With a brilliant high point of You’ll Shot Your Eye Out which was a tour de force tap routine led by Jenny Gayner as Miss Shields, supported by the young company who also tapped and produced a show-stopping kick line worthy of any Broadway show!  

Running until 22 December, A Christmas Story is the perfect pre-Christmas treat, has broad family appeal and will guarantee you’ll leave the theatre with a smile on your face, a desire to tap dance your way down the street, but above all, the realisation that life is about living. This show has real style, great heart and a generous helping of pure razzamatazz! 

28h November to 22nd December 2018 
Tues to Sat at 7.30pm. Sun at 4pm
(No Monday performances)
Running time approx 110 mins with an Interval
Tickets: £23 / £20 (Cons)
/ £13 (Under 16)
£55 (Family Ticket) (
Minimum group of 4 must include 1 under 16)
Previews: Nov 28th & 29th All Tickets £16 Adults / £11 Under 16
Allocated seating. Strictly No Latecomers Admitted.
Waterloo East Theatre Brad Street London SE1 8TN
Book Online
www.waterlooeast.co.uk  Box Office 0207 928 0060