There’s nothing that gets you in the mood for Christmas quite like the theatre, and, as we’ve written about the wonderful array of panto available in this area before, this time we thought we’d tell you about other amazing shows you can catch in venues near Oaklands Country Lodges.
Within an hour’s drive of here you can get to the big cities of Birmingham, Nottingham and Derby, as well as some wonderful rural venues, so there’s plenty of culture for you to choose from, should you wish.
A true jewel in Derbyshire’s crown has to be the fabulous Buxton Opera House which is about an hour away from us. Worth the trip to admire the exquisite architecture of the building alone, the experience of catching a performance inside really is memorable. On December 3 you can see the much loved “Christmas Spectacular of Brass and Comedy” performed by the well-known Brighouse and Rastrick Band, while later in the month “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” promises to be a show to be enjoyed by the whole family. (http://buxtonoperahouse.org.uk/)
Over at Derby Theatre a strange and wonderful new production of “Alice in Wonderland” should provide some quirky family entertainment from December 2 to January 7, while at the famous Theatre Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham you can sit and laugh with famous comedy duo Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer for one night only on Friday December 2 for their “25 years of Reeves and Mortimer” (http://www.trch.co.uk/). Over at the equally celebrated Nottingham Playhouse families will love the production of “The Princess and The Frog”, on from December 8. (http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/)
Meanwhile, you might be surprised to learn that the city of Birmingham, with its famous theatres and orchestra, is also only an hour away. There’ll you find several large theatres including Birmingham Rep – where many stars of the British stage started out – and the New Alexandra Theatre. Depending on what you enjoy, highlights could include the ribald-sounding “Faulty Towers, the Dining Experience”, which is on at the Birmingham Rep from December 13-17, or you could also see the long-running hit musical Chicago at the New Alexandra Theatre for much of December.
We hope this gives you a good flavour of all the wonderful culture available in the Midlands over Christmas – enjoy!