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December at South Mill Arts: Rapunzel, A Christmas Carol, Spencer, The Nutcracker, Midweek Music and Santa's grotto

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The South Mill Arts team take you through the shows and events that will help your family's Christmas go with a bang.

'Tis the season to be jolly - and South Mill Arts in Bishop's Stortford has got something for everyone to get them in the festive spirit this December.

So take a seat, make yourself comfortable and enjoy the seasonal treats on offer at the South Road venue.

Rapunzel, A Magical Christmas Adventure – Sat 4 Dec to Sun 2 Jan

Want to make Christmas special this year? Then get tangled up with a host of loveable characters from this magical fairy tale.

With a wicked witch, a feisty heroine, a talking horse and a host of adventures, Rapunzel combines all the magic of a traditional Christmas panto with a vibrant take on a classic and much-loved story.

Rapunzel (53291494)
Rapunzel (53291494)

Packed with songs, dance routines and jokes a-plenty, there is something for everyone, so book your tickets now for the family show of the year.

Scott Ritchie Productions – creators of Alice in Wonderland in 2019 – proudly presents this exciting and fun adventure in association with South Mill Arts.

Running Time: 2 hours (including interval).

Santa's Grotto – Sat 4 Dec to Christmas Eve

Santa has left Mrs Claus at home preparing for Christmas while he makes a special visit to South Mill Arts this holiday season.

You will start your festive adventure with a fun craft activity before making your way up to see Father Christmas.

Not only will you receive a special gift, but you will also hear an enchanting festive story from Santa himself.

Santa's grotto (53291502)
Santa's grotto (53291502)

Your visit will end with delicious hot chocolate and Christmas cookies in the Maltings Bar – the perfect treat to end a magical experience.

Tickets are limited, so book now to visit our special guest. Please email marketing@southmillarts.co.uk to confirm the name of the child once you have booked.

Please note: Each ticket will admit only one adult and one child to the event.

A Christmas Carol – Tue 7 Dec, 7pm

European Arts Company presents a heart-warming evening in the presence of the author himself as actor John O'Connor delightfully recreates Charles Dickens’s famous performance of one of his best-loved stories.

A Christmas Carol was the first public reading Dickens gave of his own work. He enacted it over 150 times and the effect on the public was phenomenal. "The success was most wonderful and prodigious – perfectly overwhelming and astounding altogether!" he said after the first night.

John Connor as Charles Dickens reading A Christmas Carol (53291470)
John Connor as Charles Dickens reading A Christmas Carol (53291470)

This Christmas, you can experience what it must have been like to be in the audience. Come and enjoy a seasonal treat in the spirit of Christmas past, present and future.

"This almost feels immersive. The performance is a delight. A festive treat." – The Stage ★★★★

For school bookings, contact the box office on 01279 710200 and enquiries@southmillarts.co.uk.

The Nutcracker – Thu 9 Dec, 7pm

Enjoy a live cinema screening of this sparkling ballet as an enchanting, festive treat for the whole family.

The Nutcracker is a family favourite at Christmas and is one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet.

The story of Clara, a girl on a magical Christmas Eve adventure, is accompanied by sparkling music and even dancing sweets.

A live screening of The Royal Ballet's production of The Nutcracker (53291476)
A live screening of The Royal Ballet's production of The Nutcracker (53291476)

Watch the full company of The Royal Ballet in this much-loved ballet classic, starring Akane Takada (The Sugar Plum Fairy), Cesar Corrales (The Prince), Christopher Saunders (Herr Drosselmeyer), Isabella Gasparini (Clara), Luca Acri (Hans-Peter/The Nutcracker).

Running time: 2 hrs 40 mins (including interval)

Midweek Music – Wed 15 Dec, 7.30pm

We will be rounding off this season of Midweek Music by hosting a warm and festive evening featuring a line-up of different acts and very special guests!

Tom Ryder with The Kazans performing at a previous Midweek Music session (53291474)
Tom Ryder with The Kazans performing at a previous Midweek Music session (53291474)

Spencer – Thu 16 Dec, 7pm

A cinema screening of director Pablo Larraín's fictionalised account of Princess Diana's (Kristen Stewart) decision to end her marriage to Prince Charles (Jack Farthing) and leave the Royal Family. Timothy Spall, Sean Harris and Sally Hawkins also star.

Running Time: 1 hr 51 mins

Kristen Stewart stars as Lady Diana in the film Spencer (53291504)
Kristen Stewart stars as Lady Diana in the film Spencer (53291504)

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