Worried about missing the bright lights of the West End at Christmas? Watch some of musical theater’s biggest stars on screen, be the first to see all-new dramas and comedies, and experience the classics of the season this Christmas with our roundup of the best theaters to watch on TV. .
So far for 2020, the BBC has unveiled its upcoming festive goodies on our TVs. Keep checking this page for the latest news on Christmas TV this year.
Theatrical television and movies to watch for this Christmas
If you’ve seen David Mitchell at the Gielgud Theater, you’ll definitely want to watch this lockdown-themed episode from Raven upstart. They have entertained the nation at Christmas before, but this year’s show is set during the plague of 1603, there are bound to be plenty of references to quarantine.
With The game that goes wrong and Mischievous movie night in the West End this Christmas, join the original members of the company via your television with a nativity-themed episode of The show that goes wrong. We expect a sloppy version of the Nativity with plenty of religious and cultural references for good measure.
After a sold-out world premiere, discover the adaptation of Olivier Award-winning Matthew Bourne The Red Shoes.
If you want to relive the magic of the West End, the filmed stage version of Uncle Vanya arrives at the BBC in December, starring Toby Jones and Richard Armitage.
Looking for ways to keep the little ones entertained before the big day? Lots of TV choices, including traditional The Snowman and The tiger who came for tea. Or, how about a double bill of The Gruffalo and Gruffalo’s child, with the latter at Alexandra Palace this Christmas.
Christmas TV program and films for theater lovers
The wind in the willows, Virgin Media
The Grinch Musical, 3:30 p.m., Sky One
Catch Me If You Can, 5:50 p.m., BBC One
Elf: 7 p.m., Sky One
Hetty Plume: Blank media
Charlie and the chocolate factory, 6:45 p.m., ITV2
National Theater: Twelfth Night, 9 p.m., Sky arts
Upstart raven: 9:00 p.m., BBC Two
Kinky Boots: Virgin Media
The show that goes wrong, 7:00 p.m., BBC One
The sound of live music!: 9:00 p.m., Sky Arts
42nd street: Virgin Media
Mom mia: 8 p.m., ITV Be
Superstar of Jesus Christ in concert: 9:00 p.m., Sky Arts
Christmas concert by Dolly Parton: 11:15 p.m., BBC One
A Christmas Carol, 12:40, Canal Quatre
Seven wives for seven brothers: 12:55, Canal Cinq
The Snowman: 5:10 p.m., Canal Quatre
The 100 Greatest Musicals: 4:15 p.m., 4 More
Cinderella: a comedic relief pantomime for Christmas: 8:15 p.m., BBC Two
The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall: 9:00 p.m., Sky Arts
White christmas: 10:25 am, 4 More
Sing in the rain: 11:55 am, BBC Two
Olivier: 12:05 p.m., Canal Cinq
Chitty chitty bang bang: 3.10 p.m., Canal Cinq
Matthew Bourne’s red shoes: 6:00 p.m., BBC Two
La La Land: 10:10 p.m., BBC Two
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake: 3:50 p.m., Sky Arts
Fat: 5:00 p.m., BBC One
Les Misérables: 25th anniversary: 6:05 p.m., Sky arts
Miss Saigon: 9:00 p.m., Sky Arts
The sound of music: 3:45 p.m., BBC One
Cats: 9:00 p.m., Sky Arts
The Addams Family: 3:00 p.m., Canal 5
Jane eyre: 9:00 p.m., Sky Arts
Uncle Vanya: 10:00 p.m., BBC Four
Photo credit: Uncle Vanya (Photo by Johan Persson)