Let the Festivities Begin

The festive season begins with Ebenezer Scrooge receiving a double treatment – starting with singing, dancing and panto mayhem as Tweed Theatre Youth (2-4 Dec) provide a lively and modern retelling of the classic story.

This is followed by a tour de force of a one-man show as master storyteller Guy Masterson brings the old miser’s story to life in A Christmas Carol (9 Dec). A rather more faithful telling of the much-loved tale, it is an astonishing performance of physical agility and verbal dexterity.

Young children will also love a screening of the CBeebies Christmas Show (5 Dec), which sees a telling of The Night Before Christmas complete with a star cast of CBeebies presenters. There is also a chance to dive into the world of Magic Gareth (10 Dec) in a critically acclaimed Christmas magic show full of tricks, balloons, games and nonsense.

But Christmas is not just for youngsters – with adults also well catered for. Following an enforced year off, Peebles Concert Band (11 Dec) also return to playing together as they present a special winter celebration of music, ranging from movie theme tunes to blues, classical and even rock.

And it really wouldn’t be Christmas without a couple of festive staples: the Royal Opera House’s glittering production of The Nutcracker (12 Dec) captured live on screen, plus The Downright Homespun Radio Company’s triumphant, wise-cracking return to the stage in this year’s production of Amerrycana Christmas (16-18 Dec).

The Eastgate’s festive programme runs throughout December, with tickets for all performances available from Box Office on 01721 725777 or online.