9 - 24 DECEMBER 2020

Father Christmas setting off on his sleigh to deliver presents to kids
Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs with his cat. Available to watch online this Christmas
Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas visit kids as he delivers presents
Raymond Briggs Father Christmas theatre show
Father Christmas and reindeers in the north pole
Father Christmas having Christmas dinner 2020
A musician playing the guitar and singing
Raymond Briggs Father Christmas cooking his eggs for breakfast using the chicken. the theatre show i
Father Christmas going down a chimney.

Based on the book by Raymond Briggs

Adapted for the stage by Pins and Needles 

Co produced with the Lyric Hammersmith


Follow Father Christmas on the most important day of his year: Christmas Eve. As he gathers the reindeer and prepares his sleigh, Father Christmas begins the long journey into the snowy night to deliver presents to sleeping children all over the world. But things don’t run smoothly and he soon encounters soot covered chimneys to squeeze through and treacherous weather conditions, all while plenty of mischief is had by his cheeky pets, Cat and Dog.


Directed by Emma Earle

Designed by Zoe Squire

Composed by Lucy Rivers

Puppets by Max Humphries

Lighting by George Ogilvie

Dramaturgy by Adam Peck


Father Christmas: Barry McCarthy

Puppeteer: David Emmings

Musician: Kate Adams


Book now to stream the online version of Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas, filmed especially for you this year.

The performance will be available to watch anytime, anywhere between 9 – 24 Dec, so you can choose the time to best suit the rest of your festive plans! Please enjoy the show with others in your household as many times as you like between those dates, but do not share the link with those outside of your household.

While you can watch the show from anywhere in the world, we recommend supporting your local venue when purchasing a ticket - see the list below!

Please note booking closes at 3pm on 22 Dec.

Darwen Library Theatre

Lyric Hammersmith

Oxford Playhouse

Tobacco Factory Theatres

Wales Millenium Centre

*Ahead of the performance you will receive an email which will include all of the information, a link and a password that you will need to access the stream.


'Magnificent’  ★★★★★ The Observer

‘Magical’ ★★★★★ The Upcoming

‘Enchanting’ ★★★★ The Sunday Times

‘a cracker of a show’ ★★★★ The Mirror


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