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Photo credit: Charlie Stemp in Half a Sixpence (Photo by Manuel Harlan)

Best television shows and films for theatre fans this Christmas

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Worried that you'll miss the bright lights of the West End at Christmastime? Watch some of musical theatre's biggest stars on screen, be the first to see brand new dramas and comedy shows and geek out on seasonal classics at Christmas with our round-up of the best theatre to watch on television.

Here's all the theatre television shows and films to see this Christmas in 2021. Keep checking this page for the latest information on Christmas television this year.

Theatrical television and films to watch out for this Christmas

If you saw David Mitchell in Upstart Crow, you'll want to see the original TV version over the festive period. The filmed stage version of Half A Sixpence, now called Kipps, is also coming to BBC this December, starring Charlie Stemp. Anything Goes is also on our screens this Boxing Day.

Trying to find ways to entertain young ones before Santa comes to town? There's plenty of television choices including Frozen, Matilda, and School of Rock. Why not watch older musical films with the younger generation: Kiss Me Kate, Catch Me If You Can, and South Pacific are just a few of the musical films to enjoy this Christmas.

Imagine you're in New York this Christmas too, thanks to the TV guide. David Byrne's American Utopia will be shown this Christmas, as well as a freestyle love supreme documentary.

Christmas TV and movies for theatre lovers schedule

16 December

Anna X, 9:00pm, Freeview

18 December

David Byrne's American Utopia, 6:00pm, Sky Arts

20 December

Dr Seuss' The Grinch Musical, 11:00am, Sky Showcase
Carousel, 1:45pm, BBC Two
South Pacific, 3:50pm, BBC Two

21 December

We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, 10:40am, Sky Documentaries
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, 6:45pm, ITV2
Catch Me If You Can, 9:00pm, 4 Seven

22 December

Kiss Me Kate, 1:55pm, BBC Two
Guys and Dolls, 3:40pm, BBC Two
School of Rock, 4:05pm, ITV2

23 December

Cinderella, 3:15pm, BBC One
The Addams Family, 4:10pm, ITV2
Matilda, 5:10pm, Channel 5
Upstart Crow, 6:05pm, BBC Two

24 December

Frozen, 1:30pm, BBC One
Les Miserables - The Staged Concert, 7:30pm, Sky Arts

25 December

Meet Me In St Louis, 12:50pm, BBC Two

26 December

Singin' in the Rain, 12:40pm, BBC Two
Some Like It Hot, 2:20pm, BBC Two
Anything Goes, 6:40pm, BBC Two

27 December

A Star is Born, 10:05am, BBC Two
Calamity Jane, 1:55pm, BBC Two
The Phantom of the Opera, 4:15pm, Sky Arts
West Side Story, 4:35pm, BBC Two
Cameron Mackintosh - The First 50 Years, 7:00pm, Sky Arts
Miss Saigon, 10:00pm, Sky Arts

28 December

The War of the Worlds, 7:00pm, Sky Arts

29 December

Half a Sixpence (Kipps), 6:30pm, Freeview

Photo credit: Charlie Stemp in Half a Sixpence (Photo by Manuel Harlan)

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