Get Santa! Christmas show at Royal Court from 1 Dec 2010

Anthony Neilson will write and direct the Royal Court’s first ever family Christmas show Get Santa!, which opens at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs 14 Dec 2010, following previews from 1 Dec - running to 15 Jan 2011.

It has a story by Anthony Neilson and Nick Powell, with music by Nick Powell.

The play will be for 7 year olds and up and follows a ten-year old girl, Holly, in her quest to find the perfect family, meeting a host of weird and wonderful characters along the way.

Dominic Cooke, Artistic Director of the Royal Court Theatre said: “One of the most exciting theatrical developments in recent years has been the explosion of quality work for children and families. I’m delighted that the Royal Court will be bringing its bold and contemporary sensibility to a family Christmas show this year. As one of our most inventive and imaginative theatre-makers Anthony Neilson is a natural choice for the job. I’m thrilled that he’ll be teaming up with composer and regular collaborator Nick Powell to bring a slice of festive anarchy to Sloane Square this Christmas with Get Santa!”

Get Santa! is designed by Miriam Buether, lighting by Chahine Yavroyan, sound by Nick Powell.

It’s Christmas Eve but Holly isn’t happy. All she’s ever wanted from Santa is to meet her real Dad for the first time. And every time, Santa’s failed to deliver, bringing lots of useless presents instead. Well, Holly’s had enough. This year she has a plan. She’s going to wait up and trap Santa when he arrives and get from him the only present she’s ever wanted. But that’s only the beginning of the adventure: add in a very dim Elf called Bumblehole, a machine that changes Families and a Teddy Bear with an evil masterplan and you have the ingredients for a magical, musical and downright mischievous Christmas Show with a fresh moral.

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