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Eddie Izzard Raises Expectations for Christmas

The Riverside Studios’ 2020 Christmas season will include award-winning actor and comedian Eddie Izzard’s solo show – Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. A tale of convicts, mystery, friendship, rivalry, unrequited love, revenge and redemption. Actor, comedian – Eddie’s career spans both of these with record-breaking comedy tours and critically acclaimed film, TV and theatre performances. But few know that it was acting that was Eddie’s first love. This preview show offers the chance to see Eddie as he follows in Dickens’ footsteps with his solo live performance of the master storyteller’s much-loved classic.

Further highlights include: the Live At Riverside residency from New Frame Productions who will present a variety of diverse theatrical events, including the UK première of The Christmas Drag Roast 2020 with stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: Divina De Campo, Blu Hydrangea, Sum Ting Wong, Crystal and hosted by Baga Chipz.

Drag Roast

The Live At Riverside line-up also presents Ferris and Milnes – Christmas Cracker, which sees the popular double act perform festive favourites in addition to their classic mashups from seminal West End and Broadway shows. Shazia Mirza also hosts Funny Women – Live Stand Up with comedians Jayde Adams, Jen Brister and Felicity Ward.

Additionally, the brightest stars of the West End, including The Prince of Egypt’s Christine Allado, Follies’ Norma Atallah and Hamilton’s Sharon Rose perform songs from iconic festive family favourites in Christmas at the Movies. The week-long run features music presented by a twelve-piece orchestra from movies including Home Alone, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Love Actually, The Polar Express and The Preacher’s Wife and is directed by Omar F. Okai with musical direction by Chris Poon. New Frame Productions will present further seasonal highlights, with more details to be announced. Finally, completing the season is the previously announced family favourite Dear Santa Live, directed by Tim Wallers and adapted for the stage by beloved children’s writer Rod Campbell.

The full programme commences on 2 December and runs until 24 December.

DEAR SANTA LIVE: 3 – 24 December 2020


THE CHRISTMAS DRAG ROAST: 4 & 5 December 2020

FUNNY WOMEN: LIVE STAND UP: 11 December 2020

FERRIS & MILNES – CHRISTMAS CRACKER: 12 & 13 December 2020

CHRISTMAS AT THE MOVIES: 16 – 20 December 2020

Check website for full programme and details:

Riverside Studios, 101 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London W6 9BN

Box Office: 020 8237 1010


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