Your favorite holiday traditions can now be visited in person! Check out what’s opening in December and what is still running into the holidays and don’t miss your present by getting tickets late! Shows are already selling out.
We’ve Battled Monsters Before, ArtsWest, 11/26/21-12/26/21 (World Premiere)
The next world premiere musical arrives from the creative mind of Justin Huertas. When you’re the youngest sibling in a family of secret warriors who for generations have protected Seattle from monsters and demons, living up to your Lola’s expectations is, in a word, daunting. Adarna’s mistakes were cute at first, but when they begin to cost her family more than she ever imagined, she must decide what she would sacrifice to save them. Loosely adapted from the 16th century Filipino epic poem Ibong Adarna, playwright-composer-lyricist Justin Huertas returns to his Lizard Boy roots with a sweet and intimate actor-musician musical adventure.
Christmastown: A Holiday Noir, Seattle Public Theater, 11/26/21-12/24/21
In this film noir-inspired holiday thriller, hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday investigates some un-holiday-like shenanigans taking place in Christmastown that sends him on a search for the truth about Big Red. Add a glamorous elf, a used-Christmas-tree salesman, a muckraking reporter, and a quick-thinking cab driver, and you have what the Seattle Times calls the “best new holiday romp of the year!”
A Very Die Hard Christmas, Seattle Public Theater, 12/3-30/21
Yippie Ki Yay, it’s a Christmas miracle. From The Habit, the comedy writers that have had Seattle in stitches for years, comes the return of the new annual holiday favorite – A Very Die Hard Christmas. This musical comedy is a fast-paced laughter-packed parody of “the greatest Christmas movie of all time.” For those who like their Christmas entertainment with lots of snarky 80s comedy and over-the-top action, this is one of Seattle’s must-see shows.
Note: show seems to be sold out of advanced tickets but the producer tells us, there is a wait list at the door and it’s very likely you can get in to see the show…show up at least half an hour or more before show opens to get on Wait List.
Inspecting Carol, The Phoenix Theatre, 11/27/21-12/20/21
Behind the scenes of a struggling theatre’s annual clumsy production of A Christmas Carol, rehearsals are at a standstill. Tim is no longer Tiny, Scrooge wants to do the play in Spanish (Feliz Navidad), and their funding is on hold pending an inspection. To top it off, a man who asks to audition for the show is mistaken for the inspector for the National Endowment for the Arts. The cast caters to the bewildered wannabe actor, and he is given a part in the ill-fated production. Everything goes wrong at the theatre that is anything but show business as usual.
Kitten ‘n’ Lou Present: Jingle All The Gay! West Hall/Oddfellows, 12/03/21-12/18/21
Seattle’s beloved burlesque duo of Kitten and Lou return to West Hall of the Oddfellows Building on Capitol Hill for another installment of the beloved annual holiday show that started out as Homo for the Holidays over a decade ago and evolved into the equally queer Jingle All the Gay with a huge cast of local burlesque, drag, comedy, and musical talents including Kitten N’ Lou
* Cherdonna Shinatra
* ilvs strauss
* Markeith Wiley
* Woody Shticks
Jingle All the Gay invites you to join our chosen family of fabulous fruitcakes in a joyful and triumphant celebration of song, dance, burlesque, and holiday hilarity. Light your menorah, stuff your stockings, and revel in the power of live theater again!
Snow Business, Seattle Men’s Chorus, Benaroya Hall, Federal Way Performing Arts Center, Everett Civic Auditorium, 12/5-23/21
Everyone’s favorite Christmas chorus is back on the boards at Benaroya Hall, where it seems they belong best. Get ready for sexy Santas and colorful choralography and the dulcet tones of a 200-man musical melding.
Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas, Shoes and Pants Productions and Theatre Off Jackson, 12/2-24/21
Christmas is saved! The all-star variety spectacular that quickly became a YuleTide tradition makes its triumphant return at Theatre Off Jackson! After two years of sold out shows at Re-bar and a hit streaming special in 2020, “Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas” is ready to knock your stockings off once again. Come spend an evening with Scott and a cast of Seattle luminaries as they try to figure out who’s fighting a war on Christmas and what for? Comedy, songs, dance numbers, delightful videos, and partial nudity! Joining Scott are an amazing group of illustrious superstars: Adé, Waxie Moon, Mandy Price & Faggedy Randy!
A Christmas Carol, ACT Theatre, 12/7-26/21
Scrooge is about to have the most spirited night of his life! Audiences will be transported to that famously chilly, snowy Christmas Eve night as the story comes alive with a tremendously talented cast and Gregory A. Falls’ enchanting adaptation. Julie Beckman directs this year’s production. Amy Thone and R. Hamilton Wright headline A Christmas Carol as the holiday season’s favorite miser in this three-week run. The two actors also take turns as Marley.
Spectrum Dance Theatre Presents Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker Workshop 3, Seattle Children’s Theatre, 12/09/21-12/12/21
“The Harlem Nutcracker utilizes Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s “Nutcracker Suite” as a musical starting point. The original story centers around an African-American family in Harlem on Christmas Eve, and the production highlights the unique warmth and centrality of the grandmother in African-American culture, the resilience of Black American families and Harlem as a center of the African Diaspora.”
The Dina Martina Christmas Show, Moore Theatre, 12/10/21 and 12/11/21
STG Presents & Dina Martina Welcomes The Dina Martina Christmas Show with accompanist Chris Jeffries at The Moore on Friday & Saturday, December 10th & 11th, 2021. It’s your only chance in 2021 to see the beloved demented cabaret star live on a Seattle stage, returning to her annual holiday show that began over 20 years ago on a small cabaret stage before it moved to ACT’s mainstage 3 years ago and now debuting at the cavernous and historic Moore Theatre in downtown Seattle.
DINA MARTINA has been hailed as “Divinely funny” (Time Out London), “Painfully funny and demented” (Seattle Times) and “The most original drag performer working in America today” (Village Voice). Absolutely packed with ludicrous songs, horrifying stories and overburdened costumes, Dina Martina’s shows are impossible to adequately describe, other than that they’ve become synonymous with jaw-dropping pathos and mind-blowing comedy. What a Dina Martina show is, quite simply put, is a smart and hilarious evening of entertainment that you will never forget.
The Winter’s Tale, Seattle Repertory Theatre, at Cornish Playhouse, 12/16-29/21
“A Hybrid Film and Live Theatrical Experience” Seattle Rep’s Public Works family of community and professional actors join together for a dazzling journey of reunion and redemption in a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. The Sicilian King Leontes suspects his wife of infidelity and seeks revenge by imprisoning her and banishing their newborn child to distant shores. Sixteen years later, in the wild woods of Bohemia, the consequences of his actions begin to unfold.
(Note: What does a “hybrid film and live experience” mean? The Winter’s Tale has been rehearsed and filmed onsite at Seattle Rep and Seattle Center campus and beautifully edited to feature the Bard-inspired story as well as a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes magic of creating a Public Works production. To experience The Winter’s Tale in person, you will join fellow theater fans at the Cornish Playhouse for one of five showtimes to watch the film together.)