Christmas shows at The Hope Theatre

London theatre news: Tuesday 20 November 2018

Christmas shows - London Fringe

The Hope Theatre in Islington is breaking out its shimmering tinsel and glittering baubles making ready for two shows slated for its festive season: Head-rot Holiday and Alternativity.
Head-rot Holiday at Hope Theatre

Image: Hope Theatre

With just over one full month to go before Christmas Day, there are some shows that have already kicked-off the entertainment side of the yuletide season.

You can find them and the many others yet to open in our full list of Christmas shows and pantos for 2018.

In just a week's time, the festive shows get underway at Islington's Hope Theatre with two offerings: Head-rot Holiday as the main show starting on 27 November, and Alternativity filling the Sunday and Monday slot from 9 December.

Here are some brief details about the shows ...

Head-rot Holiday

December 1991.

In a secure hospital for the 'criminally insane', three women prepare for the Christmas disco.

The parole board's recipe for early release: put on a dress, wear some make-up … and dance with a rapist or killer of your choice.

Ruth hears voices but distracts herself with karaoke.

Claudia defies the racist nurses and longs to see her children.

Dee applies mascara for the first time and is paid a visit by an angel.

Behind iron bars, the patients and nurses of Penwell Hospital ask: in such a topsy-turvy world, who are you to say that I'm insane?

Working in association with Women In Prison, this production sheds a light on neglected stories of women caught in the criminal justice system.


It's Christmas in Billericay.

The boys are back from uni, Mum's been on the wine and Dad's dozing off when theres a knock at the door …

This is a very untraditional EsseXmas story.

Written by Timothy Blore and directed by Offie and Broadway World

nominated Scott Le Crass, this festive comedy is guaranteed to put you in the

holiday spirit.

(Although it might be slightly more raucous than your average Nativity play).


The Hope Theatre

207 Upper Street


London N1 1RL


Head-rot Holiday - 27 November to 22 December 2018

Alternativity - 9 to 17 December 2018


£15; £12 concessions


Hope Theatre

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