What’s On In December: Festivals, Art And Theatre To Enjoy

Christmas getaways

What’s on December: From pantomime fun to a musical throwback – catch up with all the latest south east London events this season

Words Helen Brown

Top South East London events to book now before Christmas

south east london eventsABBA: Super Troupers

From 14 December

Southbank Centre

Go on a musical journey with Swedish pop sensation ABBA as they take over 1970s Britain in this one-of-a-kind exhibition. You and your own tour guide will discover nine immersive rooms exploring the music, lyrics andlives of one of the world’s most unforgettable bands.

Belvedere Road, SE1;


south east london eventsCinderella

Until 7 January • Greenwich theatre

This festive season watch Cinderella go from rags to riches in the latest all-singing, all-dancing magical pantomime. It’s time to dust off your finest linens, practice your booing and join Cinders and her horrible stepsisters as they embark on a Greenwich adventure full of magic, mischief and musical mayhem.

Rooms Hill, SE10;


south east london eventsThe Come Up

From 1 December

Now Gallery

In the NOW Gallery’s third fashion commission, Charles Jeffrey will showcase his vibrant and emotive illustrations, amplified in a three-dimensional format. Interactive aspects invite you to open up to your alter ego and let creativity take over in this exploration of the realm of identities.

The Gateway Pavilions, SE10;


south east london eventsTove Jansson


Dulwich Picture Gallery

Known internationally as the creator of the Moomin characters and books, Tove Jansson is one of the most celebrated illustrators of the 20th century. This major retrospective brings together 150 works to trace the key stages of her prolific career, including her surrealist-inspired paintings of the 1930s and abstract work of the ’60s.

Gallery Road, SE21;


south east london eventsDear Brutus

From November 29

Southwark Playhouse

From J. M. Barrie, the celebrated writer of Peter Pan, comes this haunting drama of self-revelation. In a remote 1917 English Village there are rumours of an enchanted wood. One of the inhabitants – a mysterious old man – invites eight strangers to stay. What happens there has the power to change their lives forever. Sumptuously presented for the play’s centenary year, Dear Brutus is Barrie at his most magical.

77-85 Newington Causeway, SE1;


south east london eventsLondon Illustration Fair

1-3 December


The London Illustration Fair returns with a programme packed full of the most exciting illustration, print-making and design artists, including doodle-bomber Hatter Stewart and featured artist Marcelina Amelia. Explore the history of record sleeve illustration, create your own graphic novel and experiment with print-making; there is something for all.

Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Road, SE1;


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