The Night Before Christmas

Soho Theatre presents

The Night Before Christmas

  • Fri 29 Nov - Sun 5 Jan, 7.15pm (Thu & Sat matinees 3pm)
  • £17.50 (£15), £20 (£17.50), £25 (£22.50)

By Anthony Neilson
Music by Tom Mills
Directed by Steve Marmion

For ages 15+ – includes adult content

‘Dark meta-Christmas humour abounds in surrealist Anthony Neilson’s very funny festive show.’
★★★★ Time Out

‘Huge fun.’ ★★★★ WhatsOnStage

‘Hilariously funny… a magical, foul-mouthed and extremely entertaining night out.’
The Stage




A darkly funny, weird and wonderful new Christmas musical.

Christmas Eve, Gary’s warehouse and someone is breaking in, dressed as an elf. On closer inspection, he actually is an elf, isn’t he?

That’s right. It’s bloody Christmas already. But don’t worry, this festive treat promises to bring you the most magical, musical, weird and wonderful Christmas of your life. If that powdered Christmas feeling, is what you are really needing, our Elf is here to help.

The Night Before Christmas re-unites acclaimed playwright Anthony Neilson, Soho Theatre Artistic Director Steve Marmion and long-time collaborator composer Tom Mills.

Cast includes Rebecca Atkinson (Channel 4’s Shameless, BBC’s Life on Mars and Ideal); Navin Chowdhry (Channel 4’s Teachers, BBC’s Dalziel and Pascoe and Sinchronicity); Craig Gazey (ITV’s Coronation Street, RSC’s Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest and Sheffield Theatres’ The Full Monty) and Craig Kelly (ITV’s Coronation Street, Channel 4’s Queer as Folk, Donmar Warehouse’s Helpless and National Theatre’s Babies).

£17.50 (£15) Previews (Fri 29 – Wed 4) & Matinees
£20 (£17.50) Tuesdays
£25 (£22.50) Wednesdays – Sundays

Book 8 or more tickets and get £5 off each ticket!

Thu 19 Dec, 7.15pm, £15
For people who are blind or visually impaired. Book tickets online by selecting ‘Audio Described Ticket’ when prompted.

Sat 21 Dec, 3pm, £15
For people who are Deaf, deafened or hard-of-hearing. Book tickets online by selecting ‘Captioned Ticket’ when prompted.

Running time: Approx 90 mins
For ages 15+ – includes adult content

‘So delicious – especially combined with Anthony Neilson’s tar-black humour… an anti-musical. Genius.’
★★★★ Time Out

‘Dark humour and brilliantly bizarre… Neilson turns out to be a gag-machine to rival the best panto writers.’ ★★★★ Exeunt

‘Huge fun… very much recommended.’
★★★★ WhatsOnStage

‘A glittering cross between satire, pantomime and television soap… hilariously funny, and occasionally quite touching… a magical, foul-mouthed and extremely entertaining night out.’ The Stage

‘Fast and filthy… laugh-out-loud funny.’
Evening Standard

‘A cross between a pantomime, The Office and Eastenders… A hilarious and foul-mouthed celebration of everything that is wrong with Christmas… fast, clever and very naughty.’
★★★★ The Upcoming

‘A festive treat for grown-ups that combines a silly storyline with adult humour and a sprinkling of seasonal songs.’
Official London Theatre

‘An absolute Christmas cracker… excellent – funny, real and affecting.’

‘Hilarious… a real treat for adults.’
British Theatre Guide

‘Off-the-wall… laugh-out-loud moments… superb.’ Theatre World

‘An anti-musical… witty… Christmas can be a magical time of year after all.’
A Younger Theatre

‘Nothing I’ve seen is further away from the fabricated joy, cheesiness and thoughtlessness of a panto… packed full of surprises.’
★★★★ One Stop Arts

‘Neilson’s comedy really is as black as they come… silly but charming… a perfect balance of hilarity, profanity and magic.’
★★★★ Public Reviews

Anthony Neilson, Tom Mills, Steve Marmion, Michael Vale, Malcolm Rippeth, Mic Pool, James Frewer, Rebecca Atkinson, Craig Gazey , Navin Chowdhry, Craig Kelly