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In 2013 I over immersed myself in ‘The Gatsby’. I read the book, I saw the Baz Lurhman film (in 3D, why?) and I even went to a ballet, the highlight being the baffled audience members who hadn’t immersed themselves as much as I had. I probably overdosed on Gatsby but four years later I was ready to dive in again.

The Snowman is a story which plays a large part in every Christmas, just as the Coca-Cola advert or Michael Bublé singing on the radio. The story follows a young boy as his Snowman comes alive and they begin a night of adventures together in the snow.

If the pubescent audience I sat with at the Ambassador Theatre is anything to go by, the National Youth Theatre is succeeding, beyond its mission to nurture and mature new talent, in introducing fresh-faced audiences to the rewards of the theatrical experience. As per The Stage, this is a matter of some urgency; the average age of today’s theatre-goer being 52, and the largest subset of the audience belonging to the 65-74 demographic. The theatre may be largely a refuge from the young and restless today, but if today’s audiences aren’t replaced, tomorrow’s houses will be empty.

Christmas is the perfect time to take your little ones to the theatre, and many of us start out with Panto, however, there’s a multitude of options, and here are some of our top picks of which Christmas shows the whole family will love

Jamie is sixteen. He wants to be a drag queen. A career aptitude test tells him to be a forklift driver. Currently strutting across the stage of the Apollo Theatre, Everybody's Talking About Jamie is a fun, uplifting story about finding yourself within the often unforgiving environment of school.

It has been confirmed that Jim Steinman's Bat Out of Hell will return to the West End in 2018. The Dominion Theatre has been announced as the venue for Bat Out of Hell's West End return.

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