The Night Before Christmas

Show Times

Wednesday 13 December, 10.30am (School booking only) & 1.30pm

Thursday 14 December (School booking only) & 1.30pm

Friday 15 December, 10.30am, 1.30pm & 6pm

Saturday 16 December, 11am, 2pm & 4pm* ( Relaxed Performance)

Sunday 17 December, 11am & 2pm


Written by Adam Bampton-Smith
Directed by Juliet Forster
Lighting Design by Will Evans
Music by Shock Productions Lyrics by Guy Picot

On the night before Christmas, Emily stares out of the window, hugs her teddy and waits excitedly for the morning, while in the corner a little mouse called Eddie can’t understand why only humans are allowed to get presents. So he sets off in search of Father Christmas to find out for himself. Along the way he dodges the family cat, gets directions from a cowardly robot and is given some unexpected advice from the magical fairy on top of the tree.

Will Eddie get an answer? Will Emily get her wish? And what is that funny-shaped present sitting under the tree???

The Night Before Christmas is the latest production from Big Wooden Horse, creators of the hit shows Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, The Way Back Home, Monstersaurus and Aliens Love Underpants.

Great for families with children aged 3-7, and perfect for school groups as a Christmas treat.


“Christmas for small people means magic, excitement and lots of presents, and this is precisely what The Night Before Christmas provides. Based on a whimsical 19th-Century poem by Clement Clarke Moore, Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company has a winning formula that captures the essence of Christmas past with a contemporary twist” – Brighton Argus

Running Time:50 mins

*Relaxed performances

Feel free to move around, make noise and leave and re-enter as necessary. These performances are aimed at families with
younger siblings or who have children on the Autism Spectrum or with a learning disability. Feel welcome and comfortable in your
surroundings and let us know if you have any specific requirements. We also have ear defenders you can borrow free of charge.

Company Website


Take a look at the education pack here. School bookings must take place via the Box Office, please give the team a call on 01704 533 333 to reserve school tickets. One book will also be given to each school.

Ticket Information

£12 Full Price

£8 schools

Please note that booking fees apply.

There are no refunds or exchanges for The Night Before Christmas

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