Last minute Christmas shopping to most people means panicking on Christmas eve about your lack of presents for anyone. One solution to this is to take a leaf out of Joey and Chandler’s book (I’ve been watching a lot of Friends recently; unemployment, ladies and gentlemen). They head to a petrol station at the last minute, purchasing an array of woeful gifts. If you don’t know what they bought, you’ve either got a job or haven’t watched enough Friends: wiper blades and a car freshener for Rachel; toilet seat covers for Phoebe; a cola drink for Ross (and a lemon-lime); and a pack of johnnies for Monica (they’re ribbed for her pleasure, apparently).
- Disney On Ice presents 100 Years of Magic: Does what it says on the tin, really. What child isn’t going to go bananas for this? (O2 London)
- The Lion King: If you’re looking to blow your child’s mind, this is the one. (There’s also a danger of blowing your own mind, it’s that good.) (Lyceum Theatre, London)
- Wicked: [insert pun about ‘defying gravity’ here]
- Once: Two words: ‘Ronan’ and ‘Keating’.
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time: Whether you’ve read the book or not, the Olivier Awards have pinky promised that this is great.
- War Horse: Take a box of tissues, you’ll be crying all sorts of happy tears thanks to the sheer wonder of this show.