This Week in Arts: Weekly Roundup (11/30)

The Christmas shows are out in full force. Whether you’re looking to entertain friends and family or warm up your own spirits, there’s plenty out there for you (Christmas-y or otherwise). Here’s what’s on this week. 


Ticketing links for most shows can be found on the Performance Calendar page.

Looking for all of the Christmas shows? (There are a ton of them!) Click here.  🎅🏽🎄

Looking for all of the Not-Christmas shows? (There are a lot still!) Click here.

Prefer to filter by location or show type? You can do that! Use filters on the Calendar page here.



Openings & Short Runs 


Book-It Repertory Theatre: Austen Unbound: An Improvised Play  (previews begin tonight, opens 12/3, closing 12/18). At the Seattle Center.

Macha Theatre Works: The Flight Before Xmas  (previews begin tonight, opens 12/2, closing 12/23). In Seattle (Fremont).

Seattle Rep: Mr. Dickens and His Carol  (opens tonight, closing 12/23). At the Seattle Center (Mercer side).

Seattle Symphony: The Nightmare Before Christmas  (performs 12/1, 3 & 4 only). In Downtown Seattle. Top Christmas special pick! Read NWT’s preview here.

On the Boards: Joseph Keckler – Train With No Midnight  (performs 12/1-4 only). In Seattle (Lower Queen Anne).

Can Can Culinary Cabaret: Wonderland  (opens 12/1, closing 1/8/2023). In Seattle (Pike Place Market).

SecondStory Repertory: A Christmas Carol  (preview 12/1, opens 12/2, closing 12/23). In Redmond. Longtime Scrooge’s final year!

Kitten N’ Lou: Jingle All the Gay @ Oddfellows Hall  (opens 12/2, closing 12/18). In Seattle (Capitol Hill). Final year!

MainStage Theatre: Elf – The Musical  (opens 12/2, closing 12/18). In Puyallup.

Olympia Little Theatre: One Christmas Eve at Evergreen Mall  (opens 12/2, closing 12/18). In Olympia.

Renton Civic Theatre: Humbug  (opens 12/2, closing 12/17). In Renton.

Seattle Public Theater: Christmastown  (opens 12/2, closing 12/24). In Seattle (Green Lake). Final year!

Shoes and Pants Productions: Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas @ Theatre Off Jackson  (opens 12/2, closing 12/24). In Seattle (International District).

Shoreline Community College Theater: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee  (opens 12/2, closing 12/11). In Shoreline.

Tacoma Little Theatre: A Christmas Story  (opens 12/2, closing 12/24). In Tacoma.

Valley Center Stage: A Christmas Carol  (opens 12/2, closing 12/18). In North Bend.

18th and Union: Larry Hohm Tells Chilling Tales  (performs 12/3 only). In Seattle (Central District).

Cafe Nordo: Homicide for the Holidays  (opens 12/3, closing 12/24). In Seattle (International District). Final show in Nordo’s Culinarium!

Emerald Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker @ Northshore Performing Arts Foundation  (opens 12/3, closing 12/11). In Bothell.

Base: 12 Minutes Max  (performs 12/4-5 only). In Seattle (Georgetown).

University of Puget Sound Theatre Arts: Director’s Lab  (performs 12/5-7 only). In Tacoma.



Closing Soon 


Pony World Theatre: Not / Our Town @ 12th Avenue Arts  (closing 12/3). See NWT’s review here.

University of Washington Drama: Language of Angels @ Jones Playhouse  (closing 12/4). In Seattle (U-District).

Jewel Box Theatre: Miss Bennet – Christmas at Pemberley  (closing 12/4). In Poulsbo.



Continuing Runs 


Unexpected Productions: Fa la la la la, ha ha ha ha: A Holiday Musical Extravaganza  (closing 12/17). In Seattle (Pike Place Market).

Centerstage Theatre: Cinderella – Holiday Panto  (closing 12/18). In Federal Way (Dash Point).

Edmonds Driftwood Players: Elf – The Musical  (closing 12/18). In Edmonds.

The Phoenix Theatre: Dashing Through the Snow  (closing 12/18). In Edmonds.

Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts: Miracle on 34th Street  (closing 12/18). In Marysville.

Tacoma Musical Playhouse: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat  (closing 12/18). In Tacoma.

Western Washington Center for the Arts: Holiday Special  (closing 12/18). In Port Orchard.

The Habit: A Very Die Hard Christmas @ Seattle Public Theater  (closing 12/20). In Seattle (Green Lake).

Village Theatre: Cinderella (closing 12/20, followed by Everett run). In Issaquah.

The 5th Avenue Theatre: The Wiz  (closing 12/23). In Downtown Seattle.

ArtsWest: Q Brothers Christmas Carol  (closing 12/23). In West Seattle.

Unexpected Productions: A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol  (closing 12/23). In Seattle (Pike Place Market).

ACT Theatre: A Christmas Carol  (closing 12/24). In Downtown Seattle. Seattle’s annual tradition!

Harlequin Productions: A Christmas Carol  (closing 12/24). In Olympia. Olympia’s new tradition!

Pacific Northwest Ballet: The Nutcracker  (closing 12/27). At the Seattle Center (Mercer side). Seattle’s Christmas feast! 

Taproot Theatre: The Wickhams – Christmas at Pemberley  (closing 12/30). In Seattle (Greenwood).

Seattle Children’s Theatre: Paddington Saves Christmas  (closing 12/31). At the Seattle Center.

Teatro ZinZanni: Coming Home @ Herban Feast (closing 2/19/2023). In Seattle (SoDo).


The Roundup is a weekly (ish) feature. For this month’s shows by day, with ticketing info and links, see the Performance Calendar.

Want to plan your show schedule further out? See NWT’s seasonal show lists — Holiday Season (November & December) and an early look at 2023 — which aim to list just about every theatre show in town.

Chase D. Anderson is Editor & Producer of NWTheatre.org.