This Week in Arts: Weekly Roundup (12/13)

There’s a veritable Santa’s workshop of Christmas shows on now, from classics like The Nutcracker and variations on A Christmas Carol to brand-new works; plus plenty of other shows if the holiday ones aren’t your thing. Here’s what’s on this week

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Intiman Theatre: Black Nativity (co-production with the Hansberry Project)  (in previews, opens 12/14, closing 12/30). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).  🎅🏽🎄



Closing Soon 

Velocity Dance Center: Next Fest NW  (closing 12/16). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).

Bainbridge Performing Arts: Beauty and the Beast  (closing 12/17). On Bainbridge Island.

Burien Actors Theatre: The Twelve Dates of Christmas  (closing 12/17), In Burien.  🎅🏽🎄

Centerstage Theatre: Sleeping Beauty – A Holiday Panto  (closing 12/17). In Federal Way.  🎅🏽🎄

Edmonds Driftwood Players: Willy Wonka  (closing 12/17). In Edmonds.

Lakewood Playhouse: The Seafarer  (closing 12/17). In Lakewood.

Latitude Theatre: Victorian Christmas Cards – A Festival of New Short Plays @ TPS Theatre4  (closing 12/17). At the Seattle Center.  🎅🏽🎄

ManeStage Theatre: A Christmas Story The Musical  (closing 12/17). In Puyallup.  🎅🏽🎄

MJ The Musical (touring) – Broadway @ The Paramount Theatre  (closing 12/17). In Downtown Seattle. See NWTheatre’s review here.

O Christmas Tea – A British Comedy (touring)  (performs locally through 12/17). At various locations.  🎅🏽🎄

Olympia Little Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play  (closing 12/17). In Olympia.  🎅🏽🎄

The Phoenix Theatre: A Nice Family Christmas  (closing 12/17). In Edmonds.  🎅🏽🎄

Port Gamble Theater: A Charlie Brown Christmas  (closing 12/17). In Port Gamble.  🎅🏽🎄

Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts: A MidWinter Night’s Dream  (closing 12/17). In Marysville.

Seattle Rep: Little Women  (closing 12/17). At the Seattle Center.

Tacoma Musical Playhouse: Cats  (closing 12/17). In Tacoma.

Valley Center Stage: It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play  (closing 12/17). In North Bend.  🎅🏽🎄



Continuing Runs 

Olympic Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker @ Edmonds Performing Arts Center  (closing 12/20). In Edmonds.  🎅🏽🎄

Off Road Shakespeare Company: A Christmas Carol  (touring locally)  (closing 12/21). At various locations (including Yonder Cider on 12/13).  🎅🏽🎄

Valley Center Stage: A Christmas Carol (staged reading)  (closing 12/22). In North Bend.  🎅🏽🎄

ArtsWest: Snowed In  (closing 12/23). In West Seattle.  🎅🏽🎄

Key City Public Theatre: What the Dickens?  (closing 12/23). In Port Townsend.  🎅🏽🎄

Port Angeles Community Players: Christmas at Pemberley – Georgiana and Kitty  (closing 12/23). In Port Angeles.  🎅🏽🎄

Renton Civic Theatre: The Full Monty  (closing 12/23). In Renton.

SecondStory Repertory Theatre: Miss Bennet – Christmas at Pemberley  (closing 12/23). In Redmond.  🎅🏽🎄

Shoes and Pants Productions: Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas @ Theatre Off Jackson  (closing 12/23). In Seattle (International District).  🎅🏽🎄

Strawberry Theatre Workshop: Fellow Passengers  (closing 12/23). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).  🎅🏽🎄

Tacoma City Ballet: The Nutcracker @ Pantages Theater  (closing 12/23). In Tacoma.  🎅🏽🎄

Taproot Theatre: A Charlie Brown Christmas  (closing 12/23). In Seattle (Greenwood).  🎅🏽🎄

Unexpected Productions: An Improvised Christmas Carol  (closing 12/23). In Seattle (Pike Place Market).  🎅🏽🎄

Unexpected Productions: Fa la la la la, ha ha ha ha: A Holiday Musical Extravaganza  (closing 12/23). In Seattle (Pike Place Market).  🎅🏽🎄

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts: Falstaff in Love  (closing 12/23). In Langley.

ACT Contemporary Theatre: A Christmas Carol  (closing 12/24). In Downtown Seattle.  🎅🏽🎄

ACT Contemporary Theatre: The Dina Martina Christmas Show  (closing 12/24). In Downtown Seattle.  🎅🏽🎄

Harlequin Productions: A Christmas Carol  (closing 12/24). In Olympia.  🎅🏽🎄

Kitten N’ Lou: Jingle All the Gay @ Oddfellows Hall  (closing 12/24). In Seattle (Capitol Hill).  🎅🏽🎄

The 5th Avenue Theatre: White Christmas  (closing 12/27). In Downtown Seattle.  🎅🏽🎄

Pacific Northwest Ballet: The Nutcracker  (closing 12/27). At the Seattle Center.  🎅🏽🎄

Seattle Public Theater: A Very Die Hard Christmas  (closing 12/28). In Seattle (Green Lake).  🎅🏽🎄

Triple Door: Land of the Sweets – The Nutcracker Burlesque  (closing 12/28). In Downtown Seattle.  🎅🏽🎄

Taproot Theatre: Georgiana & Kitty – Christmas at Pemberley  (closing 12/30). In Seattle (Greenwood).  🎅🏽🎄

Village Theatre: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical  (extended – now closing 12/30, followed by Everett run). In Issaquah.

Seattle Children’s Theatre: A Very Electric Christmas  (closing 12/31). At the Seattle Center.  🎅🏽🎄

Tacoma Little Theatre: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer  (closing 12/31). In Tacoma.  🎅🏽🎄

Can Can Culinary Cabaret: Wonderland  (closing 1/7/2024). In Seattle (Pike Place Market).  🎅🏽🎄

Olympia Family Theater: The Velveteen Rabbit  (closing 1/7/2024). In Olympia.

Teatro ZinZanni: Residency @ Lotte Hotel  (closing 3/31/2024). In Downtown Seattle.


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 list of 2023 shows (plus 2024 ones announced so far), which will be updated frequently as season lineups unfold.

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