Performance Calendar

Looking for what’s happening around town? We’ve got you covered — with theatre, dance, and more.

We try hard to provide updated information, but these showtimes are not official. Please confirm dates/times with the individual theatres via their ticketing pages.


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Dec
5
Mon
12 Minutes Max @ Base (Seattle – Georgetown)
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm

An informal showcase of contemporary and experimental performance works in dance, theater, music and multimedia, 12 Minutes Max provides a platform for artists to showcase 12 minutes of material supported by limited technical elements.

The December edition is curated by 12 Minutes Max alumni Akoiya Harris and Gary Champi, and features Erica Badgeley, Emma Lawes, Nikolai Lesnikov, Zara Martina Lopez, Nelia Miller, Alicia Pugh, Ben Swenson-Klatt, and Christie Zhao + YUELAN.

For 12/4 show: livestream option available, and opening night party after the performances.

Tickets ($28) here.

 

Dec
6
Tue
A Christmas Carol @ ACT (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Gregory Falls
Directed by John Langs
Music by Adam Stern

Fill your heart with joy! ACT’s Yuletide Dickens classic proudly returns for the 47th year.

On a snowy Christmas Eve brimming with memorable characters, ghostly apparitions, and visits to the past, present, and future, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge discovers the joy of charity and redemption.

Audio described performance scheduled for 12/10 (matinee); ASL interpreted performance scheduled for 12/17 (matinee).

Tickets ($49-$94) here.

 

Coming Home – Teatro ZinZanni @ Herban Feast SoDo Park (Seattle)
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Teatro ZinZanni’s original brand of love, chaos, and dinner is making its long-awaited return to Seattle with a limited engagement run of the all-new show, Coming Home. When the world went dark more than two years ago, people everywhere were dispersing and lives turned upside. Today, as we rebuild and focus on our dreams going forward, we find that home is where our hearts reside — and Seattle is our home. So, join us in celebrating this return to home with an incredible cast of phenomenal talents in a limited engagement that will serve up the love, chaos, and dinner we’ve all been missing so very much.

Performers include Kevin Kent, Elena Gatilova (aerialist), Vita Radionova, Rizo (singer), Domitil Aillot (Chinese pole), Manuela Horn (yodeling Dominatrix), Duo Madrona (trapeze), Michael Evolution (basketball freestyle juggler)

Tickets $135+ (includes 4-course meal) here.

Note: New Year’s Eve show begins at 8:30

 

Dec
7
Wed
Austen Unbound @ Book-It Rep (Seattle Center)
Dec 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

An Improvised Play Celebrating the Works of Jane Austen
Directed by Dave Morris

Austen Unbound is Book-It Repertory Theatre’s first long-form improvised play. At each performance of this show, the ensemble will create an entirely new story, set in the style and genre of the beloved author’s works. Audiences will feel like they are watching a play based off a never-before published Jane Austen novel, as the improvisational actors transport them to the drawing rooms and manor houses of the Regency era. The wit and wisdom of Jane Austen will resonate with audiences as they experience new characters and stories in this “unscripted” play, which will be a unique story each night (based on suggestions given from the audience).

Tickets ($63.50-$68.50) here.

 

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley @ Taproot Theatre (Seattle – Greenwood)
Dec 7 @ 2:00 pm

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Karen Lund

In this all-new Jane Austen-inspired story, we return to the world of the Darcys and Bennets! Lydia’s come for Christmas, the halls are decked, and the aroma of everyone’s favorite orange biscuits fills the air. But downstairs the loyal staff scramble to keep a secret that could upend the festivities. Amid the chaos of Christmas, a little yuletide forgiveness might be the one gift everyone needs.

Tickets $26-$54 (depending on location) here.

A Very Die Hard Christmas – The Habit @ Seattle Public Theater (Green Lake)
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

By Jeff Schell and The Habit
Directed by Mark Siano

Ki Yay! Coming back this holiday season, from the comedy writers that have had Seattle in stitches for years, comes A Very Die Hard Christmas, a musical parody that is sure to blow the roof off the joint. Sketch writers from The Habit team up with Seattle Public Theater to create this holiday comedy perfect for those who like their Christmas entertainment with lots of action, 80s jokes, smooth soft rock jams, and snarky German terrorists.

Tickets ($38) here.

 

Homicide for the Holidays @ Cafe Nordo (Seattle – Pioneer Square)
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm

Do you like the old-timey Noble Fir? Or Flocked Silver Fabulousness? How about both?! Nordo’s Holiday Spectacular promises to cram you chock-full of everything you’ve come to love about the season, gift wrapped in bawdy humor, nostalgic Christmas Disco, and a festive feast.

Continuing in the tradition of previous Nordo Nativities, our scribe Scot “Dragatha Christie” Augustson has crafted a story of merry mayhem and murder, festooned with razor sharp riffs on 1980’s pop culture. We’ll finally learn who was responsible for the Death of Disco!

This is the last show in the Culinarium, before Nordo moves to a new location.

Tickets ($116+), including 5-course meal, here.

Read NWTheatre’s coverage of Cafe Nordo shows here.  

 

Jingle All the Gay – Kitten N’ Lou @ Oddfellows Hall (Seattle – Capitol Hill)
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm

Jingle All the Gay invites you to join our chosen family of fabulous fruitcakes in a joyful and triumphant celebration of song, dance, burlesque, and holiday hilarity. Light your menorah, stuff your stockings, and revel in the power of live theater again! This deliciously queer and delectably extravagant holiday confection featuring a bombastic all-star cast is guaranteed to make even the most stubborn yuletides gay.

Don’t miss the new surprises and magic of the final run. Exciting new things are in store for next year, so don’t miss your last chance to revel in this iconic cast and production.

Location: Oddfellows Building, West Hall (915 E. Pine St.)

Tickets ($47+) here.

 

Wonderland @ Can Can Culinary Cabaret (Seattle – Pike Place)
Dec 7 @ 7:00 pm

Celebrate the holidays as performers swing from the chandeliers into a show full of classic beauty and flirtatious artistry. A glittering parade of nostalgia exploding with dance, laughter, and all the cheer of yesteryear, this carnival of merriment will mesmerize audiences as soon as they enter Can Can’s theatre turned whimsical winter chalet — making this a holiday entertainment spectacular to remember. In the kitchen and behind the bar, you’ll experience food, wine, and spirit menus carefully crafted with local Market-fresh winter ingredients that will tantalize even the most refined palates.

Admission 21+

Tickets ($83+) here.

Theatre menu is here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ ACT (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Gregory Falls
Directed by John Langs
Music by Adam Stern

Fill your heart with joy! ACT’s Yuletide Dickens classic proudly returns for the 47th year.

On a snowy Christmas Eve brimming with memorable characters, ghostly apparitions, and visits to the past, present, and future, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge discovers the joy of charity and redemption.

Audio described performance scheduled for 12/10 (matinee); ASL interpreted performance scheduled for 12/17 (matinee).

Tickets ($49-$94) here.

 

Coming Home – Teatro ZinZanni @ Herban Feast SoDo Park (Seattle)
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Teatro ZinZanni’s original brand of love, chaos, and dinner is making its long-awaited return to Seattle with a limited engagement run of the all-new show, Coming Home. When the world went dark more than two years ago, people everywhere were dispersing and lives turned upside. Today, as we rebuild and focus on our dreams going forward, we find that home is where our hearts reside — and Seattle is our home. So, join us in celebrating this return to home with an incredible cast of phenomenal talents in a limited engagement that will serve up the love, chaos, and dinner we’ve all been missing so very much.

Performers include Kevin Kent, Elena Gatilova (aerialist), Vita Radionova, Rizo (singer), Domitil Aillot (Chinese pole), Manuela Horn (yodeling Dominatrix), Duo Madrona (trapeze), Michael Evolution (basketball freestyle juggler)

Tickets $135+ (includes 4-course meal) here.

Note: New Year’s Eve show begins at 8:30

 

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker – Verlaine & McCann @ The Triple Door
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm

Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann are elated to announce the return of their wintertime spectacle. Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker has delighted tens of thousands of holiday revelers since 2006. All your favorite characters will be back, including Lily Verlaine’s Sugar Plum Fairy, the light-juggling magic of Babette La Fave, the ever-lovable Snowflakes, and of course the swinginest band in the Land, The Nutcracker Nonette.

Not content to rest on their laurels, Verlaine & McCann have been working tirelessly to make 2022’s season memorable and electrifying for our new and returning guests. The cast will feature a number of fresh new faces this year (some from the most recent production of Verlaine & McCann’s Through The Looking Glass) to kick up their heels with superstar veterans like Paris Original and Viola Vector. And who knows, you might be in the audience to see a surprise appearance by a Seattle ballet star in a rotating cavalcade of Rat Kings. Lots of other surprises await, so prepare to be enchanted by Land Of The Sweets like never before.

Admission 17+ for early shows, 21+ for late shows.

Tickets ($80.50+) here.

 

Mr. Dickens and His Carol @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St.)
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

By Samantha Silva
Developed with and Directed by Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything. Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic. A world premiere.

Tickets ($32-$108) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for all performances; see info here.

 

Note the following special dates: opening night (11/30), teen night (12/9), post-show events (12/15, 12/16), Victorian cosplay night (12/20), pre-show book signing (12/21)

And accessible performances: audio described (12/3 matinee), open captions (12/8 night), sensory friendly (12/10 matinee), ASL interpreted (12/17 matinee), mask-required performances (various)

See ticketing page for info

 

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley @ Taproot Theatre (Seattle – Greenwood)
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Karen Lund

In this all-new Jane Austen-inspired story, we return to the world of the Darcys and Bennets! Lydia’s come for Christmas, the halls are decked, and the aroma of everyone’s favorite orange biscuits fills the air. But downstairs the loyal staff scramble to keep a secret that could upend the festivities. Amid the chaos of Christmas, a little yuletide forgiveness might be the one gift everyone needs.

Tickets $26-$54 (depending on location) here.

The Wiz @ The 5th Avenue Theatre (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm

Book by William F. Brown
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
From the story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Directed and Choreographed by Kelli Foster Warder

Feel the power of love overflowing at this dazzling reimagining of The Wizard of Oz! With a soaring soul, R&B, and gospel score featuring hit songs “Brand New Day,” “Ease on Down the Road,” and “Home,” this fun, fresh 5th Avenue Theatre production is a hit the whole family will enjoy.

When Dorothy finds herself in the fantastical world of Oz, she sets out to seek the aid of the mysterious Wiz, forging powerful new friendships with a Scarecrow, a Tinman, and a Lion along her way down the yellow brick road. But when she battles the devious Evillene to save her new friends, she learns that no matter where you’re from, home isn’t really where you live; it’s who you love.

Tickets ($59-$199) here.

 

Duo Comedy Showcase @ Unexpected Productions (Seattle – Pike Place)
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Duo Comedy Showcase is Seattle’s only public open-mic for improv, where two-person teams create spontaneous scenes on the fly. At Duos, newer improvisers have an opportunity to improve while professional improvisers practice and try new things. All experience levels welcome.

Location: downstairs at Pike Place Market, next to the gum wall

Tickets ($11) here.

 

A Very Die Hard Christmas – The Habit @ Seattle Public Theater (Green Lake)
Dec 7 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

By Jeff Schell and The Habit
Directed by Mark Siano

Ki Yay! Coming back this holiday season, from the comedy writers that have had Seattle in stitches for years, comes A Very Die Hard Christmas, a musical parody that is sure to blow the roof off the joint. Sketch writers from The Habit team up with Seattle Public Theater to create this holiday comedy perfect for those who like their Christmas entertainment with lots of action, 80s jokes, smooth soft rock jams, and snarky German terrorists.

Tickets ($38) here.

 

Dec
8
Thu
The Wiz @ The 5th Avenue Theatre (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 8 @ 1:30 pm

Book by William F. Brown
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
From the story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Directed and Choreographed by Kelli Foster Warder

Feel the power of love overflowing at this dazzling reimagining of The Wizard of Oz! With a soaring soul, R&B, and gospel score featuring hit songs “Brand New Day,” “Ease on Down the Road,” and “Home,” this fun, fresh 5th Avenue Theatre production is a hit the whole family will enjoy.

When Dorothy finds herself in the fantastical world of Oz, she sets out to seek the aid of the mysterious Wiz, forging powerful new friendships with a Scarecrow, a Tinman, and a Lion along her way down the yellow brick road. But when she battles the devious Evillene to save her new friends, she learns that no matter where you’re from, home isn’t really where you live; it’s who you love.

(ASL interpreted and open captioned performance scheduled for 12/11 matinee)

Tickets ($59-$199) here.

 

Christmastown: A Holiday Noir @ Seattle Public Theater (Green Lake)
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

By Wayne Rawley
Directed by Rachel Delmar

For the final time, SPT is bringing back the holiday favorite and now Seattle tradition of Christmastown. In this film noir-inspired holiday thriller, hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday investigates some un-holiday-like shenanigans taking place in Christmastown that sends him on a search for the truth about Big Red, with a glamorous elf, a used-Christmas-tree salesman, a muckraking reporter, and a quick-thinking cab driver.

Tickets $5-$50 (sliding scale available to all) here.

 

Homicide for the Holidays @ Cafe Nordo (Seattle – Pioneer Square)
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm

Do you like the old-timey Noble Fir? Or Flocked Silver Fabulousness? How about both?! Nordo’s Holiday Spectacular promises to cram you chock-full of everything you’ve come to love about the season, gift wrapped in bawdy humor, nostalgic Christmas Disco, and a festive feast.

Continuing in the tradition of previous Nordo Nativities, our scribe Scot “Dragatha Christie” Augustson has crafted a story of merry mayhem and murder, festooned with razor sharp riffs on 1980’s pop culture. We’ll finally learn who was responsible for the Death of Disco!

This is the last show in the Culinarium, before Nordo moves to a new location.

Tickets ($116+), including 5-course meal, here.

Read NWTheatre’s coverage of Cafe Nordo shows here.  

 

Jingle All the Gay – Kitten N’ Lou @ Oddfellows Hall (Seattle – Capitol Hill)
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm

Jingle All the Gay invites you to join our chosen family of fabulous fruitcakes in a joyful and triumphant celebration of song, dance, burlesque, and holiday hilarity. Light your menorah, stuff your stockings, and revel in the power of live theater again! This deliciously queer and delectably extravagant holiday confection featuring a bombastic all-star cast is guaranteed to make even the most stubborn yuletides gay.

Don’t miss the new surprises and magic of the final run. Exciting new things are in store for next year, so don’t miss your last chance to revel in this iconic cast and production.

Location: Oddfellows Building, West Hall (915 E. Pine St.)

Tickets ($47+) here.

 

Wonderland @ Can Can Culinary Cabaret (Seattle – Pike Place)
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm

Celebrate the holidays as performers swing from the chandeliers into a show full of classic beauty and flirtatious artistry. A glittering parade of nostalgia exploding with dance, laughter, and all the cheer of yesteryear, this carnival of merriment will mesmerize audiences as soon as they enter Can Can’s theatre turned whimsical winter chalet — making this a holiday entertainment spectacular to remember. In the kitchen and behind the bar, you’ll experience food, wine, and spirit menus carefully crafted with local Market-fresh winter ingredients that will tantalize even the most refined palates.

Admission 21+

Tickets ($83+) here.

Theatre menu is here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ ACT (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Gregory Falls
Directed by John Langs
Music by Adam Stern

Fill your heart with joy! ACT’s Yuletide Dickens classic proudly returns for the 47th year.

On a snowy Christmas Eve brimming with memorable characters, ghostly apparitions, and visits to the past, present, and future, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge discovers the joy of charity and redemption.

Audio described performance scheduled for 12/10 (matinee); ASL interpreted performance scheduled for 12/17 (matinee).

Tickets ($49-$94) here.

 

Austen Unbound @ Book-It Rep (Seattle Center)
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

An Improvised Play Celebrating the Works of Jane Austen
Directed by Dave Morris

Austen Unbound is Book-It Repertory Theatre’s first long-form improvised play. At each performance of this show, the ensemble will create an entirely new story, set in the style and genre of the beloved author’s works. Audiences will feel like they are watching a play based off a never-before published Jane Austen novel, as the improvisational actors transport them to the drawing rooms and manor houses of the Regency era. The wit and wisdom of Jane Austen will resonate with audiences as they experience new characters and stories in this “unscripted” play, which will be a unique story each night (based on suggestions given from the audience).

(Previews 11/30-12/2, opens 12/3)

Tickets ($63.50-$68.50) here.

 

Coming Home – Teatro ZinZanni @ Herban Feast SoDo Park (Seattle)
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Teatro ZinZanni’s original brand of love, chaos, and dinner is making its long-awaited return to Seattle with a limited engagement run of the all-new show, Coming Home. When the world went dark more than two years ago, people everywhere were dispersing and lives turned upside. Today, as we rebuild and focus on our dreams going forward, we find that home is where our hearts reside — and Seattle is our home. So, join us in celebrating this return to home with an incredible cast of phenomenal talents in a limited engagement that will serve up the love, chaos, and dinner we’ve all been missing so very much.

Performers include Kevin Kent, Elena Gatilova (aerialist), Vita Radionova, Rizo (singer), Domitil Aillot (Chinese pole), Manuela Horn (yodeling Dominatrix), Duo Madrona (trapeze), Michael Evolution (basketball freestyle juggler)

Tickets $135+ (includes 4-course meal) here.

Note: New Year’s Eve show begins at 8:30

 

Kiki & Herb: Do You Hear What We Hear? @ The Moore Theatre (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm

This holiday season, prepare yourself for sleighing belles, rabid yells, and tidings of joy from New York’s most iconic “octogenarian” lounge act, Kiki & Herb, created and performed by Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman. This relentlessly fabulous duo will haunt audiences nationwide with a brand-new holiday spectacular.

Bond and Mellman’s signature cocktail of boozy banter, pop-culture shmaltz, and claws-out cultural critique has charmed cities across this nation for more than two decades. The infamous duo make their way through a number of seasonal songs, belting Christmas classics, and slinging enough cheer to choke down this holiday season.

Tickets ($56+) here.

 

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker – Verlaine & McCann @ The Triple Door
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm

Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann are elated to announce the return of their wintertime spectacle. Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker has delighted tens of thousands of holiday revelers since 2006. All your favorite characters will be back, including Lily Verlaine’s Sugar Plum Fairy, the light-juggling magic of Babette La Fave, the ever-lovable Snowflakes, and of course the swinginest band in the Land, The Nutcracker Nonette.

Not content to rest on their laurels, Verlaine & McCann have been working tirelessly to make 2022’s season memorable and electrifying for our new and returning guests. The cast will feature a number of fresh new faces this year (some from the most recent production of Verlaine & McCann’s Through The Looking Glass) to kick up their heels with superstar veterans like Paris Original and Viola Vector. And who knows, you might be in the audience to see a surprise appearance by a Seattle ballet star in a rotating cavalcade of Rat Kings. Lots of other surprises await, so prepare to be enchanted by Land Of The Sweets like never before.

Admission 17+ for early shows, 21+ for late shows.

Tickets ($80.50+) here.

 

Mr. Dickens and His Carol @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St.) (open captioned)
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

By Samantha Silva
Developed with and Directed by Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything. Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic. A world premiere.

Tickets ($32-$108) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for all performances; see info here.

This performance is listed as a captioned performance (not ASL interpreted). ASL interpreted show scheduled for 12/17 matinee. See accessibility info here.

 

Note the following special dates: opening night (11/30), teen night (12/9), post-show events (12/15, 12/16), Victorian cosplay night (12/20), pre-show book signing (12/21)

And accessible performances: audio described (12/3 matinee), open captions (12/8 night), sensory friendly (12/10 matinee), ASL interpreted (12/17 matinee), mask-required performances (various)

See ticketing page for info

 

Next Fest NW – Velocity Dance Center @ 12th Avenue Arts (Seattle – Capitol Hill)
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm

Next Fest NW is Velocity’s experimental new works festival, celebrating contemporary dance and movement-based artists innovating in our region. This year’s festival features four pieces in response to the theme of Revolve/Revolution by artists Akoiya Harris, Andrew McShea, Jenny Peterson + Kaitlin McCarthy, and the Anfractuous project.

Inspired by the ideas of invention and reimagination, this year’s festival was curated by Fox Whitney, Alyza DelPan-Monley, Elby Brosch, Marco Farroni, and Miss Texas 1988. This festival revels in the breadth of creative response that can come from a singular unifying theme. We invite you to revel in the breadth of creative explorations by local artists and contemplate your own responses to the curatorial statement.

Tickets ($22.50-$54.50, sliding scale available for all) here.

 

Q Brothers Christmas Carol @ ArtsWest (West Seattle)
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm

By Q Brothers Collective

In this hip-hop remix of Dickens’ classic tale, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Hip-Hop Past, Present, and Future … and a Jamaican Jacob Marley. As Scrooge is shown the path of rhythm and redemption, will he throw off his selfish chains and join the beat?

Q Brothers Christmas Carol mixes everything from reggae to rock, updating and funkifying this beloved tale of love, forgiveness, and Christmas spirit – and transforming it into something altogether new.

(Preview 11/23, opening 11/25)

Tickets $18.50-$123.50 (sliding scale available for all) here.

The Flight Before Xmas @ Macha Theatre Works (Seattle – Fremont)
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

By Maggie Lee

With all the stress of the holidays, spending Christmas Eve stranded in an airport with a bunch of strangers is the last thing anyone needs! With endless delays, kids shuttling between step-families, a rogue cat on the loose, an important business deal at stake, and missing your grandson’s first Christmas morning, the holiday spirit can disappear quicker than your lost luggage. But sometimes, all you need is to be a little late in order to truly appreciate what you’re rushing toward.

Location: West of Lenin (203 N 36th St)

Tickets $21-$101 (sliding scale available for all) here.

 

The Nutcracker @ Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle Center)
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Choreographed by George Balanchine
Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

As fall settles in, the weather is cooler
You’ve sharpened your pencils, you’ve got a new ruler
Visions of Sugarplums are close behind,
And magic (the sparkly, holiday kind).
Join us for Candy Canes, Snowflakes, and Mice –
A show so fantastic you might see it twice.
The Nutcracker’s coming, this November/December,
A fun family date you’ll be sure to remember!

Sensory friendly performance scheduled for 12/20 (Tuesday matinee)

Location: McCaw Hall (Seattle Center, Mercer St. side)

Tickets ($34-$187) here.

 

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley @ Taproot Theatre (Seattle – Greenwood)
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Karen Lund

In this all-new Jane Austen-inspired story, we return to the world of the Darcys and Bennets! Lydia’s come for Christmas, the halls are decked, and the aroma of everyone’s favorite orange biscuits fills the air. But downstairs the loyal staff scramble to keep a secret that could upend the festivities. Amid the chaos of Christmas, a little yuletide forgiveness might be the one gift everyone needs.

Tickets $26-$54 (depending on location) here.

The Wiz @ The 5th Avenue Theatre (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm

Book by William F. Brown
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
From the story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Directed and Choreographed by Kelli Foster Warder

Feel the power of love overflowing at this dazzling reimagining of The Wizard of Oz! With a soaring soul, R&B, and gospel score featuring hit songs “Brand New Day,” “Ease on Down the Road,” and “Home,” this fun, fresh 5th Avenue Theatre production is a hit the whole family will enjoy.

When Dorothy finds herself in the fantastical world of Oz, she sets out to seek the aid of the mysterious Wiz, forging powerful new friendships with a Scarecrow, a Tinman, and a Lion along her way down the yellow brick road. But when she battles the devious Evillene to save her new friends, she learns that no matter where you’re from, home isn’t really where you live; it’s who you love.

Tickets ($59-$199) here.

 

Acrobatic Conundrum 9: Thresholds @ 12th Avenue Arts (Seattle – Capitol Hill)
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm

Acrobatic Conundrum creates technically rigorous, ensemble-based circus shows that seek to contribute to a more courageous and connected world. The Seattle based contemporary circus company takes up residence in the heart of Capitol Hill for the ninth installment of their adroitly curated cabaret, featuring a spate of phenomenal acts from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Aerial arts, cyr wheel, acrobatics, clown, musical performances and much more populate the performances.

A door defends. And beckons. It divides. And offers a way in. The circumstances change and an opening we took for granted is lost forever; meanwhile the unexpected saunters in through a window left ajar. In Vol. 9: Thresholds, nine acrobats somersault their way into liminal space, ready to knock on the portal to the unknown. Darting back and forth across the fourth wall, pursuing the thrill of the edge, and pausing only briefly with one hand poised on the knob, Acrobatic Conundrum shares its paean to the doorways of our lives and the opportunities they represent. Because when one door closes, a trapdoor opens.

Featuring: Emma Curtiss, Oliver Donaldson, Dream Frohe, Leah Jones, PJ Perry, Ivanna Wei, Duo Maria & Oli, Jody Poth, Gabby Leiva, and Terry Crane

Tickets ($39) here.

 

The Dina Martina Christmas Show @ ACT (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm

Get a butter knife and spread the word: Dina Martina is brimming with excitement to be bringing her singular brand of razzle-dazzle entertainment back to ACT for an all-new Christmas show, joined by composer/musician Chris Jeffries.

A beloved Seattle holiday tradition for 25 years, Dina Martina’s Christmas Shows are jam-packed with traditional as well as contemporary holiday tunes, both treated with Miss Martina’s fresh and undeniably surreal comic sensibility. You’ll howl with laughter at her vocal prowess, gasp at her stories, wonder “why?” at her fashion sense, but make no mistake – Dina Martina is an incredibly unique comedian who’ll leave an indelible impression on you in the best possible way.

Tickets ($29-$60) here.

 

The Harlem Nutcracker (preview) – Spectrum Dance Theater @ On the Boards (Seattle – Lower Queen Anne)
Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm

Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker Teaser
A Preview Production

The Harlem Nutcracker utilizes Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s “Nutcracker Suite” as a musical starting point. The original story centers around an African-American family in Harlem on Christmas Eve. It highlights the unique warmth and centrality of the grandmother in African-American culture, the resilience of Black American families and Harlem as a center of the African Diaspora.

This year’s Harlem Nutcracker production will be a “teaser” to the final production, which is tentatively scheduled to premiere a little over a year from now. The “teaser” is everything except for the last 20 minutes of the show. It has many of the final costume elements and some of the less elaborate scenic elements. The final moments of the show are a surprise that we are saving for the completed premiere. Students from The School of Spectrum Dance Theater and its Academy Division will also be integrated into the production.

Location: On the Boards (100 W Roy Street)

Tickets ($25-$50, plus pay-what-you-choose option available for all) here.

 

A Very Die Hard Christmas – The Habit @ Seattle Public Theater (Green Lake)
Dec 8 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm

By Jeff Schell and The Habit
Directed by Mark Siano

Ki Yay! Coming back this holiday season, from the comedy writers that have had Seattle in stitches for years, comes A Very Die Hard Christmas, a musical parody that is sure to blow the roof off the joint. Sketch writers from The Habit team up with Seattle Public Theater to create this holiday comedy perfect for those who like their Christmas entertainment with lots of action, 80s jokes, smooth soft rock jams, and snarky German terrorists.

Tickets ($38) here.

 

Dec
9
Fri
Jingle All the Gay – Kitten N’ Lou @ Oddfellows Hall (Seattle – Capitol Hill)
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm

Jingle All the Gay invites you to join our chosen family of fabulous fruitcakes in a joyful and triumphant celebration of song, dance, burlesque, and holiday hilarity. Light your menorah, stuff your stockings, and revel in the power of live theater again! This deliciously queer and delectably extravagant holiday confection featuring a bombastic all-star cast is guaranteed to make even the most stubborn yuletides gay.

Don’t miss the new surprises and magic of the final run. Exciting new things are in store for next year, so don’t miss your last chance to revel in this iconic cast and production.

Location: Oddfellows Building, West Hall (915 E. Pine St.)

Tickets ($47+) here.

 

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker – Verlaine & McCann @ The Triple Door
Dec 9 @ 6:30 pm

Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann are elated to announce the return of their wintertime spectacle. Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker has delighted tens of thousands of holiday revelers since 2006. All your favorite characters will be back, including Lily Verlaine’s Sugar Plum Fairy, the light-juggling magic of Babette La Fave, the ever-lovable Snowflakes, and of course the swinginest band in the Land, The Nutcracker Nonette.

Not content to rest on their laurels, Verlaine & McCann have been working tirelessly to make 2022’s season memorable and electrifying for our new and returning guests. The cast will feature a number of fresh new faces this year (some from the most recent production of Verlaine & McCann’s Through The Looking Glass) to kick up their heels with superstar veterans like Paris Original and Viola Vector. And who knows, you might be in the audience to see a surprise appearance by a Seattle ballet star in a rotating cavalcade of Rat Kings. Lots of other surprises await, so prepare to be enchanted by Land Of The Sweets like never before.

Admission 17+ for early shows, 21+ for late shows.

Tickets ($80.50+) here.

 

Christmastown: A Holiday Noir @ Seattle Public Theater (Green Lake)
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

By Wayne Rawley
Directed by Rachel Delmar

For the final time, SPT is bringing back the holiday favorite and now Seattle tradition of Christmastown. In this film noir-inspired holiday thriller, hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday investigates some un-holiday-like shenanigans taking place in Christmastown that sends him on a search for the truth about Big Red, with a glamorous elf, a used-Christmas-tree salesman, a muckraking reporter, and a quick-thinking cab driver.

Tickets $5-$50 (sliding scale available to all) here.

 

Homicide for the Holidays @ Cafe Nordo (Seattle – Pioneer Square)
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm

Do you like the old-timey Noble Fir? Or Flocked Silver Fabulousness? How about both?! Nordo’s Holiday Spectacular promises to cram you chock-full of everything you’ve come to love about the season, gift wrapped in bawdy humor, nostalgic Christmas Disco, and a festive feast.

Continuing in the tradition of previous Nordo Nativities, our scribe Scot “Dragatha Christie” Augustson has crafted a story of merry mayhem and murder, festooned with razor sharp riffs on 1980’s pop culture. We’ll finally learn who was responsible for the Death of Disco!

This is the last show in the Culinarium, before Nordo moves to a new location.

Tickets ($116+), including 5-course meal, here.

Read NWTheatre’s coverage of Cafe Nordo shows here.  

 

Wonderland @ Can Can Culinary Cabaret (Seattle – Pike Place)
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm

Celebrate the holidays as performers swing from the chandeliers into a show full of classic beauty and flirtatious artistry. A glittering parade of nostalgia exploding with dance, laughter, and all the cheer of yesteryear, this carnival of merriment will mesmerize audiences as soon as they enter Can Can’s theatre turned whimsical winter chalet — making this a holiday entertainment spectacular to remember. In the kitchen and behind the bar, you’ll experience food, wine, and spirit menus carefully crafted with local Market-fresh winter ingredients that will tantalize even the most refined palates.

Admission 21+

Tickets ($83+) here.

Theatre menu is here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ ACT (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Gregory Falls
Directed by John Langs
Music by Adam Stern

Fill your heart with joy! ACT’s Yuletide Dickens classic proudly returns for the 47th year.

On a snowy Christmas Eve brimming with memorable characters, ghostly apparitions, and visits to the past, present, and future, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge discovers the joy of charity and redemption.

Audio described performance scheduled for 12/10 (matinee); ASL interpreted performance scheduled for 12/17 (matinee).

Tickets ($49-$94) here.

 

A Very Drunken Christmas Carol @ Seattle Opera (Seattle Center – Mercer St.)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Drunken Tenor is back! After sold out performances in 2021, A Very Drunken Christmas Carol returns to Seattle Opera this December. See what new shenanigans occur in this retelling of Charles Dickens’ time-honored holiday classic where, in true Drunken Tenor comedy opera fashion, things get turned upside down. While preparing for a holiday concert, The Drunken Tenor gets hit in the head, knocked out, and wakes up in an alternate reality. He embarks on a journey to understand how he became the person he is and the possible consequences of his choices. Along the way, he is joined by duet partners of the past, present, and future for a mix of opera, holiday favorites, and much more.

Location: Opera Center (Tagney Jones Hall)

Tickets ($55) here.

 

Austen Unbound @ Book-It Rep (Seattle Center)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

An Improvised Play Celebrating the Works of Jane Austen
Directed by Dave Morris

Austen Unbound is Book-It Repertory Theatre’s first long-form improvised play. At each performance of this show, the ensemble will create an entirely new story, set in the style and genre of the beloved author’s works. Audiences will feel like they are watching a play based off a never-before published Jane Austen novel, as the improvisational actors transport them to the drawing rooms and manor houses of the Regency era. The wit and wisdom of Jane Austen will resonate with audiences as they experience new characters and stories in this “unscripted” play, which will be a unique story each night (based on suggestions given from the audience).

(Previews 11/30-12/2, opens 12/3)

Tickets ($63.50-$68.50) here.

 

Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play – Twelfth Night Productions @ Kenyon Hall (West Seattle)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm

Twelfth Night Production (TNP) is proud to present The Lux Radio Theater version of the classic 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street. TNP’s Holiday Radio plays have become an annual tradition for community members seeking to revel in holiday cheer with friends and family.

Miracle on 34th Street tells the timeless story of an old man who calls himself Kris Kringle and is hired as the Macy’s department store Santa. His claim to be the real Santa Claus becomes a court case and a young child’s belief could make all the difference.

Based on the film of the same name and presented as a live 1940’s radio broadcast, Miracle on 34th Street features a cast of radio players, foley actors, and a wonderful 1929 Wurlitzer pipe organ.

Location: Kenyon Hall (7904 35th Ave SW)

Tickets ($24) here.

 

Mr. Dickens and His Carol @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St.)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

By Samantha Silva
Developed with and Directed by Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything. Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic. A world premiere.

Tickets ($32-$108) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for all performances; see info here.

 

Note the following special dates: opening night (11/30), teen night (12/9), post-show events (12/15, 12/16), Victorian cosplay night (12/20), pre-show book signing (12/21)

And accessible performances: audio described (12/3 matinee), open captions (12/8 night), sensory friendly (12/10 matinee), ASL interpreted (12/17 matinee), mask-required performances (various)

See ticketing page for info

 

Next Fest NW – Velocity Dance Center @ 12th Avenue Arts (Seattle – Capitol Hill)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm

Next Fest NW is Velocity’s experimental new works festival, celebrating contemporary dance and movement-based artists innovating in our region. This year’s festival features four pieces in response to the theme of Revolve/Revolution by artists Akoiya Harris, Andrew McShea, Jenny Peterson + Kaitlin McCarthy, and the Anfractuous project.

Inspired by the ideas of invention and reimagination, this year’s festival was curated by Fox Whitney, Alyza DelPan-Monley, Elby Brosch, Marco Farroni, and Miss Texas 1988. This festival revels in the breadth of creative response that can come from a singular unifying theme. We invite you to revel in the breadth of creative explorations by local artists and contemplate your own responses to the curatorial statement.

Tickets ($22.50-$54.50, sliding scale available for all) here.

 

Q Brothers Christmas Carol @ ArtsWest (West Seattle)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm

By Q Brothers Collective

In this hip-hop remix of Dickens’ classic tale, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Hip-Hop Past, Present, and Future … and a Jamaican Jacob Marley. As Scrooge is shown the path of rhythm and redemption, will he throw off his selfish chains and join the beat?

Q Brothers Christmas Carol mixes everything from reggae to rock, updating and funkifying this beloved tale of love, forgiveness, and Christmas spirit – and transforming it into something altogether new.

(Preview 11/23, opening 11/25)

Tickets $18.50-$123.50 (sliding scale available for all) here.

The Flight Before Xmas @ Macha Theatre Works (Seattle – Fremont)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm

By Maggie Lee

With all the stress of the holidays, spending Christmas Eve stranded in an airport with a bunch of strangers is the last thing anyone needs! With endless delays, kids shuttling between step-families, a rogue cat on the loose, an important business deal at stake, and missing your grandson’s first Christmas morning, the holiday spirit can disappear quicker than your lost luggage. But sometimes, all you need is to be a little late in order to truly appreciate what you’re rushing toward.

Location: West of Lenin (203 N 36th St)

Tickets $21-$101 (sliding scale available for all) here.

 

The Nutcracker @ Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle Center)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Choreographed by George Balanchine
Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

As fall settles in, the weather is cooler
You’ve sharpened your pencils, you’ve got a new ruler
Visions of Sugarplums are close behind,
And magic (the sparkly, holiday kind).
Join us for Candy Canes, Snowflakes, and Mice –
A show so fantastic you might see it twice.
The Nutcracker’s coming, this November/December,
A fun family date you’ll be sure to remember!

Sensory friendly performance scheduled for 12/20 (Tuesday matinee)

Location: McCaw Hall (Seattle Center, Mercer St. side)

Tickets ($34-$187) here.

 

The Wiz @ The 5th Avenue Theatre (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm

Book by William F. Brown
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
From the story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Directed and Choreographed by Kelli Foster Warder

Feel the power of love overflowing at this dazzling reimagining of The Wizard of Oz! With a soaring soul, R&B, and gospel score featuring hit songs “Brand New Day,” “Ease on Down the Road,” and “Home,” this fun, fresh 5th Avenue Theatre production is a hit the whole family will enjoy.

When Dorothy finds herself in the fantastical world of Oz, she sets out to seek the aid of the mysterious Wiz, forging powerful new friendships with a Scarecrow, a Tinman, and a Lion along her way down the yellow brick road. But when she battles the devious Evillene to save her new friends, she learns that no matter where you’re from, home isn’t really where you live; it’s who you love.

Tickets ($59-$199) here.

 

Acrobatic Conundrum 9: Thresholds @ 12th Avenue Arts (Seattle – Capitol Hill)
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm

Acrobatic Conundrum creates technically rigorous, ensemble-based circus shows that seek to contribute to a more courageous and connected world. The Seattle based contemporary circus company takes up residence in the heart of Capitol Hill for the ninth installment of their adroitly curated cabaret, featuring a spate of phenomenal acts from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Aerial arts, cyr wheel, acrobatics, clown, musical performances and much more populate the performances.

A door defends. And beckons. It divides. And offers a way in. The circumstances change and an opening we took for granted is lost forever; meanwhile the unexpected saunters in through a window left ajar. In Vol. 9: Thresholds, nine acrobats somersault their way into liminal space, ready to knock on the portal to the unknown. Darting back and forth across the fourth wall, pursuing the thrill of the edge, and pausing only briefly with one hand poised on the knob, Acrobatic Conundrum shares its paean to the doorways of our lives and the opportunities they represent. Because when one door closes, a trapdoor opens.

Featuring: Emma Curtiss, Oliver Donaldson, Dream Frohe, Leah Jones, PJ Perry, Ivanna Wei, Duo Maria & Oli, Jody Poth, Gabby Leiva, and Terry Crane

Tickets ($39) here.

 

Jonathan Van Ness: Imaginary Living Room Olympian @ The Paramount Theatre (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm

Fresh off releasing his second book, this member of Queer Eye’s Fab Five brings comedy, gymnastics, and self-love to Seattle to brighten the dark days of December.

Tickets ($63+) here.

 

Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas @ Theatre Off Jackson (Seattle – Int’l District)
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm

Christmas is saved! Come down to TOJ and treat yourself to some holiday cheer while you laugh your Christmas stockings off. But be warned — this show is definitely on the naughty list.

It’s a hilarious night of comedy, songs, dance numbers, delightful videos, and partial nudity. Written by Freddy Molitch and Scott Shoemaker, featuring Ade, Faggedy Randy, Major Scales, and Mandy Price.

A co-production from Shoes and Pants Productions and Theatre off Jackson

Admission 21+

Tickets ($33+) here.

 

The Dina Martina Christmas Show @ ACT (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm

Get a butter knife and spread the word: Dina Martina is brimming with excitement to be bringing her singular brand of razzle-dazzle entertainment back to ACT for an all-new Christmas show, joined by composer/musician Chris Jeffries.

A beloved Seattle holiday tradition for 25 years, Dina Martina’s Christmas Shows are jam-packed with traditional as well as contemporary holiday tunes, both treated with Miss Martina’s fresh and undeniably surreal comic sensibility. You’ll howl with laughter at her vocal prowess, gasp at her stories, wonder “why?” at her fashion sense, but make no mistake – Dina Martina is an incredibly unique comedian who’ll leave an indelible impression on you in the best possible way.

Tickets ($29-$60) here.

 

The Harlem Nutcracker (preview) – Spectrum Dance Theater @ On the Boards (Seattle – Lower Queen Anne)
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm

Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker Teaser
A Preview Production

The Harlem Nutcracker utilizes Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s “Nutcracker Suite” as a musical starting point. The original story centers around an African-American family in Harlem on Christmas Eve. It highlights the unique warmth and centrality of the grandmother in African-American culture, the resilience of Black American families and Harlem as a center of the African Diaspora.

This year’s Harlem Nutcracker production will be a “teaser” to the final production, which is tentatively scheduled to premiere a little over a year from now. The “teaser” is everything except for the last 20 minutes of the show. It has many of the final costume elements and some of the less elaborate scenic elements. The final moments of the show are a surprise that we are saving for the completed premiere. Students from The School of Spectrum Dance Theater and its Academy Division will also be integrated into the production.

Location: On the Boards (100 W Roy Street)

Tickets ($25-$50, plus pay-what-you-choose option available for all) here.

 

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley @ Taproot Theatre (Seattle – Greenwood)
Dec 9 @ 8:00 pm

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Karen Lund

In this all-new Jane Austen-inspired story, we return to the world of the Darcys and Bennets! Lydia’s come for Christmas, the halls are decked, and the aroma of everyone’s favorite orange biscuits fills the air. But downstairs the loyal staff scramble to keep a secret that could upend the festivities. Amid the chaos of Christmas, a little yuletide forgiveness might be the one gift everyone needs.

Tickets $26-$54 (depending on location) here.

Seattle Theatresports @ Unexpected Productions (Seattle – Pike Place)
Dec 9 @ 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Seattle’s weekly, high-stakes, competitive improv comedy show

Based on audience suggestions, two teams of incredible improvisers rumble, creating exciting fast-paced improv games, hilarious stories, scenes, and songs right on the spot and in the moment. Boo the judges as they award points to each team. At the end of the night, one team is declared a winner, and the audience member with the suggestion walks out with a prize.

Location: downstairs at Pike Place Market, next to the gum wall

Tickets ($16) here.

 

A Very Die Hard Christmas – The Habit @ Seattle Public Theater (Green Lake)
Dec 9 @ 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm

By Jeff Schell and The Habit
Directed by Mark Siano

Ki Yay! Coming back this holiday season, from the comedy writers that have had Seattle in stitches for years, comes A Very Die Hard Christmas, a musical parody that is sure to blow the roof off the joint. Sketch writers from The Habit team up with Seattle Public Theater to create this holiday comedy perfect for those who like their Christmas entertainment with lots of action, 80s jokes, smooth soft rock jams, and snarky German terrorists.

Tickets ($38) here.

 

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker – Verlaine & McCann @ The Triple Door
Dec 9 @ 9:30 pm

Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann are elated to announce the return of their wintertime spectacle. Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker has delighted tens of thousands of holiday revelers since 2006. All your favorite characters will be back, including Lily Verlaine’s Sugar Plum Fairy, the light-juggling magic of Babette La Fave, the ever-lovable Snowflakes, and of course the swinginest band in the Land, The Nutcracker Nonette.

Not content to rest on their laurels, Verlaine & McCann have been working tirelessly to make 2022’s season memorable and electrifying for our new and returning guests. The cast will feature a number of fresh new faces this year (some from the most recent production of Verlaine & McCann’s Through The Looking Glass) to kick up their heels with superstar veterans like Paris Original and Viola Vector. And who knows, you might be in the audience to see a surprise appearance by a Seattle ballet star in a rotating cavalcade of Rat Kings. Lots of other surprises await, so prepare to be enchanted by Land Of The Sweets like never before.

Admission 17+ for early shows, 21+ for late shows.

Tickets ($80.50+) here.

 

Wonderland @ Can Can Culinary Cabaret (Seattle – Pike Place)
Dec 9 @ 9:45 pm

Celebrate the holidays as performers swing from the chandeliers into a show full of classic beauty and flirtatious artistry. A glittering parade of nostalgia exploding with dance, laughter, and all the cheer of yesteryear, this carnival of merriment will mesmerize audiences as soon as they enter Can Can’s theatre turned whimsical winter chalet — making this a holiday entertainment spectacular to remember. In the kitchen and behind the bar, you’ll experience food, wine, and spirit menus carefully crafted with local Market-fresh winter ingredients that will tantalize even the most refined palates.

Admission 21+

Tickets ($83+) here.

Theatre menu is here.

 

Dec
10
Sat
The Wiz @ The 5th Avenue Theatre (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 10 @ 1:30 pm

Book by William F. Brown
Music and Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
From the story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Directed and Choreographed by Kelli Foster Warder

Feel the power of love overflowing at this dazzling reimagining of The Wizard of Oz! With a soaring soul, R&B, and gospel score featuring hit songs “Brand New Day,” “Ease on Down the Road,” and “Home,” this fun, fresh 5th Avenue Theatre production is a hit the whole family will enjoy.

When Dorothy finds herself in the fantastical world of Oz, she sets out to seek the aid of the mysterious Wiz, forging powerful new friendships with a Scarecrow, a Tinman, and a Lion along her way down the yellow brick road. But when she battles the devious Evillene to save her new friends, she learns that no matter where you’re from, home isn’t really where you live; it’s who you love.

(ASL interpreted and open captioned performance scheduled for 12/11 matinee)

Tickets ($59-$199) here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ ACT (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Gregory Falls
Directed by John Langs
Music by Adam Stern

Fill your heart with joy! ACT’s Yuletide Dickens classic proudly returns for the 47th year.

On a snowy Christmas Eve brimming with memorable characters, ghostly apparitions, and visits to the past, present, and future, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge discovers the joy of charity and redemption.

Audio described performance scheduled for 12/10 (matinee); ASL interpreted performance scheduled for 12/17 (matinee).

Tickets ($49-$94) here.

 

A Very Die Hard Christmas – The Habit @ Seattle Public Theater (Green Lake)
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

By Jeff Schell and The Habit
Directed by Mark Siano

Ki Yay! Coming back this holiday season, from the comedy writers that have had Seattle in stitches for years, comes A Very Die Hard Christmas, a musical parody that is sure to blow the roof off the joint. Sketch writers from The Habit team up with Seattle Public Theater to create this holiday comedy perfect for those who like their Christmas entertainment with lots of action, 80s jokes, smooth soft rock jams, and snarky German terrorists.

Tickets ($38) here.

 

Austen Unbound @ Book-It Rep (Seattle Center)
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

An Improvised Play Celebrating the Works of Jane Austen
Directed by Dave Morris

Austen Unbound is Book-It Repertory Theatre’s first long-form improvised play. At each performance of this show, the ensemble will create an entirely new story, set in the style and genre of the beloved author’s works. Audiences will feel like they are watching a play based off a never-before published Jane Austen novel, as the improvisational actors transport them to the drawing rooms and manor houses of the Regency era. The wit and wisdom of Jane Austen will resonate with audiences as they experience new characters and stories in this “unscripted” play, which will be a unique story each night (based on suggestions given from the audience).

Tickets ($63.50-$68.50) here.

 

Mr. Dickens and His Carol @ Seattle Rep (Seattle Center – Mercer St.) (sensory friendly)
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

By Samantha Silva
Developed with and Directed by Braden Abraham

Charles Dickens should be looking forward to Christmas. When his latest book is a flop, putting both his popularity and finances in peril, his publishers give an ultimatum: write a Christmas book within a month or lose everything. Adapted for the stage from Samantha Silva’s critically acclaimed novel, this tale set in the heart of Victorian England weaves a fictional take on Dickens’ past, present, and future into a comedic and poignant new holiday classic. A world premiere.

Tickets ($32-$108) here.

Pay-what-you-choose tickets available for all performances; see info here.

This performance is designated as sensory friendly. See accessibility info here.

 

Note the following special dates: opening night (11/30), teen night (12/9), post-show events (12/15, 12/16), Victorian cosplay night (12/20), pre-show book signing (12/21)

And accessible performances: audio described (12/3 matinee), open captions (12/8 night), sensory friendly (12/10 matinee), ASL interpreted (12/17 matinee), mask-required performances (various)

See ticketing page for info

 

Next Fest NW – Velocity Dance Center @ 12th Avenue Arts (Seattle – Capitol Hill)
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm

Next Fest NW is Velocity’s experimental new works festival, celebrating contemporary dance and movement-based artists innovating in our region. This year’s festival features four pieces in response to the theme of Revolve/Revolution by artists Akoiya Harris, Andrew McShea, Jenny Peterson + Kaitlin McCarthy, and the Anfractuous project.

Inspired by the ideas of invention and reimagination, this year’s festival was curated by Fox Whitney, Alyza DelPan-Monley, Elby Brosch, Marco Farroni, and Miss Texas 1988. This festival revels in the breadth of creative response that can come from a singular unifying theme. We invite you to revel in the breadth of creative explorations by local artists and contemplate your own responses to the curatorial statement.

Tickets ($22.50-$54.50, sliding scale available for all) here.

 

The Harlem Nutcracker (preview) – Spectrum Dance Theater @ On the Boards (Seattle – Lower Queen Anne)
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm

Donald Byrd’s The Harlem Nutcracker Teaser
A Preview Production

The Harlem Nutcracker utilizes Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s “Nutcracker Suite” as a musical starting point. The original story centers around an African-American family in Harlem on Christmas Eve. It highlights the unique warmth and centrality of the grandmother in African-American culture, the resilience of Black American families and Harlem as a center of the African Diaspora.

This year’s Harlem Nutcracker production will be a “teaser” to the final production, which is tentatively scheduled to premiere a little over a year from now. The “teaser” is everything except for the last 20 minutes of the show. It has many of the final costume elements and some of the less elaborate scenic elements. The final moments of the show are a surprise that we are saving for the completed premiere. Students from The School of Spectrum Dance Theater and its Academy Division will also be integrated into the production.

Location: On the Boards (100 W Roy Street)

Tickets ($25-$50, plus pay-what-you-choose option available for all) here.

 

The Nutcracker @ Pacific Northwest Ballet (Seattle Center)
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Choreographed by George Balanchine
Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

As fall settles in, the weather is cooler
You’ve sharpened your pencils, you’ve got a new ruler
Visions of Sugarplums are close behind,
And magic (the sparkly, holiday kind).
Join us for Candy Canes, Snowflakes, and Mice –
A show so fantastic you might see it twice.
The Nutcracker’s coming, this November/December,
A fun family date you’ll be sure to remember!

Sensory friendly performance scheduled for 12/20 (Tuesday matinee)

Location: McCaw Hall (Seattle Center, Mercer St. side)

Tickets ($34-$187) here.

 

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley @ Taproot Theatre (Seattle – Greenwood)
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm

By Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Karen Lund

In this all-new Jane Austen-inspired story, we return to the world of the Darcys and Bennets! Lydia’s come for Christmas, the halls are decked, and the aroma of everyone’s favorite orange biscuits fills the air. But downstairs the loyal staff scramble to keep a secret that could upend the festivities. Amid the chaos of Christmas, a little yuletide forgiveness might be the one gift everyone needs.

Tickets $26-$54 (depending on location) here.

The Dina Martina Christmas Show @ ACT (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 10 @ 2:30 pm

Get a butter knife and spread the word: Dina Martina is brimming with excitement to be bringing her singular brand of razzle-dazzle entertainment back to ACT for an all-new Christmas show, joined by composer/musician Chris Jeffries.

A beloved Seattle holiday tradition for 25 years, Dina Martina’s Christmas Shows are jam-packed with traditional as well as contemporary holiday tunes, both treated with Miss Martina’s fresh and undeniably surreal comic sensibility. You’ll howl with laughter at her vocal prowess, gasp at her stories, wonder “why?” at her fashion sense, but make no mistake – Dina Martina is an incredibly unique comedian who’ll leave an indelible impression on you in the best possible way.

Tickets ($29-$60) here.

 

Jingle All the Gay – Kitten N’ Lou @ Oddfellows Hall (Seattle – Capitol Hill)
Dec 10 @ 5:00 pm

Jingle All the Gay invites you to join our chosen family of fabulous fruitcakes in a joyful and triumphant celebration of song, dance, burlesque, and holiday hilarity. Light your menorah, stuff your stockings, and revel in the power of live theater again! This deliciously queer and delectably extravagant holiday confection featuring a bombastic all-star cast is guaranteed to make even the most stubborn yuletides gay.

Don’t miss the new surprises and magic of the final run. Exciting new things are in store for next year, so don’t miss your last chance to revel in this iconic cast and production.

Location: Oddfellows Building, West Hall (915 E. Pine St.)

Tickets ($47+) here.

 

Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker – Verlaine & McCann @ The Triple Door
Dec 10 @ 6:30 pm

Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann are elated to announce the return of their wintertime spectacle. Land of the Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker has delighted tens of thousands of holiday revelers since 2006. All your favorite characters will be back, including Lily Verlaine’s Sugar Plum Fairy, the light-juggling magic of Babette La Fave, the ever-lovable Snowflakes, and of course the swinginest band in the Land, The Nutcracker Nonette.

Not content to rest on their laurels, Verlaine & McCann have been working tirelessly to make 2022’s season memorable and electrifying for our new and returning guests. The cast will feature a number of fresh new faces this year (some from the most recent production of Verlaine & McCann’s Through The Looking Glass) to kick up their heels with superstar veterans like Paris Original and Viola Vector. And who knows, you might be in the audience to see a surprise appearance by a Seattle ballet star in a rotating cavalcade of Rat Kings. Lots of other surprises await, so prepare to be enchanted by Land Of The Sweets like never before.

Admission 17+ for early shows, 21+ for late shows.

Tickets ($80.50+) here.

 

Christmastown: A Holiday Noir @ Seattle Public Theater (Green Lake)
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

By Wayne Rawley
Directed by Rachel Delmar

For the final time, SPT is bringing back the holiday favorite and now Seattle tradition of Christmastown. In this film noir-inspired holiday thriller, hard-boiled detective Nick Holiday investigates some un-holiday-like shenanigans taking place in Christmastown that sends him on a search for the truth about Big Red, with a glamorous elf, a used-Christmas-tree salesman, a muckraking reporter, and a quick-thinking cab driver.

Tickets $5-$50 (sliding scale available to all) here.

 

Homicide for the Holidays @ Cafe Nordo (Seattle – Pioneer Square)
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm

Do you like the old-timey Noble Fir? Or Flocked Silver Fabulousness? How about both?! Nordo’s Holiday Spectacular promises to cram you chock-full of everything you’ve come to love about the season, gift wrapped in bawdy humor, nostalgic Christmas Disco, and a festive feast.

Continuing in the tradition of previous Nordo Nativities, our scribe Scot “Dragatha Christie” Augustson has crafted a story of merry mayhem and murder, festooned with razor sharp riffs on 1980’s pop culture. We’ll finally learn who was responsible for the Death of Disco!

This is the last show in the Culinarium, before Nordo moves to a new location.

Tickets ($116+), including 5-course meal, here.

Read NWTheatre’s coverage of Cafe Nordo shows here.  

 

Theater Anonymous: It’s a Wonderful Life – 14/48 Projects @ Cornish Playhouse (Seattle Center)
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm

The one-night-only annual event returns with a live audience this December!

Who will be the next George Bailey? Who will play Mary? Potter? Clarence? Nobody knows, and that’s the fun of it! Join us for a pre-show lounge, meet Santa, and enjoy some refreshments and activities before we all take our seats and wait for the cast to be revealed.

Read more about the Theater Anonymous format here.

Tickets not yet available; see show info here.

 

Wonderland @ Can Can Culinary Cabaret (Seattle – Pike Place)
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm

Celebrate the holidays as performers swing from the chandeliers into a show full of classic beauty and flirtatious artistry. A glittering parade of nostalgia exploding with dance, laughter, and all the cheer of yesteryear, this carnival of merriment will mesmerize audiences as soon as they enter Can Can’s theatre turned whimsical winter chalet — making this a holiday entertainment spectacular to remember. In the kitchen and behind the bar, you’ll experience food, wine, and spirit menus carefully crafted with local Market-fresh winter ingredients that will tantalize even the most refined palates.

Admission 21+

Tickets ($83+) here.

Theatre menu is here.

 

A Christmas Carol @ ACT (Downtown Seattle)
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Written by Charles Dickens
Adapted by Gregory Falls
Directed by John Langs
Music by Adam Stern

Fill your heart with joy! ACT’s Yuletide Dickens classic proudly returns for the 47th year.

On a snowy Christmas Eve brimming with memorable characters, ghostly apparitions, and visits to the past, present, and future, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge discovers the joy of charity and redemption.

Audio described performance scheduled for 12/10 (matinee); ASL interpreted performance scheduled for 12/17 (matinee).

Tickets ($49-$94) here.