Great stage musicals and plays make Sky Arts first Freeview Christmas schedule sparkle

Sky Arts first Freeview Festive season looks set to pull out all the stops with its season of classic plays and iconic musicals.

Firstly, at 8:00pm on Sunday 20th December
The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2020 are presented by Melvyn Bragg; the annual ceremony honours people from the worlds of art and culture, and is now in its 24th year.

Then, at 9:00pm on Monday 21st December you can see the National Theatre’s acclaimed Twelfth Night from 2017 starring Tamsin Greig as Malvolia in a gender-twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity staged at the National Theatre (available with subtitles).

At 9.00pm on Tuesday 22nd December you can see The Sound of Music – Live! This adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical was originally broadcast live on US TV from Grumman Studios in Bethpage, New York, in December 2013.

At 9:00pm on Wednesday 23rd December you can see Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert- A New York City production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock musical, with an all-star cast including John Legend, Alice Cooper, Sara Bareilles and Jason Tam.

At 9:00pm on Christmas Eve, Thursday 24th December, you can enjoy The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall; Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess star in Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, marking 25 years since it opened in the West End, with the show telling the story of a disfigured musical genius who lives in the catacombs of the Paris Opera House.

On Boxing Day (Saturday 26th December) there is a remarkable Boublil and Schönberg double-bill. At 6.05pm you can enjoy the 25th Anniversary concert production of Les Misérables. This is followed at 9.00pm by the spectacular production of Miss Saigon.

Plays reappear on 28 December at 9.00pm with Sally Cookson’s acclaimed NT production of Jane Eyre.

The musical fare is rounded off on Wednesday 30 December at 9.00pm with a recorded performance of Billy Elliot the Musical.

All in all, a good variety of music and drama to keep those live theatre pangs at bay for a little while longer. Happy Christmas!

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