The Night Before Christmas A musical by Glyn Kerslake and Gareth Machin

Salisbury Play house’s latest performance in the Salberg Theatre is the festive tale of The Night Before Christmas. The estimated one-hour long play is aimed at preschool-aged children. There was a very keen group present on the day who were getting into the spirit and whole heartedly joining in. Smiles all round too which is a very good sign.

The show has captured the true essence of Christmas and it’s true meaning. That spending time with loved ones and the simpler things are the important aspects. Not the over-commercialisation it has become.

No Christmas show would be complete without letters written to Santa as seen in the photo below. These are magically flown up up the chimney by a little bit of magic, helped on their way by the participation of the audience. We see a family of three preparing their home as they are excitedly anticipating the annual visit from Father Christmas.

The entertaining singing and dancing performance is captured in the two photos below. This kept their younger audience engaged throughout. During one scene there is an opportunity for two of the younger ones to join in the wrapping up with the man in the red suit.

Although it is aimed for the younger members it appealed to the older audience members too who were joining in with the singing and dancing. The stage is simply dressed as can be seen below and the unseen staircase is a clever addition which takes you by surprise.

This is a lovely way to start off your Christmas celebrations. This shorter length of the performance is a great way to introduce smaller children to what is possibly going to be their first theatre visit.

A well earned Four stars

Running from the 10th to 30th December.


Wiltshire Creative,

Salisbury Playhouse,

Malthouse Lane,



SP2 7RA.

Ticket sales 01722 320 333



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