'The Master and Margarita' – Complicite & Simon McBurney

19. December 2012 Jeremy Bidgood

Adapting a novel as complex, well-known and revered as Bulgakov’s is an act of hubris that few theatre companies could hope to live up to. Back for its second run at the Barbican, this carefully constructed show manages to encapsulate most of the complex and twisting satire.

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'The Nightingale' – Horse + Bamboo

15. December 2012 Beccy Smith

Beautiful but soporofic storytelling is on offer in this visually arresting adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's dark tale, which uses puppetry, mask and shadows.

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‘The Little Match Girl Passion’ – I Fagiolini and Matthew Robins

14. December 2012 Helen Babbs

Part of the Spitalfields Music Winter Festival, this unusual concert produced by Opera North Projects features a combination of classical singing and live animation in the candlelit surrounds of Shoreditch Church.

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'The Animals and Children Took to the Streets' – 1927

13. December 2012 Helen Babbs

Inventively blending projected animation with live action, this show is a visual treat. A bare stage, save for three simple white screens, is transformed into the deliciously seamy Bayou Mansions by three actors and an animator.

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'The Wind in the Willows' – Will Tuckett

13. December 2012 Jeremy Bidgood

A fourth revival of Will Tuckett’s dance version of Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic, blending dance, music, puppetry and clever set design by the Quay Brothers, with new puppets by Toby Olié.

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'Dogs Don't Do Ballet' - Little Angel Theatre

9. December 2012 Isabel Lyster

Delicate rod puppetry is used to tell the story of a dog who dreams of being a ballet dancer, in this funny production for 2-6 year olds.

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'A Christmas Carol' - a collaboration between Smoking Apples, Sam Wyer and Petersham Playhouse

7. December 2012 Francis Wright

A promenade performance with puppets of Dickens' classic tale at the Petersham Playhouse, an atmospheric Georgian mansion by the Thames.

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