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The Night Before Christmas


It's the night before Christmas and all is quiet and peaceful in the house. 


But just as the children are dreaming happily of all the presents they will be getting on Christmas Day, their father suddenly hears a strange clatter on the lawn outside. 


Leaping out of bed to the window he is amazed to see it's none other than St. Nicholas himself, along with his eight reindeer, come to fill the family's stockings with Christmas gifts.

This charming tale of a chance encounter with St Nicholas brings some much needed Christmas cheer to one and all in the festive period.

Based on the Charles Clement Moore poem, A Visit from St Nicholas Michael Whitmore's brand new adaptation presents this classic text in a magical new playlet for all ages.


"Twas the night before Christmas

When all through the house

Not a creature was stirring,

Not even a mouse..."


The play has been adapted directly from the poem and incorporates all the original text.  It has been developed into a short playlet to enable schools to have multiple showings in a morning or afternoon session so that each class bubble can have a separate performance.  We would expect to perform up to 4 times in a morning and up to 3 times in an afternoon depending on the length of the school day.


Running time:       25 mins


Set up time:          40 mins needed before the first showing and after the final showing for get-ins and get-outs.                                           Reset time between each show will be 5mins

Performance area:  5m x5m. 


We come with set, costumes, sound and lights to create a truly magical experience and would expect to set up in your school hall in order to minimise the contact between our team and the staff and students.  We can however set up in any suitable space you might have on the premises.  We will set up at one end with the children sitting in rows facing the performance space and ask that the front row be 2m or more from the performance area to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

We are committed to performing in a COVID secure fashion to keep everyone safe and have developed a COVID19 protocol that will be followed by our performers on every visit.  Please click here for details.


Quantum Theatre is proud to be one of the foremost theatre groups performing in schools in the UK 

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Quantum Theatre, The Old Button Factory, 1-11 Bannockburn Rd, London, England, SE18 1ET   tel:  020 8317 9000