The Fir Tree Tickets

Shakespeare's Globe, London
Booking to 31 December 2022
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Experience the magic of Christmas at the Globe Theatre with all the family, as their re-imagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s festive fairy tale returns for a second year.

Let imaginations run wild as the Globe transforms into a hand-crafted forest. Meet friendly puppets made of cardboard – and make your own to bring to the performance! Take part in carol-singing and tree decorating, and keep cosy with a hot chocolate or mulled wine under the wintry star-lit sky.

Globe resident writer Hannah Khalil‘s new re-telling of this classic fairy tale, directed by Michelle Terry, is suitable for all ages, big or small. So, join them this Christmas for a wonderfully festive dose of storytelling, puppetry, song and hope.

The Fir Tree is booking until 31 December 2022 at Shakespeare’s Globe, London.

What's the story of The Fir Tree?

‘What are they doing? Why are they doing it? What will happen next?’ Asked the tree.

In a beautiful wood stands a little Fir Tree. Kept company by woodland creatures, it enjoys a peaceful life. But the Fir Tree is curious. It dreams of a world outside the forest, yearning for adventure. What will happen when it grows up? Where will it go? And will it be everything the Fir Tree wished for?

Who is in the cast of The Fir Tree?

Paul Ready (Motherland, BBC; Macbeth, Globe) and Anna Crichlow (Julius Caesar, Globe on Tour 2022) return to the cast, alongside new cast members Tony Jayawardena (Christmas at the Snow Globe, Globe), Molly Logan (Macbeth, Globe), and Jos Vantyler (The Two Noble Kinsmen, Globe). 

Musicians: Jeremy Avis, Victoria Couper, Richie Hart and Natalie Lind.

Who are the creative team of The Fir Tree?

The Fir Tree is written by Hannah Khalil with direction by Michelle Terry. Design is by Samuel Wilde, with music by James Maloney, movement by Siân Williams, puppet direction by Sarah Wright and casting by Becky Paris.


Reviews of The Fir Tree

★★★★ "A witty reboot of Hans Christian Andersen" - The Times
★★★★ "A must-see festive family fairy tale" - The Guardian

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 31 December 2022
Age restrictions
Suitable for all ages
Running time
1 hour 15 minutes (no interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


Important Notes

During performances, prams are not permitted in the auditorium. Worn baby slings and carriers are welcome. The venue is happy to store prams and buggies during your visit, but please be aware that they will be unattended and left at your risk.


Venue Information

Shakespeare's Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, South Bank, SE1 9DT
Nearest Tube or Train: London Bridge (Jubilee line, Northern line)
Nearest Buses: 45, 63, 100, 15, 17, 11, 15, 17, 23, 26, 76, 381 , RV1, 344
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Cast announced for Globe Theatre’s Christmas show The Fir Tree
Shakespeare’s Globe have today announced casting for its climate conscious festive production, The Fir Tree, running 15 – 31 December.  Paul Ready (Motherland, BBC; Macbeth, Globe) and Anna Crichlow (Julius Caesar, Globe on Tour 2022) return to the cast, alongside new cast members Tony Jayawardena (Christmas at the Snow Globe, Globe), Molly Logan (Macbeth, Globe), and Jos Vantyler (The Two Noble Kinsmen, Globe).  Music will be played by musicians Jeremy Avis, Victoria Couper, Richie Hart and Natalie Lind. The Globe Theatre's family friendly Christmas show re-imagines Hans Christian Andersen’s festive fairy tale where audiences join in with making sparrows who visit the forest, the carol-singing, tree decorating, all while keeping cosy with a hot chocolate or mulled wine under the wintry star-lit sky. Globe resident writer Hannah Khalil‘s new adaptation of this classic fairy tale, directed by Michelle Terry, is suitable for all ages, big or small. So, join them this Christmas for a wonderfully festive dose of storytelling, puppetry, song and hope. Book tickets to The Fir Tree. The Fir Tree celebrates the wonder and abundance of the natural world and shines a light on the importance of taking care of our planet. Designer Sam Wilde’s puppets are created from repurposed cardboard bringing the enchanting onstage world to life. Families can also join in the fun by creating sparrow puppets in a Craft and Puppetry Workshop for ages 5-8, explore the story through performance in a Family Drama Workshop for ages 9-12, or use free how-to videos to make puppets and decorations from recycled materials to bring along to the show. The show is brought to life by a creative team that includes Jacoba Williams (Assistant Director), James Maloney (Composer), Sam Wilde (Designer), Michelle Terry (Director), Glynn MacDonald (Globe Associate – Movement), Tess Dignan (Head of Voice), Siân Williams (Movement Director), Sarah Wright (Puppet Director), Hannah Khalil (Writer). The Fir Tree is booking from 15 December 2022 until 31 December 2022 at Shakespeare's Globe, London.

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