From Channel 4's Christmas at Chatsworth House, a photograph of a splendid hall decorated with Christmas trees and garlands. The opulanet painted ceiling reflects the glow of twinkling Christmas lights and a grand staircase leads down into a ballrooom. 

What’s On & Online 16th December 2021

Welcome to What’s On & Online for Thursday 16th December, our final listings of accessible arts and culture for 2021. There’s still time to book for the Christmas shows and pantos, find out what’s on in your region in our guide to What’s On At Christmas. Here is a selection of what is coming up in the New Year.

What’s On

Measure for Measure at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, audio described. Saturday 8th January, 2pm. Touch tour 12pm. Tickets £5 – £59

Shakespeare’s powerful and darkly comic play comes to thrilling life in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. In a hypersexualised, politically polarised society, morality is messy and principles are compromised. What would you be willing to lose in the fight for justice?

Booking contact number 0207 4019919 
Booking contact email [email protected]

Tom’s Midnight Garden at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, audio described Saturday 8th January, 2pm. Tickets £10 – £38

With puppetry, music and playful theatricality, travel in time this Christmas as this much-loved children’s classic is brought to life

Booking contact number 017687 74411
Booking contact email [email protected]

Van Gogh Alive at Media City, Salford, audio described tours. Sunday 16th January at 1pm and 3pm. Tuesday 18th January, 4pm and Wednesday 19th January, 4pm. Tickets £15 + free companion ticket

Don’t just look at Van Gogh’s paintings, step inside them and feel their power at this unforgettable multi-sensory experience.

Book tickets online or email [email protected]

For further access queries please contact Liz Leck on 07967 049648.

Peggy For You at Hampstead Theatre, audio described. Saturday 22nd January, 2:30pm. Tickets £16

Based on the life of Alan Plater’s former agent, the legendary Peggy Ramsay. This raucously funny play is peopled with characters who fall under the spell of this unlikely heroine, who believed infinitely more in art than she did in money – or in good manners.

Booking contact number 020 7722 9301 
Booking contact email [email protected]

Frozen the musical at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, audio described Sunday 23rd January, 1pm. Tickets £29.50

Prepare to be swept away to Arendelle. Spectacular special effects, breath-taking sets and beautiful costumes – Re-live the story that melted hearts across the world.

Booking Telephone Number: 020 7557 7300 (9:30am to 5:30pm Mon-Fri)
Booking contact email [email protected]

The Rocky Horror Show at New Theatre Oxford, audio described. Wednesday 26th January, 7:30pm. Tickets From £13 + £3.65 transaction fee

An adventure you will never forget, filled with fun, frolics, frocks and frivolity. This legendary rock’n’roll musical features many classic songs – of course the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp!

Booking contact number 0800 912 6971
Typetalk Number: 18001 0800 912 6971
Booking contact email [email protected]

What’s Online

While the Sun Shines – livestream from Orange Tree Theatre, audio described. Friday 7th January, 7:30pm. Tickets £15 – £32

Book your tickets on Orange Tree Theatre’s website.

Booking contact number 020 8940 3633 
Booking contact email [email protected]

A Day Out at Shakespeare’s Theatre – interactive online experience. Saturday 15th January, 4pm. Tickets £15

Imagine yourself as a theatre producer in the 1600s, diving into the decisions and dilemmas you might have faced while taking in the sights, sounds and even smells of the day. Take learning about Shakespeare’s theatre to a new immersive level as you join a new interactive experience for history buffs and theatre lovers.

Book on Eventbrite or email [email protected]

Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything – online audio described tour from the British Museum exhibition. Wednesday 26th January, 6pm. Free. On zoom, registration required

Lonny Evans leads the tour providing evocative visual descriptions of the exhibition as well as 10 key artworks on display. Exhibition curator Alfred Haft will provide further insights on Hokusai’s drawings and the artist himself.

Booking contact number 020 7323 8971 
Booking contact email [email protected]

Inclusive Theatres: describing Diversity – Royal Holloway University of London. YouTube video 12mins

Royal Holloway University and VocalEyes have made a video for theatres and actors, and anyone interested in inclusive audio description, as part of our project Inclusive Description for Equality and Access. The video brings together a great group of people to explain what Audio Description is and how it can help theatres lead the way in equality, diversity and inclusion.

Northern Ballet Digital Dance: Kin, audio described film 15 mins

Inspired by the story of David Nixon OBE’s Swan Lake, KIN is a Northern Ballet original dance film about Anthony’s struggle with grief and his inner demons.

AD on TV

Get in the festive mood with our selection of audio described TV programmes for the week ahead. Our highlights are:

Christmas at Chatsworth House, Saturday 18th December, Channel 4, 7pm

A joyful look at how the team at Chatsworth House bring together the best installations of Christmas past and battle against the odds to create an enchanting Christmas 2021.

Christmas at Liberty, Monday 20th December, Channel 4, 9pm

A magical look at how Liberty, the luxury retailer brings glitz and glamour galore and pull out all the stops for Christmas 2021 from their own brand candles to the £225 beauty advent calendar.

Thursday 16th December

Portrait Artist of the Year, Sky Arts, 7pm

One Night in… Alton Towers, Channel 4, 9pm

Gordon, Gino and Fred: Desperately Seeking Santa, ITV, 9pm

Friday 17th December

Film: Spiderman: Far From Home, BBC1, 7.30pm

Sainsbury’s: Christmas Food Secrets, Channel 4, 8pm

Saturday Night Fever: The Ultimate Disco Movie, BBC4, 9pm

Vienna Blood, BBC2, 9pm

Saturday 18th December

Film: Johnny English Reborn, ITV, 1.55pm

Film: Maleficent, BBC1, 2.30pm

Christmas at Chatsworth House, Channel 4, 7pm

All Aboard! The Great Reindeer Migration, BBC4, 7.05pm

The Snow Wolf: A Winter’s Tale, BBC2, 8.05pm

Film: Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, ITVBe, 9pm

Film: Lady in the Van, BBC4, 9.05pm

Sunday 19th December

Film: Jack Frost, ITV2, 2.55pm

The Royal Variety Performance, ITV, 7.20pm

Film: Bridget Jones’ Baby, ITVBe, 9pm

The Girl Before, BBC1, 9pm

Beauty and the Beast: A Panto for Comic Relief, BBC2, 9pm

Guy Martin’s Lancaster Bomber, Channel 4, 9pm

Monday 20th December

Film: The Grinch, ITV, 1.45pm

Snow Babies, BBC1, 1.55pm

Film: Moana, BBC1, 3.05pm

The Girl Before, BBC1, 9pm

The Big Soap Quiz: Coronation Street V Emmerdale, ITV, 9pm

Liberty at Christmas, Channel 4, 9pm

Tuesday 21st December

Spy in the Snow, BBC1, 1.45pm

Film: Shrek, ITV, 1.45pm

Film: Saving Mr Banks, BBc1, 2.45pm

Film: Love Actually, ITV2, 9pm

The Girl Before, BBC1, 9pm

A Taste of Christmas with Andi Oliver, BBC2, 9pm

Philip: Prince, Husband and Father, ITV, 9pm

Wednesday 22nd December

Film: ET: Extra Terrestrial, ITV, 11.30am

Film: Shrek 2, ITV, 2.15pm

The Great British Sewing Bee, BBC1, 8pm

The Girl Before, BBC1, 9pm

Madam Tussauds: The Full Wax, ITV, 9pm.


Image description: From Channel 4’s Christmas at Chatsworth House, a photograph of a splendid hall decorated with Christmas trees and garlands. The opulanet painted ceiling reflects the glow of twinkling Christmas lights and a grand staircase leads down into a ballrooom.