The family production is set to start its run at the venue after the current lockdown.

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The Riverside Studios has announced it will be presenting the first production of their 2020 Christmas season from the 2nd December following the current lockdown.

Norwell Lapley Productions adaptation of  Rod Campbell’s Dear Santa directed by Tim Wallers is the first production that will be performed at the venue in a season that will include live cabaret, comedy, music and theatre that will run throughout December.

Santa is determined to deliver the most fantastic Christmas present to Sarah, but he doesn’t get it right straight away! With the help of his cheeky Elf, he finally settles on something ‘perfect’, just in time for Christmas Eve.From the author of the well-loved children’s book Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell, comes Dear Santa and it’s LIVE!

This production marks the directorial debut of Tim Wallers, whose stage credits as an actor includes The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson, Dead Sheep (Park Theatre/UK tour), An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville Theatre), Travesties (Menier Chocolate Factory), Yes Prime Minister, Lady Windermere’s Fan, The School For Scandal (Chichester Festival Theatre), A Right Royal Farce (King’s Head Theatre) and The Cabinet Minister (Albery Theatre) .

Interim Creative Director, Rachel Tackley said “We know that the month ahead is going to be a hard one for many and so we wanted the news of our programme to be a light at the end of the tunnel for those who have been craving the return of live performance. We are sure that Dear Santa Live will provide pure joy, escapism and entertainment. Join us, relax and be merry – we can’t wait to have you back in the building.”

Dear Santa will play at the Riverside Studios from the 2nd to the 24th December.