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Christmas gift guide 2018 for theatre lovers

Wondering what on earth to buy for your loved ones? Here's a few tips for the stagey ones in your life

Theatre books

Don't panic! Christmas is fast approaching, but there's still time to get something for that thesp in your life. Here's a few suggestions of things we'd recommend to satisfy a drama geek for months.

Eco theatre warrior

Water bottles

We love the National Theatre shop. They have something for every type of theatregoer, including the eco friendly ones. Why not help the environment and support the venue by buying this nifty water bottle.
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Theatre Club Membership

Theatre Club membership

Well, we know we would recommend this one, but we happen to also think it's brilliant. WhatsOnStage's Theatre Club offers exclusive deals, discounts and much more to its band of happy members. Give the gift of theatre with our annual subscriptions.
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Plays to buy

Somebody loved watching the play? Here's a chance to experience it again on the page. You can buy playscripts from bookshops across the country, including at Samuel French at the Royal Court and the old reliable National Theatre Bookshop. What about the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or The Ferryman for starters?

Live theatre!

WhatsOnStage's Christmas Gift Guide

Somewhat obvious one this... How about getting tickets for the theatre lover in your life? Check out our specially curated Christmas gift guide which has all the great offers that are around at the moment.
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National Theatre Honey

The National Theatre's honey

The National Theatre does plays well, books well and did you know it also does bees well? The theatre has a beehive or two on its roof. And here's to reaping the rewards of that. There are not many hives up there, so the jars of honey are limited - get them before they sell out!
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Stagey Books

Theatre books

Bookworm and a thesp? Here's a selection of gifts that might whet the appetite of someone who identifies as both of those things. There have been a whole host of excellent theatre books out this year. If you prefer to buy yours in person, we'd recommend Samuel French or the National Theatre again. Or why not try these online: The Papatango Guide to Being a Playwright, Twenty Theatres to See Before You Die, Peggy to her Playwrights and Dramatic Exchanges

Cast recordings

Waitress and Dear Evan Hansen

There are a host of excellent US musicals heading over to these shores next year. We think it would be best to prepare by listening to all the cast recordings. Let's not forget Dear Evan Hansen, Come From Away and Waitress.

Play in a Box

Play in a Box

Try to create your very own drama dynasty by encouraging the little ones to tread the boards. Here's the NT's Play in a Box, which offers everything you need to put on a play. It's perfect for everyone aged 6 and up.
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Shakespeare socks

Fun socks

How shall we compare thee to a summer's day? What a chance to have the Bard close to you all day. These nifty socks from Chatty Feet are a stagey dream. We love them.
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Deadpool Shakespeare


So yes, this Deadpool-Shakespeare offshoot may have been around a while, but we think more people should experience it. The idea is simple - the comic book (anti) hero does Shakespeare. Expect mayhem.
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