I have a confession to make; me and my mum have been known to watch Christmas films all-year round. But can you blame us?! In a world of doom and gloom, it’s kind of therapeutic and comforting to have an hour or two of Christmas cheer. And you can’t get more Christmas cheer than Nativity. As soon as I found out this festive favourite had been turned into a musical and was coming to Manchester I had to book tickets, and after nearly a year of waiting, my family and I headed to the Palace Theatre in Manchester to watch Nativity The Musical.
Nativity The Film
If you’ve never seen Nativity The Film, you need to quickly check the TV Guide or Amazon Prime it stat (obviously after reading this post of course)! I genuinely don’t know how you could have managed to not see this hit Christmas movie, but for those who haven’t, here’s a quick summary: The film follows a love-triangle between three childhood friends, who have grown apart as they’ve got older. The two love-rivals happen to be teachers at rival primary schools; one at the super-posh Oakmoor Prep, and the other at the under-achieving St. Bernadette’s. Every year, Oakmoor always gets glowing reviews for its Christmas Nativity play, with St. Bernadette’s falling into its shadow. When both friends get tasked with putting on their school’s Nativity play, it looks like it’s going to be another disappointing year for St. Bernadette’s, but, thanks to the arrival of a new teaching assistant, Mr. Poppy, that’s all about to change. After a rumour that Hollywood is going to come to see the failing primary school’s Nativity play and turn it into a film spreads around the town, suddenly the pupils at St. Bernadette’s start to dream a little bigger. Starring Martin Freeman, Ashley Jenson, Alan Carr and Jason Watkins, it has made 3 generations of my family laugh out loud for the last couple of years. As someone who has grown up watching amazing American Christmas movies, this British feel-good film is a nice change.
Nativity The Musical
So, like I said, Nativity is one of my all-time favourite Christmas films. So, when I saw that it had been transformed into a musical, I had mixed emotions; super excited, but also a bit uneasy. I mean, you don’t mess with a masterpiece do you?! Having seen a couple of film-to-theatre adaptations that hadn’t quite hit the spot, I was nervous that this version was going to leave me disappointed. But it didn’t. In fact, I *may* love Nativity The Musical a little more.
Hardcore Nativity fans will know that there are actually three Nativity films, but the musical is only based on the first and, in my option, best film. My initial worry that it wouldn’t be a true representation of the film was soon forgotten as the show started. The cast was absolutely incredible, and the children were amazing! Everything was like the film, but just a bit more exciting. Speaking of being similar to the film, Nativity The Musical had me and my mum in crying with laughter on more than one occasion thanks to the witty one liners from Mr. Poppy. Oh, and if you’re a fan of very cute, very fluffy animals, you won’t want to miss this either. All the songs from the film were performed, with the addition of equally catchy new ones. Not gonna lie, I’m still singing “Sparkle and Shine” two days later, and can’t see me stopping anytime soon. So if you’re looking for something to get you in the festive spirit this year, I’d strongly recommend you get a ticket for Nativity The Musical. This Christmas show will melt the heart of every Scrooge and Grinch in town. A five-star must-see for everyone!
If you want to see Nativity The Musical yourself and happen to be from Plymouth, London or Leeds, click here to find out full details of the tour!
If you could turn one of your favourite films into a musical what would it be? Let me know in the comments below!