Thirty Christmases


★★★★ 'Intimate, funny and heartbreaking... a Christmas story with a heart and a real twist' (The Stage)

A rebellious comedy for grown-ups by Jonny Donahoe, with songs by Jonny & the Baptists.

Jonny and Rachel haven’t had a good Christmas in years, but this time they’re going to get it right. First they’ve got some things to sort out, and a story to tell you...

A hilarious and heart-warming story of family, politics, sibling rivalry - and making Christmas happen, despite everything. Stuffed with music, laughter and love, Thirty Christmases comes to New Diorama after an acclaimed initial run last year at Oxford's Old Fire Station.

Written and performed by a trio of stars from theatre, comedy and music, including Drama Desk Award nominee Jonny Donahoe (Every Brilliant Thing), his musical comedy partner Paddy Gervers (Jonny & the Baptists) and Chortle Award nominee Rachel Parris (Austentatious, The IT Crowd).

This production is supported by the New Diorama Emerging Companies Fund, Arts Council England, Garrick Trust, Golsoncott Foundation, Backstage Trust, Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, and Nick Hytner.


Director: Alice Hamilton.
Designer: Suzanne Burlton.
Lighting Designer: Teresa Nagel

Produced by Olivier Award and Fringe First winning company Supporting Wall (BULL, Young Vic; RADIANT VERMIN, Soho Theatre / 59E59 New York), in collaboration with New Diorama, Oxford's Arts at the Old Fire Station, and multi-award-nominated musical comedians Jonny & The Baptists.

The show was first created at Oxford's Old Fire Station, a unique partnership between homeless charity Crisis and a professional arts centre. This spirit will be carried into the show's run at New Diorama, with free tickets and events provided for young, homeless and vulnerable people in the local area.

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★★★★ 'Intimate, funny and heartbreaking... a Christmas story with a heart and a real twist'
The Stage

★★★★★ 'Faultless... one of the best things you'll see this festive season'
Spy In The Stalls

★★★★ 'Heart-warming... guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit'
Everything Theatre

★★★★ 'Fantastic... frankly hilarious'
The National Student

★★★★ 'Brilliant fun - with a political punch'

★★★★ 'The perfect alternative to the traditional Christmas tale'
Theatre Weekly

★★★★ 'Genuinely moving... a marvellous musical comedy' Whats On London

'You won’t find a festive show with a bigger heart in London' Exeunt Magazine