Thirty Christmases

"Christmas Eve, 17 years ago, is the last time we saw Dad. Hello, I’m Jonny. This is my sister Rachel. And this is Paddy, who’s… always there."

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).

Featured in The Stage's Top 10 UK Christmas shows 2016.

This production is supported by the New Diorama Emerging Companies Fund, Arts Council England, Garrick Trust, Golsoncott Foundation, 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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★★★★ "Warm, touching and funny... a welcome respite from the normal Christmas glitterfests" The Stage

★★★★★ "Perfect... laugh-out-loud funny" Stagetalk 

"Foot-stompin’ songs... it will be a real Scrooge who doesn’t emerge with a smile on their face" Chortle