On the 21st December 2017, I attended the opening night performance of The Christmasaurus Live at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London. I am a massive fan of Tom Fletcher and his wife, Giovanna. They both write fantastic books and I love following their lives through their YouTube videos. I recently met Tom back in October (you can find my post on that here) so I was extremely excited to hear that my mum had bought tickets to the stage adaptation of his first book, The Christmasaurus.
We drove up on the morning of the 21st, but what should have been a 3 1/2 hour journey, ended up being a 6 hour journey due to the Christmas traffic once we reached the outskirts of London! We eventually arrived at the hotel, checked in, dropped off our luggage and headed out to kill a bit of time before the show.
Firstly, we went to Leicester Square to grab something to eat. I introduced my mum, step-dad and sister Emily to “Five Guys” – THE best burger place ever! (Myself and Lee are big lovers of their burgers and fries!) 🍔 🍟 after that we headed to the winter wonderland event that was being held in Leicester Square, we had a little look around and it wasn’t long before we spotted a chocolate fountain stand – Heck yeah! I opted for a strawberry kebab with melted milk chocolate (I didn’t realise they also had a Nutella fountain, damn!) it was divine none the less. Once we had finished stuffing our faces, we visited the M&M store and had a quick walk to Trafalgar Square before heading to the theatre in Hammersmith.
I’d always driven past the Eventim Apollo when going on the flyover into London, but had never seen it up close before now. I was pleasantly surprised as it looked much cooler than I thought it would! The outside looked like a retro cinema with a giant light box style sign to advertise the current show. We headed on into the theatre and took our seats (after buying a programme of course!) and waited excitedly for the show to begin. Now, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything that’s made me feel as festive as I did after watching this show! The songs and cast were incredible and the whole production induced so much emotion in me, it was everything you could ever wish for in a piece of theatre. I laughed, cried tears of both sadness and joy and applauded and whooped as immensely as I could after each number (resulting in me getting a sore throat and a cough that is only just shifting after nearly 2 weeks, oops!).
The Christmasaurus Live ended with a standing ovation from the entire audience which was so very rightly deserved. It truly is something to be extremely proud of, congratulations to all involved, Tom, You’re a genius! I had a whale of a time and loved seeing the people who inspire me do so a few hundred feet in front of my very eyes! I went to bed that night feeling really festive and couldn’t wait for it to be Christmas!
The Next Day
The next day, we decided to do a spot of last minute Christmas shopping before heading home. I was pretty on top of all my christmas shopping this year so I didn’t really buy much, but enjoyed exploring the vast array of stores that Westfield Stratford City had to offer (including my favourites: Typo, Paperchase and Lush) After a few hours of shopping, we hopped in the car and started our journey home to Devon!
Overall I had a fantastic couple of days in my favourite place and can’t wait to be going back up again for some work I’ll be doing in January. The Christmasaurus was a once in a lifetime experience and I’m so grateful to have been able to witness it!