Gift ideas for the theatre lover 2020
These theatre lover Christmas gift ideas are sure to get top billing.
2020 has been a difficult year for theatre lovers. The good news is that there are still plenty of opportunities to surprise your loved ones with a gift to remember in 2021.
From must-see musicals they’ll love to sing along with to cackle-inducing comedy shows they’ll LOL at for weeks, we have rounded up all the unique gifts that will make you the star in the eyes of whoever unwraps them. And we’re not just talking about theatre tickets either — though we do have plenty of those.
Ready for curtain call on these unique gifts? Keep reading for all the best Christmas gift ideas for theatre lovers in 2020. No need for luck, but just in case: break a leg.
Don’t miss these theatre lover gift ideas
1. British theatre books
So much has been written about UK theatre, and reading up on it can enrich any aficionado’s live experiences. For comedy fans, Eddie Izzard’s Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens or Matt Lucas’ autobiography Little Me are must-reads — with both British actors being as hilarious on the page they are on stage. On the more serious side is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s memoir Unmasked or Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story for younger fans.
2. Access to great live streaming shows
Attending a live show in one of the West End's most iconic theatres may not be an option for a while, however theatre performers and comedians regularly set up digital shows so that they can continue to showcase their talent as well as getting some support in these tough times. With Broadway HD subscription you can give to musical fans unlimited streaming access to Broadway shows to stream on any device. in the UK The National Theatre At Home offers a similar solution with new shows available for subscribers to watch every month. And if you prefer individual purchases instead of a subscription, you can rent world class ballets shows with just a click or stream individual shows from the Shakespeare Globe.
3. Live comedy and theatre tickets
The songs. The dancing. The laughter. For lovers of the stage, there is nothing makes them feel more alive than a live experience. Whether it’s comedy or theatre tickets, this really is the most authentic way to truly capture the magic of being in the audience and experiencing it collectively. We currently offer tickets for Theatre and Comedy shows happening in late 2021 - a great gift for someone you love who has been missing the magic atmosphere of a live event.
Plus, if the Christmas gift idea you had in mind is already sold out, you know you’ll always be able to find theatre tickets on StubHub.
4. Theatre memberships
Many UK theatres now offer annual memberships to fans, with benefits ranging from priority bookings to pre-sale tickets, and cheaper drinks to back-stage access — and they’re not all just in the London West End. Check out our Manchester City Guide and Liverpool City Guide to see some of the biggest venues outside of the Capital. As the venues are closed theatre memberships offer many additional benefits such as early access to tickets going onsale for future shows as well as access to amazing digital shows and exclusive content.
5. Apple Music or Spotify subscription
Just because they can’t be at the live shows doesn’t mean they can’t live out their favourite musical moments at home. Streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music now have tonnes of soundtracks and cast recordings, all accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week — including those currently on the London West End from Everybody’s Talking About Jamie to The Lion King. Subscriptions also come with plenty of comedy albums as well for those who like their stage experiences to leave them in stitches.
6. Voice lessons or stand-up comedy classes
If you fancy a unique gift idea, why not get them something only they can enjoy: their own talent! For musical theatre lovers, some vocal training lessons can help them sing more confidently and in-tune, whether it’s at karaoke, on stage or just in the shower. If your loved one is a comedy fan, some stand-up training can help them take the humour of their inner monologue to the masses.
7. Support the performers affected by Covid-19
Many freelancer artists are struggling to continue on their careers as they have been unable to perform in front of an audience since the outbreak. Here is a list of freelance artists who are also selling their own products so that you can make a great gift for a good cause. Alternatively you can make a donation on behalf of a loved one and access west end shows to stream for free. Check out West End Unplugged for more info.
Still looking for unique Christmas gift ideas for the theatre lover? Have a browse for the best comedy and theatre tickets in your area on StubHub UK below!