Q&A: Father Christmas

    Marcus Hendry plays the man himself, Father Christmas in Pins and Needles and the Lyric Hammersmith’s production of the Raymond Briggs classic, filmed especially to be watched in your homes, in digital partnership with Tobacco Factory Theatres. 

    What elements will be different this year doing the show to cameras rather than a live audience?

    Not having an audience, we’re going to miss the gasps and chattering of the children as the show unveils its magic. It won’t stop Cat or Dog causing mischief though  and it won’t stop me delivering presents all over the bloomin’ world!

    Without giving away too much – what is the most magical moment in the show?

    There are two moments that stand out for me, the moment the children realise I am Father Christmas as I put my work clothes on and then the moment me and the reindeer take off to visit all the children over the world. I get goose bumps every single time.

    ​What’s your favourite snack to eat on Christmas eve?

    Well there’s nothing better than a nice mince pie washed down with a glug of brandy… I’m not too keen on a glass of milk…

    ​What do you want for Christmas?

    Easy, I want everyone to be safe and well and to take time to focus on the good things. We’ve had a pretty shocking year and times have been hard but one smile can change your day. Be kind to each other and always offer a helping hand to those in need.

    What’s your favourite Christmas song?

    Sleigh Ride, me and the reindeer hum the tune all the time on our road trip!

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