Quad’s Christmas treats for all ages

1623 theatre company will be presenting a wintry Shakespearean evening in Quad, as Joseph Wright’s 1793 painting – based on a moment in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale – comes to life through theatrical performance and digital art.

Performed as part of the Wright of Derby Festival, The Winter’s Tale takes place at the Derby-based arts centre on Friday, December 16 at 7.30pm. Tickets are free but need to be booked in advance through the box office.

Among the latest releases, Quad Cinema will be screening two Christmas favourites for all the family. The ultimate Christmas classic, Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life (U) stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a thoroughly decent family man who has sacrificed his dreams for the citizens of the small town of Bedford Falls. On Christmas Eve, his guardian angel Clarence is assigned to help convince the desperate George how many lives his good deeds have touched.

It’s A Wonderful Life (U) screens on December 18 and then from December 20 to 24.

For some Christmas fun, join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and the entire cast of the Muppet universe as they retell Charles Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol in The Muppet Christmas Carol (U).

Michael Caine is Ebenezer Scrooge in a world of muppety magic and the Ghosts of Christmas past, present, and yet to come. The Muppet Christmas Carol screens from December 22 to 24.

The BFI Mediatheque at Quad will be offering some free festive entertainment with specially-themed collections of films, Santa’s Grotto and A Ghost Story for Christmas.

Santa’s Grotto Collection, including striking Santa’s (Father Christmas Union, 1972), spending Christmas Day in the Workhouse (1914), or season’s greetings from the celebrities of yesteryear in British yuletide TV of the past with the best examples of the Christmas Variety Show.

A new collection, A Ghost Story for Christmas, are some of the BBC’s annual TV dramas from the 1970s, these atmospheric Victorian and Edwardian set played with the power of suggestion to deliver festive chills. The BFI Mediatheque at QUAD is free to use, just ask at Quad box office for details.

Quad will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Quad’s Christmas opening times will vary slightly over the festive period, please check the website for full details: www.derbyquad.co.uk/about-quad/plan-your-visit/pg For more information on Christmas events, call Quad box office on 01332 290606.