The Christmas Toy Shop Mystery

The Christmas Toy Shop Mystery – The Babbling Vagabonds will return to the Guildhall Theatre for Christmas 2019

Derby LIVE is proud to announce that theatre company Babbling Vagabonds will be performing at Derby LIVE’s Guildhall Theatre this Christmas, Fri 6 – Sun 29 Dec, with a new fantastic family show The Christmas Toy Shop Mystery. They are returning on the back of the most successful ever Christmas show at the Guildhall Theatre The Dinosaur Who Came for Christmas.

Christmas is around the corner… but the Christmas Toy Shop is nearly empty! It’s too late to sell what is left on the shelves! The remaining toys are destined for the old dark store room, or worse still, the incinerator!

But this year something curious happens! With a pinch of fairy dust and a Christmas wish odd things start to happen. Magic and mystery surround the old Christmas Toy Shop - but what is really going on behind the shuttered windows?

Join those festive funsters, The Babbling Vagabonds to find out what really happens when a ballerina stops dancing, a robot stops computing and a jack in the box loses his bounce.

Expect a Christmas cracker of a tale, crammed with colourful characters, catchy tunes, puppets and theatrical magic. Watch the story come to life on the Guildhall Theatre stage and make your family’s Christmas truly special in 2019.

Building on past success this will be the seventh year Buxton-based theatre company Babbling Vagabonds return to Derby LIVE’s Guildhall Theatre. Created by Phil Coggins, Mark Hornsey and Tara Hornsey-Saunders, the team began making theatre shows together in 2000 after they met whilst at drama school. They love telling old tales or creating new, from gruesome and gory to magical and marvellous. Babbling Vagabonds enjoy putting on shows in wonderful places - sometimes indoors and sometimes out, to small groups or auditoriums.

Their 2018 show The Dinosaur Who Came for Christmas has been the most successful ever Guildhall Theatre Christmas show, with the most tickets ever sold and rave reviews.

“The things they can do with puppets, shadows and light for effect is amazing.”Derby Telegraph and Burton Mail

“A fantastic, family friendly festive show which left us feeling full of Christmas spirit.”Derby Days Out

“It was ROARSOME … A fantastic story line with hilarious characters, puppetry and of course that signature toilet humour” - Boom Magazine Belper

Tickets for The Christmas Toy Shop Mystery at the Guildhall Theatre from Friday 6 to Sunday 29 December 2019 are priced at £14 - £10, with concessions, family tickets, school and group rates available.

It’s never too early to book for this fantastic 2019 festive treat – Call the Sales and Information Centre on 01332 255800, pick seats online at, or book in person at the Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby.

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