Meet the cheeky Christmas cast

The creative force behind Australia’s adults-only Christmas comedy, A Very Naughty Christmas, has announced a stellar cast for its upcoming Melbourne season.

The uproarious show is set to run at the Alex Theatre, St Kilda from December 7 to 23, promising a cheeky and irreverent take on the festive season.

Headlining the cast as Santa Claus is Tim Paige, renowned for his performances in Pop Up Globe’s productions of Macbeth and Comedy of Errors, and with directorial credits that include Melbourne Theatre Company’s As You Like It. Paige is expected to bring his unique flair to the iconic Christmas character, ensuring a naughty and entertaining twist to the holiday season.

Joining Paige are seasoned performers Kate Yaxley, known for her role in Animal Farm, and Shay Debney, acclaimed for The Red Light and Mack & Mabel. Both Yaxley and Debney are returning to the A Very Naughty Christmas cast after several sell-out seasons in Brisbane, promising Melbourne audiences an unforgettable experience.

The ensemble also features the talents of Alexia May Brinsley (Magic Mike Live), Joe Kalou (Hi-5), Jordan Twigg (Billy Elliott, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Joshua Spiniello, and Madeline Pratt. The diverse and accomplished cast is expected to deliver a performance filled with irreverence, humor, and a touch of holiday mischief.

Executive producer Alex Woodward expressed enthusiasm towards the casting.

“The fun that audiences have at A Very Naughty Christmas is only possible with a cast who bring irreverence and fun to the stage, and don’t take themselves too seriously,” he said.

Woodward highlighted the perfect blend of new cast members’ talents with the established chemistry of Yaxley and Debney.

Directed by Alister Smith, known for his work in Cruel Intentions: The Musical and The Wedding Singer, A Very Naughty Christmas promises an unforgettable experience.

The production will feature a live band and eight above-average performers, offering a fresh take on Christmas classics that audiences have never heard before.

Woodward urged Melbourne audiences to prepare for a journey that leads straight to Santa’s naughty list.

“Melbourne audiences are going straight on Santa’s naughty list when the show kicks off in December,” he said.

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