THE smash hit stage show Nativity The Musical is to take to the stage in Southampton for the first time next Christmas.

Based on the celebrated films, the family comedy will play Mayflower Theatre from December 3 to 7 ahead of panto season, it has been announced.

The production features several favourite sing-along songs from the celebrated films including Sparkle and Shine, Nazareth and One Night One Moment.

The dates follow a hit tour this year and a series of London dates and casting will be announced soon.

Nativity The Musical is written and directed by the creator and director of the blockbuster film series, Debbie Isitt.

She told the Daily Echo: “I am so proud of Nativity The Musical and everything it has achieved over the last two years.

“We have had over 150 fantastic child actors involved this year and an absolutely stunning adult company, including some terrific celebrities.

“The show has brought joy to so many families across the UK in 2018 and we can’t wait to do it all again next year”

Producer Jamie Wilson added: “Nativity The Musical is currently one of the largest and most logistically challenging shows touring the UK with a cast of adults, live band, over 35 children and a dog.

“We are so thrilled with the phenomenal success of the show over the last two years and delighted to be bringing it back for a third year running.”