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10 of the best festive shows and pantos in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 01:00 24 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:50 24 October 2016

Aladdin at the Grand Opera House, York

Aladdin at the Grand Opera House, York


A guide to some of the finest entertainment around Yorkshire this Christmas

November 30th-January 21st
Strictly Ballroom: The Musical

A glittering alternative to traditional festive shows, this UK premiere of the hit musical by Baz Luhrmann (creator of Romeo and Juliet and The Great Gatsby) is not to be missed. The inspiring story follows a champion ballroom dancer who defies all the rules and follows his heart, not only to find his true calling but also his true love. Directed and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Drew McOnie, it also features songs from the well-known film.

Quarry Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, 0113 213 7700, www.wyp.org.uk


December 2nd-January 7th
A Christmas Treasure Island

On a stormy beach young Jem and her Uncle David discover a treasure map. With the help of Long John Silver and his band of pirates, they set sail in search of gold but are betrayed before they reach their destination. Will Jen make it home again, or join the marooned Ben Gunn on the island forever? Full of original songs and music, this new adaptation by award-winning writer Debbie Oates (Coronation Street) is a festive treat for all ages.

Hull Truck Theatre, 01482 323638, http://hulltruck.co.uk


December 2nd-January 21st
The Witches

Roald Dahl’s scariest book is brought to life in this terrifying treat for the whole family. Directed by Nikolai Foster (Annie, White Christmas), The Witches features a talented cast of actor-musicians and mind boggling illusions that will leave you flabbergasted.

Courtyard Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, 0113 213 7700, www.wyp.org.uk


December 8th-January 1st

The new Crowns Theatre at the KC Lightstream Stadium will be the backdrop for this glittering re-telling of the much-loved fairytale. Expect plenty of magic, pizzazz and comedy escapades delivered by a star-studded cast including Linda Lursardi as the Wicked Stepmother, the Grumbleweeds as the Ugly Sisters, and Rainbow’s Zippy and George.

KC Lightstream Stadium, Hull

01482 963199, www.thecrownstheatre.com


December 8th-January 28th

Following last year’s astounding pantomime at the National Railway Museum’s Signal Box Theatre, York’s legendary dame Berwick Kaler and the gang are back where they belong: on the brand-new stage at the newly-refurbished York Theatre Royal, promising even more incredible sets, stunning costumes and special effects.

York Theatre Royal, 01904 623668, www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk


December 9th -January 1st

Alongside three-dimensional special effects, glamorous costumes, fabulous music and an impressive cast – which includes Suzanne Shaw (Hear’Say), Paul Sinha (ITV’s The Chase), Debbie McGee, children’s favourite Carl Tracey, Frazer Hines (Emmerdale, Doctor Who) and Stuart Wade – the show promises a generous sprinkling of magic, mischief and mayhem.

Grand Opera House, York, 0844 871 30244



December 9th-January 8th
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Brought to life by seven dwarfs full of mischief and merriment, this fun-packed family show stars Wendi Peters (Coronation Street), children’s favourite Phil Gallagher (CBeebies’ Mister Maker) and Sheffield legend Damian Williams.

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

0114 249 6000, www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk


December 10th-January 2nd
Peter Pan

Join Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael and John on a swashbuckling adventure to Neverland where they meet the villainous Captain Hook. Featuring spectacular song and dance routines, plenty of laughter and, of course, a ticking crocodile, this fun-filled show will delight the whole family.

Victoria Theatre, Halifax

01422 351158, www.calderdale.gov.uk/victoria/index.jsp


December 16th
The Snowman Tour

A big screen, an iconic film and world-class musicians will combine to create a mesmerising show at York Barbican. Following on from its highly acclaimed tour last year, Carrot Productions returns to spread the magic. See Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker brought to life by Tom Scott’s animated film, accompanied by a live orchestra, before listening to some of the UK’s top musicians perform Howard Blake’s soundtrack – including ‘Walking in the Air’ – whilst the much-loved  film is shown on the big screen.

York Barbican,

0844 854 2757, www.yorkbarbican.co.uk


December 17th-January 29th
Peter Pan

Alhambra Theatre’s all-time favourite performer Billy Pearce boards the Jolly Roger and heads to Neverland alongside Darren Day, Charlie Hardwick and Jon Lee.

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

01274 432000, www.bradford-theatres.co.uk

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