10 of the best festive shows and pantos in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 November 2018 | UPDATED: 08:57 20 November 2018

Berwick Kayler as Widow Twankey in The Grand Old Dame of York


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

November 20th - January 19th

A Christmas Carol

Last year’s Christmas show when the Leeds Playhouse was called the West Yorkshire Playhouse was an excellent production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. This outing for the Dickens seasonal classic has big shoes to fill.

Pop Up Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, Leeds 0113 213 7700 leedsplayhouse.org.uk


November 22nd - January 6th


Another smash hit from the team who produced pantomime productions of Dick Whittington, Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin. This show promises dazzling costumes and fabulous sets plus a magical fairy godmother to complete the festive entertainment.

Theatre Royal Wakefield

 01924 211311 theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk 


November 23rd - December 31st

Beauty and the Beast

A magical performance of Beauty and the Beast is promised with spellbinding special effects, glittering sets and beautiful costumes. All the ingredients needed for an enchanting Christmas fairy tale.

The Carriageworks, Leeds 

0113 376 0318 carriageworkstheatre.co.uk


November 30th - December 31st

Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood

A production filled with mischief and derring-do to entertain you at Christmas. Robin and his Maid Marion have all on to outwit the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham and rescue the babes. They have at least Robin’s all-singing, all-dancing Merry Men on their side. 

The Cast, Doncaster 01302 303959 www.castindoncaster.com


December 6th - 30th

Alice in Wonderland

Here is something different from the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough for the festive season. The team that brought family audiences A (Scarborough) Christmas Carol and Pinocchio now want you to follow Alice as she falls down a rabbit hole once again to discover she is still a child in Wonderland…but Wonderland has changed.  And not necessarily for the better.

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough 01723 370541 sjt.uk.com


December 7th - January 6th

Peter Pan

This year’s show is written once more by Paul Hendy and promises to be every bit as entertaining as last year’s Mother Goose, winner of the Pantomime of the Year at the Great British Pantomime Awards. Peter Pan stars Shaun Williamson, Wendi Peters, Damian Williams and Cbeebies’ Gemma Hunt and Milkshake’s David Ribi.

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield 0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk 


December 7th - January 13th

Sleeping Beauty

This is a traditional tale for all the family to enjoy with the promise of star-quality performances, sing-along songs, dazzling special effects and heaps of hilarious fun. One not to be missed.

The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, North Yorkshire 01748 825252 georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk


December 8th - January 20th


Wonderful family entertainment with Billy Pearce as Wishee Washee in his twentieth Alhambra Theatre pantomime alongside Christopher Biggins who makes his ninth trip to the laundry at Old Peking as Widow Twankey with newly married Simon Webbe (of Blue fame) in the leading role of Aladdin.

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford 01274 432000 bradford-theatres.co.uk


December 13th - January 5th

Snow White

There is no escaping the Magic Mirror as it declares Snow White the fairest of them all, thoroughly upsetting the Wicked Witch. This production has all the ingredients for an entertaining family pantomime with a dastardly villain and a hilarious Dame plus spectacular sets and costumes, and plenty of slapstick of course.

The Victoria Theatre, Halifax 01422 351158 



December 13th - February 2nd

The Grand Old Dame of York 

This is the legendary dame Berwick Kaler’s 40th pantomime at the York Theatre Royal. He writes, co-directs and stars in the production packed with jokes, songs, fabulous costumes, amazing sets and choreography, all bound to thrill and complete Christmas for the whole family.

York Theatre Royal 01904 623568 yorktheatreroyal.co.uk



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