10 of the best festive shows and pantos in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 08:00 26 November 2019 | UPDATED: 08:36 26 November 2019

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

November 21-January 5

Jack and the Beanstalk

Wakefield's own panto tells the great green growing story of young Jack and his mighty, magical beanstalk. Heaps of family fun. 

Theatre Royal, Wakefield | 01924 211311 | theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk

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November 22-January 4

Sleeping Beauty

The cast of characters includes Muddles the Jester, Dolly Doolittle the Dame and King Crumble of Dilly-Dale, so you know what you're letting yourself in for from the outset. Oh yes you do.

Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds | 0113 376 0318 | carriageworkstheatre.co.uk

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November 27-January 19

Snow White

Can Snow White and her friends defeat the spells and enchantments of the evil queen? Oh come on: what do YOU think? This year, Harrogate panto regular Tim Steadman is back for his 20th show, while newcomer Zelina Rebeiro will be playing the title role. Just FYI: you can take a backstage panto tour on December 12, 27, 30 & January 2.

Harrogate Theatre | 01423 502116 | harrogatetheatre.co.uk

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December 5-29

Aladdin

This production features Simon Webb from boyband Blue, Jake Canuso from TV's Benidorm and - yes! - Robin Askwith from those naughty Seventies Confessions movies. Ask your dad.

Hull New Theatre | 01482 300306 | hulltheatres.co.uk

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December 6-January 5

Sleeping Beauty

A panto directed by Joyce Branagh - little sister of Sir Ken, no less. When we interviewed Joyce a few years ago (shortly after her brother had released his multi-million dollar version of Cinderella, starring Lily James), she admitted she was something of a panto nerd and a stickler for detail. 

For example, it's a panto tradition that the baddie ALWAYS enters from stage left. "I've directed people who say: 'Er… Is it?!'" admitted Joyce. "And I'll say: 'Yes! That's practically in the panto rule book'. And they'll say: 'But it's easier for me to come on from stage right.' And I'll say. ''Well, it is! But WRONG.' I love all the panto rules. Like doing everything three times, for instance, because, for some reason, it's funnier than doing them twice..."

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield | 01484 430528 | thelbt.org

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December 6-January 5

Cinderella

This year's show is written once more by Paul Hendy and promises to be every bit as entertaining as last year's Peter Pan. Cinderella Phil Gallagher (CBeebies' Mister Maker), Sheffield legend Damian Williams and Strictly's Joanne Clifton.

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

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December 7-January 1

Cinderella

How (Prince) Charming: a panto from the team behind last year's Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood.

The Spa, Scarborough | 01723 821888 | scarboroughspa.co.uk

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December 7-January 25

Sleeping Beauty

Introducing Martin Barrass as the Queen, alongside Suzy Cooper as Beauty, A.J Powell and the dastardly David Leonard as the wicked Evil Diva. One of the most visited pantomimes in the whole of Yorkshire.

York Theatre Royal | 01904 623568 | yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

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December 14-January

Beauty and the Beast

Adam Stafford returns as the Dame with panto regular Jenny Perry as Belle (although this is the first time she's ever played a princess, she admits.)

The Victoria Theatre, Halifax | 01422 351158 | victoriatheatre.co.uk

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December 14-January 26

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs

It's a pretty starry cast this year (well, as pantos go): Faye Tozer from Steps, Paul Chuckle and Leeds-born Billy Pearce from… well, we're not SURE, actually. But the Alhambra is apparently his favourite venue.

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

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