10 of the best festive shows and pantos in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 01:00 24 September 2016 | UPDATED: 13:55 14 November 2017

The UK’s longest-serving dame Berwick Kaler Photo Anthony Robling


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

November 25th-December 30th

Crumble’s Search for Christmas

This brand new production stars Crumble, a feathery, furry creature who, instead of hibernating at Christmas time, braves the great freeze to embark on a wintry adventure, making unforgettable new friends along the way. This magical story is perfect for two-six-year-olds, and their grown-ups.

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


November 29th-January 21st 2018

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe 

A major new adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe with one of British theatre’s leading directors, Olivier award-nominee Sally Cookson. The production, based on the novel by CS Lewis, is the spellbinding tale of four wartime evacuees who discover the enchanted kingdom of Narnia, which can only be reached through a mystical wardrobe.

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


December 7th-31st

A (Scarborough) Christmas carol

I bet Charles Dickens didn’t envisage his classic Christmas tale turning out like this, because in this production Scrooge is ‘guided on a journey of learning by three spirits, a time worm and a woman with a nut for a head’. A child-friendly (ages six and up), fun, interactive, musical re-telling from the team that brought you Pinocchio. You have been warned.

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


December 8th–January 20th

The Wizard of Oz

We’re not in Kansas anymore, that’s for sure. When Robert Hastie took over as artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, I expected him to keep us on our toes and that’s exactly what he’s been doing. Since landing in Sheffield he’s directed a Shakespeare (Julius Caesar) and a dark comedy (Of Kith and Kin). Now he clicks his heels together and serves up a frothily extravagant musical based on the L Frank Baum classic.

The Crucible, Sheffield 0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk


December 7th-31st

Peter Pan

Darren Day, Brendan Sheerin, Charlie Hardwick, Jonny Labey, Sid Sloane and Ricky K lead the cast in Peter Pan, the high-flying pantomime adventure, with spectacular high-flying effects, an underwater 3D sequence plus all of the ingredients of a traditional family pantomime. 

Hull New Theatre & Hull City Hall 01482 300306 hulltheatres.co.uk/events/peterpan


December 8th-January 7th 2018

Mother Goose

This year’s fun-filled, family pantomime stars something of a Sheffield legend, Damian Williams who celebrates his 10th year at the Lyceum. The show also stars Jake Canuso (Mateo from ITV’s Benidorm) and children’s favourite Andy Day (CBeebies’ Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures).

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


December 13th-February 3rd 2018

Jack and the Beanstalk

The UK’s longest-serving dame Berwick Kaler is reunited with regular sidekick Martin Barrass and other panto favourites in Jack and the Beanstalk at York Theatre Royal this Christmas. The traditional family panto sees the return of Martin, who has played the dame’s on-stage ‘son’ for more than 30 years but was missing from last year’s Cinderella line-up after being seriously injured in a road traffic accident.

York Theatre Royal 01904 623568 yorktheatreroyal.co.uk


December 15th – January 7th, 2018

Beauty and the Beast

This classic magical story features a Handsome Prince, a Beautiful Girl, a Fearful Beast and a very Wicked Witch, heroic deeds, abundant adventure, true love, crazy comedy, glittering costumes, mayhem and make-believe, plus dazzling special effects.

Grand Opera House York 0844 871 3024 atgtickets.com/york.  


December 16th-January 28th 2018


Starring Bradford panto favourite Billy Pearce, singer and Loose Women panellist Coleen Nolan and stage star Shane Nolan. Join Cinders as she transforms from rags to riches, outwits her very Ugly Sisters, and, with the help of her best friend Buttons and one very magical Fairy Godmother, wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming.

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


December 16th-January 6th 2018


Join Aladdin on a hilarious adventure to thwart the plans of the evil Abanazar and win the heart of his beloved Princess. Featuring spectacular song and dance routines, plenty of laughter and, of course, Widow Twankey, this fun-filled show will delight the whole family.

Victoria Theatre, Halifax 01422 351158, www.victoriatheatre.co.uk


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