No festive season would be complete without a trip to see the county’s well-loved Dames roll out the classics at the Pantomime. From Aladdin to Cinderella, we’ve got your favourite fairy-tale covered in Yorkshire this year.
This year, York Theatre Royal will be using its grand stage and magnificently high venue to house a group of much loved characters including Jack, Daisy the cow and the big bad giant along with his famous beanstalk! Berwick Kaler, the nation’s longest running consecutive panto dame will be joining the theatre’s dream team for a performance is guaranteed to be fee-fi-fo-FUN.
Theatre Royal, Wakefield
When did you last let your heart decide? This Christmas, listen to it and let it take you on a wondrous journey filled with genies, magic lamps, wishes and feisty princesses at Theatre Royal Wakefield. Produced by their critically acclaimed team, Aladdin features fantastic sets, magical costumes and some of the best performers in the country, including the returning Chris Hannon as the much loved Widow Twankey.
The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
Join Cinders as she transforms from rags to riches with the help of her best friend Buttons and one very magical fairy godmother. With a fabulous cast and orchestra, laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery with 3D and special effects and all the boos, hisses and cheers you could wish for, Bradford is the place to be to see Billy Pearce and, mother and son duo, Coleen and Shane Nolan bring you ‘The Fairy Godmother Of All Pantomimes’.
We can’t promise a whole new world but we can guarantee a new fantastic point of view with City Varieties’ version of Aladdin. Their cast of incredibly talented actor-musicians will wow you in this high-octane panto that will have you dancing in the aisles and crying with laughter. There is also the added bonus of seeing the legendary ‘boulder’ fight which is sure to make your night rock even more.
This is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a festive classic… with a twist. Not only does Scrooge have to deal with the ghost of his partner Jacob Marley and three spirits, but a time worm and a woman with a nut for a head. There are crazy characters, silly songs and ridiculous rhymes. Will Mr Scrooge learn his lesson before the rattling chickens get him? Get to the coast this Christmas to make sure you find out.
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield Theatres
Sheffield’s biggest pantomime in 2017 is brought to you by Sheffield Theatres in the form of beloved tale Mother Goose. This Egg-cellent pantomime stars Jake Canuso of Benidorm fame, Andy Day from CBeebies’ Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures and Sheffield legend, Damian Williams who will be celebrating his 10th hilarious year at the Lyceum.
This is the fourth show in the series written by the creator of hit kids TV show The Tweenies and once again features Santa, Ellie and Rudolph. This year however, they will be joined by a visitor from outer space, a friendly, multi-coloured mixed-up Martian who needs help finding his way back to Mars. Not only is this performance out of this world but an added bonus for the children in attendance is that they can give their Christmas letter to Santa himself, in person!
The West Yorkshire Playhouse is playing host to two fantastic festive shows this winter in the form of C.S Lewis’ classic, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the magical story of Crumble and his search for Christmas; written by the author of The Night Before Christmas. When winter comes, Crumble has always been told that it’s time to hibernate. However, this year Crumble decides to go on the adventure of a lifetime and he wants you to come along.
Charles Dickens’ classic novella, A Christmas Carol is as relevant today as it was back in 1843. The heart-warming and hopeful tale tells of how generosity can triumph over inequality and that everyone, regardless of circumstance deserves a chance at redemption. Ebenezer Scrooge’s tale may begin in a dark place, but the warmth will overwhelm you as this Christmas classic is retold and set in a new setting, Hull to be exact, as part of the city’s UK City of Culture programme.
Times are hard for Jack and his mother, so hard that Jack sells his cow for a few beans. It just so happens that the beans are magic and are about to take Jack to a place beyond his wildest dreams. With laughs galore, magnificent live music and spectacular costumes get ready to follow Jack high above the clouds on a magical journey. A journey, neither Jack, nor you, will ever forget.
The Wizard of Oz
The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond
Click your heels together and transport yourself to the wonderful world of Oz! This year’s pantomime is based on the much-loved story of Dorothy and her friends the Lion, Scarecrow, Tin Woodman and, of course, Toto the dog. This centuries-old tale has captivated generations and is sure to be a hit with audiences of all ages, from those who remember the original 1939 movie to those who are taking the yellow brick road for the first time.