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.
Following an astounding panto at the Signal Box Theatre last year, Berwick Kaler and the gang are back where they belong: on the brand-new stage in the newly refurbished York Theatre Royal. Showing from 8th December to 28th January, Berwick’s 38th outing as dame will be a Cinderella like no other! Even more incredible sets, stunning costumes, outstanding song-and-dance routines, jawdropping effects and slapstick lunacy to amaze and delight all ages!
Jump aboard a magical carpet ride to Old Peking as a whole host of famous faces take to the stage in Aladdin at the Grand Opera House in York from 9th December to 1st January. Starring Hear’Say’s Suzanne Shaw as the beautiful Princess Jasmine and Paul Sinha from ITV’s The Chase in the role of Abanazar, enjoy wondrous 3D special effects, glamourous costumes and a dazzling set.
Don’t miss Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield from 9th December to 8th January. With Coronation Streets Wendi Peters taking on the role of the wicked Queen, get ready to boo and hiss at this baddy!
Get ready for a festive frolic as Sleeping Beauty – the Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto swings into City Varieties from 26th November to 8th January in Leeds this Christmas. Be prepared for a high-speed panto with all the traditional audience participation and corny gags plus the added bonus of a full-blown “boulder fight” and plenty of top pop and soul hits played live on stage!
Out towards the coast, Hull Truck Theatre will bring a tale of buccaneers and buried gold to East Yorkshire as Long John Silver set sails in A Christmas Treasure Island from 2nd December – 7th January. Join Aladdin, Wishee Washee, Widow Twankey and of course the beautiful Princess Jasmine for a magnificent pantomime filled with slapstick, shouts of ‘it’s behind you!’, hisses, boos, panto dames, and everything else you have come to expect from your annual visit to Scarborough Spa’s traditional pantomime.
Don’t worry if panto isn’t your thing, there are still plenty of other festive shows and musical extravaganzas to enjoy around the county. Mary Poppins will fly into the Alhambra in Bradford from 2nd November to 10th December. Come along and enjoy a magical show before the wind changes and whisks the world’s most famous nanny away. Or leave the kids at home and head to the Leeds Playhouse from 30th November to 21st January to see the brand new stage adaption of Strictly Ballroom The Musical, an inspiring story of Scott, a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules and follows his heart, not only to find his true calling but also his true love.
For something really special, enjoy an evening of dance as the Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet returns to Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre with a magical production of one of the best-loved Russian ballets, Swan Lake from 10th to 14th January.
This article comes from our 2016 Festive Guide