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6 Pantomimes in Leeds You Won’t Want to Miss

· James Tweddle · Culture

From Snow White to Peter Pan, check out these must-watch pantos.

City Varieties Rock ’n’ Roll Panto

It’s behind you… oh no it’s not! Pantomime season is back and Leeds has six different shows for you to see.

The panto is a great British pastime and Leeds has oodles of them. Full of slapstick comedy, singalong tunes and larger than life characters that will blow your socks off, they make for a cracking day out for folk of all ages – this Christmas, you can choose between classic tales like Rapunzel, Peter Pan and Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty and the Beast

Carriageworks Theatre is bringing a stone-cold classic back to the stage for the first of their two pantomimes with Beauty and the Beast. Emmerdale’s Sapphire Elia will be taking on the role of feisty heroine Belle, while Leeds panto favourite Jez Edwards is returning for the 10th year running as comedian Philippe Philoppe. Expect glittering costumes, wicked witches and, of course, the roaring beast himself as this timeless tale comes to life, along with plenty of singing and crowd participation.

Beauty and the Beast is at Carriageworks Theatre from Friday 23rd November 2018 until Monday 31st December 2018.

Cinderella – The Rock ’n’ Roll Panto

City Varieties Rock ’n’ Roll Panto

It wouldn’t be pantomime season in Leeds without The Rock ’n’ Roll Panto. After the huge success of Aladdin last year, this time round they’re doing Cinderella. Sit back and enjoy this rags-to-riches fairytale with a talented cast who leap between acting and playing in the house band on-stage. Come and see if Cinderella can escape the clutches of her evil stepsisters and get to the ball, with explosions, corny gags and live music that you’ll be humming for days after.

Cinderella – The Rock ’n’ Roll Panto is at Leeds City Varieties from Friday 30th November 2018 until Sunday 13th January 2019.

Peter Pan-to

Peter Pan

Peter Pan is one of the most famous children’s stories of all time, and now it’s being brought to life in spectacular fashion at the University of Leeds’ Pyramid Theatre. For one night only, you can fly away to Neverland as Peter Pan, the lost boy who never grew up, faces off against the villainous Captain Hook. With sing-a-long songs, dancing and colourful costumes, it’s riotous fun for all the family.

Peter Pan-to is at Pyramid Theatre, University of Leeds on Wednesday 12th December 2018.

Snow White & The 7 Dwarfs


The second of Carriagework Theatre’s Christmas pantos promises to be a real festive treat, as they bring the classic tale of Snow White & The 7 Dwarfs to life. Join award-winning amateur theatre troupe, the Leeds Insurance Dramatic and Operatic Society (LIDOS) on their journey to a far-away land, where 18-year-old princess Snow White has escaped the clutches of Queen Malevolent. Can she survive with a little help from her seven new friends? Find out in this all-singing, all-dancing production.

Snow White & The 7 Dwarfs is at Carriageworks Theatre from Friday 18th January 2018 until Sunday 20th January 2018, and Tuesday 22nd January 2018 until Saturday 26th January 2018.



Rapunzel, let down your hair! Whitkirk Arts Guild are putting on the iconic fairytale this Christmas as a family-friendly pantomime. Snap up your tickets quick though, as it’s only on for four nights. Come along and make yourself comfy to see good and evil face off, with plenty of cheering and booing. Will the princess and the prince get their happy ending? You’ll just have to watch and find out.

Rapunzel is at St Mary’s Church, Whitkirk from Wednesday 5th December 2018 until Saturday 8th December 2018.

Dick Whittington

Dick Whittington

If you want to get your panto fill early, the first of the season comes from Leeds City Varieties and Dick Whittington. It’s the classic story of a boy and his cat setting out for London to find his fortune, but with a ton of jokes, custard pies and even a slapstick version of The 12 Days of Christmas along the way. You’ve only got one day to catch it, and it’ll star Scarborough comedian Richard Hunter as the Dame, alongside local actors and a young drama troupe to boot.

Dick Whittington is at Leeds City Varieties on Saturday 10th November 2018.