3 Pantomimes in Leeds You Won’t Want to Miss

· Jessie Randhawa · Christmas

It’s not Christmas without a good ol’ panto.

Beauty and the Beast Rock n Roll Panto

Is Leeds the destination for hilariously immersive panto? “Oh yes it is!”

Whether it’s panto classics from a world of fairytales or upbeat and outlandish rock musical theatre you’re after, Leeds has it all this festive season. A bizarre medley of over-the-top singing, dancing and choruses of “It’s behind you!” offers everything you’d expect from this traditional British pastime. So get ready to marvel at the absurdity and sing your heart out at these fabulous Leeds pantomimes.

Dick Whittington: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto

City Varieties Rock n Roll Panto - Red Riding Hood

Credit: Ant Robling

Corny gags? Check. Roaring music? Check. Water fights and explosions aplenty? Check and double check! This Christmas, the curtain is being raised on the legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll panto. Dick Whittington and his trusty cat will head off on a quest for fame and fortune – expect an extraordinary mix of daft double entendres and audience participation, with a backdrop of classic rip-roaring rock anthems.

Dick Whittington: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto comes to Leeds City Varieties Music Hall from Friday 25th November 2022 to Sunday 8th January 2023.

Beauty and the Beast

Yeadon Town Hall Cinderella

Credit: John Waite Photography

Prepare to be theatrically spellbound by fairy tale favourite, Beauty and the Beast. You’ll follow its main characters and all the castle’s enchanted staff as you discover whether true love will conquer all. Expect an evening of weirdly wonderful drag, incredible costumes and, of course, sing-a-long classics for the whole family. Get ready to laugh, dance and be merry in this timeless panto classic!

Beauty and the Beast comes to Yeadon Town Hall Theatre from Friday 13th January to Saturday 21st January 2023.

Cinderella

Credit: Alex Boundy

A classic Leeds pantomime for the ages! Will Cinderella fall in love with Prince Charming at the royal ball or will her evil stepmother thwart her plan? You can’t help but laugh at the panto silliness that will have the kids in fits of giggles too. Join your favourite fairytale characters and magical animals in all their frivolity, foolery and fun. Your invitation to the most spectacularly silly ball of them all awaits…

Cinderella comes to Carriageworks Theatre on Friday 25th November 2022 to Sunday 8th January 2023.

Cover image credit: Credit: Ant Robling.