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The Ultimate Leeds Theatre Guide

· Darcie Hewitt-Dudding · Culture

Find out what’s on in the city’s theatres this month.

Opera North's Rigoletto

Want to know what the Leeds theatre scene has to offer in January? From West End shows to classic opera, there’s something for everyone.

Deciding which Leeds theatre to go to in January won’t be easy, because this month is packed to bursting with ballet, musicals and family-friendly performances. So before you buy your tickets, let us tell you what’s on at Leeds’ most legendary and little-known theatres. Don’t forget to come back regularly for even more ideas, because we’ll be updating this guide every month.

Bedknobs & Broomsticks.

Credit: Johan Persson

Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Discover the Disney classic on stage for the first time ever! You can follow the young Rawlins children as they’re evacuated from London to live with a witch-in-training and go on a magical adventure to help defeat the enemy. You can see it at Leeds Grand Theatre until Sunday 2nd January 2022.

Aladdin. It’s panto time at the Carriageworks Theatre and this production of Aladdin is an absolute stonker. With singalong tunes, dazzling costumes and laugh-out-loud jokes, join Aladdin and the rest of the gang as he makes his three wishes in pursuit of love and fortune. This production runs until Sunday 9th January 2022.

Beauty & The Beast. Rock out with Belle, the Beast and the rest of the gang in this epic panto at City Varieties Music Hall. You can expect raucous rock ’n’ roll anthems played live on stage by talented actor-musicians, audience participation, gut-busting gags and more. Better be quick, you can catch it until Sunday 9th January 2022.

City Varieties Beauty and the Beast Rock n Roll Panto

Credit: Ant Robling

Cinderella. Panto season isn’t over yet, oh no it isn’t! Catch the timeless story of Cinderella, a girl mistreated by her family who has dreams of attending the royal ball. Can Buttons and her Fairy Godmother get her there? Catch this hilarious family pantomime at the Carriageworks Theatre from Friday 21st to Saturday 29th January 2022.

Wendy & Peter Pan. Wendy takes centre stage for this magical reimagining of the JM Barrie tale. She takes on Captain Hook and gives the Lost Boys the run around, with Peter Pan, Tink and Tiger Lily as unlikely allies. Filled with stunning sets, magic and comedy, you can see it at Leeds Playhouse until Sunday 22nd January 2022.

Opera North’s Rigoletto. Femi Elufowoju Jr makes his debut as an opera director with this production of Rigoletto. It’s a contemporary retelling of one of Verdi’s most popular operas, with jealousy and vengeance at the heart of the story. Catch it at Leeds Grand Theatre from Saturday 22nd January to Saturday 19th February 2022.

Strictly Come Dancing Live. January sees the return of your favourite dancers from BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing to the First Direct Arena. Think sparkles, sheer tops and of, course, shiny dancing shoes. See John & Johannes, AJ & Kai and more performing in front of the judges. Catch it on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th January 2022.

Info correct when published 22/12/21. Cover image credit: Tom Arber.