A festive show or pantomime always gets you into the Christmas spirit! Check out our round-up of the best festive shows and pantos in and around Wharfedale & Craven, with something for all ages.
1. Norwich Puppet Theatre perform their show “Beastly Belle” at Otley Courthouse
Dates: 18th December 2021
Recommended Age: 4+ years
Come and join us at Otley Courthouse this December! On Saturday 18th December at 2.30 pm, be charmed and surprised by a new twist on an old tale, when Norwich Puppet Theatre perform their show “Beastly Belle”. Our young heroine Belle is plucked from a life of poverty by Merill, a greedy film producer who sweeps her off her feet and into fame and fortune in the movies. Will Beauty come to understand and accept the Beast? Featuring a skilful mix of puppetry, film projections and an original musical score.
Tickets are £9 Adults, £7 Children.
Tickets can be purchased online or via our box office on 01943 467466
Futurist Theatre Productions’ Yorkshire’s Christmas Spectacular will bring festive cheer to the Town Hall stage from 17th – 19th December.
Step into a winter wonderland for a magical Christmas adventure. Stop by Santa’s workshop, go on a magical sleigh ride, watch the nativity live and enjoy classic festive pop tunes as well as traditional Christmas carols. We promise you’ll fall in love with one of Yeadon’s favourite Christmas shows.
The perfect production for the whole family to enjoy, Yorkshire’s Christmas Spectacular is a Christmas show you won’t forget. Festive cheer and family fun is guaranteed as you enjoy a show featuring a fantastic cast of vocalists and dancers, dazzling choreography and truly mesmerising theatrical sparkle.
3. Yeadon Charities Association Dick Whittington Pantomime
Dates: 21st January to 29th January 2021
Recommended Age: Not stated
Yeadon Charities are back and more panto-tastic than ever as they bring their much-loved festive pantomime to the Yeadon Town Hall stage from 21st January to 29th January. Featuring a fabulous cast of local performers, Dick Whittington is set to get the New Year off to a fantastic start.
Dick Whittington is the purrrfect pantomime adventure that follows our hero on a journey to seek his fame, fortune and happiness in London Town. With a little help from the magical Fairy Bowbells and his trusty feline friend, what could possibly go wrong?
With an action-packed story, hilarious script, spectacular sets and costumes, and amazing special effects, Dick Whittington promises to be the pantomime paved with gold!
Get the family into the Christmas spirit with the ground-breaking multi-media performance The Nutcracker and I.
With a pianist, ballerina and an exquisite spectacle of digital projections, Clara’s festive story is brought to life in a way never seen before. Watch musician, dancer and hand-drawn animations combine into a performance so magical you’ll feel part of the story too.
Created and performed by critically acclaimed pianist Alexandra Dariescu, The Nutcracker and I features Tchaikovsky’s beloved music as well as choreography by Jenna Lee (Northern Ballet’s Puss in Boots). The perfect pre-Christmas treat for the whole family!
The performance will last one hour, with no interval.
Leeds International Concert Season in partnership with Northern Ballet.
The Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre, Northern Ballet.
You’re invited on a Christmas adventure like no other…
It’s Christmas Eve, and having tumbled to earth through the night sky, Elva sets out on a journey to find her best friend – a little girl she hasn’t even met yet. Has the lost present got what it takes to find her way through the cold winter night? Will she arrive in time for Christmas morning? Will Elva be everything the little girl wished for?
Written especially for children and brought to life using handmade puppets, original music and delightful storytelling, The Lost Present is an enchanting tale about true friendship. It really is the perfect gift for Christmas.
Carriageworks Theatre, The Electric Press, 3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD.
In a faraway land, a hard-working and lonely carpenter wishes for his puppet Pinocchio to come to life. By the magic of a wishing well his dream comes true! Pinocchio is playful and mischievous and must prove himself worthy of becoming a real boy. Join Pinocchio on his adventure as he discovers that where there is love and honesty, there is always magic.
An original retelling of the classic children’s story, Pinocchio is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre.
With sell-out performances and a string of hugely successful CBeebies TV adaptations, Northern Ballet’s productions for children are not to be missed.
An original ballet based on The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.
This child-friendly performance lasts approximately 40 minutes.
The Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre, Northern Ballet.
Hop aboard a magic carpet destined for the Carriageworks Theatre to see this year’s enchanting family pantomime, Aladdin.
Follow Aladdin on the journey of a lifetime as he soars through the skies in his quest for fortune and true love. Don’t miss this GENIE-us production full of singalong tunes, spectacular dance routines, dazzling costumes and laugh-out-loud jokes guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles, whether you’re three… or ninety-three!
Leeds’ favourite Jez Edwards is back for his eleventh year in a Carriageworks Theatre pantomime, starring as Wishee Washee. Joining Jez on stage is Aaron Steadman as Aladdin, the flamboyant Anna Phylactic as Widow Twankey, Ohaana Greeves as Jasmine, and Alexander Lee as Abanazar.