Leeds has a packed programme of spectacular and dazzling performance on offer for all ages this Winter Season.
Peter Pan and Wendy. 22nd Nov – 22nd Jan. The Quarry Theatre, Leeds Playhouse.
With Peter Pan, fairy Tink and Tiger Lily as unlikely allies, Wendy gives the Lost Boys a run for their money, takes on the dastardly Captain Hook and ultimately learns what a great adventure life can be. Packed with theatrical magic, beautiful designs, flying and plenty of laughs, it promises to be an unforgettable journey for all the family.
So it’s second star on the right and straight on to Leeds Playhouse this Christmas.
The Cat and The Canary. 23rd -27th Nov. Leeds Grand Theatre.
Twenty years after the death of Mr. West, his descendants gather to learn who will inherit his vast wealth and the hidden family jewels. Within moments, the heritage hunters turn into prey. Walls crack open, shadows loom, and dark secrets are revealed. Who is The Cat? His movements soundless, unnoticeable, and his vengeance swift! Who will feel his horrible grasp next?
Twilight Concert: Appalachian Spring -The Opera North Orchestra. 24th Nov. The Howard Assembly Rooms.
Written for the dancer and choreographer Martha Graham, Aaron Copland’s 1944 masterpiece Appalachian Spring radiates an earthy American pioneer spirit that resonated with a nation emerging from the trauma of the Second World War.
INDIs Movie Night: BFI Japan- Your Name. 25th Nov. Carriageworks Theatre
Taki is a high school boy who lives in Tokyo while Mitsuha is the daughter of the mayor in a small mountain town. When these strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way, they feel a connection, but is distance the only thing keeping them apart? A beautiful, heartfelt story with amazing animation.
Aladdin. 26th Nov – 9th Jan. Carriageworks Theatre.
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!
Beauty and the Beast (Rock and Roll panto). 26th Nov – 9th Jan. Leeds City Varieties.
You’ll be wowed by this breath-taking production which mixes traditional elements of audience participation and corny gags with a jukebox full of classic rock anthems and chart-toppers, all performed live on stage by our ultra-talented cast of actor-musicians. Be sure to keep your wits about you though, as there might be a surprise or two this year! ‘Dramatic panto warning’ – our Rock ’n’ Roll Panto‘s contain loud music, smoke effects, flashing lights and possibly a few squirts too, plus loud bangs from the explosive action on-stage (we did warn you about the corny gags!).
(Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto. Photo Ant Robling)
Grease The Musical. 29th Nov – 4th Dec. Leeds Grand Theatre.
The world’s best-loved musical is back! Grittier and more glamorous than ever before.
After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girl-next-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life and find true love once more?
Gweneth Ann Rand & Simon Lepper. An Imperfect Tapestry. 1st Dec. The Howard Assembly Rooms.
Acclaimed British soprano Gweneth Ann Rand returns to the Howard Assembly Room with her regular collaborator, pianist Simon Lepper, and a hand-picked programme which she describes as “a personal reflection of Black voices”.
Phoenix Dance, 40th Birthday Celebration Gala. 3rd Dec. Leeds Playhouse.
The celebratory evening will feature short new works and company repertoire as well as the debut of a new collaborative work, choreographed by the company founder David Hamilton MBE and Artistic Director Dane Hurst. Audiences can expect to look forward to a host of special guest performances from celebrated and award-winning artists and companies from around the UK. Don’t miss this extraordinary celebration of one of the UK’s most prestigious and trailblazing companies.
The Princess and the Pea. 4th-18th December. Leeds Central Library.
Join Tutti Frutti and Leeds Libraries as Room 700 gets transformed into the Museum of Forgotten Things this December. Packed with fun songs, humour and unforgettable characters, don’t miss this adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic. Perfect for children age 3+ and their families.
Manchester Collective – Heavy Metal. 5th Dec. The Howard Assembly rooms
Manchester Collective make their Howard Assembly Room debut with big percussion, live electronics, and amplified strings. “This is a noisy show”, they say: “It’s not going to be a meditative listening experience. Sometimes, we all just need to scream into a pillow…”
Amahl and the Night Visitors. 5th Dec. Morley Town Hall.
On Christmas night, a curious and imaginative boy pesters his mother with made-up tales of spectacular sights and characters in the streets outside their house. When the three majestic kings knock on their door, however, they are about to go on a very real and extraordinary journey. Join an outstanding cast of professional soloists and the West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra for Menotti’s magical 50 minute opera, sung in English.
Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks. 8th Dec – 9th Jan. Leeds Grand Theatre.
When the three orphaned Rawlins children are reluctantly evacuated from wartime London to live with the mysterious Eglantine Price, they have no idea what adventures lie ahead. Upon discovering Eglantine to be a trainee witch, they join forces to search for a secret spell that will defeat the enemy once and for all. Armed with an enchanted bedknob, a bewitched broomstick and a magical flying bed, they encounter surprising new friendships on their journey from Portobello Road to the depths of the beautiful briny sea.
(Bedknobs and Broomsticks, photo Johan Persson)
Brodsky Quartet with Laura van Heijden. 9th Dec. The Howard Assembly Rooms
The Brodsky Quartet returns to the Howard Assembly Room with a programme of Bach, Shostakovich, and Schubert’s Quintet featuring the outstanding young cellist and former BBC Young Musician of the Year Laura van der Heijden.
Open For Christmas! Produced by Alive & Kicking. FREE child friendly Christmas performance at Leeds Kirkgate Market.
Event space at Leeds Kirkgate Market at 12.30pm and 2.30pm on 11, 18, 21, 22 and 23 December 2021.
The Tallis Singers- Hymns to the Virgin. 16th Dec. The Howard Assembly Rooms.
The Virgin Mary has inspired composers since the earliest days of sacred music as an art form. In this concert the Tallis Scholars present a selection of such inspirations, from both the Catholic and Orthodox traditions, ranging from Josquin to Stravinsky.
The Lord Mayors Carol Concert. 16th Dec. Leeds Minster.
Celebrate Christmas with Leeds International Concert Season’s annual family carol concerts, taking place this year at Leeds Minster. After the concert there will be a collection for the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal: Leeds Hospitals Charity.
INDIs Movie Night: Xmas Special: Gremlins & Gremlins 2. 16th Dec. Carriageworks Theatre
Our Christmas screening this year consists of a Gremlins double bill. When Billy’s father gives him a strange creature, Mogwai, for Christmas, little do they know that they are about to unleash a horde of mischievous monsters on their sleepy town. Join us before the screening for some festive mince pies and the opportunity to decorate your very own gingerbread people.
The Discount Comedy Checkout. 18th Dec. Carriageworks Theatre
If you’ve never seen improvised comedy before, you are in for a right treat. All the games, scenarios, and situations are formed and created from your suggestions … that’s right YOU, the audience. It’s very much in the style of ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ but with a modern twist …. and normally a little riskier and ruder and too.
The Lost Present. 19th – 31st Dec. Carriageworks Theatre
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? Suitable for 2-7 year olds
Winter Solstice. 21st Dec. The Howard Assembly Rooms.
Opera North and South Asian Arts-uk come together for a special celebration of Winter Solstice and the Northern Lights in music and visuals.
Northern Ballet: The Nutcracker & I. 22nd – 23rd Dec. The Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre.
Get the family into the Christmas spirit with ground-breaking multi-media performance The Nutcracker and I. With one pianist, one 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.
Cinderella. 21st -29th Jan 2022. Carriageworks Theatre
This hilarious family amateur pantomime follows the struggles of Cinderella against her two stepsisters as they strive to win Prince Charming’s hand in marriage. Enslaved in rags, Cinderella stands no chance of attending the royal ball but, with the help of Buttons and her Fairy Godmother, will Cinderella’s dreams come true? Meanwhile, Prince Charming and his valet, set out on a mission to find the mysterious Princess Stardust, the only woman he wishes to make his bride! Combining fairy-tale enchantment with side-splitting comedy, the award winning LIDOS present this fun, family pantomime that is a must see by all!