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TEN WEEKS TO CHRISTMAS can only mean one thing; it’s the countdown to the famous Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto at City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds (November 27th to January 10th).
Should the show title matter for the annual must-see, this year the venue presents Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood in its own inimitable style.
“The City Varieties pantomime has become a necessary-date-in-the-diary throughout the festive period,” says Ian Sime, General Manager.
“It’s fair to say it’s a bit of a Leeds tradition.”
The soundtrack is played live on stage by the cast and is crammed with covers of big hit songs; this year’s treats include Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, Meatloaf and Bob Marley.
“The cast are extraordinarily talented,” Ian continues. “The atmosphere is electric and has audiences, young and old, dancing in the aisles.”

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto has everything audiences expect from a traditional family pantomime – slapstick comedy, audience interaction and outlandish costumes - with the bonus of a rocking soundtrack and the now-legendary boulder fight - if you’ve been before you’ll know exactly what the ‘boulder fight’ is; if you haven’t then there’s only one way to find out. In the words of Ian Sime:

“You won’t see anything like this anywhere else in Yorkshire. It’s a real treat.”

Before the launch of the panto, City Varieties welcomes its customary cornucopia of delights including comedy from Stewart Francis, Rob Beckett, Chris Ramsey, Josh Widdicombe, Ed Byrne and David O’Doherty; music with Showaddywaddy, Elkie Brookes and Chas and Dave and an evening with legendary footballer Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascgoine. All this along with treats such as comedy hypnotist Andrew Newton and Louis Pearl the Amazing Bubble Man thrown in for good measure.



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Robin Hood the Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto is at City Varieties Music Hall from Friday November 27th to Sunday January 10th.

Tickets are on sale now priced from £15 to £22 with concessions, group discounts and school group prices available.

Book online at or call 0113 243 08 08