Christmas pantomimes. pantos and festive theatre shows in Wakefield, Pontefract & Castleford

Things to do, places to go & days out with the kids in Christmas Holidays 2023

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27 Nov 23- 27 Jan 24

Consider yourself one of the family at Leeds Playhouse this festive season for Lionel Bart’s award-winning musical, Oliver!

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens, Oliver! follows the story of a small boy with a big heart as he journeys from a desolate workhouse to the paved streets of Victorian London in search of love and a place to call home.

Featuring memorable songs such as ‘Food, Glorious Food’, ‘Oom Pah-Pah’, ‘I’d Do Anything’ and the angelic sounds of ‘Where is Love?’, Oliver! is a heart-warming theatrical masterpiece suitable for all.

James Brining directs this timeless large-scale musical following the spectacular success of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical.

A Leeds Playhouse production by special arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh. Lionel Bart’s Oliver!. Book Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart, freely adapted from Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Production licensed by Music Theatre International.


Carriage Works, Leeds

Snow White: Friday 24th November 2023 – Sunday 7th January 2024

Featuring breath-taking special effects, spectacular scenery and sparkling costumes along with plenty of traditional pantomime mayhem, laughter and chances for you to join in the fun…the clock is ticking to Leeds’ most magical pantomime yet!


Sorry Christmas is Cancelled … Katie saves the day : Sunday 17th – Sunday 31st December 2023

Join Katie on this interactive seasonal treat and help her and Father Christmas save Christmas for everyone. Topsy Turvy Theatre return to delight their little audiences with their latest production.  Written especially for children aged 2-7 (and their big people too) Sorry, Christmas is Cancelled…Katie Saves the Day!’ is told using their unique style of dynamic storytelling, hand crafted puppets, original music and stunning scenery and is guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit.

Suitable for children aged 2-7 years


3 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD

CAST, Doncaster – Beauty & the Beast

30th November – 31st December 2023


n a faraway land an arrogant and self-centred prince is magically transformed into a hideous beast. Only a kind-hearted village girl can mend the prince’s ways in time and break the spell!

With marvellous music, captivating costumes and absurd antics, you don’t want to miss Doncaster’s most magical pantomime this festive season.


Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU

CAST, Doncaster – Me …

13th – 24th December 2023

Two snowmen are on a mission not to melt when they discover their perfect home, an ice arena. It’s cold, the music’s great and the slushies taste delicious. They just need to remember one thing, they can’t be discovered by the humans. With a caretaker lurking around every corner, the snowmen must do everything they can to hold onto their new home and not melt.

This winter The Herd brings you a joyful new show about friendship, home and hope. Packed with visual comedy and told with a handful of words, all of which are BSL signed, Snowmen is the perfect winter treat for 2-7 year olds and their families.

For ages: 2 – 7 years


Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU

Lawrence Batley Theatre – Cinderella

Friday 1st  – Sunday 31st December 2023


Cinderella’s feeling fed up. She spends her days stuck in the house hoovering and dusting whilst her meanie stepsisters slob around. She dreams of breaking free… could an invitation to a royal party, a ballgown and a pair of funky trainers change everything?

Full of spellbinding effects, dazzling costumes, a hilarious script and toe-tapping musical numbers, come join Cinderella in this much-loved rags to riches Christmas adventure.


Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen’s Square, Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP. Tel:  01484 430 528

Leeds City Varieties

Robin Hood – The Rock n Roll Panto

24th November 2023 – 7th January 2024


A mixture of the traditional story, audience participation, funny gags and classic rock tunes!

Not recommended for under 4 years old – loud live music, smoke effects, flashing lights, loud bangs


Swan Street, Leeds, LS1 6LW

Leeds Playhouse – The Enormous Crocodile

2nd December 2023 – 6th January 2024

The ENORMOUS crocodile is weaving his way through the jungle in search of delicious little fingers and squidgy podgy knees. his new musical version of Roald Dahl’s picture book has tasty tunes by Ahmed Abdullahi Gallab and has a rib-tickling book and lyrics by Suhayla El-Bushra, and additional music and lyrics by Tom Brady. Developed and Directed by Emily Lim, it features a menagerie of mischievous puppets by co-director and puppetry designer Toby Olié, set and costume design by Fly Davis. The jungle awaits the bravest of children!


Venue: Courtyard Theatre

Age Guidance: 4+ years


Playhouse Square, Leeds, LS2 7UP

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield – Beauty & the Beast

Friday 8th December 2023 – Sunday 7th January 2024

Starring Duncan James (Blue) as Danton and Jennie Dale (CBeebies’ Swashbuckle) as Fairy.

Both Duncan and Jennie join legendary Dame Damian Williams who will be playing Madame Bellie Fillop, comedian and ventriloquist Max Fulham as Phillipe Fillop, alongside Gordon the Monkey, Bessy Ewa as Belle, Aidan Banyard as Beast and Prince Henri, plus a talented ensemble including: Ronnie Burden, Luke Cartledge, Hollie Duncan, Lavinia Mai, Shona Massonand Rhys Wyn Owen.

This fairy-tale extravaganza promises to be full of hilarious comedy, lavish sets, fantastic music, beautiful costumes, magic and mayhem. It’s never too early to book your favourite seats as time will fly by!


0114 249 6000

55 Norfolk St, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 1DA


The Civic, Barnsley – Cinderella

9th – 27th December 2022

Cinderella is coming to Barnsley Civic for Christmas 2023

Will you come to the ball?

Panto-Ever-After in association with Barnsley Civic, are proud to present a brand-new interpretation of the classic fairy-tale Cinderella. After more than 25 years, panto is back at Barnsley Civic. Oh no it isn’t we hear you cry! Oh yes it is – and it’s going to be a fun-filled pantomime packed with toe-tapping songs, plenty of gags, and all your favourite characters.

Ages: 3+

01226 327000

Hanson Street, Barnsley S70 2HZ

The Lamproom Theatre – Cinderella

2nd December 2023 – 2nd January 2024


It’s that time of year again (oh no it isn’t!) to think about Christmas and a good, old fashioned pantomime full of family fun.

This year, the celebrated panto hosted by Barnsley Lamproom Theatre, Cinderella features laugh-out-loud comedy, captivating song, dazzling dance and plenty of boos and hisses.


Lamproom Theatre, Westgate, Barnsley, S70 2DX

Wakefield Theatre Royal – Sleeping Beauty

28th November 2023 – 7th January 2024


Wakefield’s very own pantomime returns for 2023. You can expect dazzling sets, spectacular costumes and the good old belly laughs that you have come to know and love.

In the kingdom of Wakeyland people rejoice as Old King Cole announces the arrival of a baby princess. The fairies are called to bestow blessings upon the babe – but one fairy, Nocturna, has other ideas. A terrible curse is placed upon the child and the King lives in fear for his daughter’s life.


01924 211311

Drury Lane, Wakefield WF1 2TE