Christmas Theatre in Leeds
1 December 2016
The Christmas period really captures the essence of the arts within the city of Leeds… our brief guide prepares you for evenings filled with semi-naked men, sleeping princess’ who know how to belt out a tune… and beasts who are freakishly good at ballet. Oh, and there’s some Curly Watts action too.
Sleeping Beauty the Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto
City Varieties Music Hall (26th November – 8th January)
City Varieties Music Hall has been the home of panto in Leeds for over half a century and this Festive Season, the prestigious Hall gives a classic a Rock ‘n’ Roll makeover, as Sleeping Beauty is woken up. Abruptly.
Filled with the expected audience participation and corny gags synonymous with panto, this year’s production offers entertainment in abundance, and you will be amazed as the show’s talented actor-musicians slip seamlessly between delivering a dramatic oration to suddenly rocking out on guitar.
Set to the much revered sounds of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Eagles, Whitney Houston, The Everly Brothers and Cher to name a few; there’s a strong chance you will be singing and dancing along in the aisles; or alternatively, aggressively tapping your toes still firmly in your seat.
City Varieties’ Rock ‘n’ Roll panto is now into its 6th year and has every year gained in popularity, so be sure not to miss out. The aesthetically pleasing Music Hall is located on Swan Street, which is just an 8 minute walk from 42 The Calls, and with performances through until January there is no excuse to miss what promises to be a memorable evening.
The Full Monty
Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House (28th November – 3rd December)
This November, the Grand Theatre is home to The Full Monty, as the winner of the UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production comes to Leeds. You’ll be familiar with the 1997 film and now Simon Beaufoy, the Oscar and BAFTA, winning writer has adapted his own screenplay for this hilarious and heartfelt stage production, which features the iconic songs from the film by Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate and Tom Jones.
The cast includes an array of recognisable faces from British TV and is led by Gary Lucy (Gaz), and also features, Joe Absolom (Lomper), Andrew Dunn (Gerald), Louis Emerick (Horse), Chris Fountain (Guy) and Kai Owen (Dave). Make sure you pay a visit to the Grand Theatre, for a night that guarantees to deliver laughs and male torsos in abundance.
Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House (5th December – 10th December)
Coming to the Grand Theatre this December is the fantastically feel good celebration of Soul, that is The Commitments; which comes to Leeds on the back of a record-breaking two year stint on London’s West End.
Based on the BAFTA award-winning film, The Commitments has received universal critical acclaim and features music from the biggest names in Soul, including Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, The Supremes, Wilson Pickett, The Temptations, and The Four Tops, to name a few.
The musical was adapted from the novel by Booker Prize winning author Roddy Doyle, and follows the story of Jimmy Rabbitte; a young working class musician, who moulds an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians into the finest Soul band Dublin has seen.
Playing at the Grand Theatre for just 5 nights, The Commitments is not to be missed; and if all this hasn’t persuaded you to go online and purchase tickets, following in the footsteps of former occupants of the Grand Theatre stage, Laurence Olivier and Julie Walters; is icon of British Television, Curly Watts.
Northern Ballet: Beauty and the Beast
Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House (Various dates between December 2016 – January 2017)
This December, Leeds based Northern Ballet perform to a home crowd in their production of Beauty and the Beast. Renowned for their distinctive blend of classical dance and theatre, Northern Ballet have captivated audiences across the globe, and this year promises to be no different.
The show features a kaleidoscope of colour, and breath-taking dancing is accompanied by an infectious score, as the Northern Ballet Sinfonia perform the esteemed music of Saint-Saens, Bizet, Debussy, Poulenc and Glazunov.
Whether you’re a ballet fan or not, Northern Ballet’s take on Beauty and the Beast offers a mesmeric evening of splendid dancing and choreography, which will enthral audiences both young and old. Not that you will need convincing, but should you do, Rod McPhee of the Yorkshire Evening Post will win you over with his review.
This is just our pick of the bunch, but there are many more excellent productions taking place in Leeds over the Festive Season… however, whatever you end up seeing this Christmas, why not round off a great evening with a luxury 4-star stay at 42 The Calls? Check out our latest offers and book today for great savings.
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