Theatre shows in Yorkshire: A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker, Robin Hood Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto, Oliver!, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, Two Tribes, and Scratch.

Top 5 Theatre Shows in Yorkshire

Whether you’re into theatre, dance, comedy or music there are some great Leeds theatre shows to choose from. From a classic Christmas Carol to Northern Ballet’s interpretation of The Nutcracker.

A jukebox full of rock anthems will be played at City Varieties this month for Robin Hood Rock ’n’ Roll Panto. Or, go along to Scratch to support brilliant local artists with raw and developing work.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol is a classic tale of redemption and compassion. Charles Dickens’ story follows the transformation of miser Ebenezer Scrooge after being visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. His enlightenment brings him to embrace kindness, generosity and compassion, embodying the spirit of Christmas.

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The Nutcracker

A classic tale of goodness winning over evil, this traditional classical ballet is a festive favourite. Bringing glamour to the run-up to Christmas, this is perfect for all the family.

Northern Ballet’s version, revived by director David Nixon this year, has real mass appeal. Charles Cusick Smith’s grand designs – a castle, snowy fairyland, beautiful garden and more – are gloriously displayed, enhanced by Mark Jonathan’s lighting.

Tchaikovsky’s music is evocatively uplifting and the piece enchants from start to finish. If you have ever wondered how to introduce children to the joys of ballet, this is an ideal opportunity.

Robin Hood Rock ’n’ Roll Panto

Following the success of their previous pantomimes, Cheshire Youth Pantomime Society return with a rock ‘n’ roll version of this timeless tale. Expect plenty of audience participation, a jukebox full of classic rock anthems and dazzling costumes.

Comedy stalwarts Adam Keast and Matthew Quinn take on the roles of Robin Hood and Maid Marion, who are living under deep cover aliases, Gilbert and Josie Jingles. The pair helm a show which is bonkers, uncomplicated and big-hearted.

Suitable for all the family.


The iconic rags-to-riches tale of orphan Oliver, who escapes from Mr Bumble’s workhouse to find a new home on the streets of Victorian London. Befriended by the Artful Dodger and warm-hearted Nancy, he is drawn into Fagin’s gang of pickpockets where he comes under the threatening eye of dastardly Bill Sykes.

Lionel Bart’s celebrated musical is one of the best-loved stories in theatre. It has captivated generations as a book, film, stage musical and even as a search-for-a-star reality TV show. Its message of compassion, community and resilience has resonated with audiences of all ages.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

A heartwarming adaptation of a classic story, this festive comedy/drama is a true treat.

Newcomer Max Harwood makes the perfect Jamie, a teenage boy in a blue collar town who dreams of a life on stage. His mother Sarah Lancashire and best friend Pritti Pasha (Lauren Patel) offer unending support, while drag queen extraordinaire Miss Loco Chanelle (Richard E Grant) mentors him toward his debut performance.

The inspiring true story of a Yorkshire council estate teen’s fight to attend prom in a dress hits the stage with vibrant energy. Tom MacRae pens the story and lyrics, while Dan Gillespie Sells of The Feeling provides the original music.

Two Tribes

A swaggering street-fighting duo are forced to confront the question of whether love can survive where masculinity thrives in this sexy, brutal and hilariously honest piece. Think Heartstopper meets This Is England. At Carriageworks Theatre from Wednesday 8th to Saturday 11th November 2023.

Bradford-based theatre company Tribe Arts is putting on a series of performance discussions about identity, revolution and belonging. They’re unafraid to unravel the truth about the past, and fearless to take a step towards a more enlightened future.

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Developed by the MIT Media Lab, Scratch is an educational programming platform that teaches children to program using a visual language. The site was first launched in 2007 and is available in 70 languages. It uses blocks to create programs that can move sprites, make noises, and change the color of a backdrop.

In partnership with Yorkshire Disabled Creatives, six local disabled artists and companies will share up to twenty minutes of work in progress. This is a great informal opportunity to support the artists and give your feedback on their new work.

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