Top 5: Pick of the best stage

1. SHOW BOAT: This lavish new production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s classic romantic musical will be staged at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield from December 10 to January 23. For tickets call the box office on 0114 2496000.

Show Boat
Show Boat

2. Raymondo: Brothers, Raymondo and Sparky have been locked in a cellar for six years. An accident lets them escape but can they survive in this cruel world? Find out at Square Chapel Centre, Halifax on November 27. For tickets call 01422 349422.

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3. New writing: The winning plays in the inaugural Walter Swan Playwriting Competition will be peformed at Ilkley Playhouse and the West Yorkshire Playhouse on December 4 and 7. More details at

4. Robin Hood: The City Varieties’ Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto is back, along with the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham. It takes place at the City Varieties Music Hall in Leeds from November 27 to January 10. For tickets visit or call 0113 2430808.

5. Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company present a thrilling adaptation of everyone’s favourite bear tale at The Civic in Barnsley for three nights from December 13 to 15. For tickets visit