Review: A (Scarborough) Christmas Carol at Stephen Joseph Theatre

Since when has A Christmas Carol had rattling chickens, a ghost called Terry, a mum with a walnut for a head and a peg bag as a home?

FAMILY FUN: Jack & The Beanstalk at Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield. Picture: Andrew Billington

Stage review: Jack & the Beanstalk at Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Huddersfield panto, Jack & the Beanstalk, is a bit like a glass of Christmas punch, slow to warm you up but once it hits the spot it leaves you with a nice, warm uplifting feeling.

CLASSIC STORY: Hull Truck Theatres production of A Christmas Carol adapted by Deborah McAndrew and directed by Amy Leach.  Picture: Andrew Billington

Charles Dickins’ play A Christmas Carol in Hull and Scarborough

Two versions of A Christmas Carol are playing in the region this festive season. Theatre correspondent Nick Ahad reports.


Want to spend the festive season dressed as a panto dame? Meet the woman who might be able to help

If you want to spend the festive season dressed like a panto dame or a Christmas fairy, Helen Leavey meets the woman who might just be able to help.

An artist's impression of the new front entrance. PIC: Page Park

Leeds’s West Yorkshire Playhouse secures multi-million funding towards landmark redevelopment

Arts Council England today confirmed a total grant of £6.6m towards the landmark redevelopment of West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds.

Square Chapel patron Reece Dinsdale

New music and enlarged arts centre audiences continue renaissance in Halifax

The renaissance of Halifax kick-started by the reopening of its landmark Piece Hall on Yorkshire Day in August, has seen a dramatic increase in audiences at the nearby Square Chapel Arts Centre.

FESTIVE MUSICAL: Aladdin - Rock and Roll Panto at City Varieties Music Hall

Review: Aladdin - The rock ‘n’ Roll Pantomine at Leeds City Varieties

“You won’t be seeing stars not in this pantomime”, quips the Princess and how right she is.

DELIGHTFUL: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe will be at West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds until January 27.

Review: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Putting the responsibility for their Christmas show in the eminently capable hands of director Sally Cookson was a very smart move on the part of West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Aslan being brought to life in The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. 
PIC: Brinkhoff-Moegenburg

Narnia revisited at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

He was one of the puppeteers that made War Horse an international hit and now Craig Leo is breathing new life into The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Sarah Freeman met him.

Panto legend Tim Stedman in Beauty and the Beast at Harrogate Theatre.

Panto launches at Harrogate Theatre

It's here! Harrogate’s annual family panto started this week and it already looks like being the theatre's biggest sold-out box blockbuster box office hit so far.
The Supervet to tour UK and Ireland arenas and theatres in 2018

PREVIEW: TV's Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick to tour UK arenas including Yorkshire dates

The Supervet - TV's much loved Noel Fitpatrick - is to take his story on the road with a groundbreaking new live show visiting UK arenas and theatres including Sheffield and Leeds.
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Abigail Prudames as Marilla with Northern Ballet dancers in David Nixon's The Little Mermaid.

Review: The Little Mermaid, Leeds Grand Theatre

It’s been quite a year for Northern Ballet. Having announced three world premieres for 2017, the Leeds-based company has had little chance to draw breathe.

FESTIVE FUN: Crumbles Search for Christmas, the West Yorkshire Playhouses offering for younger theatre goers.

Review: Crumble’s Search for Christmas at West Yorkshire Playhouse

One of the hardest age ranges for any performer to entertain is the two to six year olds. At one end of the spectrum they are barely out of nappies whilst at the other they have been at school long enough to know that there’s more to Christmas than crackers and turkey. And there, as Shakespeare would say, is the rub. The age gap might as well be the Grand Canyon, almost impossible to bridge.

ADVENTURE: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is the West Yorkshire Playhouses Christmas show this year  its run has already been extended by a week.

West Yorkshire Playhouse takes a journey to Narnia

Family favourite The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe heads to the Playhouse. Theatre correspondent Nick Ahad reports.

Cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre. Photo by Johan Persson

"Hit West End musical is my love letter to Sheffield," says director

"It's a love letter to Sheffield," says director Jonathan Butterell of Everybody's Talking About Jamie which opened to a smash-hit run at the Crucible earlier this year and has now taken the West End by storm.

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Abigail Prudames becoming The Little Mermaid.

The Little Mermaid: Behind the scenes at the Leeds Grand

It became a hit for Disney, but as Northern Ballet returns to the dark heart of Hans Christian Andersen’s tale, Sarah Freeman goes behind the scenes to discover the making of The Little Mermaid.

Justin Brett as Widow Twankey performing in Aladdin at Leeds City Varities Music Hall.

Curtain goes up on panto at Leeds City Varieties Music Hall

Open Sesame… The doors of the City Varieties Music Hall are well and truly open for this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto.

FUNNY GUY: Stand-up comedian Ed Byrne will be bringing his show to the Bradford Alhambra next week.

Ed Byrne chats ahead of his shows in Yorkshire

Stand-up Ed Byrne heads to the region with his new show Spoiler Alert in which he covers parenting, family life, class and politics. Brian Donaldson reports.

SATIRICAL: A scene from the recent film The Death of Stalin.

Yvette Huddleston: The importance of satire in turbulent times

A few months ago I happened across the 1976 movie Network – it was on one of the many digital viewing platforms we have available to us these days – and decided to watch it.

Barrie Rutter on stage at York Theatre Royal  for the final Northern Broadsides production, 'For Love Or Money'. Picture: Gary Longbottom

Final curtain for Barrie Rutter at Northern Broadsides

When the curtain comes down on Saturday at the York Theatre Royal, it will close a 25 year run few producers would have forecast. Classical theatre with a Yorkshire accent had not been in anyone’s repertoire.

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