Plays and pantomimes to see in York at Christmas

Photo by Max Wolfe, made available under CC BY 2.0

Photo by Max Wolfe, made available under CC BY 2.0

York is never a city to disappoint when it comes to performing arts so there’s plenty going on over the course of December. If you like to get together with your family at Christmas to watch a pantomime or you are just a theatre enthusiast then here’s a little run down of some shows that might interest you.

Old Mother Goose

Christmas in York just isn’t complete without a Berwick Kaler pantomime and his show for 2014 is Old Mother Goose.

In this production, a good fairy and bad fairy battle for supremacy and Old Mother Goose gets caught in the middle. The bad fairy says that any human can be corrupted but the good fairy disagrees and holds up Old Mother Goose as an example of all that is good and that cannot be corrupted. Naturally, the bad fairy has plans to be proved right.

The panto is on at York Theatre Royal from December 11th until January 31st at 14:30, 16:30 and 19:30.


You can’t beat a classic and – even if they only saw the Disney version – no doubt this was a favourite fairy story among many as children.

New Pantomime Productions has put together this rags to riches tale and got a few famous faces involved in the mix. There’s Anita Harris as The Baroness, Emmerdale actor Stuart Wade as Buttons, Tom Owen from Last of the Summer Wine as Baron Hardup and Any Dream Will Do’s Rob McVeigh playing Dandini.

This production will be coming to The Grand Opera House between December 12th and January 4th on various days. Check ATG Tickets for times and tickets.

A Christmas Carol: Scrooge

Another of everyone’s favourite stories, particularly for the festive season, A Christmas Carol will be performed at York Castle Museum.

This show takes advantage of the beautiful Victorian streets that are so popular at the museum – not to mention very fitting for a story written by Charles Dickens.

Visitors can drop into this performance which takes place on the street, Kirkgate, at the museum between 11:00 and 14:30 on December 24th.

SLAPpy New Year

For a show that’s a bit less about Christmas and a bit more out there, SLAP have got something in store for their own celebration: their first birthday as a live arts organisation.

Their SLAPpy New Year event promises an evening of guerrilla performance art and public participation, if you fancy theatre that’ll get you a bit involved.

It’ll be at 1331 from 19:30 on December 10th.

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