This year’s City Varieties Rock ‘n’ Roll Pantomime is Red Riding Hood! I’m particularly looking forward this show as it’s not a traditional Pantomime fairytale story. I’ve not seen Red Riding Hood done in this way before so I’m excited to see how it pans out.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Pantomime is now a legendary event in Leeds, with audiences used to the stunningly talented cast of actors and musicians rocking their way through hit tunes with plenty of cheese and audience interaction. I’m not a fan of the big boulder scenes but it’s something fun for the kids to get involved with!
“Our Rock ’n’ Roll Pantos have been extremely popular since they were first introduced in 2011,” says Ian Sime, General Manager at City Varieties. “They have grown year on year and have now become a Christmas tradition for families in Leeds and beyond. Red Riding Hood is a brand-new production from the enchanted pen of Peter Rowe and we are very excited to showcase it at The Varieties.”
It’s certainly not your traditional Christmas panto, with genuinely good music performed live on stage. It’s more a gig-meets-slapstick, which oddly completely works!
Of the Panto, The Yorkshire Evening Post said: “One of the secrets of its success lies with its cast of actor-musicians who waste no time in developing a great rapport with the audience in the intimate atmosphere of this historic old theatre. Full of audience participation you can cheer the goodies, hiss the baddie and shout until you are hoarse and that’s what pantomime is all about.”
“But Grandmother! What big ears you have,” said Little Red Riding Hood as she edged closer to the bed. “All the better to hear… the talented actor-musicians at the City Varieties Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto my dear,” replied the wolf.
Don’t miss your chance to get tickets – tickets go on sale today for the show, which runs from 29th November to 12th January 2020.