Unfortunately this year’s panto can’t be saved – but tickets for 2021 are now on sale!
Beauty and the Beast will get the Rock ‘n’ Roll treatment next year instead.
The exciting news comes following the announcement that Leeds’ oldest theatre will reopen for the first time in six months from Friday 9th October 2020 with a programme of film presented in collaboration with sister venue Hyde Park Picture House.
Ian Sime, General Manager at City Varieties said: “Like so many other theatres across the country, we are absolutely devastated that this years’ panto won’t be going ahead, but we’re thrilled to be able to bring Beauty and the Beast, a brand new production from the enchanted pen of Peter Rowe, to The Varieties in 2021. Our Rock ’n’ Roll Pantos have been extremely popular since they were first introduced in 2011 and have grown year on year to become a Christmas tradition for so many families in Leeds and beyond.”
A very different format to the traditional Christmas pantomime, Rock ’n’ Roll Pantos mix traditional elements of audience participation and corny gags with a jukebox full of classic rock anthems and chart-toppers – all performed LIVE by the case!
I’m a huge fan of the City Varieties panto, and really loved last year’s production. I’d go so far as to say it’s actually one of my very favourite pantomimes.
For your 2021 tickets, visit the Leeds Heritage Theatres website.