Three people in costume are on stage at Leeds Playhouse. They all have happy faces. One person is in the foreground and two people are in the background. They are wearing flamboyant outfits surrounded by different coloured lights. A purple light is projected onto the floor of the stage and the central character has a backdrop of glowing fairy lights. They are characters from A Christmas Carol, the Christmas show at Leeds Playhouse.

Christmas Shows from our partners

Our partner theatres, like everyone else in the industry, are navigating changing rules as well as the peak of the festive season. You can guarantee that the creative sector will continue to adapt in order to bring joy to the end of a catastrophic year and our partners did not disappoint. 

Some of these shows have on demand options, some are grateful to be welcoming audiences back into their theatres and others will be streaming their pantos to a screen near you over the next few weeks.

Here’s a roundup for you:

Nottingham Playhouse 

Jack and the Beanstalk 

Sat 19 Dec 2020 – Sat 2 Jan 2021 – in person. 
BSL interpreted, Audio Described and Captioned performances. 
Fri 18 Dec 2020 – Sat 2 Jan 2021 – on demand.

The Creative Team at Nottingham Playhouse have worked with consultant (and ex Agent for Change) Laura Guthrie to embed creative captioning into this show – in both the auditorium and on-demand recording. They have also worked with a video designer and deaf consultant to create their Christmas show for children aged 5-8.

 A bit about the show:

When Jack sells his beloved family cow in exchange for three beans, his mother is extremely cross and throws them out of the window. But these are no ordinary beans. These are magic beans! In the morning, Jack awakes to find a huge beanstalk in his garden and soon discovers that it leads to a magical kingdom that’s full of surprises. With golden eggs, a magic harp and one very hungry giant, join Jack on his fun-filled adventure this festive season and make lasting memories with your little ones.


Sat 19 Dec 2020 – Sat 16 Jan 2021 – in person, BSL interpreted 
Sat 19 Dec – livestream – audio described and captioned performance
Thu 24 Dec – Online Christmas Eve Special – audio described and captioned performance
Sat 16 Jan – on demand available 

The ultimate fairy tale adventure, join Cinderella as she attempts to outwit her Ugly Stepsisters and win the heart of the dashing Prince – with a little help from best friend Buttons and her very own Fairy Godmother, of course. Filled with panto humour, upbeat musical numbers and all the characters you know and love, this production is specially adapted to ensure a safe, comfortable and magical experience for all.

You can watch both either in person at the theatre or online, find out more here.

Due to changing tier restrictions, Nottingham Playhouse might have to make a few adjustments to either or both shows, please visit their website here for up-to-date information.

New Wolsey Theatre

Thu 17 – Thu 24 Dec 2020 – in person and livestream
All available with audio description, captions, BSL and Relaxed Performances.

This year Peter Rowe’s Rock ‘n’ Roll panto is reimagined, bringing a brand-new adventure and all your favourite actor-musicians right into your living room! Featuring iconic songs like Let’s Get Loud, If I Had a Hammer, I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), I Can See Clearly Now and Love on Top, The Snow Queen will be a sumptuous spread of music, mischief and mayhem for all the family.

The New Wolsey are also saying a BIG thank you to all the carers who have worked relentlessly throughout the pandemic. As a way of showing their gratitude, they’re putting on an exclusive performance of The Snow Queen on Tuesday 22 December, 7pm with their auditorium seats and 400 online tickets gifted specifically to the carers of Suffolk for this show.

Online tickets for this performance will remain available for booking by the public. 

Booking livestream tickets here.
Live streaming: set up video guide with captions here.
Live streaming set up video guide with BSL here.

New Wolsey website 

Leeds Playhouse

A Christmas Carol
Sat 19 December 2020 – Sat 9 January 2021

It’s Christmas Eve in Victorian Leeds, but the cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge hasn’t an ounce of festive cheer. 

As the cold night draws in, four ghostly spirits take Ebenezer on a magical journey through his past, his present and his future, hoping to show him the error of his ways. With Christmas spirit, fun, music and magic at its heart, this timeless Charles Dickens tale is brought vividly to life. 

Christmas Carol from the Pop-Up Season in 2018, based on an original production at Hull Truck Theatre. Adapted by playwright Deborah McAndrew and directed by Playhouse Associate Director Amy Leach (There Are No Beginnings, Oliver Twist) A Christmas Carol will have integrated British Sign Language.

Accessible Performances
This adaptation of A Christmas Carol, directed by Amy Leach, builds on the Playhouse’s knowledge and highly acclaimed creative work in accessibility and inclusion in theatre, in partnership with Ramps on the Moon.

British Sign Language
All performances of A Christmas Carol will have integrated British Sign Language. Click here for a BSL introduction by actors Stephen Collins and Nadia Nadarajah

Audio Described
Audio described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage. Performances on Thursday 17 December, 7pm and Saturday 9 January, 2pm will feature creative audio description, courtesy of Hear the Picture

Click this link to book tickets and to listen to an audio introduction to A Christmas Carol, by Hear the Picture.

Sheffield Theatres

Damian’s Pop-Up Panto

Sat 19 Dec – Sun 3 Jan
Sat 19 Dec 2.30pm – captioned performance
Sat 19 Dec 7.15pm – audio described and signed performance
Tu 29 Dec 11am – relaxed performance 

Will there be a panto at Sheffield Theatres this year? Oh yes there will! 

Damian Williams saves Christmas with Damian’s Pop-Up Panto! Joining him are comedian, presenter and internet sensation Joe Tracini, West End stars Gemma Sutton, Lucas Rush and Deborah Tracey, as they promise a fun-sized festive treat for the whole family.

Written and directed by our regular pantomime producer, Paul Hendy, this hilarious 75 minute extravaganza will tell the story of what happens when a baddie attempts to steal the joy of pantomime.

Like a ‘Greatest Hits of Panto’, Damian’s Pop-Up Panto will feature all your favourite pantomime moments including great musical numbers, the brilliant pun routine and, of course, the famous ghost gag bench! (‘well, we’ll have to do it again then, won’t we?!’)

Joyous, funny and uplifting, this really is a must-see show.

To book tickets and to find out more about the show visit the website here.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre 

The Nutcracker at The Rep 

This live streamed performance will take place on Friday 18 December at 7.30pm, with an on demand option available between Saturday 19 December at 7.30pm – midnight on Christmas Eve.

Click here to visit Birmingham Royal Ballet’s website and find out more.

Join Birmingham Royal Ballet and The REP as they bring the magic of The Nutcracker At The REP to your living room. 

When Clara’s toys come to life at the stroke of midnight, she embarks on a fantastical journey through a winter wonderland.

Be whisked from  the heart-warming Christmas Eve party where Fritz and Clara meet the magician Drosselmeyer, to the  rousing battle between King Rat and the toy soldiers, through a  flurry of Snowflakes  to  the Kingdom of Sweets, where Clara meets the Sugar Plum Fairy and her prince .

The production will feature Peter Wright’s award-winning choreography which was adapted by David Bintley for the acclaimed production at the Royal Albert Hall.

For Christmas 2020, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Carlos Acosta and The REP’s Sean Foley have created a special version of The Nutcracker . This new, 80-minute magical experience will conjure up the most dazzling moments and characters from the timeless full-length show.

Brought to life by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s world-class dancers, this enchanting spectacle features the Royal Ballet Sinfonia performing Tchaikovsky’s cherished score live.

Don’t miss this reimagined family favourite, guaranteed to sprinkle Christmas cheer from the comfort of your own home.

Ticket Information


Theatre Royal Stratford East

Live theatre will return to Theatre Royal Stratford East from Feb 2021 with three new productions.

Wed 03 – Sat 20 Feb 2021
The Sun, The Moon, And The Stars by Dipo Baruwa-Etti, directed by Nadia Fall

Wed 03 – Sat 20 Mar 2021
After The End by Dennis Kelly, directed by Lyndsey Turner

Wed 21 Apr – Sat 08 May 2021
Extinct by April De Angelis

Tickets are on sale now and start at £10.

Find out more and book here.


Christmas Shows from our partners


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