Leeds’ First Pantomime of the New Season Opens at City Varieties Music Hall

For two performances only, Dick Whittington and His Cat is at City Varieties this Saturday 10 November, performed by On Stage Productions.

The London streets are paved with gold, or so Dick believes. The tales is transformed into traditional pantomime – the dame, music, jokes, songs and custard pies, with a slapstick version of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Local young performers will take the stage alongside Panto Dame Richard Hunter and Scarborough comedian Dale Ibbetson.

On Stage Productions is the performance arm of On Stage Academy – a Leeds-based drama class for young people aged three to 16,” explains Liz Coggins, Director of the Panto and Principal of On Stage Academy.

Our aim is to introduce youngsters to the world of theatre, working with them on performance, singing, costume and stagecraft and have them work alongside industry professionals.  We believe that Pantomime is often a child’s first experience of theatre and therefore it should be a magical one, filled with music, comedy and – of course – audience participation!

Panto is as much about the audience as it is the cast,” Liz concludes. “We want them to hiss the baddies, cheer the goodies, sing-along and shout ‘til they’re hoarse, leaving with a spring in their step. The city’s Christmas lights will be on by then and Leeds will be aglow and ready for the festive season!

Feature photograph provided by City Varieties, showing Richard Hunter as Dame Fanny The Cook, with Tilda Fletcher, Savi Pachos and Isabel Tate.

Saturday November 10th at 2pm and 7pm

Tickets: From £19.60

Book online at cityvarieties.co.uk or call 0113 243 08 08


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