Tis the season for Christmas shows, pantos and all things glittery and gleeful.
And there’s plenty going on in and around Huddersfield over the next month.
If it’s traditional panto you’re looking for then there’s the Victoria Theatre’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk, which begins tomorrow at the Halifax venue. It will run until Christmas Eve and stars Huddersfield actress Ann Micklethwaite as the fairy. (01422 351158 or www.victoriatheatre.co.uk)
Further afield in Bradford, the Alhambra has X Factor winner Joe McElderry and comedian Billy Pearce in the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The panto runs from tomorrow until January 25. (01274 432000 or www.bradford-theatres.co.uk)
Huddersfield’s own Lawrence Batley Theatre’s Christmas show, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, opens tonight and can be seen until December 28. It has been written by award-winning playwright Mike Kenny and is performed by the tutti frutti company, formerly in LBT residence. The show is based on the ancient Aesop fable but tells it with a new twist. (01484 430528 or www.thelbt.org.uk)
The Square Chapel Centre for the Arts in Halifax also has a festive show, The Wild Adventures of Robin Hood, which will be presented by the three performers who make up Sticks Theatre. It was written by Andrew Pollard, whose credits include The Water Babies and Treasure Island for Northern Broadsides, and runs from Tuesday, December 16, until Christmas Eve. (01422 349422 or www.squarechapel.co.uk)
At Leeds Grand, Northern Ballet is performing Peter Pan - from this weekend until Saturday, December 20. It has flying ballet dancers, exciting fight scenes, a spectacular set by Olivier-award winning designer Peter Mumford and music by Oscar-winning composer Stephen Warbeck played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia. (0844 848 2700 or www.leedsgrandtheatre.com)
The Horse + Bamboo company is currently performing its own version of the traditional tale of Hansel and Gretel at The Civic in Barnsley. Aimed at ages five and over, the show has music, film, puppets and masks. The show closes this Sunday and will be followed by the Christmas holiday production, The Lost Present, which opens on December 21, for four nights. By Topsy Turvy Theatre, the puppet show is for children aged between three and seven. (01226 327000 or www.barnsleycivic.co.uk)
Dreaming of a White Christmas? Get in the festive mood with the show of the same name at West Yorkshire Playhouse. On until January 17, the show has a star cast of West End actors and singers, including Darren Day. It is adapted from the classic 1954 film, which featured Bing Crosby singing the title track that later became the best-selling single of all time. White Christmas will have a dementia-friendly performance on Tuesday, December 16, at 2pm for those suffering from the condition and their families. Ticket information is available from 0113 213 7700 or www.wyp.org.uk
The Christmas concert season is now at its peak and there’s still time to secure tickets for an evening of festive music.
- Sunday, December 14, sees Christmas at the Cathedral, a free concert at Cathedral House in Huddersfield. It starts at 6.30pm and will feature carols, a live orchestra and choir.
- The famous Black Dyke Band is playing Huddersfield Town Hall on Sunday, December 21, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 and £13 from 01484 223200.
- More brass is on offer from the Lindley Band with its Christmas Gala Evening in the Town Hall on Friday, December 19, at 7.30pm. The concert will also feature The Audrey Spencer School of Dance, Huddersfield Wind Band and the Halifax Young Singers. Tickets are from £10. Call 01484 223200.
- And on Sunday, December 21, members of Hepworth Band will take part in the traditional service of lessons and carols at Hepworth Church (4pm) and the carol service in Hepworth Village on Christmas Eve at 7pm.
- Further afield, in Leeds, the Orchestra of Opera North is offering Christmas Twilight, a candle-lit performance of songs and carols, with a cappella vocal trio. To be held in the Howard Assembly Room, the concert starts at 6.15pm on Friday, December 19, and tickets are £5 from 0844 848 2727.