It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to the theatre. In Leicester we’ve got all you want for Christmas, with a range of family-favourite pantos and classic musicals.
Jump aboard a magic carpet to ancient China to meet young Aladdin at De Montfort Hall. The cast features X Factor winner Sam Bailey and popstar Antony Costa from Blue, as well as Channel 5 Milkshake! presenter Nathan Connor, BBC Radio Leicester’s Martin Ballard, Paul Burling from Britain’s Got Talent and magicians Matthew Pomeroy and Natasha Lamb.
Meanwhile at Curve, the setting is New York City, West Side, 1957. Inspired by Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, and with a timeless score including Tonight, America and I Feel Pretty, West Side Story represents one of the greatest musicals of all time, filled with romance, charm, aggression and heartbreak.
For younger theatre fans Giraffes Can’t Dance at Curve carries the important and universal messages of acceptance and self-belief. The sensitive storytelling is perfect for young children and is recommended for audiences aged 3+.
The Haymarket hosts The Russian State Ballet and Opera House presenting the most famous ballet in the world – The Nutcracker. Plus three nights of Partyland at the Haymarket with the music of Queen, Robbie Williams and Take That.
The Little Theatre presents Robin Hood, with all the traditional panto pandemonium wrapped up in beautiful costumes and stunning scenery.
The magical fairytale Beauty and the Beast comes to life on stage at the Peepul Centre. This promises to be a pantomime production for all the family filled with fun, laughter and audience participation.
Leicester’s oldest theatre, The Y, has a great festive programme including Christmas Carol’s, Cabaret, Jack’s Giant Adventure and Ballet Theatre of The Wizard of Oz. See their full festive programme at the Y Theatre.