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First pantomime of the season hits Leeds City Varieties

Catch family favourite Dick Whittington and his Cat for two shows only.

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Leeds City Varieties Music Hall. Credit: Leeds City Varieties Music Hall.

Leeds panto lovers can get their fix early as the first pantomime of the year opens at the City Varieties Music Hall this November.

Telling the legendary tale of the poor boy who sets off to London where he believes the streets are paved with gold, this show contains all the traditional hallmarks of a good pantomime; jokes, dames, music and song, custard pies and a slapstick version of The 12 Days of Christmas.

Performed by On Stage Productions, Dick Whittington stars local actors including popular Panto Dame Richard Hunter and Scarborough comedian Dale Ibbetson, alongside a supporting cast of pantomime favourites supported by an ensemble of Leeds youngsters.

“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.

Richard Hunter as Dame Fanny the Cook with Tilda Fletcher,Savi Pachos and Isabel Tate.

Richard Hunter as Dame Fanny the Cook with Tilda Fletcher, Savi Pachos and Isabel Tate.

“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!”

Dick Whittington and His Cat is at City Varieties Music Hall for one day only – Saturday November 10th at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets from £19.60. Book online at or call 0113 243 08 08


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