City Varieties Music Hall is pleased to announce that Beauty and the Beast will get the Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto treatment for 2021.
The exciting news comes on the back of the announcement that Leeds’ oldest theatre will reopen for the first time in six months from Friday 9 October 2020 with a programme of film presented in collaboration with sister venue Hyde Park Picture House.
Having closed its doors on March 17th due to the pandemic, the news of reopening unfortunately comes too late to save this year’s panto but tickets for 2021 will go on sale today (Thursday 1 October) at 10am from www.leedsheritagetheatres.com.
Ian Sime, General Manager at City Varieties said: “Like so many other theatres across the country, we are absolutely devastated that this years’ panto won’t be going ahead, but we’re thrilled to be able to bring Beauty and the Beast, a brand new production from the enchanted pen of Peter Rowe, to The Varieties in 2021.
“Our Rock ’n’ Roll Pantos have been extremely popular since they were first introduced in 2011 and have grown year on year to become a Christmas tradition for so many families in Leeds and beyond.”
A very different format to the traditional Christmas pantomime, Rock ’n’ Roll Pantos mix traditional elements of audience participation and corny gags with a jukebox full of classic rock anthems and chart-toppers – all performed live on stage by an ultra-talented cast of actor-musicians. Be sure to keep your wits about you, or you may just get rocked by the legendary Boulder Battle!
“One of the secrets of its success lies with its cast of actor-musicians who waste no time in developing a great rapport with the audience in the intimate atmosphere of this historic old theatre. Full of audience participation you can cheer the goodies, hiss the baddie and shout until you are hoarse and that’s what pantomime is all about.” (YORKSHIRE EVENING POST – Aladdin, 2017).
Beauty and the Beast The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto is at City Varieties Music Hall from Friday 26 November 2021 to Sunday 9 January 2022.