They’re behind you! Oh no, I lied, they’re everywhere. It’s the first weekend of York’s professional panto season. Old Mother Goose is this year’s show at the Theatre Royal. Written by legendary Dame Berwick Kaler it stars the familiar fun-loving gang, among them Martin Barrass, Suzy Cooper and the return of David Leonard.
At the Opera House they welcome Cinderella. Immerse yourself in this traditional fairy story starring music and theatre star Anita Harris as the Baroness, Emmerdale star Stuart Wade as Buttons, Last of the Summer Wine’s Tom Owen as Baron Hardup and Any Dream Will Do’s Rob McVeigh as The Prince.
What the Dickens?
Charles Dickens – aka as Charles Hunt and Clive Lyons – will be doing some readings from his classic tales. Expect excerpts from Martin Chuzzlewit, Oliver Twist, Dr Marigold and of course A Christmas Carol. This Saturday, December 13 – Sunday 14 7.30-9.30pm at Jacobs Well.
Woolpack Pop Up Beer Festival
Beer and eating – what more could you want at Christmas…? The Woolpack Inn’s Pop Up Beer Festival runs until Sunday December 14, starting each day at noon. There will also be entertainment, Christmas DJs and a bar billiards tournament.
The Barbican is hosting Seventies legend Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel this Saturday, December 13 from 7.30pm. Go back to 1973 and experience the nostalgia from songs like Sebastian and 1975’s Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) which is one of the most played records in British broadcasting.
Oxfam Pop Up
Taking place at the Fossgate Social, Oxfam Pop Up features two days of books and music, Christmas cards and decorations all for a good cause. Acts playing include Henry Raby’s Punk Poetry, David Ward Maclean, Amy Greene and Laura Munteanu. Friday, December 12 7-10.15pm and Saturday from 6.30-10.15pm.
Christmas in the Dungeon
If you’re more attracted to the darker side of Chrimble, head to the York Dungeon. There the Torturer is finding out who’s been naughty and nice and presenting every guest with a lump of coal – to bring them luck in the coming year. Dungeon regulars such as Guy Fawkes and Dick Turpin are in on the act, and expect a few surprises too. From Friday, December 12 – Wednesday, December 31, 10.30am-4.30pm.