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Pantomime In York

Last year, Christmas theatregoers were in for a treat as local panto legend Berwick Kaler once again donned his dame wig in Granny Goose. Like the city itself, Kaler's panto delivered tradition, fun, spectacle and a feel-good factor that the entire family could enjoy. Kaler writes and stars in the York panto every year, so keep an eye on this page for news of the 2023 season and find out why he is established as one of the UK's greatest panto legends.

York is a city steeped in history and perhaps it is at its most beautiful at Christmas. The lights and decorations spread magic throughout the medieval streets and the St. Nicholas Fair brings families together for wholesome festive cheer. Meanwhile, Yorkshire Winter Wonderland features the largest ice-rink in the North of England, so get your skates on!

Frequently Asked Questions

This year's York panto has not been confirmed. Check back for updates as the happen including the show, cast and when you can book for your next festive family outing.

Last year, Old Granny Goose ran at the Grand Opera House. This madcap celebration of traditional pantomime brought big laughs and fairy tale mischief in equal measure.
It wouldn't be a York pantomime without the legendary Berwick Kaler, Britain's longest-serving panto dame and a staple of the York Christmas season for four decades. Kaler plays the title dame in most productions, and is usually joined by his stalwart sidekick Martin Barrass (Emmerdale), who has appeared in every York panto since 1984. The full York pantomime cast in 2023 is to be confirmed.
There is no confirmed running time for the 2023 York panto, but last year's production was around two hours. Other pantomimes across the UK are around 2 hours 30 minutes long, with an interval.
Based on last year's pantomime, tickets start at £13 and go up to around £40.75. A discount of £5 is available for people aged under 25 for most seats. You can add a drink from the bar to your seat for an extra £5 per seat. Package deals are available for the Ambassadors Box for £36.75, which include nibbles, chocolates and a mini bottle of bubbly.

This may be subject to change when the 2023 pantomime is confirmed.
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