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Pantomime in York

This year, Christmas theatregoers are in for a treat as local panto legend Berwick Kaler once again dons his dame wig in Granny Goose. Like the city itself, Kaler's panto promises tradition, fun, spectacle and a feel-good factor that the entire family can enjoy. 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 panto will be Old Granny Gooseat the Grand Opera House. This madcap celebration of traditional pantomime promises to bring 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 will once again play the title dame in Old Granny Goose. He is joined by his stalwart sidekick Martin Barrass (Emerdale), who has joined him for every York panto since 1984. The cast also includes Suzy Cooper (Eastenders), AJ Powell (star of previous pantomimes including Aladdin and the Twankeys) and regular York panto villain, David Leonard.
The running time for Old Granny Goose has not yet been officially announced. It is confirmed that the show will include an interval. In an interview for local radio, Berwick Kaler himself said the show would be “two hours of absolutely spectacular laughter, scenery and possibly the greatest dame who is walking this Earth”.
Tickets start at £13 and go up to £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.
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