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"But Grandmother! What big ears you have," said Little Red Riding Hood as she edged closer to the bed. "All the better to hear… the talented actor-musicians at the City Varieties Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto my dear," replied the wolf. 

City Varieties Music Hall is pleased to announce that Red Riding Hood will get the Rock ‘n’ Roll Pantomime treatment for 2019.

Leeds audiences are invited to pick up their wicker baskets, throw on their red hooded capes and skip on down to the famous music hall for the now legendary festive treat that is a hit with children and adults alike.

“Our Rock ’n’ Roll Pantos have been extremely popular since they were first introduced in 2011,” says Ian Sime, General Manager at City Varieties. “They have grown year on year and have now become a Christmas tradition for families in Leeds and beyond. Red Riding Hood is a brand-new production from the enchanted pen of Peter Rowe and we are very excited to showcase it at The Varieties.” 

A very different format to the traditional Christmas pantomime, Rock ’n’ Roll Pantomimes 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 though, 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).


Red Riding Hood the Rock ‘N’ Roll Pantomime is at City Varieties Music Hall from Friday 29 November 2019 to Sunday 12 January 2020. Tickets go on general sale on Monday 1 April 2019.

Tickets are priced from £14

(Prices include a 60p levy. Where applicable, a £1 charge for postage will also be payable.)

Book online at or call Box Office on 0113 243 08 08.