What’s On

Sleeping Beauty

Thursday 24 November - Saturday 31 December 2016

Wakefield's very own panto returns for another year, with the team behind Dick Whittington and Beauty and the Beast bringing some festive magic to that timeless tale of the power of true love’s kiss – Sleeping Beauty.

Christmas Brass

Sunday 11 December

Start your Christmas season off with this festive favourite, returning to Theatre Royal Wakefield for another year.

Chantry Carols with St Austin's Choir

Tuesday 20 December

A festive start to Christmas week with the Annual Carol Concert in the Chantry Chapel with St Austin's Choir

Requiem Mass for Prince Richard Duke of York

Friday 30 December

A Requiem Mass commemorating the death of Prince Richard Plantagenet Duke of York in battle near Sandal Castle on 30 December 1460.

Romeo and Juliet

Saturday 14 January

Join Ballet Theatre UK with their passionate and innovative recreation of the world’s greatest love story, Romeo and Juliet.

Beyond the Barricade

Sunday 15 January

Beyond the Barricade has delighted audiences throughout the UK and mainland Europe for more than a decade, with its exciting concert portrayal of the greatest songs in musical theatre, all performed totally live!

Cannon & Ball - The Dressing Room

Friday 20 January

Set behind the scenes at a run down theatre, Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball find themselves involved in the crazy goings on of compere Stu Francis and fellow comic Johnnie Casson.

Ruby Wax

Saturday 21 January

Ruby Wax is a much loved US-born comedian, actor and writer, along with being the ‘it girl’ of mental health campaigning.

The Empty Nesters' Club

Wednesday 25 January - Saturday 4 February 2017

John Godber invites you to join Vicky Barret for the inaugural meeting of The Empty Nesters' Club. If your children have left home and the nest is empty, this is the group for you!

Chinese New Year Extravaganza

Sunday 5 February

Come and see the magic unfold as Chinese New Year lands in Wakefield with a unique and exciting show of cultural spectacle, welcoming the start of the Year of the Rooster.

Round the Horne

Tuesday 7 February

Come and take a step back in time to the BBC’s Paris Studios and experience this comedy classic radio play live.

Cathy

Wednesday 8 February

Candid, poignant and intimate, this new play by award-winning playwright Ali Taylor offers a timely reflection on the personal and social impact of spiralling rents and forced relocation, for a family living on the edge.

Joe Stilgoe

Thursday 9 February

After two sell-out years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and entertainer Joe Stilgoe finally takes his smash hit show on tour.

Magic - A Kind of Queen

Friday 10 February

Magic, the first and still the best tribute to Queen, perform all of Queen’s greatest hits, plus some you may not have heard for a while, in their latest show for 2017.

Jamie Raven Live

Saturday 11 February

Jamie Raven burst onto an unsuspecting world during the 2015 series of Britain’s Got Talent. His magic amazed audiences and even made Simon Cowell exclaim, “I now finally believe in magic!”

Don't Dribble on the Dragon

Sunday 12 February

Tom is a toddler with a cool older brother, a secret dragon and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop!

Opera Boys

Tuesday 14 February

Leading men from London’s West End combine in a powerhouse of vocal harmony to deliver a stunning blend of music ranging from opera to pop, and everything in between.

Rock Icons

Wednesday 15 February 2017

Rock Icons is an all new energetic live music show that will take you on a journey through the eras and evolution of rock and classic rock.

The Jungle Book

Friday 17 February, 2017

Calling Wolf-cubs everywhere, Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book is getting the Oddsocks treatment!

John Shuttleworth

Saturday 18 February

John Shuttleworth hits the road, following appearances on Celebrity Antiques Roadshow and the second series of Radio 4's John Shuttleworth’s Lounge Music, for his farewell tour.

Roy Orbison & The Traveling Wilburys Tribute Show

Sunday 19 February

This fantastic show celebrates the music of 80s super group The Traveling Wilburys, which featured five individual icons - Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan.

All the Little Lights

Monday 20 & Tuesday 21 February

Poignant, moving and darkly funny, this award-winning new play tells the searing story of three girls slipping through the cracks in society. In a world where nobody wants you, what would you do to survive?

Sing! Dance! Act!

Friday 24 & Saturday 25 February

A chance to see some of the most talented young performers in West Yorkshire as Theatre Royal Performance Academy Pontefract hits the stage for their annual showcase.

Johnny Cash Roadshow

Sunday 26 February

Johnny Cash Roadshow is a show not to be missed by avid fans or the casual listener, and is also the only show to be endorsed by the Cash family!

Chris Ramsey

Tuesday 28 February

A brand new stand up show for 2017 from the comedian you've seen on The Royal Variety Performance, Celebrity Juice, Hebburn, Live At The Apollo and various newspapers when he was wrongly arrested in a hotel in his underpants.

Gala Dinner & Variety Performance

Thursday 2 March

Theatre Royal Wakefield’s Gala Dinner & Variety Performance returns for another year and tickets are selling fast...

An Evening of Burlesque

Friday 3 March

An Evening of Burlesque is back in town with a dazzling new production!

Real Diamond

Saturday 4 March

John Hylton has been a professional ‘Neil’ for over 20 years and performed more than 4,000 tribute shows.

Alice

Wednesday 8 - Saturday 11 March

Wakefield Little Theatre’s original adaptation of an old classic takes you on a journey to meet all the usual characters as Wonderland embarks on its mission to get a grown up Alice to throw caution to the wind and let go of her gloomy existence!

You've Got A Friend

Saturday 4 March

From the creators of the smash hit West End show The Simon & Garfunkel Story, You’ve Got A Friend celebrates two of the world’s greatest songwriters of all time - James Taylor and Carole King.

The Dublin Legends

Friday 17 March

The Dublin Legends - Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell, Paul Watchorn & Gerry O’Connor - have over 60 years experience of performing with folk icons The Dubliners. Come and celebrate St Patrick’s Day with all the classic songs and ballads known the world over.

Jane Eyre - An Autobiography

Wednesday 22 March

Struggling to think, live and love beyond the stifling expectations of duty, class and convention, governess Jane Eyre and master Edward Rochester take a dark journey towards sensual and intellectual liberation.

Sing-a-long-a Rocky Horror

Thursday 23 March

The campest cult classic of all time gets the Sing-a-long-a treatment it’s been screaming for!

Blake

Friday 24 March

Fresh from recent appearances on The Graham Norton Show, Strictly Come Dancing and The One Show, Brit Award-winning harmony trio Blake present a brand new tour featuring the finest songs from stage and screen, with projections and lighting that bring the cinematic magic to life.

Thank You for the Music

Saturday 25 March

The international smash-hit ABBA and Bee Gees concert show’s all-new spectacular.

Simon Yates

Sunday 26 March

Come along and witness Simon’s tireless journey from that mountain in Peru to some of the remotest on the planet and share with him the drama, excitement and beauty of modern, lightweight alpinism.

Patsy Cline - The Concert She Never Gave

Wednesday 29 March

Come along to this enthralling tribute to the music, life and times of one of the world’s biggest country music stars, Patsy Cline.

Les McKeown's Bay City Rollers

Thursday 30 March

Bay City Rollers icon Les McKeown is back on tour, bringing his fantastic show to venues across the UK!

Strictly Murder

Friday 31 March & Saturday 1 April

Lies, subterfuge and murder make this fast-moving thriller a dark and disturbing roller coaster of bluff and double bluff.

The Pasadena Roof Orchestra

Sunday 2 April

Pack up your troubles, come on get happy, and experience an evening of superlative live music.

Hubalaboo!

Tuesday 4 April

Come and join Wakefield Music Education Hub for a fantastic evening of musical performances by talented young people from across the district.

Whitney - Queen of the Night

Friday 7 April

A stunning celebration of the music and life of one of the greatest singers of our time.

Pasha

Saturday 8 April

Pasha Kovalev from Strictly Come Dancing and his fantastic dancers are back again touring the UK with their completely brand new show.

The Railway Children

Thursday 13 - Saturday 15 April

A wonderful new musical adaptation of E. Nesbit's classic story by Stephen Kingsbury and Ben Sleep.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Tuesday 18 & Wednesday 19 April

Direct from a smash-hit West End season and international tour, Michael Rosen’s award-winning book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is brought vividly and noisily to the stage.

Dean Friedman in Concert

Thursday 20 April

Hailed by critics and fans alike as a one of the finest songwriters of his generation, Dean Friedman has achieved legendary, pop-icon status for chart-topping hits, Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia, Woman of Mine and more.

Crofton Silver Band

Friday 21 April

Jazz-funk, Swing classics and pop standards sit comfortably alongside traditional marches, brass band favourites and the deeply spiritual, when Crofton Silver Band takes the stage.

The Carpenters Story

Saturday 22 April

The award-winning Carpenters Story celebrates the music of one of the most successful pop duos in history, Richard and Karen Carpenter.

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Tuesday 25 - Saturday 29 April

Sharp, funny and delightfully direct, Andrea Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical play tells the story of Rita and Sue, two feisty working class girls from a rundown council estate who both embark on an affair with married man Bob.

Stand Up Stand Up

Wednesday 3 - Saturday 6 May

From the internationally acclaimed writer of Road and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice comes this new dark comedy - hilarious and heartbreaking in turns.

The Scarecrow's Wedding

Sunday 7 May

Betty O'Barley and Harry O'Hay are excellent scarecrows (they scare a lot of crows).

Jasper Carrott’s Stand Up and Rock

Sunday 21 & Monday 22 May 2017

Jasper Carrott's Stand Up and Rock is coming to Wakefield - doing exactly what it says on the tin!

Comedy Club 4 Kids

Sunday 18 June

It's a comedy club, right, but for kids. Also any adults who enjoy a swear-free hour with the international circuit's best stand-ups and sketch acts. Non-patronising. Pure awesome.

Let's Hang On

Thursday 6 July

This award-winning production, endorsed by Frankie Valli himself, celebrates the music of one of popular music’s most successful bands of all time.

Milkshake! Live

Saturday 8 July

Join your favourite Milkshake! characters for an all singing, all dancing spectacular stage show! With superb songs, funky dance routines, loads of laughter, bags of audience interaction and bucket loads of fun, it’s the family show not to be missed.

Giovanni Pernice - il ballo è vita

Tuesday 18 July

Join Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice and his professional dance team in Dance is Life.

Our House

Wednesday 30 August - Saturday 9 September 2017

The Olivier Award-winning musical featuring the songs of Madness comes to Wakefield!

Blown Away

Saturday 14 October

Meet Penguin Blue and friends as they go on an acrobatic Antarctic adventure full of good ideas, homesickness and the perils of kites.

Michael Morpurgo's King Arthur

Tuesday 24 October

A drowning boy is rescued by a mysterious figure who claims to be Arthur Pendragon. The old man’s stories transport the boy back to the heady days of Camelot, the Round Table, Merlin and Excalibur.

Aladdin

Thursday 23 November - Sunday 31 December 2017

Join Aladdin and his friends as they set out to battle the baddies in the fantastically festive Theatre Royal Wakefield pantomime for 2017.