March's Must-Not-Miss Yorkshire Shows and Where to Go for Family Fun this Month
You won't want to miss these shows and events in Leeds, York, Wakefield, Bradford and more this month
OPERA NORTH’S THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN
UNTIL 4TH MARCH
Leeds Grand Theatre
Be transported to a forest as you encounter this enchanting tale of Vixen Sharp Ears, who dreams of freedom and escapes to take on the world. The creatures of the forest will come to life to help her along the way. Janáček’s playful melodies bring life to this emotional fairytale and celebrated classic.
GORDON BUCHANAN: 30 YEARS IN THE WILD
City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds
Following last year’s sell-out tour, one of the world’s most prominent wildlife presenters and filmmakers is heading back on the road. Having produced some of the most popular wildlife programmes on the BBC, Gordon is keen to share his passion and achievements. He’ll reflect on the incredible 30 years he’s spent working both behind and in front of the camera.
LIVING NORTH LIVE
0191 261 8944
Living North LIVE is Yorkshire’s leading homes, gardens, shopping, food and lifestyle event. With stylish shopping, live demonstrations, workshops, talks and tastings, Living North LIVE brings you inspiring ideas for your home and garden, great gifts, delicious food and unique accessories that you won’t find anywhere else. Find the best buys from some of Yorkshire’s finest makers and designers and see Living North magazine come to life on our Chef Demonstration stage and in our LIVE Lounge.
Get your tickets here.
Whether it’s an all-singing, all-dancing show or a fun trail to follow, we’ve got plenty of ways to keep the whole family entertained
DISNEY ON ICE
First Direct Arena, Leeds
Mickey Mouse and his friends are taking to the ice to wow you with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics and spectacular stunts! Search for Tinker Bell through immersive worlds, sail away with Moana, see Belle in the sky as the chandelier comes to life, and sing along with Elsa and the cast of Frozen.
CIRQUE: THE GREATEST SHOW
The whole family’s favourite West End and Broadway hits will be accompanied by amazing aerialists, contortionists and trapeze artists in this unforgettable new show for 2023. Cirque, the award-winning, smash-hit circus musical, is fun for all the family. Expect hits from The Greatest Showman, Moulin Rouge, Hairspray and Rocketman the Musical, but book your tickets fast!
Don your detective hat or see old classics turned into modern masterpieces on our local stages
Grand Opera House York
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is the world’s longest-running play, and this thrilling West End production is not to be missed. As news spreads of a murder in London, a group of seven strangers are snowed in at a countryside guesthouse. When a police sergeant arrives, the guests discover the killer is closer than they think. One by one the suspicious characters reveal their pasts, but which one is the murderer?
The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of a young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant. Don’t miss this award-winning Ellen Kent and the Ukrainian Opera & Ballet Theatre Kyiv production, with international soloists and a full orchestra. Expect exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and antique wedding kimonos from Japan.
LORD OF THE FLIES
18TH MARCH–8TH APRIL
Quarry Theatre, Leeds
0113 213 7700
This must-see production is a modern staging of William Golding’s 20th century classic. In the midst of a war, a group of British school children are left stranded after surviving a plane crash. Ralph is voted the leader over Piggy and Jack. As tensions rise and the hunger for power and struggle for survival grows, things get out of control.
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION
The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
Two TV favourites will take to the stage in The Shawshank Redemption when this stunning adaption plays The Alhambra Theatre. Joe Absolom, best known for his roles in EastEnders and Doc Martin, plays the wrongly convicted Andy Dufresne with Ben Onwukwe, known to many for his long-standing role in London’s Burning, as his fellow inmate Ellis ‘Red’ Redding. Based on Stephen King’s 1982 novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, this superb stage production examines desperation, injustice, friendship and hope behind the claustrophobic bars of a maximum-security facility.
Matcham Auditorium, Theatre Royal, Wakefield
Expect sorcery, ghostly apparitions and sword fights aplenty in this adaptation of Shakespeare’s tale. Macbeth is told by three sisters that his fate is to become King of Scotland and he murders King Duncan to take the crown for himself. Wracked with guilt, so begins a tale of murder and madness as love, politics and witchcraft collide.
24TH & 25TH MARCH
Harrogate Studio Theatre
01423 502116 harrogatetheatre.co.uk
Traveller and pioneer Gulliver, who has been lost at sea for nine years, has returned and he’s telling tales of undiscovered lands and creatures. But is he really the same man who disappeared? Unique puppetry and original music will bring one of our favourite stories to life thanks to award-winning theatre company Box Tale Soup.