As we all suspected 2020 has ended in tiers! Sadly the status of Leeds has not changed which means that there will be no live performances but we can still enjoy some fine productions which are being streamed on line.

Leeds Playhouse

A Christmas Carol. Photograph by Anthony Robling

A Christmas Carol, this year’s festive offering from Leeds Playhouse, will now be available to view in the comfort of your home from 21st – 23rd December. Performances are at 7.00pm on all three dates with matinees at 2.00pm on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd. There are three prices to access; £20, £15 and £10, each has a £2.50 booking fee. The stream you get will be exactly the same for all three prices but it hoped that, if you are able, you will pay as much as you can. It is a much cheaper option for a family than going to a physical performance. You will also be helping out the theatre and assisting in its ability to provide a top line series of productions when this pandemic is over and we can get back to the theatre in person.

For more details and to book, please go to

A Christmas Carol: At Home

Opera North

Opera North has changed its Christmas streaming programme and it now looks as follows:

Fidelio photograph provided by Opera North

Fidelio, see my review, will now have its streaming run extended until 4th January, 2021

Carols for Care Homes will be streamed to the general public after it has been made available to Care Homes and Hospices on Friday 18th December.

Whistle Stop Opera: Cinderella, is also to be offered free to schools and hospitals from today, and has been extended so as to allow families to view it at home for £4.99.

Whistle Stop Opera: Cinderella. Photograph provided by Opera North

La Petite Bohème, Matthew Robbins’ 20-minute animation is now available to view for £4.99. Song of Our Heartland, Will Todd’s community opera filmed in County Durham will also be made available on-line.

La Petite Bohème. Image supplied by Opera North

For more information and booking details please visit:

What’s On

I realise that we would rather be sitting in the theatre at this time of year and letting our hair down – at least, those of you with enough to let down – but we must protect each other and hope that next Christmas, when we can go to the pantomime again, we can look at COVID-19 and shout ‘It’s behind us!’ ‘Oh! Yes it is!’

Have a wonderful Christmas and a safe, happy and healthy 2021.

Feature image A Christmas Carol by Anthony Robling

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