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Pantomime will be making a magical return to the Alhambra Theatre this festive season as Bradford panto legend Billy Pearce returns for his 23 rd season. Tickets go on general sale on Monday 20 March for Cinderella which runs from Saturday 9 December 2023 to Sunday 21 January 2024 – grab the best tickets to the ball by booking early!

Billy Pearce first topped the bill of the Alhambra Theatre’s annual festive production in 1993, winning acclaim from critics and audience members alike, and has since solidified his reputation as the King of Yorkshire comedy. Side-splittingly funny, Billy will bring his trademark mad-cap comedy and boundless energy to the stage and will have audiences laughing in the aisles just like he does every year.

Cinderella will be produced by the world’s biggest pantomime producer and the team behind the 2022 production of Jack and the Beanstalk, Crossroads Pantomimes. The production will be packed full of the magical ingredients Bradford audiences have come to expect from their annual festive treat: laugh-out-loud comedy, stunning scenery, beautiful costumes and plenty of boos and hisses!

Chief Executive of Crossroads Pantomimes, Michael Harrison, said: “When you think about pantomime in Bradford you immediately think of Billy Pearce! He’s a comedy genius and has built a reputation for being at the top of the pantomime genre, delighting audiences for more than two decades. I’m thrilled to be celebrating his return to Bradford for another season. Cinderella is perhaps the most magical pantomime of them all, and our Bradford production will bring much magic and laughter to the Alhambra Theatre stage this Christmas."

Talking about his return for a 23rd season, Billy Pearce said: “The Alhambra Theatre has to be the best place in the world to perform. Jack and the Beanstalk last year was an absolute joy! I’m so looking forward to Cinderella, which will no doubt be another fab panto with wonderful talented people entertaining the families of Yorkshire and beyond. What more could I wish for?

Adam Renton, General Manager Bradford Theatres comments: “I’m sure that audiences of all ages will thoroughly enjoy another outstanding festive show in Bradford this year. It’s wonderful to be able to welcome back pantomime favourite Billy Pearce to the Alhambra Theatre; once again at the top of the bill of our annual panto, which promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

I’m very proud that the Alhambra Theatre’s pantomime draws visitors from all around the Bradford district, West Yorkshire and beyond - we can’t wait to welcome everyone back to share the panto magic with us and have the opportunity to create some wonderful memories.

There is a performance for everybody this festive season: with signed performances on Thursday 14 December at 2pm and Sunday 14 January at 5pm; two audio described performances on Thursday 4 January at 2pm and 7.15pm; a captioned performance on Sunday 7 January at 5pm, and a relaxed performance on Tuesday 9 January at 6pm. The relaxed performance will welcome everyone who would like to see the panto in a less formal atmosphere.

Join Cinders as she goes from rags to riches, outwits her very wicked sisters and meets her Prince Charming. The clock is ticking, so book your tickets now!

Further casting for Cinderella will be announced later in 2023.

Cinderella - Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Saturday 9 December 2023 – Sunday 21 January 2024

Relaxed Performance - Tuesday 9 January 2024 at 6pm

On sale to Bradford Theatres Friends Members, Group & School Bookers: Monday 13 March 2023 at 10am

On general public sale: Monday 20 March 2023 at 10am

Tickets: from £18 (inc booking fees)

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Pantomime will be making a magical return to the Alhambra Theatre this festive season.



  1. Gary Tracy
    I am absolutely thrilled to hear that Billy Pearce, the legendary Bradford panto performer, is returning to the Alhambra Theatre in Cinderella. I have been eagerly waiting for this moment for a long time. In fact, I remember seeing an interview with Billy when I was younger that really impressed me and made me want to become a journalist. I took my passion seriously and pursued it through education, and I am proud to say that a text work I wrote about interview techniques has been featured as an example on, it's amazing to see my work recognized in this way, and it motivates me to keep honing my skills. I would be over the moon if I could have the opportunity to interview Billy Pearce. He is an icon in Bradford and his contributions to the arts scene are immeasurable. I am sure he has some fascinating insights to share, and I would be honored to hear them firsthand.

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