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Christmas Cabaret

  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Duration: 120
  • Age Guidance: Strictly over 18s
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West Yorkshire Playhouse’s alternative festive offering, Christmas Cabaret is a raucous, raunchy and rambunctious celebration of the best cabaret artists from across the UK.

We’ll invite our favourite musicians, live artists, drag acts, comedians, magicians and tricksters to take over the Courtyard Theatre and go wild for three December nights full of titillation, provocation and entertainment.

Your host for the evening will be Miss Behave, one of the founding members of Olivier Award Winning La Clique and La Soirée. A cocktail of quick wit, high camp, saucy curves and costumes – she is one of the last surviving female swordswallowers.

Please note that Miss Behave is unable to perform due to injury. She will be replaced as host of the Christmas Cabaret by the brilliant AJ James. 

AJ James is the consummate showman – acrobat, escapologist, daredevil, comedian and knife-juggler. When he’s not rescuing kittens from tall trees, AJ travels the world with his high-octane act, most recently touring the UK and Europe with An Evening Of Burlesque, Britain’s biggest touring burlesque show.
For full details of the line-up please click on the tab above.

Come in from the cold and join us for a Christmas party with a difference.



“ A true highlight of the cabaret scene”

- The Times (on Miss Behave)
We're excited to announce the line-up for our Christmas Cabaret...Hosted byAJ James AJ James is the consummate showman - acrobat, escapologist, daredevil, comedian and knife-juggler. When he's not rescuing kittens from tall trees, AJ travels the world with his high-octane act, most recently touring the UK and Europe with An Evening Of Burlesque, Britain's biggest touring burlesque show.With George Egg (Friday and Saturday only) One of the most innovative and whimsical comedy performances you'll ever see. A true cross between alternative stand-up comedy and music hall variety.Brennan Reece (Thursday only) Comedian Brennan Reece is fast becoming one of the best young talents in the UK. He recently won English Comedian Of The Year and Sky One's 'Don't Stop Me Now'.Empress Stah An internationally renowned Aerial Artist and Cabaret Theatre Performer famed for her highly stylised, often provocative, utterly unique performances.Kalki Hula Girl Kalki brings a fresh twist to the classic hula hoop routine. With a variety of character-led performances, from a French maid to a tragic cheerleader, Kalki performs acrobatics and seduces the audience.The Creative Martyrs Performance, street theatre, mime, clowning, compère and a collection of dark little ditties to provoke and entertain audiences.Paul Zenon From comedy conman to cutting-edge conjuror, Hollywood to Bollywood and the Comedy Store to La Clique, for thirty years Paul has brought his unique combination of contemporary trickery and streetwise stand-up to the stages and screens of the UK and around forty countries worldwide.

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Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A Signed performance is the usual full production with the addition of a British Sign Language Interpreter who stands on the stage interpreting the show for Deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

A relaxed performance with adaptations to technical aspects of the show, flexible seating options and a relaxed attitude to audience responses and movement in the auditorium. In our front of house space we will have a quiet room, clearer visual markers and signage, and additional staff and volunteers trained to sensitively and respectfully welcome people living with dementia and their supporters to this show.

Sing Along

Sing along with the cast in this exclusive performance. Lyrics will be on screen, so you can join in as loud as you like. Open to all, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £1.95 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


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