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Crumble’s Search for Christmas (2017)

  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Duration: 55 minutes, this show runs without an interval
  • Age Guidance: 2 - 6
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When winter comes it’s time for Crumble to hibernate. At least that’s what Crumble’s always been told. Until one year awaking early, the temptation to go and see what’s out there… is too much to resist. And so, leaving the family burrow behind, Crumble begins the adventure of a lifetime.

Will there be a way home before the great freeze? Or will Crumble have to stay with new found friends? And why has no one ever said anything about snow?

From the writer of The Night Before Christmas, this magical story of secret burrows and blustering blizzards, is perfect for 2-6 year olds, and their grown-ups.

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Cast & Credits

Writer Robert Alan Evans / Set and Costume Designer Karen Tennent / Lighting Designer Simon Wilkinson / Sound Designer and Composer Kim Moore /

A West Yorkshire Playhouse production

  • Lucy Bairstow
    as Boo/other parts
  • Riana Duce
    as Elderberry/other parts
  • Emily Goldie
    as Crumble


“ perfect for getting children and their grownups in the spirit of Christmas”

- Yorkshire Tots

“ beautiful staging, a rich lighting plot and magical creatures”

- Yorkshire Post

“ a great way to introduce youngsters to the kind magic of the theatre, and a wonderful fuzzy warm-up to a happy Christmas”

- British Theatre Guide

“ Full of wit and wonder”

- Culture Vulture

“ Crumble’s Search for Christmas at the West Yorkshire Playhouse is perfect for getting you in the mood for Christmas”

- Mini Travellers

“ Seasonal story is an absolute Christmas cracker”

- Keighley News

“ a truly wonderful and heart-warming festive production”

- Kick Back Times

“ you’ll leave with a massive grin on your face ”

- The State of the Arts

“ a fab show”

- MMB Magazine

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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 using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/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

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Socially Distanced

A guaranteed socially distanced performance provides seating with additional space between bubbles to allow appropriate social distancing.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Socially Distanced - Socially Distanced
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