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Rudolf (2016)

  • Venue: Barber Studio
  • Duration: approx. 50 mins
  • Age Guidance: 2 - 6
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More Information on Rudolf (2016)

“All Rudolf has ever wanted to do is to pull Santa’s sleigh. But only the best reindeer get to do that. And the best reindeer don’t have red noses.”

When you’re the only reindeer with a bright red nose it’s difficult to fit in, but even Rudolf has to go to school – Reindeer School. It’s not just magical sleigh rides and all you can eat carrots; it takes a lot of hard work to make the grade to pull Santa’s sleigh especially when you’re the ‘red nose reject’.

But, with a little help from The Ugly Duckling, and a gentle reminder of how special he is… who knows what can be achieved when Santa calls?

Click here to watch the trailer.

The play was originally developed and devised with Rob Evans and Ross Allan, and produced by Macrobert Arts Centre.

The contribution of Harry Blake to this production was made possible through the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme, managed by Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network and supported by the Mackintosh Foundation.

Join us to make your own Rudolf in our Galloping Reindeer workshop

Cast & Credits

By Andy Manley / Directed by Eva Sampson / Designer Amelia Jane Hankin / Harry Blake Composer / Lighting Designer Mark Howland / Sound Designer Alexandra Faye Braithwaite / Assistant Director Ruby Clarke /

A West Yorkshire Playhouse production

  • Peter Hobday
    as S/ Rudolf
  • Mitesh Soni
    as T/ Ugly


“ There were moments of spellbinding hush during the most magical set-pieces”

- Yorkshire Post

“ So take the little ones to see Rudolf this Christmas. And watch them transfixed and transported to another world for an hour”

- On: Yorkshire Magazine

“ The two actors in Rudolf, Peter Hobday and Mitesh Soni, both put on a very entertaining, animated performance.””

- Yorkshire Tots

“ witty, laugh out loud, family fun performance”

- The Hearty Life

Book Tickets

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 £1.95 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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