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The Night Before Christmas

  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Duration: 50
  • Age: 2 - 6
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Weather Update 27 December
Although there has been some localised flooding near to the Playhouse, all performances are due to go ahead as scheduled.  However, we would advise that you allow plenty of time for your journey and to find parking.  Diversions are in place around The Calls, Crown Point, Asda House and Sovereign Street. We will post any updates on here and on social media should there be any changes.

Carol doesn’t feel very Christmassy. What’s all the fuss about? Trees, tinsel, baubles, pudding, presents…? What a lot of nonsense. Definitely not for her.

That is until the night before Christmas when Elf 30046, all stripey tights and pointy ears, falls down her chimney and they both tumble into a bigger adventure than they could ever have imagined. Will Elf ever do as he’s told? Will Carol learn to have fun? Will they ever spot the speeding sleigh and most importantly of all… can they find Father Christmas before it’s too late?

A beautiful, funny and delightful story of friendship and the true meaning of Christmas, The Night Before Christmas is the perfect present for little elves, a magical treat for the family this winter.


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Audience feedback for The Night Before Christmas


Production sponsored by Caddick Developments      Caddick Developments Logo_website

Cast & Credits

By Robert Alan Evans / Director Amy Leach / Designer Amelia Jane Hankin / Lighting Designer James Whiteside / Sound Designer Dom Coyote / Movement Director Lucy Cullingford / Assistant Director Francesca Murray-Fuentes /

  • James Barrett
    as Roger / Elf
  • Rose Wardlaw
    as Carol
  • Rachel Logan
    as Understudy


“ Captivating”

- The Stage

“ terrific”

- The Yorkshire Post

“ A super sparkly production”

- The Yorkshire Times
Check out all the family fun creative ideas for you to you involved in with your little elves.Meet the teamCheck out your elf name What's your elf nameMake yourself your own elfElf Phrasebook

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 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.

Booking Fees:

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


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  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
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