Dame Judi to star in City Screen’s Christmas season…and what else is coming?

Dame Judi Dench in Branagh Theatre’s A Winter’s Tale: part of the Christmas season at City Screen, York, showing on December 4 at 7.30pm

CHRISTMAS comes early to City Screen, York, with The CBeebies Christmas Show on November 30 and December 1, straight from the theatre stage for a family-friendly feast of fun.

This year’s pantomime is the CBeebies adaptation of the Hansel And Gretel fairytale, screened at 11am on both days.

Dave Taylor, City Screen’s marketing manager, says: “We’re starting in November, I can sense you thinking, but there are so many Christmas shows to fit in. Something for everyone: the traditional films like Miracle On 34th Street, It’s A Wonderful Life and the German classic The Singing Ringing Tree.

“We even have a sing-along Dementia-Friendly Screening of the musical White Christmas on December 16. 

“There are the modern favourites like Die Hard, Elf and a Home Alone double bill and, finally, there are Screen Arts recordings of Branagh Theatre: A Winter’s Tale, starring Dame Judi Dench, and Royal Opera House ballets Coppélia and The Nutcracker.”

City Screen’s chef will enter into the Christmas spirit with festive food from the end of November, offering a dozen dishes, some traditional, some vegetarian, one vegan, and one meal for which City Screen will donate £1 from every sale to Picturehouse Cinemas’ chosen charity, Refuge.

“This charity supports women and children against domestic violence, which sadly peaks with the stresses at this time of year,” says Taylor.

Tickets are available for all the Christmas shows at the City Screen box office in Coney Street, on 0871 902 5747 or at picturehouses.com/york. Full details of screening dates and times can be found at picturehouses.com/york.