Late-night panto

Written and directed by PAUL SMITH

Leave the kids at home for an alternative Christmas night out – back down Humber Street!

Our alternative Hull panto is back, with a helter skelter take on the classic fairy tale to celebrate ten years of making a noise.

Marc Graham returns as dame Pattie Breadcake, Hull Fair’s worst fortune teller, forever chucking chip spice about to predict the future and find a fella.

Thrill seeker Rapunzel is the heart of Hull Fair, who’s been locked away with Pattie by the goblin mayor Gothel.

He plans to bottle Rapunzel’s sorcery and become richer than Bezos, Branson and Mr Burns put together.

But not if the kick ass lass with the magic hair and you – the revolutionary people of Hull – have anything to do with it!

With live music, a child-free audience and the chance to make as much noise as you can, our anarchic panto returns to Humber Street after four years away.

Rapunz’ull was chosen by the audience of The Little Mermaid in 2019 and this year’s audience will once again vote for the title of the next production.

Family shows

Looking for our earlier family performances? See our separate listing for more details and to buy tickets.


We are asking audiences to please take a lateral flow test before attending, while it is now mandatory to wear a mask in the venue. Social has a ventilation system and will be deep cleaned every day. Cast and crew are taking lateral flow tests every day. Please see our FAQs for more information about the measures we are taking around Covid-19, including our cancellation policy.

BSL performance

The Saturday 18 December performance will be BSL-interpreted by our regular panto signer, Dave Wycherley.

Wheelchair spaces

To book one of the wheelchair spaces please purchase a concession ticket and contact the box office, run by Hull Truck Theatre, on 01482 323638 or boxoffice@hulltruck.co.uk.


Running time: 85 minutes, no interval

Age guidance: 18+. The late-night show is the same script as the family performance, with a few more adult-only jokes and ad libs from the cast.

All of our performances are relaxed, meaning that noise and movement is welcome during the show.


Social, Humber St, Hull
Fri 17 Dec – Thu 23 Dec

Adult – £16.50
Concessions – £13.50

Thu 23 Dec – 9pm

Sold Out

Waiting list

Contact the box office to be added to a waiting list for any returned tickets.


“The must-see show for anyone who loves all things Hull”

Hull Is This

“Chaotic, lively and energetically performed panto that celebrates its home city”

The Stage


Photos by Jessy Zschorn

Angelo Irving as Hull panto villain Mayor Gothel in Rapunz'ull
Hull panto dame Pattie Breadcake, in red baroque wig and purple dress


Alice Beaumont - Performer in Rapunz'ull

Alice Beaumont


Jack Chamberlain - Performer in Rapunz'ull

Jack Chamberlain

Dogbreath the Drummer

James Frewer in Rapunz'ull

James Frewer

Piano James

Marc Graham - Performer in Rapunz'ull

Marc Graham

Pattie Breadcake

A headshot of a young Black man with facial hair, blue jacket and white shirt

Angelo Irving

Mayor Gothel

Anna Mitchelson in Rapunz'ull

Anna Mitchelson


Josie Morley - Performer in Rapunz'ull

Josie Morley

Ace Ladd

Andrew Ross - Performer in Rapunz'ull

Andrew Ross

Baron von Stagehand

Production Team

Paul Smith – Writer and director
James Frewer – Musical director
Natalie Young – Designer
Adam Foley – Lighting designer
Matthew May – Dramaturg

Danni Harris – Deputy stage manager
Andrew Ross – Stage manager
Emily Anderton – Production manager
Hattie Callery – Producer
Jamie Potter – Audience development manager

Ticket Details

Box office services for Rapunz’ull are provided by Hull Truck Theatre. For support with any ticket sales, please contact Hull Truck Theatre directly on 01482 323638 (Tue-Fri, 11am-5pm) or boxoffice@hulltruck.co.uk.

Adults – £16.50

Anyone else over the age of 18.

Concessions – £13.50

NHS; income-related benefits

Essential Companions – Free

A free, no-questions-asked additional ticket for any disabled audience member who requires an essential companion. To book, please order 1x disabled and 1x standard ticket, then apply the essential companion discount code on the Event Summary ‘Basket’ page. This will then convert the standard ticket to a free one.

Waiting List

A reserve waiting list is in place for sold out performances. Contact Hull Truck Theatre box office to add your name to the list and, if any tickets are returned or made available, you will be offered the chance to purchase them.

Unreserved Seating

Your ticket does not reserve a specific seat, however spaces will be reserved for wheelchair and BSL users.

BSL Performances – Sat 18 Dec

The 9pm performance on Saturday 18 December will be interpreted by Dave Wycherley. Seating with the best view of Dave will be reserved for BSL users and their guests.

Wheelchair Users

Wheelchair spaces are available at various spaces throughout the auditorium. To reserve a wheelchair space, please contact Hull Truck Theatre box office on 01482 323638 or boxoffice@hulltruck.co.uk.

Venue Details


63 Humber St, Hull, HU1 1TU

Car Parking

Available in the Fruit Market multi-storey car park, a one-minute walk away, on Blackfriargate. Limited on-street parking is also available.


The nearest bus stop is the Old Harbour stop, next to Stage @ The Dock, a one-minute walk away. This stop is served by the number 20 bus.


Social includes a cloakroom, buggy storage, accessible toilet and baby-changing facilities.


The box office entrance is at the rear of the building, accessed via a tenfoot from Humber Street.

Rapunz’ull is sponsored by:
Plant and Paint
Middle Child are supported by: