Rock’n’Roll Hull Panto

Written and directed by PAUL SMITH

The Middle Child panto returns to Humber Street for its tenth anniversary show – as chosen by you!

The rock’n’roll Hull panto is back with a helter skelter take on the classic fairy tale.

Waltzing wanderer Rapunzel is the heart of Hull Fair, bold as brass and always seeking adventure.

Pattie Breadcake is the fair’s worst fortune teller, forever casting chip spice to predict the future and find a fella.

And mayor Gothel is the wicked goblin who’s locked them both in a tower far, far away.

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

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

With live music, mess galore and the chance to make as much noise as you can, the Middle Child panto returns to Humber Street after four years away.

Rapunz’ull is our first Hull panto on-stage since the pandemic began – see our FAQ for details about our Covid-19 measures and more.

The title was chosen by our audience at The Little Mermaid in 2019 and this year our audience will once again decide next year’s production.

Late-night Hull panto

Looking for our ever popular late-night panto? They’re back once again this year for five nights only. See our separate listing for more details and to buy tickets.


We are asking audiences to please take a lateral flow test before attending and to wear a mask during the show. 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 performances

The 3pm and 6pm performances on Saturday 18 December will be BSL-interpreted by our regular panto signer, Dave Wycherley.

Wheelchair spaces

To book a wheelchair space please purchase a disabled ticket and contact the box office, run by Hull Truck Theatre, 01482 323638 or boxoffice@hulltruck.co.uk.


Costanza’s Pizza, located inside Social, will be selling homemade Neapolitan-style pizza before and after each performance.

Mischief performance

Our final show, on Friday 24 December at 2pm, is our “mischief performance”. This tradition sees the cast and crew play pranks on each other throughout the show. Think our usual panto chaos, cranked up to 11.


Running time: 75 minutes, no interval

Age guidance: suitable for all ages, with babes in arms welcome – any child who requires a seat will need a ticket.

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

Previous press


“As much a party as a panto”
The Stage

Dates & Tickets

Social, Humber St, Hull
Thu 16 Dec – Fri 24 Dec

Children – £10.50
Concession – £13.50
Adult – £16.50

Thu 16 Dec – 7pm

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Fri 17 Dec – 7pm

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Sat 18 Dec – 3pm (BSL)

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Sat 18 Dec – 6pm (BSL)

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Mon 20 Dec – 12pm

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Mon 20 Dec – 3pm

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Mon 20 Dec – 6pm

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Tue 21 Dec – 3pm

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Tue 21 Dec – 6pm

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Wed 22 Dec – 3pm

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Wed 22 Dec – 6pm

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Thu 23 Dec – 3pm

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Thu 23 Dec – 6pm

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Fri 24 Dec – 11am

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Fri 24 Dec – 2pm

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Photos – The Little Mermaid (2019)

Production shot from The Little Mermaid - Hull Panto

Photos by Sarah Beth.

The Little Mermaid - Hull Pantomime
Production shot from The Little Mermaid - Hull Panto - Photo by Sarah Beth



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

Tickets for Rapunz’ull are managed by Hull Truck Theatre. For help buying tickets, please contact Hull Truck Theatre directly on 01482 323638 (Tue-Fri, 11am-5pm) or boxoffice@hulltruck.co.uk.

Children – £10.50

Any under 16 requiring a seat of their own. Babes in arms are welcome.

Concessions – £13.50

17-18 year olds; students; NHS; disabled; income-related benefits; over 65s.

Adults – £16.50

Anyone else over the age of 18.

Essential Companion – 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.

Unreserved Seating

Your ticket does not reserve a specific seat, however spaces will be reserved for wheelchair and BSL users. We please ask that our audience fill seats from the front upon arrival.

BSL Performances – Sat 18 Dec

All of the performances on Saturday 18 December (3pm, 6pm and 9pm) 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 venue. To reserve a wheelchair space, please purchase a disabled ticket and 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: