The Playhouse’s pioneering Dementia Friendly performances on BBC news

The story of a Rothwell couple who attend dementia friendly performances at West Yorkshire Playhouse has been told on BBC1’s Look North programme. Tuesday 17 January saw the dementia friendly performance of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, welcoming people living with dementia and their friends and family to experience an adapted performance where audience […]

West Yorkshire Playhouse Launches Guide To Staging Dementia Friendly Performances

A guide instructing theatres on how to stage performances for people living with dementia is being published by West Yorkshire Playhouse in Dementia Awareness Week. West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Guide To Dementia Friendly Performances provides best practice advice based on its award-winning performance model, in which the theatre-going experience is specifically tailored to meet the needs […]

Dementia Friendly Performances

Dementia-friendly performances Our next dementia-friendly performance is: Strictly Ballroom The Musical on Tuesday 17 January, 1.30pm – Tickets are on sale now, please call our box office on 0113 213 7700. We do not sell tickets for dementia friendly performances online as we want to have a conversation to ensure that all customers are aware of the […]

West Yorkshire Playhouse awarded £99,950 grant to develop Festival of Theatre and Dementia

West Yorkshire Playhouse, the UK’s foremost dementia friendly theatre having introduced the world’s first dementia friendly performance, has been awarded £99,950 from Arts Council England National Lottery funding to produce a Festival of Theatre and Dementia. Exploring the experience of living with dementia through creative activity, the Festival will create new opportunities for older people […]

A Theatre For A 21st Century City

With the arrival of John Lewis and Victoria Gate on our doorstep, this area of the city is changing beyond recognition. The Playhouse has always been about more than just the plays on stage – the relationship with our audiences and with local communities is just as important to us. We are the World’s first […]

Spring/Summer 2017 Season Announced

  Slam poetry to Shakespeare – incredible stories rooted in the present moment • Amy Leach (Kes, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Little Sure Shot, West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Unicorn) directs Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece Romeo and Juliet – an extraordinary first love ignites amid a vicious turf war on a modern-day Northern estate […]


Performance, Music, Dance, Stories, Life It’s not a time for living in the past or in the future but living fully in the present. We mark out our significant moments with anniversaries. Anchors in time. Anniversary is a piece of contemporary theatre created by a group of older performers. Theatre that crosses boundaries effortlessly between performance art, contemporary dance, music and personal stories. Developed at West Yorkshire Playhouse through […]

Strictly Ballroom The Musical

The UK première of the hit musical Get ready to fall in love with Strictly Ballroom The Musical. From the award winning visionary Baz Luhrmann, creator of Moulin Rouge!, Romeo & Juliet and The Great Gatsby, comes Strictly Ballroom, a brand new musical for the stage inspired by his classic film. Premièring at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Strictly […]

Meet our new Graduate Actors

  Rose Wardlaw and James Barrett, the new Graduate Actors at West Yorkshire Playhouse, are recalling their first stage appearances. “I was probably four when I played a piece of Lego in the Nativity,” says Rose. Coincidentally young James also debuted in the Nativity – a different production and a bigger role as Joseph. The […]

Our Time

Work with people living with dementia West Yorkshire Playhouse is proud to be a dementia-friendly theatre. We offer regular opportunities for people living with dementia (older people and people with young-onset dementia) and their partners or carers to attend creative sessions and theatre performances. The majority of our staff are Dementia Friends and some have […]


At West Yorkshire Playhouse we have been committed to creative engagement with older people since we opened our doors in 1990. We believe that discovering and developing our creativity as we age has an enormous impact on well-being. We offer projects that are challenging and fun, where older people can forge friendships and social connections, […]