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  • Richard III – Rehearsal Diary, Week 2

    Richard III – Rehearsal Diary, Week 2

      Written by Francesca Murray-Fuentes Week Two sees the rehearsal room filled with music, fight direction and the beginnings of staging scenes in the first three Acts, all finding the flavour of what this show will ultimately become. Love + Strategy The female characters in this play are complex and enjoyable to work with. A… Read more »

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  • The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, Week 3

    The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, Week 3

    And so we start putting it all together… After the relatively quiet and calm(ish) contemplation of the first fortnight, we’ve had a mad, busy week. We’ve been pulling scenes apart, playing with dozens of ideas, getting to know these characters inside-out and throwing things around – both literally and metaphorically (I can neither confirm nor… Read more »

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  • Meet our new Graduate Actors

    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… Read more »

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  • Richard III – Rehearsal Diary, Week 1

    Richard III – Rehearsal Diary, Week 1

    Written by Francesca Murray-Fuentes Our rehearsals begin with a meet-and-greet of everyone working on Richard III, the cast, creatives, Stage Management, Production, Creative Engagement, and Marketing. Mark Rosenblatt (the director), Conor Murphy (set) and Gabriel Dalton (costume) talk us through the model box (a mini to-scale version of the set) and costume design, and the… Read more »

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  • The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, Week 2

    The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, Week 2

    Week Two is a strange but exciting place. At the same time as trying to understand the rich, layered text in front of you, you’re also making certain decisions about the production you have to put in front of an audience in three (THREE!) weeks. Nonetheless, it’s where some of the most invigorating discoveries happen… Read more »

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  • The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, Week 1

    The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, Week 1

    One of the major tasks of any first week of rehearsals is to bring together a company in order to create a shared understanding of the text in question. For four weeks’ rehearsal and months of performances to follow, it’s important to cohere this group of people – all with their separate lives, experiences and… Read more »

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    Conversation, Inspiration and Creativity

    Summer Sublets Professional artists from all disciplines are occupying West Yorkshire Playhouse as it hosts 15 artists and companies in the two-week Summer Sublets where they’ll be given the space and support to imagine, develop and share their brand new ideas. “This year we are also encouraging the artists in residency to meet each other,… Read more »

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  • Youth Theatre Centre Stage

    Youth Theatre Centre Stage

      The cast of Immune say you can’t compare the experience to any other. It’s totally different from other productions in which they’ve appeared. “It feels more professional. I’ve been in school productions and it’s not the same as Immune,” says Lisa. “It’s a new play and people here are genuinely interested in new writing… Read more »

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  • Tour de Beryl

    Tour de Beryl

      Maxine Peake’s witty, charming and critically acclaimed play celebrates the life of unsung sporting legend Beryl Burton – the greatest woman on two wheels. When Beryl Charnock met keen cyclist Charlie Burton she was smitten, not only with Charlie but with the thrill and freedom she found on her bike. She would out-work the… Read more »

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    New Website Launched

    Welcome to the new West Yorkshire Playhouse Website.

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