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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse searches for Leeds’ heart in epic community celebration ahead of redevelopment

    West Yorkshire Playhouse searches for Leeds’ he......

    In a celebration of the people of Leeds, West Yorkshire Playhouse will present Searching for the Heart of Leeds as the final production in the Quarry Theatre ahead of the capital redevelopment. Over 70 talented individuals from the community will take part in the production performing in roles both offstage and on, alongside six community […]

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  • 50 year landmark moment for West Yorkshire Playhouse

    50 year landmark moment for West Yorkshire Play......

    Today marks a milestone in the Playhouse’s history, as 50 years ago the campaign for Leeds to have its own Playhouse was heard before a public meeting held at the Leeds Town Hall. The campaign, which began four years before, had rapidly gained momentum resulting in widespread public support calling for a purpose-built producing theatre […]

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  • Full casting announced for West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Talking Heads

    Full casting announced for West Yorkshire Playh......

    West Yorkshire Playhouse has announced today the six actors playing iconic roles in their new production Talking Heads, by celebrated Leeds writer Alan Bennett. The monologues, directed by Artistic Director James Brining, Associate Director Amy Leach and Director in Residence John R. Wilkinson, will be presented in rep this June ahead of the theatre’s major […]

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  • 10 facts you may not know about Sunshine on Leith

    10 facts you may not know about Sunshine on Leith...

    The foot-stomping Sunshine on Leith is in full swing here at West Yorkshire Playhouse, with audiences dancing in the aisles to the toe-tapping music of The Proclaimers. With just under a month to catch the show in our Quarry Theatre before it embarks on a UK tour, we’ve put together a handy guide covering everything you need to […]

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  • A creatively curious collaboration: West Yorkshire Playhouse announce first ever Young Company

    A creatively curious collaboration: West Yorksh......

    West Yorkshire Playhouse has announced their first Young Company, a collective of 12 creatively curious artists aged 18 – 25 who will collaborate together with the Playhouse over the coming months. Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Young Company is a cohort of 12 early career artists from across Leeds, including actors, writers and […]

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  • Airplays – putting radio dramas centre stage

    Airplays – putting radio dramas centre stage...

    West Yorkshire Playhouse and BBC Radio Leeds will once again join forces to create Airplays, a brand new project putting radio dramas centre stage. This new collaboration between the Playhouse, BBC Radio Leeds and in association with Leeds College of Music will see four 15 minute radio plays, chosen from an open call out, performed […]

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  • Jill Halfpenny to star in world premiere of The Girl on the Train at West Yorkshire Playhouse

    Jill Halfpenny to star in world premiere of The......

    Full casting was announced today for the world premiere of The Girl on the Train, the brand new stage adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ gripping novel adapted by Rachel Wagstaff & Duncan Abel. Directed by Old Vic Associate Director Joe Murphy (Woyzeck, Old Vic), The Girl on the Train is produced by West Yorkshire Playhouse in […]

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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse to take Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads to all Leeds postcodes

    West Yorkshire Playhouse to take Alan Bennett’s......

    To bring the curtain down on the Playhouse’s Courtyard stage ahead of its redevelopment, West Yorkshire Playhouse will present six of Alan Bennett’s iconic Talking Heads at the Playhouse and across the city of Leeds. The monologues will be directed by Artistic Director James Brining, Associate Director Amy Leach and Director in Residence John R. […]

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  • Significant Interventions – changing perspectives of disability on stage

    Significant Interventions – changing perspectiv......

    Ramps on the Moon Our Country’s Good Article by Matt Trueman “People are still put off by the label disability theatre,” says actor Garry Robson. “They don’t see it as professional theatre. To them, it reeks of theatre for health or charity.” Robson knows what he’s talking about. A wheelchair user, having contracted polio as […]

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  • Cloughie in the community – The Damned United to tour Leeds Venues this April

    Cloughie in the community – The Damned United t......

    Continuing West Yorkshire Playhouse’s commitment to taking artistic work into Leeds communities, this April The Damned United will visit venues across the city following its Playhouse run. The production, currently playing on the Playhouse stage, will embark on a tour visiting community and non-traditional venues including working men’s clubs and sports centres; taking the beautiful […]

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  • Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill

    Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill...

    Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, a journey through the life and songs of one of the greatest musical theatre composers of the 20th century, comes to City Varieties, Leeds from 15 – 21 June. The glamorous world of cabaret is the setting for an exhilarating tour of highlights from the Kurt Weill songbook, from […]

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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse and Live Art Bistro join forces to present audacious new work

    West Yorkshire Playhouse and Live Art Bistro jo......

    West Yorkshire Playhouse is partnering with Live Art Bistro to co-present two shows at LAB’s venue on Regent Street this Spring, in a continuation of the Playhouse’s commitment to ensuring Leeds has one of the most vibrant cultural landscapes in the country. LAB will host two innovative contemporary shows, Mind The Gap’s Mia: Daughters of […]

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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse announces five-year partnership with SOYO

    West Yorkshire Playhouse announces five-year pa......

    West Yorkshire Playhouse has announced a five-year cultural partnership with SOYO as part of the landmark Playhouse redevelopment project. Confirmed as a Principal Capital Partner, SOYO (part of the Yorkshire-based Caddick Group) provides a welcome boost to the Playhouse’s redevelopment and vital financial support through this period of revitalisation. SOYO, the £300m redevelopment within Leeds’ […]

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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse to tour short plays co-written by people living with dementia into care homes

    West Yorkshire Playhouse to tour short plays co......

    Three, a triple bill of short plays co-written by people living with dementia commissioned by West Yorkshire Playhouse, will tour care homes and community settings in and around Leeds, with performances sponsored by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which supports the research of the NHS. Part of the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Every Third […]

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  • Full casting announced for smash-hit musical Sunshine on Leith opening this April

    Full casting announced for smash-hit musical Su......

    Full casting has been announced today (Fri 2 March) for the smash-hit musical Sunshine on Leith, a West Yorkshire Playhouse production opening in Leeds this April. Featuring classic songs from Scottish favourites The Proclaimers, this foot-stomping production written by the acclaimed Stephen Greenhorn and directed by Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining, will run at West […]

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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse to stage the timeless Dickensian classic A Christmas Carol for Christmas 2018

    West Yorkshire Playhouse to stage the timeless ......

    Magical, musical and with all the joys of a timeless Christmas family story, West Yorkshire Playhouse, in association with Hull Truck Theatre, is set to raise spirits with a new and fresh adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, as tickets go on sale for Christmas 2018. The production, originally staged at Hull Truck Theatre, is […]

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  • The Damned United – stage adaptation of David Peace’s novel returns to West Yorkshire Playhouse after sell-out success

    The Damned United – stage adaptation of David P......

    The Damned United is returning to West Yorkshire Playhouse as it joins forces with Red Ladder Theatre Company to present the acclaimed stage production of David Peace’s novel about Brian Clough’s disastrous 44-day period as manager of Leeds United. A sell-out success when it received its world premiere, The Damned United returns with intimate new […]

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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse to host innovative new work in 2018 Studio Season

    West Yorkshire Playhouse to host innovative new......

    Reinstating its temporary studio theatre for three weeks throughout February, the Playhouse will host a vibrant programme of unmissable performance, including critically acclaimed work from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The season will be the final of its kind in the Playhouse’s current Barber Studio, with The Bramall Rock Void, a dedicated, flexible and intimate new […]

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  • Ramps on the Moon consortium, including West Yorkshire Playhouse, secures fresh funding to normalise inclusion in theatre

    Ramps on the Moon consortium, including West Yo......

    The Ramps on the Moon consortium which includes West Yorkshire Playhouse, will receive £2.1m from Arts Council England to continue their support of inclusivity in the arts. Ramps on the Moon, a consortium of seven major theatre companies, are committed to positive change by putting Deaf and disabled artists at the centre of their work. […]

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  • Young People – New Work Commission

    Young People – New Work Commission...

    Are you passionate about creating work with and for young people? Do you want to collaborate with six leading producing theatres from across the UK to place young people’s voices at the centre of a creative process? The Brief West Yorkshire Playhouse, Dundee Rep Theatre, Royal & Derngate Northampton, Theatre Royal Plymouth, Northern Stage and […]

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  • Full casting announced for James Graham’s smash hit political drama This House

    Full casting announced for James Graham’s smash......

    Rehearsals began this week for James Graham’s critically acclaimed and prescient political drama examining the 1974 hung parliament This House. Designed by Rae Smith (The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, Barber Shop Chronicles, West Yorkshire Playhouse), This House opens at West Yorkshire Playhouse on 23 February (National Press Night 28 February). Taking on a […]

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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse’s smash hit The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe set to break box office records

    West Yorkshire Playhouse’s smash hit The ......

    West Yorkshire Playhouse announced on Friday that smash-hit The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe is set to break all existing box office records, becoming West Yorkshire Playhouse’s most popular ever production. Having already sold over 61,000 tickets and with a week left to run, West Yorkshire Playhouse’s The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, […]

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  • A surprise from Narnia for Gawber Primary School pupils!

    A surprise from Narnia for Gawber Primary Schoo......

    We were delighted to welcome the children of Gawber Primary School in Barnsley, South Yorkshire to the afternoon performance of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe today… Ahead of their visit, the children had been incredibly busy in their classroom preparing Narnia-themed artwork, including pictures, paintings, puppets, models, drawings and paintings of Aslan and Mr […]

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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse announces leading law firm Irwin Mitchell as first Principal Capital Partner for its major redevelopment

    West Yorkshire Playhouse announces leading law ......

    West Yorkshire Playhouse today announced a significant five year sponsorship partnership with the Leeds office of Irwin Mitchell as part of the Playhouse’s landmark redevelopment project. Confirmed as the Playhouse’s first Principal Capital Partnership, the five year deal with the leading law firm provides the Playhouse with a vital contribution towards its £2.3m fundraising target […]

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  • Full cast announced for new stage adaptation of Still Alice at West Yorkshire Playhouse, starring stage and screen actor Sharon Small

    Full cast announced for new stage adaptation of......

    Full casting was announced today for the major new production of Still Alice, the stage adaptation of best-selling novel by Lisa Genova, adapted by Christine Mary Dunford. This West Yorkshire Playhouse production in association with Michael Park for The Infinite Group is directed by David Grindley (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Gate Theatre, Dublin), and […]

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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse announces Every Third Minute: a festival of theatre, dementia and hope curated by people living with dementia, opening with new stage adaptation of Still Alice

    West Yorkshire Playhouse announces Every Third ......

    Continuing our award-winning work with people living with dementia, West Yorkshire Playhouse today announced the programme for Every Third Minute: a festival of theatre, dementia and hope. The first of its kind, the festival has been curated by people living with dementia and their supporters, acknowledging every third minute in the UK someone will begin […]

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  • Green light for West Yorkshire Playhouse redevelopment with Arts Council England funding confirmation and grant of planning permission

    Green light for West Yorkshire Playhouse redeve......

    Arts Council England have today confirmed a total grant of £6.6m towards the landmark redevelopment of West Yorkshire Playhouse, with further news that the project has been granted planning consent, thereby giving the green light for a transformational moment in the theatre’s history. The £14m project, led by Leeds City Council, will be funded by […]

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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse announces final Spring/Summer 2018 Season before embarking on major redevelopment

    West Yorkshire Playhouse announces final Spring......

    West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Spring/Summer 2018 Season presents vital world class theatre, showcasing innovative new work, thrilling drama and uplifting stories of Leeds and the world. The season includes: A pioneering festival of theatre and dementia, Every Third Minute including a brand new stage adaptation of the best-selling novel Still Alice The launch of two major […]

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  • Major Boost to West Yorkshire Playhouse Redevelopment

    Major Boost to West Yorkshire Playhouse Redevel......

    Following a substantial donation from The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation to the West Yorkshire Playhouse redevelopment project, plans have been confirmed to create a new studio space within the theatre, which will be named The Bramall Rock Void. This sizable contribution to the redevelopment in 2018 goes almost half way to achieving the target […]

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  • 8 facts you might not know about West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Christmas production of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

    8 facts you might not know about West Yorkshire......

    1. Carla Mendonça, mum Sophie Johnson in ITV’s My Parents Are Aliens, is playing the icy White Witch… 2. …and 23 metres of beautiful white faux fur have been used to make her incredible cloak. 3. Over 150 costumes have been created in our wardrobe department… 4. …and 63 magical puppets are being hand made […]

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  • Due to popular demand, extra The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe performances added

    Due to popular demand, extra The Lion, The Witc......

    West Yorkshire Playhouse is extending the run of festive spectacular The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe for a further week. Opening at end of November, this brand new adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic story will now run until Saturday 27 January. This major new production will see West Yorkshire Playhouse’s 750 seater Quarry stage […]

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  • A Pevensie Family Day Out: The cast of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe explore Harewood House

    A Pevensie Family Day Out: The cast of The Lion......

    With faux fur coats wrapped tightly and woollen socks pulled high, the cast of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, West Yorkshire Playhouse’s spectacular Christmas production, took a very special trip to Leeds’ Harewood House. The four war time evacuees, Peter (Michael Jean-Marain), Susan (Patricia Allison), Edmund (John Leader) and Lucy Pevensie (Cora Kirk), […]

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  • Director Sally Cookson on The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

    Director Sally Cookson on The Lion, The Witch &......

    West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Quarry stage is to be transformed into a magical world this Christmas, staging the reimagining of CS Lewis’ much loved classic, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. Spellbindingly enchanting, the production sees four war time evacuees discover an icy kingdom through a magical wardrobe, come face to face with the White […]

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  • Crumble’s Search for Christmas: West Yorkshire Playhouse’s enchanting Christmas adventure for 2-6 year olds

    Crumble’s Search for Christmas: West York......

    Join West Yorkshire Playhouse for Crumble’s Search for Christmas this festive season, a heart-warming tale of friendship and adventure, written, devised and directed by Robert Alan Evans (The Night Before Christmas, West Yorkshire Playhouse). When winter comes it’s time for Crumble to hibernate. At least, that’s what Crumble has always been told. With the family […]

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  • How West Yorkshire Playhouse are celebrating the Leeds 2023 First Stage Bid

    How West Yorkshire Playhouse are celebrating th......

    On Friday 27 October Leeds will submit its first stage bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023, and West Yorkshire Playhouse plan to celebrate in style. With stalls taking over St Peter’s Square there’ll be the chance to sample some of the finest food and drink the city has to offer, meet the people […]

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  • Creating the magical world of Narnia: bicycles, puppets, and 24 metres of white faux fur

    Creating the magical world of Narnia: bicycles,......

    Transforming West Yorkshire Playhouse into Narnia, the talented cast and creatives are well underway creating the magical world of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe in a brand new adaptation of C.S Lewis’ treasured classic. In a first glimpse of rehearsals, the actors are pinned and fastened into rolls of faux fur and silk […]

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  • Kneehigh telling stories of Leeds

    Kneehigh telling stories of Leeds...

    In preparation for the spectacular West Yorkshire Playhouse, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and Kneehigh co-production The Tin Drum, performed by Kneehigh in their inimitable storytelling style on the Quarry stage, Kneehigh artists Anna Maria Murphy and Dom Coyote have sought out inspirational stories from the people of Leeds as part of their Rambles project. Meeting […]

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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse Associate Artist Reece Dinsdale on (the fall of) The Master Builder

    West Yorkshire Playhouse Associate Artist Reece......

    West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Courtyard stage has been transformed in to the complex world of (the fall of) The Master Builder, a gripping reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s classic text. Thrilling and electrifying, this contemporary new production sees the highly successful architect Halvard Solness win the prestigious Master Builder Award, until a knock on the door from […]

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  • Inspirational women fighting for equality:  Pink Sari Revolution

    Inspirational women fighting for equality: Pin......

    In India’s rural Uttar Pradesh province violence towards women is rife. Sampat Pal, leader of the notorious, working class feminist movement ‘The Gulabi Gang’, is fighting for change. With the gang boasting 400,000 members and growing, with a uniform of blazing pink saris, women are finding the strength and empowerment to stand up and fight […]

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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse Youth Theatre and Leeds CAMHS join forces to tackle the stigma around mental health

    West Yorkshire Playhouse Youth Theatre and Leed......

    A poignant production which explores young people’s mental health is being created by West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Youth Theatre in collaboration with Leeds Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Written for West Yorkshire Playhouse by Rebecca Manley, Zoetrope follows seven young people as they tackle emotional and behavioural difficulties in a timely exploration of the […]

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  • Loud and passionate: Leeds young people making their voices heard at West Yorkshire Playhouse

    Loud and passionate: Leeds young people making ......

    A group of Leeds young people are using theatre to make their voices heard in a fusion of protest and performance inspired by punk Ian Dury and The Blockheads musical Reasons to be Cheerful. Loud, passionate and accompanied by a live band, the energetic outdoor performance inspired by the raucous production will see twenty young […]

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  • Visually dazzling and daringly provocative: The Tin Drum in rehearsals

    Visually dazzling and daringly provocative: The......

    Creating the evocative re-imagining of Günter Grass’ seminal novel, the company of The Tin Drum lead us through a radical yet delicate world for this theatrically electrifying new production. Making a dazzling return to the Playhouse, Kneehigh, alongside West Yorkshire Playhouse and Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, present Grass’s surreal and daring 20th Century masterpiece in […]

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  • Full casting announced for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe  at West Yorkshire Playhouse

    Full casting announced for The Lion, The Witch ......

    Full casting was announced today for the major new production of C.S Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at West Yorkshire Playhouse this Christmas. The co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse, Elliott & Harper Productions and Catherine Schreiber will be directed and devised by Sally Cookson and the company, taking audiences through the wardrobe […]

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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse’s smash-hit Strictly Ballroom The Musical to transfer to the West End for Spring 2018

    West Yorkshire Playhouse’s smash-hit Stri......

    West Yorkshire Playhouse’s smash-hit spectacular, Strictly Ballroom The Musical, is to make its West End debut at the Piccadilly Theatre in 2018. Following the success of its UK Premiere at West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2016, the opulence and glamour of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical will begin performing in London from Friday 16 March […]

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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse is hosting National Theatre New Views Hub

    West Yorkshire Playhouse is hosting National Th......

    New Views is the National Theatre’s annual playwriting programme for 15-19 year olds. Each year hundreds of students from across the UK learn about playwriting from some of the finest writers in the business and write their own 30 minute plays, with one play chosen to be staged at the National Theatre in London with […]

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  • (the fall of) The Master Builder in rehearsals: a gripping reimagining

    (the fall of) The Master Builder in rehearsals:......

    The cast of (the fall of) The Master Builder explore the tension and drama of a successful man confronting his past in rehearsals for Zinnie Harris’s thrilling adaptation, opening on the 30 September. Directed by West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining (Ode to Leeds, Enjoy, The Crucible, West Yorkshire Playhouse), this electrifying new production […]

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  • Frantic Assembly’s Ignition is back!

    Frantic Assembly’s Ignition is back!...

    Frantic Assembly will be returning to Leeds to find this year’s Ignition Company. We are excited to be joining their annual search for the next generation of performers. Have you got what it takes? As well as visiting Leeds, Frantic will be travelling to other cities in the UK to find 12 of the brightest […]

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  • Celebrating the birth of Carnival: Queen of Chapeltown cast meet Carnival royalty

    Celebrating the birth of Carnival: Queen of Cha......

    Celebrating 50 years of Leeds West Indian Carnival, the cast of West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Queen of Chapeltown performed an exclusive extract of the play in Chapeltown’s Reginald Centre to an invited audience of previous Carnival royalty. Past Queens and winning costume designers, including 1984 winner Angela Carr, 1989 winner Sheila Howarth and designer of over […]

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  • Kneehigh’s dazzling return to West Yorkshire Playhouse with Günter Grass’ epic The Tin Drum

    Kneehigh’s dazzling return to West Yorkshire Pl......

    Kneehigh are making an epic return to Leeds with The Tin Drum, a West Yorkshire Playhouse, Kneehigh and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse coproduction directed by Kneehigh Artistic Director Mike Shepherd. A new adaptation of Günter Grass’ surreal seminal 20th century novel, The Tin Drum is brought to thrilling theatrical life in a visually dazzling, dark […]

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  • West Yorkshire community ensemble prepare to perform alongside professional cast in rehearsal for Queen of Chapeltown

    West Yorkshire community ensemble prepare to pe......

    Fifteen community performers are currently in rehearsals for Queen of Chapeltown, West Yorkshire Playhouse’s vibrant new production celebrating the 50th anniversary of Leeds West Indian Carnival. Recruited through open auditions in August, the community actors are from across Leeds and West Yorkshire, with some of the group already involved in the Playhouse’s Youth Theatre and […]

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  • This House: James Graham’s smash-hit political drama to kick off West Yorkshire Playhouse’s  Spring/Summer 2018 season ahead of a UK Tour

    This House: James Graham’s smash-hit political ......

    James Graham’s critically acclaimed and prescient political drama This House, which played to sold-out houses at the National Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and in the West End, will launch its first ever national tour from West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds on 23 February – 10 March 2018, with the National Press Night for the production held […]

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  • Hit Musical, Sunshine On Leith, in a major new production at West Yorkshire Playhouse for  Spring 2018

    Hit Musical, Sunshine On Leith, in a major new ......

    West Yorkshire Playhouse will take the city of Leeds on foot-stomping adventure with the hit musical Sunshine On Leith, by acclaimed writer Stephen Greenhorn with a soundtrack of classics from The Proclaimers, ahead of a UK tour. This final Playhouse production in the Quarry Theatre before the upcoming redevelopment sees Artistic Director James Brining (Into […]

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  • (the fall of) The Master Builder: A contemporary reimagining of Ibsen’s classic drama

    (the fall of) The Master Builder: A contemporar......

    Halvard Solness is at the pinnacle of his career. His success is unquestionable, his status undeniable and his newest accolade, the Master Builder Award, is truly admirable. He’s on the precipice of unparalleled greatness when an unexpected visit stirs up memories of the past, which threaten to undermine all he has built. Directed by Artistic […]

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  • Queen of Chapeltown: West Yorkshire Playhouse to mark Leeds West Indian Carnival 50th anniversary with major new production

    Queen of Chapeltown: West Yorkshire Playhouse t......

    Paying homage to Leeds’ rich culture, West Yorkshire Playhouse is working in partnership with Leeds West Indian Carnival Committee to celebrate the 50th Anniversary year of Carnival with the vibrant new production Queen of Chapeltown, as part of a season of Carnival inspired events. Inspired by original first-hand accounts from the West Indian community, Queen […]

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  • Furnace Festival 2017: A kaleidoscopic celebration of new theatre

    Furnace Festival 2017: A kaleidoscopic celebrat......

    This two week-long festival is an eclectic celebration of new work, fresh ideas and audacious artistic voices from Yorkshire and beyond, celebrating the best new theatre at all stages of development. Firmly rooting the Playhouse as a hub for creative excellence and an artistic beacon in the North, the festival showcases the Playhouse’s commitment to […]

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  • Partition: a unique radio and theatre collaboration marking a defining moment for the Indian sub-continent

    Partition: a unique radio and theatre collabora......

    West Yorkshire Playhouse and BBC Radio Leeds have collaborated to present Partition, a unique radio broadcast and live performance marking the 70th anniversary of the division of India and creation of Pakistan. This specially commissioned radio play, written by Leeds writer and established arts journalist Nick Ahad, explores the devastating legacy of a religious division […]

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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse to march hand in hand with Leeds Pride

    West Yorkshire Playhouse to march hand in hand ......

    On Sunday 6 August a 50 strong troupe from West Yorkshire Playhouse will march hand in hand at the Leeds Pride celebrations. Adorned with the vibrant colours of the rainbow, the team from the Playhouse will be flying their flags high for the generous and warm spirited event, which has made the City of Leeds […]

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  • Summer Sublets 2017

    Summer Sublets 2017...

    For two weeks from 31 July to 11 August (Monday – Friday), Summer Sublets invites professional artists from all disciplines to occupy the West Yorkshire Playhouse. We’ll give over as many rooms as we can to artists who need rehearsal space, desk space, writing space, singing space, dancing space, recording space or breathing space. These […]

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  • A far-reaching season comprised exclusively of newly written productions

    A far-reaching season comprised exclusively of ......

    West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Autumn/Winter 17 Season is a vibrant collection of diverse stories from across the world, retold by exceptional theatre makers. West Yorkshire Playhouse productions Partition (8 – 9 Sept) is an exciting collaboration between West Yorkshire Playhouse and BBC Radio Leeds, for a radio broadcast and live performance marking the 70th anniversary of […]

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    A vibrant and inspiring Refugee Week...

    To mark last week’s nationwide Refugee Week, West Yorkshire Playhouse hosted a programme of performance, discussion and celebration. Monday saw the Theatre of Sanctuary Great Get Together for refugees and asylum seekers, as part of the nationwide Great Get Together inspired by the late Jo Cox. Attendees received a warm welcome sharing poetry, dance and […]

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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse shortlisted for top tourism award

    West Yorkshire Playhouse shortlisted for top to......

    West Yorkshire Playhouse has been shortlisted for a top tourism award in the much coveted Arts & Culture category as part of the prestigious Welcome To Yorkshire White Rose Awards. The awards, which are the biggest celebration of tourism in the UK, recognise the very best businesses in Yorkshire. The 17 categories cover everything from […]

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    A Look Back at 2015/16...

    As we approach yet another exciting season at the Playhouse, here’s a look back at 2015/16 – and what a truly amazing year it was…

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  • Barber Shop Chronicles in rehearsal: vibrant production travels to Leeds following a sell-out run at the National Theatre

    Barber Shop Chronicles in rehearsal: vibrant pr......

    The cast of Barber Shop Chronicles explore the intimate conversations which take place in the barber’s chair during rehearsal for Inua Ellams’ (Black T-Shirt Collection, the National Theatre, The 14th Tale, Fringe First winner) joyous new production. Directed by National Theatre Associate Director Bijan Sheibani (A Taste of Honey, National Theatre, War Horse, US tour […]

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  • Lyrics and beats hit Leeds streets ahead of new play opening

    Lyrics and beats hit Leeds streets ahead of new......

    On Saturday 3 June the talented young cast of West Yorkshire Playhouse’s upcoming production of Ode to Leeds performed at Trinity Shopping Centre. Catching the ears and eyes of Saturday afternoon shoppers, beat boxing and spoken word poems from the play were performed, tackling subjects from young masculinity to taking pride in your city. Written […]

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  • Playhouse’s first co-production with the National Theatre, Barber Shop Chronicles, to open in Leeds in July

    Playhouse’s first co-production with the Nation......

    A dynamic new play inspired by a real Leeds barber opens at West Yorkshire Playhouse on Wednesday July 12. Barber Shop Chronicles, by rising literary star, Inua Ellams (Black T-Shirt Collection, the National Theatre, The 14th Tale, Fringe First winner), centres around the conversations African men have in barber shops, and the role they play […]

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  • Cast of new play, Ode to Leeds, to perform poetic war of words at Trinity Shopping Centre

    Cast of new play, Ode to Leeds, to perform poet......

    On Saturday 3 June at 2.10pm, the talented young cast of West Yorkshire Playhouse’s upcoming production of Ode to Leeds will perform at Trinity Shopping Centre. Rapper and Guinness World Record holding human beat boxer Testament will also give an exclusive performance at the event, which will celebrate the spoken word movement in West Yorkshire, […]

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  • Lifeboat sails into community venues across Leeds

    Lifeboat sails into community venues across Leeds...

    Monday 15 – Saturday 27 May, Community Tour The inspiring tale of courage and friendship, Lifeboat, has set sail on its community tour from the Barber Studio at West Yorkshire Playhouse, helping bring theatre to new audiences in the city. The story of two teenage girls who survived an incredible ordeal during the Second World […]

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  • Passion, protest and slam poetry: Ode to Leeds in rehearsal

    Passion, protest and slam poetry: Ode to Leeds ......

    The cast of Ode to Leeds explore the power and politics of finding your voice in rehearsal for Zodwa Nyoni’s (Boi Boi Is Dead, West Yorkshire Playhouse) urban new production. Directed by West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining and using poetry, rap and beatboxing, Ode to Leeds is inspired by the real life renowned […]

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  • Playhouse announces dedicated performances to celebrate Refugee Week

    Playhouse announces dedicated performances to c......

    To mark Refugee Week (19 – 25 June) West Yorkshire Playhouse is exploring the reality of refugee experiences through a range of stimulating performances and insightful discussion events. The Playhouse is nationally renowned for its pioneering work supporting refugees and asylum seekers, becoming the UK’s first ever Theatre of Sanctuary in 2014. Its Refugee Week […]

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  • Yorkshire community ensemble prepare to perform alongside professional company in The Grapes of Wrath

    Yorkshire community ensemble prepare to perform......

    A 40 strong community chorus are in rehearsals in Leeds for the stage adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic The Grapes of Wrath, at West Yorkshire Playhouse from 24 May. Involving performers from across Yorkshire, the community ensemble play homage to the play’s themes of community and migration, representing and reflecting the local community and playing […]

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  • Rothwell great grandmother to see play based on true story of tragic WW2 ship, which she almost boarded as a child evacuee in 1940

    Rothwell great grandmother to see play based on......

    84 year old Rothwell resident, Audrey Brown was in the audience for the opening night of Lifeboat at West Yorkshire Playhouse, a play inspired by the true story of The City of Benares boat, which tragically sank in 1940. Audrey, who is now 84, was due to travel on the ship, which was torpedoed on […]

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    West Yorkshire Playhouse announces spectacular ......

    Christmas magic is stirring at West Yorkshire Playhouse with two enchanting new productions announced for Christmas 2017 – a major new adaptation in the Quarry Theatre of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe with one of British theatre’s leading directors, Olivier award nominee Sally Cookson, and a brand new show for younger children – […]

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  • A Pinball Wizard in post-war Britain: dazzling images of The Who’s rock opera Tommy released

    A Pinball Wizard in post-war Britain: dazzling ......

    A spectacular new production of The Who’s celebrated cult classic Tommy arrives at West Yorkshire Playhouse from Thursday 4 – Saturday 13 May. Kerry Michael directs this energetic production which sees traumatised young Tommy cease to communicate with the outside world, before finding his salvation and becoming a national sensation through playing pinball. This bold […]

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  • ‘Ode to Leeds’ – a stirring new play inspired by the power of poetry and strength of local voices

    ‘Ode to Leeds’ – a stirring new play inspired b......

    Written by Zodwa Nyoni Directed by James Brining West Yorkshire Playhouse, Courtyard Theatre Press Night Wednesday 14 June, 7.45pm Sat 10 June – Sat 1 July 2017 Ode to Leeds is a powerful new play by Zodwa Nyoni (Boi Boi Is Dead, West Yorkshire Playhouse), inspired by the city’s renowned spoken word poetry group, Leeds […]

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  • Satire and seduction – The Graduate in rehearsals

    Satire and seduction – The Graduate in re......

    The cast of The Graduate explore the values of suburban 1960’s America in new rehearsal images from the upcoming revival at the Playhouse. Catherine McCormack, who starred opposite Mel Gibson in the 1995 multi-award winning film, Braveheart will play Mrs. Robinson while Jack Monaghan, who performed in the West End sensation, War Horse and TV […]

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  • Lifeboat

    Lifeboat...

    By Nicola McCartney Directed by Gill Robertson Tuesday 2 – Saturday 13 May, Barber Studio Monday 15 – Saturday 27 May, Community Tour Press Night Tuesday 2 May, 7pm This May, West Yorkshire Playhouse presents Lifeboat, a true story about survival and friendship created by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, which opens in the Barber Studio […]

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  • Northern Stage at Summerhall programme announced

    Northern Stage at Summerhall programme announced...

    Press preview day: 11:00, Thursday 3 August Full details of Northern Stage’s 2017 Summerhall programme have been announced. Northern Stage return to one of the Fringe’s most critically acclaimed venues to host an ambitious new programme of work this August. For 2017, the Newcastle based company has teamed up with three other major producing theatres – […]

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  • John Steinbeck’s classic The Grapes of Wrath comes to West Yorkshire Playhouse

    John Steinbeck’s classic The Grapes of Wr......

    Based on the novel by John Steinbeck Adapted by Frank Galati Directed by Abbey Wright Designed by Laura Hopkins Lighting Design by Nigel Edwards Music by Matt Regan West Yorkshire Playhouse, Quarry Theatre Press Night Wednesday 24 May, 7.30pm Friday 24 May – Saturday 10 June 2017 John Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Grapes of […]

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  • Spring / Summer 2017 Studio Season commences at West Yorkshire Playhouse

    Spring / Summer 2017 Studio Season commences at......

    The Playhouse reinstates its temporary studio theatre for four weeks of unmissable work throughout March and April. The Barber Studio Season features critically-acclaimed small scale shows including award-winning work from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and fresh new theatre developed at West Yorkshire Playhouse. The Studio Season runs from Thursday 30 March to Sat 15 April. […]

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  • The Who’s Tommy Rehearsal Diary – Final Week

    The Who’s Tommy Rehearsal Diary – F......

    By Natasha Lewis, cast blogger What’s that you say? We’ve hit Ipswich? That’s right, beautiful people, we have. !nd we’re extremely pleased to be here! So we’ve ditched the rehearsal room (we love you 3 Mills) and have migrated North East to the sunny plains of Suffolk ready to begin (duh duh duh) TECH WEEK! Now, […]

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  • The Who’s Tommy Rehearsal Diary – Week Five

    The Who’s Tommy Rehearsal Diary – Week Five...

    By Natasha Lewis, cast blogger “Extra, extra…read all about it…” (No Spoilers!) It’s our final week in the rehearsal space before we launch into ourselves into our monumental tech week. Before I forget, I must say a huge thank you to all at 3 Mills Studios for accommodating us so hospitably and providing a hungry company […]

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  • Writer of A Passionate Woman and Fat Friends Kay Mellor OBE pledges support for Playhouse redevelopment

    Writer of A Passionate Woman and Fat Friends Ka......

    Renowned Leeds script writer Kay Mellor OBE has become a patron of West Yorkshire Playhouse in support of its upcoming redevelopment. Kay’s television hits include current BBC drama In the Club (2014, 2016), The Syndicate (2012, 2013, 2015) Fat Friends (2000-2005) and Band of Gold (1995). Her best-known play, A Passionate Woman is touring to West Yorkshire Playhouse […]

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  • The Graduate to open at West Yorkshire Playhouse in first major revival since West End Premiere

    The Graduate to open at West Yorkshire Playhous......

    By Charles Webb Adapted by Terry Johnson Director Lucy Bailey Designer Mike Britton Sound Designer Mic Pool Lighting Designer Chris Davey Friday 28 April – Sat 27 May 2017, Courtyard Theatre Press Night Wednesday 3 May 2017, 7.45pm 50 years since the release of the iconic hit film, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Curve in association […]

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  • £25k grant for theatre’s programme of support for refugees

    £25k grant for theatre’s programme of support f......

    West Yorkshire Playhouse, the UK’s first official Theatre Of Sanctuary, has been award £25,000 to support refugee and asylum seekers over the next year. The programme of support will be delivered in partnership with City of Sanctuary, a Leeds-based charity which works with refugees in the region, and was awarded by the Asda Foundation as […]

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  • The Who’s Tommy Rehearsal Diary – Week Three

    The Who’s Tommy Rehearsal Diary – W......

    By Natasha Lewis, cast blogger It’s Week 3 people! Time is a-flying as we reach the half way point of our rehearsal process. Even without TFL on our side, everybody gathered together in super high spirits. Why? Because we’re all super nice, fun people that’s why! It was a particularly exciting and busy one this week […]

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  • The Who’s Tommy Rehearsal Diary – Week Two

    The Who’s Tommy Rehearsal Diary – W......

    By Natasha Lewis, cast blogger So we’ve flown into Week 2 and what a week it’s been. (Not that I would have expected anything less on a show with about a million different elements to it like this one). Come Monday morning we all excitedly reconvened to appreciate lovely Matthew’s (Officer 2) sassy new haircut and […]

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  • The Who’s Tommy Rehearsal Diary – Week One

    The Who’s Tommy Rehearsal Diary – W......

    By Natasha Lewis, cast blogger We’re already one week through rehearsals of Tommy, and are pleased to reveal that we’ll be hearing from the rehearsal room every week from cast member and overall blogging extraordinaire Natasha Lewis throughout the entire tour! Read her first entry into her Tommy diary below: The cast of Tommy in rehearsals, […]

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  • Open auditions for Community Chorus in The Grapes of Wrath

    Open auditions for Community Chorus in The Grap......

    West Yorkshire Playhouse is holding Open Audition workshops on Saturday 25 March and Sunday 26 March for the Community Chorus of its upcoming production, The Grapes of Wrath. The auditions are open to volunteer community performers and no previous experience of professional theatre is required. The Community Ensemble of The Grapes of Wrath will total […]

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  • Pete Townshend writes exclusive new songs for production of The Who’s Tommy

    Pete Townshend writes exclusive new songs for p......

    Music and Lyrics by Pete Townshend Book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff Additional music and lyrics by John Entwistle and Keith Moon West Yorkshire Playhouse, Quarry Theatre Press Night Thursday 4 May, 7.30pm Thursday 4 – Saturday 13 May Lead songwriter of The Who Pete Townshend has written two new songs exclusively for the […]

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  • Activism & the future of Europe spark a creative response as Transform gets set to present major citywide, international festival

    Activism & the future of Europe spark a cr......

    Transform 17 Wed 19 – Sat 22 April 2017 Transform 17, a bold and adventurous programme that celebrates and explores new theatre, comes to Leeds from Wed 19- Sat 22 April. This citywide, international edition is Transform’s most ambitious festival to date. Mixing pop-culture and performance art, interactive adventures, outdoor activist theatre and large-scale visceral […]

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  • Landmark Playhouse proposals to go before planning chiefs

    Landmark Playhouse proposals to go before plann......

    Proposals to transform and modernise the West Yorkshire Playhouse through a landmark refurbishment project will go before the city’s senior planning officials. Members of Leeds City Council’s city plans panel will consider initial proposals for a multi-million pound revamp of the popular Leeds theatre at a meeting next week. The plans, submitted by Leeds City […]

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

    West Yorkshire Playhouse awarded £99,950 grant ......

    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 […]

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  • Casting announced for The Graduate

    Casting announced for The Graduate...

    Catherine McCormack and Jack Monaghan will lead the cast of The Graduate, opening on Friday 28 April at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Directed by Lucy Bailey (Great Expectations, The Postman Always Rings Twice, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Taming of the Shrew, RSC, Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare’s Globe) The Graduate is a co-production by West Yorkshire Playhouse and Curve in association with Simon Friend and Gavin Kalin […]

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  • Amy Leach appointed as new Associate Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse

    Amy Leach appointed as new Associate Director o......

    Amy Leach will join West Yorkshire Playhouse as its new Associate Director from March 2017. Amy has a long standing relationship with the Playhouse and directed Kes in the Courtyard Theatre in 2016, which then went on a community tour of the city to non-theatre venues, as well as The Night Before Christmas and Little […]

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    Playhouse Writer In Residence shortlisted for p......

    Charley Miles is currently Writer In Residence at West Yorkshire Playhouse after she was awarded a Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme Bursary and Blackthorn was developed by the Playhouse and performed in its Autumn/Winter season 2016. Charley Miles from Kilburn, North Yorkshire, has been nominated for major international playwriting award, the US’s Susan Smith Blackburn prize, […]

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  • Pygmalion Rehearsal Diary – Final Week

    Pygmalion Rehearsal Diary – Final Week...

    By Natasha Hyman, Assistant Director Tech week! On Saturday we ended our fourth week with a run, and various producers and artistic directors from Headlong, Nuffield and West Yorkshire Playhouse attended. This was the first time we had shared the entirety of the piece with an audience. It was daunting but also exciting to share […]

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  • Introducing Transform 17 – A festival of bold, local and international theatre

    Introducing Transform 17 – A festival of ......

    Introducing Transform 17 A festival of bold, local and international theatre Transform is back with their most ambitious festival yet, and very first citywide, international edition. Coursing through theatres, arts venues and outdoor spaces, Transform 17 explores everything from activism, community collaboration, the digital age, gender politics, and the future of Europe. Between 19 – […]

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  • Pygmalion Rehearsal Diary Week 4

    Pygmalion Rehearsal Diary Week 4...

    By Natasha Hyman, Assistant Director We began this week with a move up North for our final full week of rehearsals before we go into tech and then open at West Yorkshire Playhouse. The show has come together in its entirety this week, and director Sam Pritchard has been focusing on the heightened physical language […]

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  • Casting Call for ODE TO LEEDS

    Casting Call for ODE TO LEEDS...

    POET? SPOKEN WORD ARTIST? MC? BEATBOXER? PERFORMER? West Yorkshire Playhouse is looking for you for its new show ODE TO LEEDS By Zodwa Nyoni Directed by James Brining, Artistic Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse West Yorkshire Playhouse is running open auditions to meet exciting young artists from West Yorkshire, to act in its new production […]

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  • Pygmalion Rehearsal Diary Week 3

    Pygmalion Rehearsal Diary Week 3...

    Pygmalion’s Assistant Director, Natasha Hyman, gives us an insight into week 3 of rehearsals. This week in ‘Pygmalion-land’ we have been looking at the filmed sequences in the show. Bernard Shaw wrote a number of these extra scenes, which were incorporated into the 1939 film version. For example, we see Eliza in a taxi, in her […]

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  • The Playhouse’s pioneering Dementia Friendly performances on BBC news

    The Playhouse’s pioneering Dementia Friendly pe......

    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 […]

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  • Star-crossed lovers awaken in contemporary, urban Verona for epic Northern production of Romeo & Juliet

    Star-crossed lovers awaken in contemporary, urb......

    By William Shakespeare Director Amy Leach Designer Hayley Grindle West Yorkshire Playhouse, Quarry Theatre Press Night Wed 8 March, 7.30pm Friday 3 March – Saturday 25 March 2017 West Yorkshire Playhouse transports Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy to a modern-day city for its first major production of 2017 in the Quarry Theatre. Directed by Amy Leach (Kes, […]

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  • Pygmalion Rehearsal Diary Week 2

    Pygmalion Rehearsal Diary Week 2...

    Pygmalion’s Assistant Director, Natasha Hyman, gives us an insight into week 2 of rehearsals. “We started week two of Pygmalion rehearsals with a much-anticipated visit from Bronwen Evans, an academic expert in phonetics (or a modern day Henry Higgins, if you like…) Bronwen spoke to us about her research into how accents change over a lifetime. She explained […]

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  • Pygmalion Rehearsal Diary Week 1

    Pygmalion Rehearsal Diary Week 1...

    Pygmalion’s Assistant Director, Natasha Hyman, gives us an exclusive first look at rehearsals for the eagerly awaited production. “There’s something equally exciting and daunting about a first day. This is amplified when you have staff from three companies in the same room; Pygmalion is being co-produced by Headlong, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Nuffield Southampton Theatres […]

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  • Due to popular demand – extra performance of Strictly Ballroom The Musical in Leeds added next Tuesday 10 January

    Due to popular demand – extra performance......

    Due to popular demand, West Yorkshire Playhouse is now adding an extra performance of STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL on Tuesday 10 January, 7:30pm. This will also be a Relaxed Performance, which means that there will be a slight reduction in sound levels. Relaxed Performances also offer a relaxed attitude to audience members who may need […]

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  • Pygmalion Cast Announcement

    Pygmalion Cast Announcement...

    Pygmalion By Bernard Shaw Directed by Sam Pritchard Designed by Alex Lowde Sound Design by Ben and Max Ringham Lighting by Jack Knowles Projection designs by Will Duke West Yorkshire Playhouse, Courtyard Theatre Press Night Wed 8 February, 7.45pm Saturday 4 – Saturday 25 February 2017 ‘The science of speech. That’s my profession. I can […]

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  • Spring/Summer 2017 Season Announced

    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 […]

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  • Strictly Ballroom The Musical: Our ballroom insider Sally Sequins has been out and about with the cast

    Strictly Ballroom The Musical: Our ballroom ins......

      G’Day Poms, Sally Sequins here, with a fresh update on the UK premiere of Strictly Ballroom The Musical. Well, I can tell you that the cast have been out and about all over Leeds showing off their glamorous glittering gowns and beautiful ballroom steps – and I’ve had exclusive backstage access to all of […]

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  • Strictly Ballroom The Musical: Our ballroom insider Sally Sequins shares rooftop photoshoot blog and video

    Strictly Ballroom The Musical: Our ballroom ins......

    G’Day Poms, Sally Sequins here, back at the West Yorkshire Playhouse again. I’m continuing my exciting journey alongside the team of Strictly Ballroom The Musical to bring you more exclusive information of the upcoming UK premiere. This time, I’ve been behind the scenes of a fabulous photoshoot where we had a first look at the […]

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  • The Brontë’s. They Rock.

    The Brontë’s. They Rock....

      Hannah Elsy, Production Assistant on Wasted gives her exclusive insight into the new production. Wasted is a new rock musical charting the lives of the Brontë family by Chris Ash (Showstopper! The Improvised Musical) and Carl Miller (Emil and The Detectives, National Theatre), and directed by Adam Lenson. The show- in- development has won the Kevin Spacey Foundation Award and has received […]

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  • Emerging Yorkshire Writer Wins Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme Bursary

    Emerging Yorkshire Writer Wins Channel 4 Playwr......

    Charley Miles, a talented young playwright from Kilburn, North Yorkshire, has won a bursary to become West Yorkshire Playhouse’s new Writer In Residence for 2017. She is one of five theatre writers to win a Channel 4 Playwrights’ Scheme Bursary which celebrates and supports emerging British writing talent. Charley’s first play, Blackthorn, was performed in […]

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  • New resident composer at West Yorkshire Playhouse is announced

    New resident composer at West Yorkshire Playhou......

    West Yorkshire Playhouse, Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network are delighted to announce Harry Blake as The Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer at the Playhouse. Through this scheme musical theatre composers are paired with a venue, and given the opportunity to be involved in a range of work which could include underscoring plays, setting text […]

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    Playhouse joins theatres’ call on Government to......

    West Yorkshire Playhouse is supporting a national drive as one of 20 theatres urging the Immigration Minister to speed up the process for vulnerable young people living at the soon to be dismantled Calais refugee camp who are legally entitled to join their families in the UK. Though aware that a visit to the theatre […]

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    Vote for West Yorkshire Playhouse as Best Cultu......

    West Yorkshire Playhouse has been shortlisted in the 2016 Leeds Lifestyle Awards for the Best Cultural Attraction category. The winner of the award will be decided by public vote, so if you’re passionate about the performances on our stages and our work within the community, please vote today: www.leedslifestyleawards.com The Awards will be filmed and […]

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  • Reflections on making Anniversary

    Reflections on making Anniversary...

    Nicky Taylor, Community Development Manager It’s the end of the fourth week of rehearsals for Anniversary, a brand new contemporary theatre piece we are making at West Yorkshire Playhouse with The Performance Ensemble. With a company aged between 50 and 90, this is a unique show and a fascinating process. It brings together world class […]

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  • Radical staging of Pygmalion opens at West Yorkshire Playhouse in February

    Radical staging of Pygmalion opens at West York......

      Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion will open at the Playhouse on Friday 3 February running through to Saturday 25th. The co-production between West Yorkshire Playhouse, Headlong and Nuffield is directed by Sam Pritchard with sound design by Ben and Max Ringham and is designed by Alex Lowde. Shaw’s celebrated play was first staged over 100 years ago […]

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  • Strictly Ballroom The Musical: a sneak peek at our Christmas show… blog from Sally Sequins

    Strictly Ballroom The Musical: a sneak peek at ......

      G’Day Poms. Sally Sequins here – I recently flew in from down under to get the low down on West Yorkshire Playhouse’s upcoming Christmas show, the UK premiere of Strictly Ballroom The Musical. I’ll be hanging out here for a few months and giving you bits of backstage gossip about this fantastic musical, which […]

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  • Blackthorn – Turbulent tale of first love rooted in rural Yorkshire premieres on stage

    Blackthorn – Turbulent tale of first love......

      The first play by Yorkshire writer, Charley Miles is to be unveiled in the Barber Studio at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Blackthorn is a contemporary, lyrical love story which powerfully reflects local language and landscapes. It tells of the intense bonds that form between the only two children born to a tiny village in a […]

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  • Strictly Ballroom The Musical Cast Announcement

    Strictly Ballroom The Musical Cast Announcement...

    Sam Lips & Gemma Sutton to play iconic roles of Scott & Fran Dazzling new production directed & choreographed by 2016 Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie UK Premiere Weds 30 Nov – Sat 21 Jan at West Yorkshire Playhouse   The full cast has been announced for STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL, with an international company coming […]

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  • Brontë Musical is a Winner

    Brontë Musical is a Winner...

    The new rock musical about the Brontës being staged at West Yorkshire Playhouse has won a prestigious award from the Kevin Spacey Foundation. Wasted, a work-in-progress musical which is part of the Brontë season at the Playhouse, marking the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, took the UK Musical Theatre prize in the awards that recognise […]

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  • Architects appointed for landmark West Yorkshire Playhouse project

    Architects appointed for landmark West Yorkshir......

    An award-winning firm of architects have been appointed to develop plans for the landmark refurbishment of West Yorkshire Playhouse. After inviting designers to bid for the project, Leeds City Council has appointed Page \ Park Architects to lead on the design for a major capital development of the Leeds theatre. The Glasgow based architects will […]

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  • Beyond Festival Day

    Beyond Festival Day...

    We’re looking forward to the very first Beyond Festival Day, a celebration of learning disabled artists in Leeds, on Saturday 18 June, 12pm – 4pm. Join us at the Playhouse for an afternoon of pop-up performances in the foyer and outside. Relax with lunch or a coffee in the Playhouse cafe, catch up with friends and […]

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  • Visit to SMJ Falconry Centre

    Visit to SMJ Falconry Centre...

    Assistant Director for Kes, Martin Leonard tells us about his recent visit to SMJ Falconry centre in search of inspiration for the production. Going on the excursion are Jack Lord and Dan Parr, the two actors in Kes, and members of the creative team – Amy Leach (Director), Max Johns (Designer), Lucy Cullingford (Movement Director), Tom Mills (Sound […]

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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse Launches Guide To Staging Dementia Friendly Performances

    West Yorkshire Playhouse Launches Guide To Stag......

    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 […]

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  • Big Lottery Fund Award for Playhouse Arts Programme for Young People with Learning Disabilities

    Big Lottery Fund Award for Playhouse Arts Progr......

    A grant of £375,731 has been awarded by the Big Lottery Fund to West Yorkshire Playhouse for its provision of creative opportunities for young people with learning disabilities. The grant will fund the Buzz programme for four years enabling the Playhouse to expand its regular arts programme for young learning disabled people aged 14-25. Accessed […]

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  • Devoted & Disgruntled: What are the possibilities of collaboration between art and science?

    Devoted & Disgruntled: What are the possib......

      An invitation from James Brining, Artistic Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse: Inspired by our co-production with Improbable and Northern Stage, of Opening Skinner’s Box, I would like to invite you to an event that explores how art and science can collaborate. Opening Skinner’s Box is a new piece of theatre inspired by the book of […]

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    West Yorkshire Playhouse Announces Brontë Seaso......

    On the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, West Yorkshire Playhouse is thrilled to announce its Brontë Season will take centre stage this Autumn Winter 2016. Exploring the extraordinary works of Yorkshire’s iconic literary family, the season centres on three new West Yorkshire Playhouse commissions: a major new adaptation of Villette, a work in progress staging of a […]

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  • Community Casting Call for Barnbow Canaries

    Community Casting Call for Barnbow Canaries...

      Interested in performing in a unique production at West Yorkshire Playhouse, inspired by Leeds’ history? Join our chorus, develop your performing skills and have fun. West Yorkshire Playhouse is looking to cast 60 women in our community cast for Alice Nutter’s Barnbow Canaries; a new play about the women of the Barnbow factory, a munitions factory […]

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  • Interview with Yasmin Sherif,  Trainee Director on What Are They Like?

    Interview with Yasmin Sherif, Trainee Director......

      Laura Marsden talks to Yasmin Sherif  about being part of West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Youth Theatre and gives an insight into being a Trainee Director on the upcoming show What Are The Like? Yasmin has been a member of the Youth Theatre since it started in 2012. The Youth Theatre encourages the young people to perform and undertake non-performance […]

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  • Children’s Casting Call Notice for Into The Woods Young Company

    Children’s Casting Call Notice for Into T......

    A West Yorkshire Playhouse and Opera North co-production Into The Woods Music and Lyrics Stephen Sondheim. Book by James Lapine Director James Brining. Conductor James Holmes West Yorkshire Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining is looking to cast 24 children (2 groups of 12) in Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods at the Playhouse from 2 – […]

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  • Strictly Ballroom The Musical

    Strictly Ballroom The Musical...

    To Cha Cha Cha In To The UK For Christmas 2016 Dazzling New Production Created By Baz Luhrmann Directed & Choreographed By Drew McOnie The first UK staging of STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL – based on the much loved film that inspired the world to dance – is to première at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds on Wednesday 30 […]

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  • Great Expectations:  The beginning stages… blog from Assistant Director Martin Leonard

    Great Expectations: The beginning stages… blog......

    Meeting one another for the first time… We begin day one with a meet and greet, attended by the entire cast and creative team, including Lucy Bailey (Director), Mike Britten (Designer), Emma Laxton (Sound Designer) as well as members of the Playhouse team, such as Suzi Cubbage (Head of Production) and Victoria Marzetti (Head of […]

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  • Great Expectations – Insight into the read-through

    Great Expectations – Insight into the rea......

    What does a read-through involve? A script read-through is an event in which the writer, director and actors read through the entire script. The actors will each be given characters to read including reading the stage directions. This can be a valuable stage in a writer’s process of developing the script for a multitude of […]

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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse Capital Funding Announcement

    West Yorkshire Playhouse Capital Funding Announ......

      7 January 2016 West Yorkshire Playhouse Capital Funding Announcement West Yorkshire Playhouse successful in Stage One application to Arts Council England for capital redevelopment funding of £6.6m. Arts Council England has announced that West Yorkshire Playhouse was successful in its Stage One application for a grant of £6.6m towards a major capital redevelopment. The […]

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  • Box Office Christmas Opening Times

    Box Office Christmas Opening Times...

      Day Time Christmas Eve 9am – 2.45pm Christmas Day Closed Boxing Day 11.30am – 2.45pm Sunday 27 December 9.30am – 6pm* Monday 28 – Wednesday 30 December 9am – 6pm* New Years Eve 9am – 2.45pm New Years Day Closed Saturday 2 January 9am – 6pm* *Please note pick up only from box office 6pm […]

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  • Carol’s Words of Wisdom

    Carol’s Words of Wisdom...

    Our Carol likes everything just so, everything has a place and that is how it should stay. Here are Carol’s words of wisdom to share with you; ‘A cactus makes a wonderful friend. It always listens when you need to chat, and it always agrees with what you say’   ‘Cacti are very efficient with […]

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  • WANTED. Be part of Transform 16

    WANTED. Be part of Transform 16...

    WANTED If you could make anything happen on stage tonight, what would it be? Given the time and space and resources, what would you really truly want? Chris Goode & Company, the makers of 9 and The Albemarle Sketchbook are making a brand new show, and right now, they know nothing about it. It’s a […]

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  • Mini reviewer of The Night Before Christmas

    Mini reviewer of The Night Before Christmas...

          Meet Carmen Brown (age 4), our mini reviewer for The Night Before Christmas. Check out Carmen’s review of the show. ‘It was really good. I liked it when the elf climbed up the stairs to see Santa. It was really funny. I want to see it again!’    

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  • A Day in the Life… of the Musical Director

    A Day in the Life… of the Musical Director...

    With opening night next week, the cast and Company of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang have moved into the Quarry Theatre to rehearse on stage. Musical Director Andrew Hilton tells us about a typical day during tech week (short for technical week). This is when for the first time all the elements of the production start […]

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  • A Day in the Life… of a Female Swing

    A Day in the Life… of a Female Swing...

      Rehearsals are in full swing for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Kathryn Barnes, Female Swing, takes us behind-the-scenes and gives us an insight into a typical day in rehearsals. It’s my job, as Female Swing, to understudy 8 different parts in the show. A typical rehearsal day revolves around my ‘Swing Bible’ which contains maps of […]

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  • Elf Phrasebook

    Elf Phrasebook...

      Lost Elf 30046 has his very own language. To keep you up to speed with what he is saying we have created you your very own Elf Phrasebook. Christmas Tree: Squishmas Twee Cracker: Crackie-crackie-jacker-crack Sweets: Swee-wee-yum-yum Snow Globe Itty-bitty snowy glowy Penguin Wen-win Click here to book tickets for The Night Before Christmas

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  • Elf Yourself

    Elf Yourself...

    Make yourself into an Elf Ever wanted to be an Elf for real? Well, now you can be with your very own ‘elf yourself’ handbook. Simply grab the items on the list and get creating. Albert aged 4 and his mum, The Night Before Christmas Director Amy, created these magnificent ones to get you started. Remember […]

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  • 10 Things You Need To Know About Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    10 Things You Need To Know About Chitty Chitty ......

    With less than a month until Chitty takes flight, here are 10 fun facts about the most fantasmagorical musical in the history of everything! 1 – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the only children’s book written by James Bond author Ian Fleming. 2 – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was based on two cars Fleming had driven – his own Standard […]

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  • Meet The Night Before Christmas Team

    Meet The Night Before Christmas Team...

    Welcome to some of The Night Before Christmas cast and creative team.        Meet Rose Wardlaw (left) and James Barrett (right) Rose plays Carol. If Rose was a real elf her name would be Jolly Twinkle-Poggy. James plays Elf 30046 and Roger who lives next door. If James was a real elf his […]

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  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Company lands at the Playhouse

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Company lands at the Pl......

    Have a look at some of the photos from the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang company’s first week at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Jon Robyns as Caractacus Potts, Lucy Sherman, Oscar Ward, Caitlin Surtees, Henry Kent, Lucy Grundy, Harry Grasby our Jeremys and Jemimas and Amy Griffiths as Truly Scrumptious. Caitlin Surtees as Jemima, Amy Griffiths as Truly Scrumptious […]

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  • Richard III – Rehearsal Diary, Week 6

    Richard III – Rehearsal Diary, Week 6...

    Written by Francesca Murray-Fuentes, Assistant Director It’s Tech Week Often the most intensive week of rehearsals, this is when we move into the performance space and get it all set up for the preview performances at the end of the week. One of the biggest challenges for the cast during tech week is getting the […]

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  • Richard III – Rehearsal Diary, Week 5

    Richard III – Rehearsal Diary, Week 5...

    Written by Francesca Murray-Fuentes, Assistant Director Running the whole show Much of this week has been about building up to running the show as a whole, firstly running each Act, then running each of the two halves of the show, and finally running the show as it would on a performance night, including an interval but without […]

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  • Richard III – Rehearsal Diary, Week 4

    Richard III – Rehearsal Diary, Week 4...

    Written by Francesca Murray-Fuentes, Assistant Director Week Four is concentrated on the final act, Richard’s finale, and the blood that is shed in the lead up to his much-deserved end. Soundscapes This week a lot of energy goes into nailing Act 5, the lead up to the Battle of Bosworth and Richard’s ultimate downfall. This final act […]

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  • Richard III – Rehearsal Diary – Week 3

    Richard III – Rehearsal Diary – Week 3...

    Written by Francesca Murray-Fuentes, Assistant Director Week Three sees the company creating the build up to the final act of the play, some refining of each character’s purpose within a scene, and an exploration of scene changes. Quick Changes Costume designer Gabriel Dalton, and the Wardrobe team at the Playhouse have quite a job on their […]

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  • West End cast announced for West Yorkshire  Playhouse’s biggest ever Christmas show

    West End cast announced for West Yorkshire Pla......

    We are excited to announce our casting for the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, opening at the Playhouse on 2 December until 30 January 2016. Jon Robyns (Memphis, Spamalot, Avenue Q) will play Caractacus Potts, with Amy Griffiths (Everyman, Stephen Ward, The Pajama Game) as Truly Scrumptious. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will […]

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  • The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, Week 4

    The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, We......

    Written by Dan Hutton, Assistant Director As I write this, the set for The Glass Menagerie is being built on the stage of the Courtyard Theatre at West Yorkshire Playhouse. After four weeks of rehearsals and many months of planning, we’re now in the space itself and it, like Tom’s memories, is all starting to […]

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  • Richard III – Rehearsal Diary, Week 2

    Richard III – Rehearsal Diary, Week 2...

      Written by Francesca Murray-Fuentes, Assistant Director 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 […]

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  • The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, Week 3

    The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, We......

    Written by Dan Hutton, Assistant Director 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 […]

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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 […]

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  • Richard III – Rehearsal Diary, Week 1

    Richard III – Rehearsal Diary, Week 1...

    Written by Francesca Murray-Fuentes, Assistant Director 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, […]

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  • The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, Week 2

    The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, We......

    Written by Dan Hutton, Assistant Director 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 […]

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  • The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, Week 1

    The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, We......

    Written by Dan Hutton, Assistant Director 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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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    New Website Launched...

    Welcome to the new West Yorkshire Playhouse Website.

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West Yorkshire Playhouse searches for Leeds’ heart in epic community celebration ahead of redevelopment

Posted on May 11, 2018

In a celebration of the people of Leeds, West Yorkshire Playhouse will present Searching for the Heart of Leeds as the final production in the Quarry Theatre ahead of the capital redevelopment. Over 70 talented individuals from the community will take part in the production performing in roles both offstage and on, alongside six community […]

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