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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… Read more »

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  • Summer Sublets 2016

    Summer Sublets 2016

    For two weeks in August, Summer Sublets invites professional artists from all disciplines to occupy the 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 rooms will be rough and ready, varied in size… Read more »

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  • Architects appointed for landmark West Yorkshire Playhouse project

    Architects appointed for landmark West Yorkshire Playhouse project

    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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse Launches Guide To Staging Dementia Friendly Performances

    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… Read more »

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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 Programme for Young People with Learning Disabilities

    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… Read more »

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

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

      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… Read more »

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    West Yorkshire Playhouse Announces Brontë Season For Autumn 2016

    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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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

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

      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… Read more »

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

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

    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 –… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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

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

    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… Read more »

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  • Great Expectations – Insight into the read-through

    Great Expectations – Insight into the read-through

    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… Read more »

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  • West Yorkshire Playhouse Capital Funding Announcement

    West Yorkshire Playhouse Capital Funding Announcement

      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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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

    10 Things You Need To Know About Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

    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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Company lands at the Playhouse

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Company lands at the Playhouse

    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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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

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

    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… Read more »

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  • The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, Week 4

    The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, Week 4

    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… Read more »

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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… Read more »

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  • The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, Week 3

    The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, Week 3

    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… 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, 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,… Read more »

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  • The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, Week 2

    The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, Week 2

    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… Read more »

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  • The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, Week 1

    The Glass Menagerie – Rehearsal Diary, Week 1

    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… 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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