A Theatre For A 21st Century City
With the arrival of John Lewis and Victoria Gate on our doorstep, this area of the city is changing beyond recognition.
The Playhouse has always been about more than just the plays on stage – the relationship with our audiences and with local communities is just as important to us. We are the World’s first Theatre of Sanctuary, we have played a pioneering role in developing Relaxed and Dementia Friendly Performances, and we are now leading the way in presenting the work of deaf and disabled artists on our stages.
“We have an ambitious artistic vision for what the Playhouse can be for our audiences, artists and communities over the coming years.” – James Brining, Artistic Director
Unfortunately our building has not kept pace with our ambition. Our lifts don’t have the capacity to deal with large numbers of wheelchair users and they are poorly located, making it harder to get around.
Working together with Leeds City Council, we are now developing plans which will open up our spaces to make access at all levels much easier, including new entrances to the building and also into the theatres themselves, as well as improved lifts.
We also want the building to feel more welcoming – by creating a striking new entrance to face the city and cement our identity at the heart of the Quarry Hill.
The image above shows a birds eye plan of the Playhouse and the two new entrances from St Peter’s Street and Gateway Court with the current entrance from Playhouse Square.
Below is an artist’s impression of Playhouse Square entrance.
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“This landmark project will transform one of the city’s key cultural institutions. West Yorkshire Playhouse is absolutely integral to our future ambitions for the city and our desire for Leeds to provide a truly world class cultural offering.” – Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council