THE FIRST perfomance at Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House was William Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing in November 1878.
The New Briggate theatre cost £62,000 and took 13 months to build.
The Grand Theatre is widely regarded as a major milestone in Victorian theatre building.
Theatre architect George Corson was heavily influenced by his assistant James Robertson Watson, who had been on a tour of Europe’s churches and theatres.
Stars that have trodden the boards over the years include Julie Andrews, Felicity Kendal, Morecambe and Wise and Laurence Olivier.
A performance of Gangsta Granny, based on the best-selling book by comedian and Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams, will be on at Leeds Grand Theatre from May 3 to May 7.