Leeds City Council set to pump £5m into £14m West Yorkshire Playhouse revamp

West Yorkshire Playhouse was branded 'dated, dull and impenetrable'
West Yorkshire Playhouse was branded 'dated, dull and impenetrable'
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multi-million pound plans have been drawn up to transform the “dated, dull and impenetrable” West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Theatre bosses want to create a striking new entrance facing the city centre, along with new performance and community spaces.

In a bid to boost Leeds’s hopes of being named European Capital of Culture for 2023, the new-look venue could also be renamed ‘Leeds Playhouse’.

A report to Leeds City Council’s executive board said: “The feedback from audiences, city leaders and other cultural organisations is that the current building is dated, impenetrable and dull, likened to a leisure centre.”

It added: “The redevelopment of the theatre would be at the heart of the regeneration of the east of the city, creating a landmark building and a stunning cultural destination.”

The Playhouse has undergone few changes since it moved to the Quarry Hill site in 1990.

The executive board is being asked to agree to £4.9m in council funding to add to £6.6m from Arts Council England and £2.5m from theatre funds.

For possible use in the YP From the Archive series.''10th May 1988''THE MIGHTY Mallard, pride of Britain's railway history, puffed into Leeds Station today with a raging thirst.''It was pulling such a heavy load - 12 carriages carrying 250 top Post Office customers and stamp collectors - that it needed extra water supplies at Holbeck.''"The last thing we wanted was the boiler blowing up on Britain's pride and joy," said Mr Philip Round, Post Office Information Officer.''Mallard was making a special run across the Pennines from Manchester Victoria to mark two major anniversaries:

Leeds nostalgia: Mallard pulls into Leeds to mark 50th anniversary of world speed record... in 1988