Photo essay: From The Bard to Walliams at Leeds Grand Theatre

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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.

PIC: Simon Hulme

PIC: Simon Hulme

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.