YEP says: Let’s see our Grande Dame return to her former glory

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Leeds Grand Theatre has seemed like a one-time famous actress now in the twightlight of her years. Still a powerful figure (a Grande Dame if you will) but somewhat jaded.

The building was showing signs of its age and its reputation was tarnished by a fraud investigation which saw the former finance boss jailed for swindling £180,000.

But now the curtain is going up on a new stage for the theatre, as it moves towards independence. It’s now ready to ride off on its own (albeit with the stabalisers still on in the form of a LCC guarantee). It’s a beautiful building and should be a jewel in our city’s crown so we’ll be cheering it from the wings.

The disgraced former celebrity publicist, Max Clifford, has reportedly died in hospital aged 74 after collapsing in prison.

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