Five-year sponsorship deal for Leeds’s £14m West Yorkshire Playhouse redevelopment

West Yorkshire Playhouse has signed a five year sponsorship deal with the Leeds office of law firm Irwin Mitchell as part of the theatre’s £14 million redevelopment.

The X Factor Live Tour 2018

PREVIEW: The X Factor Live Tour 2018 featuring Rak-Su, Grace Davies and other live finalists

The X Factor Live Tour 2018 is bringing latest champs Rak-Su and a host of other stars to arenas around the UK when for the first time ever the audience will choose their own winner each night.

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PRODUCTION: Birdsong will visit West Yorkshire Playhouse on February 13.

Birdsong: Critically-acclaimed play visits Leeds

Marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, the adaption of best-selling novel Birdsong is at West Yorkshire Playhouse next month.


Six of the Best: 2018 theatre shows in Leeds and Yorkshire

It’s the start of a new theatrical season.

PIC: Tony Johnson

Panto magic in children’s ward

Leeds’ own Billy Pearce and Loose Women panellist Coleen Nolan were among the stars who brought some pantomime magic to children in Bradford Royal Infirmary yesterday.


Dance to Windrush movement

Leeds will host a World Premiere at West Yorkshire Playhouse next month as 2018 marks the 70th Anniversary of the arrival of SS Empire Windrush to the UK.

Jimmy Nail, who has pulled out of The Last Ship, at the launch event with Sting and director Lorne Campbell last year.

Jimmy Nail pulls out of Sting’s musical The Last Ship

It’s a production which lasted just a few months on Broadway and now just as Sting’s musical The Last Ship was due to set sail in the UK its leading man has pulled out.

CHOREOGRAPHY: Vince Pang and Prentice Whitlow in Windrush.

Leeds’s own Phoenix Dance Theatre honours migrant ship

The Leeds-based Phoenix Dance Theatre will premiere a new production at the city’s West Yorkshire Playhouse to mark the 70th anniversary of a ship’s arrival to the UK.

Matthew Tempest  is set to to take to the stage to play Wishee Washee Aladdin over eight days of the Leeds Insurance Dramatical and Operatical Society's production.
Picture Tony Johnson.

Second kidney transplant transforms Leeds undertaker and panto star’s life

AN undertaker by day and panto star by night has told how his life was transformed by a second kidney transplant.

STAR OF THE SHOW: The puppet of Joey is brought to life by three performers.

War Horse returns to Bradford on new countrywide tour

The statistics are mind-boggling.

School programme reveals a teenage Alan Bennett's first public speaking 'engagement'

School programme reveals a teenage Alan Bennett's first public speaking 'engagement'

A former classmate of Leeds-born playwright Alan Bennett has uncovered evidence of what could have been the writer's first public performance.

World Strongest Man Eddie Hall coming to Sheffield FlyDSA Arena

WIN: Britain's Strongest Man 2018 tickets to see new World's Strongest Man Eddie Hall at Sheffield FlyDSA Arena

Super human Eddie 'The Beast' Hall is the new World's Strongest Man and we are celebrating by giving you the chance to see him in action for FREE at Sheffield's FlyDSA Arena this month.

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Final chance for festive magic in Leeds

An enchanting family adventure that takes young audiences on a magical journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas is running at the West Yorkshire Playhouse for a final two days.

PERFORMANCE: William Dazeley as Don Giovanni. PIC: Robert Workman

A trio of operas for new year

LEEDS-based Opera North brings its productions of Madama Butterfly, Un ballo in maschera and Don Giovanni to the venue as part of its Fatal Passions series between January 19 and March 24.

Nativity The Musical

Photo Credit: The Other Richard

Review: Nativity! The Musical, Leeds Grand Theatre

Nativity season is in full swing, and with it comes a riot of fun to Leeds Grand Theatre for a fortnight over the festive period.

Yorks Grand Opera House Panto 2017 Beauty & The Beast. Pictured is the flying Dragon. Picture David Harrison/York Grand Opera House.

A beauty of a panto

The Grand Opera House in York has produced a brilliant pantomime.

Billy Pearce as Buttons. PIC: Simon Hulme

Feeling festive? Get along to one of these Yorkshire pantomimes

Oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is etc. Right, now that’s out of the way, let’s actually talk about pantomime.

There is nothing like this Dame!

There is nothing like this Dame!

York Theatre Royal’s pantomime is back with Jack and the Beanstalk.

ENTERTAINING: Lost and Found heads to the Carriageworks Theatre in 2018.

Leeds theatre unveils spring 2018 schedule

We may be in the midst of winter, but the Carriageworks Theatre has announced its spring 2018 schedule.

An artist's impression of the new front entrance. PIC: Page Park

Leeds’s West Yorkshire Playhouse secures multi-million funding towards landmark redevelopment

Arts Council England today confirmed a total grant of £6.6m towards the landmark redevelopment of West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds.

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