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50 Years of Leeds Playhouse

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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Leeds Playhouse, and marking its re-opening, an exciting new exhibition is now on show in the foyer areas of the theatre. 

Curated by Courtney Spencer and drawing on the Playhouse’s archive, the exhibition celebrates the story of this remarkable theatre. From its beginnings, when it was set up by the people of Leeds, to the present day as one of the country’s leading producing theatres, displays highlight the people, the places, the shows, celebrating memorable events and our links with the community. 

As well as a wide collection of photographic material, artist Cait McEniff, whose recent work includes a celebration of Kirkgate Market, has been commissioned to create a series of illustrations inspired by Playhouse memories from our Creative Engagement participants and the wider public. 

Come and celebrate why the Playhouse has been at the heart of Leeds for half a century. 

The 50th Anniversary Exhibition will be on view at Leeds Playhouse from 21 May 2021, Monday to Saturday between 10am and 3pm. Entry is free; however, to manage numbers and keep everyone safe, please book a timed entry ticket in advance. 

Cast & Credits

Independent Curator Courtney Spencer /


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