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The phone box used to audio describe Road

Ben Wilson, Audio Description director on Road

Audio Description is the art of describing the visual element of a piece of theatre, film, television or any other visual medium for the benefit of blind and visually impaired audience members. Visually impaired audience members can use a headset or headphones in the theatre auditorium, and through that device they will be able to […]

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A paper boat floating on the sea

Yorkshire writers tell stories of migration

Airplays is a new initiative from Leeds Playhouse, BBC Radio Leeds and Leeds College of Music that puts radio drama centre stage. In June 2018, four innovative Yorkshire-based writers were commissioned from an open call-out to write brand new 15-minute plays responding to the theme of migration. Now, those plays are ready to be performed […]

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Leeds Playhouse Furnace Festival: a celebration of brand new work and audacious artistic voices

Small in scale but big in ambition, Leeds Playhouse’s Furnace Festival champions locally-rooted artists and showcases award-winning new theatre. This year, the Playhouse has curated a special, stripped-back Furnace Festival that reflects the dynamism of the unique Pop-Up theatre, in association with SOYO Leeds. This year’s festival gives audiences a glimpse of what to expect when Furnace Festival is back, bigger and […]

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Leeds Playhouse to stage politically resonant Europe as part of Pop-Up season

This October Leeds Playhouse will stage David Greig’s politically resonant production Europe, the second production in the theatre’s Pop-Up season. Written in 1994 at the height of the Balkan conflict, the production is explores our relationship with our continent, particularly pertinent as this becomes more and more politicised. A modern classic, the play is set […]

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Stage is set for Leeds Playhouse redevelopment as contractors move in

Work has begun on an exciting project to transform Leeds Playhouse into a modern, 21st century theatre. Key stakeholders gathered on site on 28 August 28 to officially hand the building over to contractors BAM Construction, who will now begin reshaping and revitalising the Leeds cultural institution and its surrounding area. Once the ambitious revamp […]

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Leeds Playhouse announce Alan Lyddiard as Associate Artist, who will direct large-scale pioneering community production for Leeds

This September leading older people’s theatre company The Performance Ensemble in association with Leeds Playhouse will join forces to create a pioneering community production Bus Ride, part of the Bus Pass project, which is supported this year as part of Leeds 2023. The performance plays at the Queens Hotel on 16 September and celebrates the […]

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Raucous Road: Director Amy Leach on Jim Cartwright’s seminal play

Set on a raucous night out on an unnamed Northern street, Jim Cartwright’s 1986 seminal play Road is the first show to open the Playhouse’s Pop-Up theatre this Autumn. Directed by Leeds Playhouse Associate Director Amy Leach (Romeo and Juliet, Queen of Chapeltown, Leeds Playhouse), Road presents a powerful observation of the everyday lives of […]

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Dynamic group of Northern actors form Leeds Playhouse Ensemble

Ten Northern actors have formed the Leeds Playhouse Ensemble, a dynamic repertory company who will perform in a selection of productions throughout the Playhouse’s unique year-long Pop-Up season. Company members from Leeds include Lladel Bryant, who audiences may recognise from his work with the much-loved Geraldine Connor Foundation. He recently appeared in Carnival Chronicles which was part of […]

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Leeds Playhouse customise bespoke costume for Miss Playhouse as part of Leeds Pride

Leeds Playhouse Costume Hire have customised a bespoke costume to be worn by Miss Playhouse as part of the Leeds Pride celebrations on Sunday 5 August. The annual Leeds Pride celebration of the LGBTQ+ community will line the streets of Leeds in a colourful and joyous festival. For the second year running Miss Playhouse will […]

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Leeds Playhouse Autumn Season to open with a bang with raucous night out Road

Leeds Playhouse will open its autumn season with a bang, presenting Jim Cartwright’s seminal play Road. Grab your coat, grab your bag and join us to roll in the gutter and dance under the glitter ball. Stumble along the streets, into living rooms and over the cobbles of the lives and loves of the bold, browbeaten and brave […]

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Download BrochureThe Pop-Up Season
Autumn 18 / Spring 19
Download BrochureThe Pop-Up Season
Autumn 18 / Spring 19
Major funders
Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital Partners
SOYO Moda
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors