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West End star Jenna Russell sings expressively in the Piaf rehearsal room

C’est magnifique! New behind the scenes rehearsal images of Piaf

New images reveal the joie de vivre of the rehearsal room as West End star Jenna Russell and the rest of the PIAF company prepare for their two-week run at Leeds Playhouse next month. Leeds Playhouse and Nottingham Playhouse’s co-production of Pam Gems’ sensational play with music, which tells the extraordinary life story of the world-renowned chanteuse Edith Piaf, will […]

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Can You Hear Me? The Remix

Over 60 young people have been taking part in a weekly whatsapp broadcast, CAN YOU HEAR ME? connecting young people with other young people through carefully scripted and curated audio messages of reflection and hope. Award winning artists involved including playwright, rapper and beatboxer Testament, actor Lladel Bryant and comedian Maisie Adam. These positive voice […]

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Celebrating togetherness – a host of activities for Refugee Week

Leeds Playhouse is supporting Refugee Week (14–20 June) with a host of fun, inspirational and informative activities exploring the timely theme chosen for 2021, We Cannot Walk Alone. The week-long programme builds on the work carried out year-round by the Playhouse as a Theatre of Sanctuary committed to being a place of safety, hospitality and […]

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Casting announced for Dracula: The Untold Story

Leeds Playhouse and imitating the dog have today announced full casting for the premiere of DRACULA: THE UNTOLD STORY, a radical new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic gothic horror novel as told from the perspective of Mina Harker, the novel’s heroine. Leona Allen (Holes, UK tour; The Meeting, Chichester Festival Theatre) will play Mina Harker. […]

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West End star Jenna Russell in a cast headshot for her role as Piaf

The wait is finally over – full cast announced for Piaf

A year after PIAF was originally due to open at Leeds Playhouse, the full cast of this hotly-anticipated musical biography has now been confirmed. The Leeds Playhouse and Nottingham Playhouse co-production of Pam Gems’ sensational play, which tells the extraordinary life story of the world-renowned chanteuse Edith Piaf, will run in the Courtyard Theatre from […]

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A multi-media tapestry of community art takes pride of place at Leeds Playhouse

Leeds Playhouse today revealed a colourful, multi-media tapestry of art across the front of its building. The inspiring collection was created as part of Reasons to be Hopeful, a Playhouse Connect intergenerational community project launched as a creative response to the restrictions of lockdown. REASONS TO BE HOPEFUL, which ran for ten weeks from February […]

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Q&A with 15-year-old actor Connor Elliott

  Connor Elliott plays Wilf in THE BODYGUARD by Simon Armitage, one of six monologues that make up DECADES: STORIES FROM THE CITY in the Courtyard Theatre at Leeds Playhouse from 19 May to 5 June. Let’s get to know him a bit better…  Q: Tell us about your role in DECADES: STORIES FROM THE […]

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Casting announced for DECADES: STORIES FROM OUR CITY

Leeds Playhouse has announced the company of DECADES: STORIES FROM THE CITY, six monologues specially commissioned from northern writers to celebrate its 50th anniversary at the Playhouse, live and online from Wednesday 19 May to Saturday 5 June 2021. Writers Simon Armitage, Leanna Benjamin, Kamal Kaan, Alice Nutter, Maxine Peake and Stan Owens, who all have strong connections to the Playhouse, have each taken a particular decade […]

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Leeds Playhouse announces full summer programme – and looks ahead to Christmas in Neverland

Following the recent announcement of three projects which will reopen the theatre in May to celebrate its 50th anniversary, Leeds Playhouse has today announced its full summer season. The programme features exciting collaborations, and a range of local artists and companies, offering a host of opportunities for audiences to share in the excitement of live […]

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Leeds Playhouse to celebrate 50th anniversary with audiences live at the theatre, in the community and at home

Leeds Playhouse has today announced an exciting season of productions and exhibitions to celebrate its milestone 50th anniversary as it looks forward to welcoming audiences back to the building safely in May. Leeds Playhouse was created by and for the people of Leeds, so it seems only fitting that they are now at the centre of the celebrations 50 years later. Among the highlights are:  six specially-commissioned monologues by northern writers with strong […]

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