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Hamlet for Here and Now

Hamlet remains the most coveted role in English speaking theatre. Originally written for Richard Burbage, the star of his day and of Shakespeare’s company, it exploited his extraordinary versatility, excellent vocal technique and his physical stamina. Over 400 years later, the history of the play is still told through the landmark performances of the men […]

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Leeds Playhouse celebrates major milestone with Irwin Mitchell, continuing to place accessibility at the heart of the organisation

Leeds Playhouse is celebrating a major milestone with Irwin Mitchell, as the partnership between the two organisations marks 500 accessible performances supported by the Leeds law firm. In 2009 Irwin Mitchell became Leeds Playhouse’s Access Partner beginning a decade of continued support for the theatre’s long-running Access programme. Key achievements of the access partnership have […]

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Hamlet – All You Need to Know about this Shakespearean classic…

Who’s Who… Hamlet – daughter of King Hamlet and Gertrude King Hamlet – father to Hamlet, deceased from the start of the play Gertrude – Hamlet’s mother, widower and new wife of Claudius Claudius – Hamlet’s uncle and new husband of Gertrude Polonius – mother to Ophelia and Laertes Ophelia – love interest of Hamlet […]

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“We are just a group of friends telling each other stories and sharing cups of tea. It’s beautiful.” Age, difference and acceptance in Dinner 18:55.

Performers Silvana De Paula and Jonny Price reflect on the rehearsal process for Leeds Playhouse’s unique intergenerational production Dinner 18:55, a brand new project bringing older and younger performers together to discover their similarities and differences and find common ground whilst discussing memorable mealtimes. “What does a 20 year old British man have in common […]

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Transform returns this April

A FESTIVAL OF POWERFUL, INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE Transform returns with a powerful international performance festival, its most ambitious edition yet, presenting a programme of daring theatre, dance, parties and adventures. The festival fuses explosive new commissions with UK premieres from artists spanning five continents, bringing together everyone from first time community performers to renowned international names […]

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Leeds Playhouse to stage spectacular family musical The Wizard of Oz for Christmas 2019

There’s no place like home for Leeds Playhouse this Christmas as it stages the spectacular masterpiece The Wizard of Oz in the newly redeveloped Quarry theatre. Directed by Leeds Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Sunshine on Leith), this new production of the cherished classic will play from 20 November 2019 until […]

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Full company revealed for psychological drama Hamlet at Leeds Playhouse

Leeds Playhouse has announced the full company of the stylish new production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, playing in the Playhouse’s unique Pop-Up theatre this March. This searing tragedy of murder and revenge will be directed by Leeds Playhouse Associate Director Amy Leach, with actor Tessa Parr in the title role. Something is rotten in the state […]

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Interview with director of random, Gbolahan Obisesan

Writer, director and actor Gbolahan Obisesan comes with a plethora of credits to his name. A previous Genesis Fellow and Associate Director of the Young Vic Theatre, he directed the 2017 Olivier Award nominated Cuttin’ It, received critical acclaim for his performance as Dr Martin Luther King Jr in The Mountaintop, and now he’s directing […]

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Leeds Playhouse to stage pioneering intergenerational performance, Dinner 18:55

Leeds Playhouse will stage a unique intergenerational performance, Dinner 18:55 this February. Exploring experiences of loneliness and community amongst both older and younger generations, this brand new production questions why we no longer make time to sit down and share a meal and a conversation together in our increasingly busy lives. Performed by a community […]

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Leeds Playhouse and Leeds Libraries partner for new creative residency programme, Speak Volumes

Leeds Playhouse and Leeds Libraries have today announced Speak Volumes, a brand new creative residency programme which will be delivered in partnership by the two organisations. The programme will offer two artists or theatre companies the opportunity to embed themselves in Leeds Central Library and libraries across Leeds, with a view to creating a brand […]

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Spring 19
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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