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Tracy Ann Oberman stars as Shylock in new production of The Merchant of Venice at Leeds Playhouse

Leeds Playhouse is to stage William Shakespeare’s THE MERCHANT OF VENICE with Tracy Ann Oberman (EastEnders, Friday Night Dinner, Toast of London) in the role of Shylock. This major autumn 2020 co-production between five leading regional theatres will be directed by Brigid Larmour, Artistic Director of Watford Palace Theatre. In a creative response to antisemitism […]

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seeds director Anastasia Osei-Kuffour

In conversation with seeds director Anastasia Osei-Kuffour

How would you describe the show to someone who hasn’t seen it? seeds is a tense drama where two mothers fight for their sons, bargaining with each other to get what they desperately need and in the process bare their souls, leaving them both changed by the encounter. What was it that initially drew you […]

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Welcome – Issue One

Since October, the Playhouse building has reopened with a splash – offering people the chance to engage with the Playhouse in so many different ways. We’re delighted that so many people have already joined us inside. In fact 2,000 people stepped through the doors for a tour, a coffee or to see a show over […]

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Celebrating 10 years of partnership

With Rachelle Mahapatra, Regional Managing Partner, Leeds at Irwin Mitchell, on how the law firm became the Playhouse’s Access Partner ten years ago ‘Our relationship with the Playhouse began informally when we arranged a successful trip for about 30 disabled children, their siblings, parents and staff to the Christmas show. Then, ten years ago, it […]

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The Circle of Theatre Life

How Leeds Playhouse’s creative eco-system brings artists and communities together to make new work Jo Haywood in conversation with Frances Poet, Lyn Haith and Mick Haith ‘People think a dementia diagnosis is a door closing, but it’s not. It’s another door opening, you just have to be brave and walk through it.’ Lyn and Mick […]

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Revolutionary theatre-making with access at its heart

Georgie Sykes in conversation with Amy Leach ‘We’re making theatre in a revolutionary way’ says Associate Director Amy Leach. ‘We’re forcing the mainstream to change.’ Summer 2019. A busy rehearsal room full of actors, creatives and Playhouse staff. It’s the first day of the Oliver Twist rehearsal and development week and there’s a real buzz […]

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Leeds Playhouse pays tribute to Sir Rodney Brooke CBE ahead of his departure as Chair of the Board

Leeds Playhouse has announced that Sir Rodney Brooke CBE is stepping down as Chair of the Board after nine years of dedication to the role. The retiring Chair has overseen a tremendously successful period in the theatre’s history, including its renaming as Leeds Playhouse, its three most successful productions at the box office, and the growth and […]

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Cast revealed for Maggie May – an extraordinary new play about love, hope and the realities of living with dementia

Former Brookside neighbours Eithne Browne and John McArdle have been cast in a new play at Leeds Playhouse by award-winning writer Frances Poet that shines a light into the experience of living with dementia. Directed by Jemima Levick, Maggie May is an extraordinary play about an ordinary Leeds family learning to cope with a life-changing […]

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Yorkshire writer announced as the inaugural Fellow to work with Kay Mellor and Leeds Playhouse

Bradford-born writer Kat Rose Martin has been announced as the inaugural winner of the £10,000 Kay Mellor Fellowship, giving her the unique opportunity to develop the first draft of a stage play at Leeds Playhouse and a TV pitch at Rollem Productions, Kay Mellor’s production company. Kat will spend 12 months immersed in the life of both organisations, attending […]

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And the winner is … Leeds Playhouse! Theatre Building of the Year title awarded to a Yorkshire venue for the first time

Leeds Playhouse has been named Theatre Building of the Year 2020 at The Stage Awards, which paid tribute to its ‘complete transformation’ in the wake of a major £16m redevelopment. This is the first time the Theatre Building of the Year title has been awarded to an organisation based outside of London. The awards, which […]

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