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Ground-breaking smart caption glasses developed by the National Theatre and Leeds Beckett University Professor to be trialled at Leeds Playhouse

This April Leeds Playhouse will trial revolutionary smart caption glasses transforming access to theatre for audiences with hearing impairments. Audience members attending performances of Around the World in 80 Days between 16 – 28 April will be able to use the caption glasses in the Pop-Up theatre. Leeds Beckett University Professor Andrew Lambourne collaborated with the […]

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First All-Female Cast at Leeds Playhouse Pop-Up theatre

Leeds Playhouse is in rehearsal for the final production of its critically acclaimed Pop-Up season. Amanda Whittington’s Be My Baby sees the women of the Ensemble Company perform together for the first time along with new cast member, Mind the Gap’s Anna Gray. Set in a maternity home for young, unmarried women who have ‘made […]

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Director Alexander Ferris on Around the World in 80 Days

Last year, Director of Creative Engagement Alexander Ferris presented the joyous and celebratory Searching for the Heart of Leeds, which a featured a mighty community company of over 70 people. This year, he’s embarking on a new adventure, directing a stage adaptation of the classic tale Around the World in 80 Days. What are you […]

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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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Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital Partners
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors