City Varieties Music Hall

City Varieties Music Hall
Swan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LW
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This is an oldy and a goody. Built in 1865, this venue has seen three centuries come and go, and has managed to remain virtually unchanged. That being said, it was closed in 2009 to undergo some repairs, but it hasn't lost any of that old school charm.

The hall's list of past performers is particularly impressive, with the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harry Houdini, Lilly Langtry, Harry Lauder and Mickey Rooney all having performed at the venue. Not that quality is by any means a thing of the past, as music hall continues to attract big names in live music, variety and comedy.

Events at this venue

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All Killa No Filla

Hit podcast from comedians Rachel Fairburn and Kiri Pritchard-McLean who share their passion for serial killers.

Sun 29 Sep

£15 / 0113 243 0808

Austentatious: An Improvised Novel

  • 4 stars

An irreverent show performed in period costume, borne from suggestions from the audience.

Fri 18 Oct

£17.60 / 0113 243 0808

Sat 19 Oct

£17.60 / 0113 243 0808

The Beatles: Hornsey Road with Mark Lewisohn

Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn presents this illustrated history of one of the most influential rock bands of all time, fifty years after the release of their album Abbey Road.

Sun 27 Oct

£20.60 / 0113 243 0808

Charlie Cunningham

Presented by Lout Promotions. This is an 14+ event.

Sun 3 Nov

£19.30 / 0113 243 0808

Count Arthur Strong: Is There Anybody Out There?

Entertaining comedy show that wrestles the big questions in life.

Thu 19 Sep

£21.50 / 0113 243 0808

Sun 13 Oct

£21.50 / 0113 243 0808

Daliso Chaponda: What the African Said

Having been born in Canada, raised in South Africa and then moving to the UK, Chaponda is able to blend a world of cultural influences and observations in to his stand-up material, which saw him achieve third place on Britain's Got Talent in 2017.

Sun 29 Sep

£17.10 / 0113 243 0808

Ed Byrne: If I'm Honest …

The comic discusses whether he has any traits worthy of being inherited by his progeny.

Tue 12 Nov

£25.60 / 0113 243 0808

Wed 13 Nov

£25.60 / 0113 243 0808

Ed Gamble: Blizzard

  • 4 stars

Another 'bracing flurry of idiocy' from the comedian Ed Gamble.

Wed 2 Oct

£17.40 / 0113 243 0808

Geoff Norcott: Taking Liberties

Controversial comedian known for his conservative politics, as seen on Question Time and Mock the Week.

Thu 24 Oct

£13.50 / 0113 243 0808

Greg Minnaar: Size Matters

3x UCi Downhill World Champion, 3x UCi Downhill World Cup Champion, with 21 World Cup race wins and multiple podium positions, Greg Minnaar is unarguably one of the greatest mountain bikers in the history of the sport. In this brand new show, Greg takes audiences on the journey of his incredible enduring racing career and…

Tue 8 Oct

Times to be confirmed / 0113 243 0808

Happy Mum Happy Baby

****Following the success of her first live event; Author, Podcaster, Presenter, YouTuber, Mother, Wife - Giovanna Fletcher has announced her first ever Happy Mum, Happy Baby UK tour for September 2019. Giovanna’s ‘Happy Mum, Happy Baby’ tour is a delightful addition to her Sunday Times No.1 Best Selling book of the…

Sun 22 Sep

£25.35 / 0113 243 0808

Iain Stirling: U OK HUN? X

Avalon Promotions Ltd Edinburgh's BAFTA-winning comedian returns to the Fringe after a summer narrating ITV2's Love Island and five consecutive sell-out runs. As seen on Drunk History (Comedy Central) and The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC). A show about how this new world of instant gratification has affected our ability…

Thu 23 Apr 2020

£21.32 / 0113 243 0808

John Robins: Hot Shame

The comedian and 'London's saddest DJ' plumbs the hilarity to be found in even our bleakest moments.

Wed 11 Sep

£18.10 / 0113 243 0808

Kojo Anim

PLEASE NOTE; TICKETS FOR THIS SHOW WILL BE ON SALE FROM FRIDAY 28TH JUNE AT 10AM Join 2019 Britain's Got Talent Golden Buzzer comedy star Kojo Anim on his debut UK Tour. After wowing the judges on BGT as a finalist, Kojo’s ready to hit the road with his new and exciting show. Enjoy as he shares funny observations about…

Thu 12 Mar 2020

£19.50 / 0113 243 0808


Country pop and laid back acoustic strumming from the sunkissed singer-songwriter.

Tue 22 Oct

£27 / 0113 243 0808

Matt Chorley:

By day Matt Chorley works in parliament, trying to explain what is happening in politics for The Times. By night he admits nobody has a clue, and nothing makes any sense at all.Join him for an hilarious insiders guide to resignations, reshuffles and recriminations, and reassurance that it doesnt have to be this way.Matt…

Tue 5 Nov

£20.60 / 0113 243 0808

The Paranormalist Returns: Clinton Baptiste

Character comedy centred around Baptiste, a clairvoyant, medium and psychic best known for his appearances on Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights, played by Alex Lowe.

Fri 4 Oct

£18.60 / 0113 243 0808

Ruby Wax: Frazzled 'A Guide To Mindfulness'

Drop dead gorgeous, sassy and smart, Ruby Wax brings her new one-woman show to the stage. Based on her number one best seller, “A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled.” She’s been honoured with the title of poster girl for mental illness; once crazy now less so, she gives a tour of the mind – how to use it, not lose…

Tue 15 Oct

£25.10 / 0113 243 0808

Sam Avery: Toddlergeddon

Sam Avery delves into the hilarious trials of raising a toddler in his latest stand-up hour.

Sun 23 Feb 2020

£18.60 / 0113 243 0808

Scummy Mummies

Join comedians Ellie Gibson and Helen Thorn as they celebrate the scummier side of parenting, from drinking wine at teatime to hiding from the PTA. Expect stand-up, sketches, songs and some very scummy stories. Guaranteed to make parents laugh and non-parents happy about their life choices. Based on the hit Scummy Mummies…

Sat 12 Oct

£17.60 / 0113 243 0808

Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap, Happy Fat

Sofie Hagen Sofie Hagen won an award ages ago and she's still banging on about it. She is now doing her THIRD show. The confidence of this girl is appalling. This show is about anger and a funeral. This gig is anxiety-safe: meaning, if you have anxiety over attending my show, email me at and…

Fri 22 May 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0113 243 0808

The Sons Of Pitches

Inventive pop covers, original numbers and improvised songs from the multi award-winning a cappella YouTube stars and winners of BBC Two's The Naked Choir.

Tue 1 Oct

£22.50 / 0113 243 0808

Stephen K Amos: Bouquets And Brickbats

Stephen K Amos aims to cheer everyone up in times of Brexit and Trump.

Sun 26 Jan 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0113 243 0808

The Tape Face

New Zealand prop comic and mime returns with new jokes and new props but the same tape.

Thu 12 Sep

£20.60 / 0113 243 0808

Turin Brakes

The acoustic guitar-toting English duo take some new tunes on the road, along with their decade-strong back catalogue in tow.

Thu 3 Oct

£25.35 / 0113 243 0808

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