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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Andrew Maxwell

  • 4 stars

Irish scamp Maxwell shows why his reputation for moments of comedy genius is so well-founded.

Sun 17 May

£18.60 / 0113 243 0808

Andy and The Odd Socks

songs for the little ones that take everyone in to our crazy little world, and the grown ups seem to like them to. So if you want to find out what happened when the Aliens landed, or who won the Battle of the Robot Rappers, or even just who is Groovy Hoover?

Mon 13 Apr

£17.10 / 0113 243 0808

An Audience with Mark 'Billy' Billingham

SAS soldier Mark Billingham talks about his adventures.

Wed 20 May

£26.70 / 0113 243 0808

Thu 2 Apr

£12 / 0113 243 0808

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Singer-songwriter from York.

Thu 5 Mar

£17.10 / 0113 243 0808

Beverley Craven

Acoustic pop from the singer-songwriter best known for the 1991 hit 'Promise Me'.

Fri 2 Oct

£30.30 / 0113 243 0808

Colin Thackery

Colin Thackery, the winner who stole everyone’s hearts on Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year has announced a major tour for 2020 From the Royal Hospital Chelsea, to the Britain's Got Talent Final, Colin Thackery made quite an impression from start to finish. When the 89-year-old Chelsea Pensioner Colin Thackery…

Sun 15 Mar

Cancelled / 0113 243 0808

Craig Revel Horwood: The All Balls & Glitter Tour

The star of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing is taking to the road with his debut solo tour! Join *Craig * as he talks about his life from Australia to the West End to Strictly, reveals a wealth of backstage gossip with his trademark wit and candour, and gives a very special performance of some of the music which has been…

Fri 26 Jun

£27 / 0113 243 0808

Damien Jurado

Prolific American singer-songwriter from Seattle.

Tue 25 Feb

£22.60 / 0113 243 0808

David O'Doherty: whoa is me

Musical comedy from the Irish stand-up.

Thu 17 Sep

£22.60 / 0113 243 0808

Ellie Taylor

Fresh from recording her debut Netflix stand up special, the star of The Mash Report, Live at the Apollo and QI is back with a brand-new show. Join Ellie as she bangs on about life, love and what will happen if one more person tells her “you got this”.

Fri 12 Jun

£15 / 0113 243 0808

An evening with Gretchen Peters and her band

Following her two AMA Awards for 2015’s Blackbirds An evening with Gretchen Peters and her band at the Kings Place in London.

Thu 14 May

£27.50 / 0113 243 0808

Graham Gouldman

10cc man jointly responsible for hit 'I'm Not in Love', as well as songs that became hits for The Yardbirds, The Hollies and Herman's Hermits, tours his new solo material and impressive back catalogue.

Wed 25 Mar

£29.20 / 0113 243 0808

Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg

Actor, author, One Show reporter, former MP and government whip tours his new one man show about all things theatrical.

Sun 3 May

Prices to be confirmed / 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

£21.32 / 0113 243 0808

Kojo Anim

Comedy from the Britain's Got Talent star.

Thu 12 Mar

£19.50 / 0113 243 0808

Larry Dean: Fudnut

Stand-up comedy from the well-respected young Scot.

Sat 6 Feb 2021

£15.60 / 0113 243 0808

Marisha Wallace

Marisha Wallace is bringing her sensational UK Tour. One of the West End and Broadway’s most instantly recognisable voices and beloved leading ladies, Marisha has wowed audiences in smash-hit shows Dreamgirls, Waitress and The Book of Mormon and has recently starred alongside Will Smith in Disney’s big screen…

Mon 16 Mar

£25 / 0113 243 0808

Mark Thomas: 50 Things About Us

Storytelling and stand-up about the British identity and the 'divided wasteland that some of us call the United Kingdom' from comedian Mark Thomas.

Thu 9 Apr

£18.10 / 0113 243 0808

The Milk Carton Kids

The Milk Carton Kids return to the UK and Europe for the first time since the 2018 release of their Grammy®-nominated album "All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn't Do”. The new project marks the first time that acoustic duo Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale have brought a band into the studio with them.

Tue 28 Jan

£28.10 / 0113 243 0808

Orlando Weeks

Orlando Weeks is heading out across the UK debuting brand new solo material to mark the start of his new project. This will be the first time the former Maccabees frontman will perform these songs live with a band. Be one of the first to hear them, exclusively, before they're even released. This is a 14+ event.

Fri 6 Mar

£22.66 / 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.

Wed 18 Mar

£18.60 / 0113 243 0808

Paul Foot: Image Conscious

Bizarre stand-up from the madcap comedian, who discusses the problems experienced by soft-shell crabs and the merits of iceberg lettuce.

Thu 1 Oct

£15 / 0113 243 0808

Rachel Parris: All Change Please

The star of BBC's The Mash Report discusses love, relationships, big life milestones and the state of the world.

Sat 27 Jun

£15 / 0113 243 0808

Rebecca Ferguson

Big ballads and coffee table soul from the Scouse finalist of the 2010 X Factor. Her new album Lady Sings the Blues is a reinterpretation of the best of Billie Holiday's classic songs.

Wed 26 Feb

£29.26–£40.26 / 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

£18.60 / 0113 243 0808

Sam Lee's Singing With Nightingales

Award-winning traditional folk singer-songwriter is joined by special guests and recordings of nightingales for these immersive performances.

Tue 4 Feb

£23 / 0113 243 0808

Simon Brodkin: 100% Simon Brodkin

The comic takes a break from his Lee Nelson persona and plays himself in this debut stand-up hour.

Wed 5 Feb

£23 / 0113 243 0808

Sofie Hagen: The Bumswing

  • 4 stars

IAM Presents The Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer winner is back with a comedy show about memory and swings specifically for bums. As seen on Live from the BBC and her own episode of Comedy Central Specials. Age category: 16+

Fri 22 May

£17.10 / 0113 243 0808

Spirit of the Blitz

A celebration of 1940s songs featuring all the biggest hits of the time.

Fri 8 May

£17.95 / 0113 243 0808

Tez Ilyas: Populist

The brand-new stand-up show from the star of The Tez OClock Show (Channel 4), TEZ Talks(BBC Radio 4) and the multi-award-winning Man Like Mobeen (BBC Three).Join Tez as he uses his trademark silly, smart and subversive approach to pit ordinary people against the establishment. Expect huge laughs, groans and shocks as Tez…

Fri 16 Oct

£15 / 0113 243 0808

Twist and Pulse

Born and bred South Londoners, Ashley Glazebrook and Glen Murphy, met at the renowned ‘Brits School of Performing Arts’. Through a joint love of dance, they have quickly become role models for young people around the UK. As their alter egos, Twist (Ash) and Pulse (Glen), they quickly shot to fame on one of the most…

Mon 17 Feb

£28.85 / 0113 243 0808

Vonda Shepard

Known for appearances, performances and musical accompaniment to Ally McBeal and top 10 single (and show theme) 'Searching My Soul'. Now on her 14th album, Shepard performs new songs and back catalogue classics.

Thu 29 Oct

£30.30 / 0113 243 0808

Ward Thomas

Country pop from Hampshire twins Catherine and Lizzy.

Thu 30 Apr

£25.35–£27 / 0113 243 0808

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