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

There are 43 events at this location

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Al Murray: Landlord of Hope and Glory

A brand new show from everyone's favourite bigoted landlord, Al Murray, star of Happy Hour. Please only cheer at the irony and stay in your house if you actually hate the French.

Wed 12 Oct 2022

£31.40 / 0113 243 0808

Thu 13 Oct 2022

£31.40 / 0113 243 0808

An Audience with Mark 'Billy' Billingham

SAS soldier Mark Billingham talks about his adventures.

Sun 27 Feb 2022

£26.70 / 0113 243 0808

China Crisis

Scouse duo from out of the 80s specialising in wistful pastoral pop.

Sat 9 Apr 2022

£30.30 / 0113 243 0808

Count Arthur Strong: And This Is Me!

Count Arthur Strong recounts two decades of memories from his ten national tours, 15 years of his multi-award winning radio show, and three series of his BAFTA nominated TV sitcom.

Thu 24 Feb 2022

£21.50 / 01642 815181

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 the…

Sat 7 May 2022

£27 / 0113 243 0808

Ed Gamble

  • 4 stars

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

Fri 22 Apr 2022

£23 / 0113 243 0808

Fern Brady: Autistic Bikini Queen

Incisive comedy from one of Scotland's best up-and-coming stand-ups.

Wed 2 Feb 2022

£18.20 / 0113 243 0808


Neo-progressive rock from the Jem Godfrey-fronted band.

Wed 20 Apr 2022

£22.10 / 0113 243 0808

Gary Delaney: Gary In Punderland

Get ready to dive into a rabbit hole of the best jokes in the world - star of Live at the Apollo and sell-out sensation Gary Delaney is back! One of the most sought after joke writers in the country and longstanding Mock the Week special guest, Gary has been through the laughing glass and he's ready to bring you a brand…

Thu 28 Apr 2022

£22.60 / 0113 243 0808

Geoff Norcott

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

Thu 11 Nov

£15 / 0113 243 0808

Gretchen Peters

Americana from the Nashville singer-songwriter.

Wed 30 Mar 2022

£25 / 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 29 May 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0113 243 0808

Hal Cruttenden: It's Best You Hear It From Me

  • 3 stars

Observational humour from the TV regular.

Sat 23 Apr 2022

£20.84 / 0113 243 0808

The High Kings

Celtic balladry from the winners of the Best Newcomer and Best Folk Act at the Ireland Music Awards.

Sun 12 Jun 2022

£28.10 / 0113 243 0808

Iain Stirling: Failing Upwards

Brand new comedy show from Iain Stirling.

Fri 15 Apr 2022

£21.32 / 0113 243 0808

Jason Byrne Wrecked But Ready

The immensely popular Fringe fave takes to the stage for an hour of his raucous stand-up.

Thu 4 Nov

£20.10 / 0113 243 0808

Wed 22 Jun 2022

£31.95 / 0113 243 0808

Jeff Garlin: No Device Connected

Early on in his career he performed with the comedy troupe Second City, and he worked in the box office with Stephen Colbert. During this period he was roommates with Conan O’Brien who was then a comedy writer. Garlin has helped develop specials for Jon Steward, Denis Leary and Larry David. Garlin performs comedy…

Wed 22 Jun 2022

£31.95 / 0113 243 0808

Jimmy Webb

Like Burt Bacharach, songwriting ace Jimmy Webb is probably not the best voice to render his songs, but any chance to hear such classics as 'Wichita Lineman' and 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix' is not to be sniffed at.

Tue 31 May 2022

£38.90–£41.90 / 0113 243 0808

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest

Founder Barclay James Harvest members return to the concert stage with a four-piece band to perform a set drawn from the long career of BJH and such classic albums as Once Again, Everyone in Everybody Else and Time Honoured Ghosts.

Thu 12 May 2022

£39.10 / 0113 243 0808

Larry Dean: Fudnut

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

Fri 17 Jun 2022

£15.60 / 0113 243 0808

Fri 7 Oct 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 0113 243 0808

Mark Watson: This Can't Be It

Stand-up star Mark Watson will head out with his show that was originally intended for 2020 before Covid-19 swept the globe. The show ponders 'what should we be doing with our time on earth, and how can we do it better?'

Sun 5 Jun 2022

£22.60 / 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…

Wed 23 Mar 2022

£22.50 / 0113 243 0808

Mike Bubbins

Mike Bubbins: Throwback Mike Bubbins, star of hit podcast The Socially Distant Sports Bar, and of BBC television comedies Mammoth, Tourist Trap and The Unexplainers, unleashes THROWBACK, his first ever solo UK stand-up tour. And things may never be the same again. THROWBACK is a powerful, thought-provoking, visceral hour…

Fri 4 Mar 2022

£20.10 / 0113 243 0808


Japanese instrumental band formed in 1999 in Tokyo.

Wed 9 Mar 2022

£19.85 / 0113 243 0808

Nick Lowe

Old school punk turned critically acclaimed singer-songwriter.

Tue 12 Apr 2022

£30.85–£33.05 / 0113 243 0808

Novo Amor

Beautiful melancholic music from this Welsh singer-songwriter.

Sat 21 May 2022

£20.40 / 0113 243 0808

Patrick Kielty: Borderline

Bittersweet, poignant and laugh out loud funny, Borderline is a comedic love letter to the future of our islands from this award-winning comedian’s personal past.

Sat 18 Jun 2022

£22.60 / 0113 243 0808

Paul Foot: Swan Power

IMWP Greetings! It's my brand-new show, baybayyy! Ever considered the unique predicament of the soft-shell crab? I have. What about the numerous problems of organising a suburban orgy? The catering, for example. It's an absolute nightmare! The multi award-winning and critically acclaimed comedian presents his 10th solo…

Fri 12 Nov

£15 / 0113 243 0808

Paul Merton's Impro Chums

TV comedy favourite Merton and his talented group of 'impro chums' (read: show offs) magically weave laughs from audience suggestions.

Fri 1 Apr 2022

Prices to be confirmed / 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.

Sun 13 Mar 2022

£15 / 0113 243 0808

Reginald D Hunter: Bombe Shuffleur

In his latest stand-up tour, award-winning comic Reginald D Hunter takes on the big topics; climate change, economics and politics.

Thu 10 Mar 2022

£23.60 / 0113 243 0808

Rutherford & Fry's Complete Guide to Everything

We all rely on our gut feelings. But intuition is a terrible guide. If we believed what our minds tell us, we’d all think the world is flat (it’s not even round), the sun orbits the Earth (nope), and that a day is made of twenty-four hours (close but also no). Now, in their first ever live show, Drs Hannah Fry and Adam…

Sun 7 Nov

£30.30–£47.90 / 0113 243 0808

Seth Lakeman

A haunting original take on folk rock from the former Mercury Music Prize nominee.

Mon 8 Nov

£37 / 0113 243 0808

Simply Dylan

A personal exploration of Bob Dylan classics.

Fri 13 May 2022

£25.45–£30.95 / 0113 243 0808

Siobhan Phillips Live And Unhinged

Siobhan Phillips recently wowed audiences as the only female finalist in Britains Got Talent 2019. Described as the love child of Peter Kay and Victoria Wood, her hilarious self-penned songs really struck a chord with the nation, who could totally relate to a selection of her observational daft ditties. Covering subjects…

Sat 22 Jan 2022

£18 / 01642 815181

Sophia & Cinzia

Hey guys, Sophia & Cinzia here! You were all so amazingly supportive of our one-off show last year that we thought we’d better turn it into a whole tour!! Eeeeeek! We’re so excited to invite you to The Girls Bathroom live tour! We’re bringing our podcast to life – in a city near you! Come and see us on stage, as we…

Tue 9 Nov

£22.70–£61.20 / 0113 243 0808

Spirit Of The Blitz - VE Day 75th Anniversary Special

Rescheduled from 2020, our special VE Day celebration show will now go ahead on 1st May 2022! We open the 1940s songbook for a tribute to the legendary stars who kept us smiling through our darkest hours. Spirit Of The Blitz recaptures the tenacious optimism of war-torn Britain on the long road towards peace. Sing along…

Sun 1 May 2022

£17.95 / 0113 243 0808

Steve Harley

The original Cockney rebel plays his hits.

Sat 14 May 2022

£33.60 / 0113 243 0808

Two Mr P's in a Podcast Live

Mr P has been a primary school teacher for over twelve years. He still works part-time in school and leads training in schools all over the UK and beyond. From sharing ideas and funny insights into life in the classroom, he has now become one of the most followed teachers on social media in the UK. Three years ago…

Sat 2 Apr 2022

£20.60 / 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.

Sun 9 Oct 2022

£30.30 / 0113 243 0808

Ward Thomas

Country pop from Hampshire twins Catherine and Lizzy.

Wed 10 Nov

£25.35–£27 / 0113 243 0808