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.

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There are 24 events at this location

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Albert Lee

The long-established guitarist who has performed with a veritable who's who of the rock world, plays his blues and rock originals with his accompanying musicians.

Tue 14 Mar

£19–£22 / 0113 243 0808

Andrew Newton: The Hypnotist - Live!

The world-famous hypnotist returns for another night of side-splitting laughter. If you think it's all about getting people to run round like chickens, think again! Andrew offers fascinating insights into the mind, punctuated by spells of side-splitting laughter.

Fri 3 Mar

£13 (Children £7.50; £7.50) / 0113 243 0808

Camille O'Sullivan

Stunning voice and passionate performances of work from the likes of Nick Cave, David Bowie and Jacques Brel.

Sun 12 Mar

£19.60 / 0113 243 0808

The Circus of Horrors: The Never Ending Nightmare

The troupe celebrates its 21st anniversary with its latest spectacular featuring an amalgamation of bizarre, brave and beautiful acts all woven into an Alice in Horrorland type story driven by a mainly original soundscape.

Creeds Cross: The Celtic Journey

A tribute to the music of Ireland, documenting the worldwide journey of the Celtic influence across the globe. The show will immerse you in an evening of all that is magical and invigorating about the Celtic tradition of music and dance.

Wed 29 Mar

Dave Spikey: Juggling On A Motorbike

The comedian takes a look back at his comedy career which has spanned 30 years.

Fri 26 May

Dillie Keane

The Fascinating Aïda linchpin goes solo.

Fri 21 Apr

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 0113 243 0808

Fairport Convention

Veteran folk group whose current line-up features founding member Simon Nicol with Gerry Conway, Chris Leslie, Dave Pegg and Ric Sanders.

Sat 4 Mar

£24.10 / 0113 243 0808


Former X Factor runners up perform pop-opera covers of well-known songs.

Wed 15 Mar

£27.50 / 0113 243 0808

The Good Old Days

A wonderful new show for all ages, taking you back to the great days of variety entertainment. Starring TV and panto regular Billy Pearce.

Fri 10 Mar

£15; £18 (£13; £16) / 0113 243 0808

Sat 11 Mar

£15; £18 (£13; £16) / 0113 243 0808

The Good Old Days

A wonderful new show for all ages, taking you back to the great days of variety entertainment. Starring comedian and ventriloquist, Steve Hewlett.

Fri 17 Mar

£15; £18 (£13; £16) / 0113 243 0808

Sat 18 Mar

£15; £18 (£13; £16) / 0113 243 0808

John Bishop: Winging It

Observational humour from the multi-award winning Liverpudlian stand-up.

Sun 25 Jun

Mon 26 Jun

Lee Nelson: Suited and Booted

Lee Nelson, the creation of comedian Simon Brodkin, is the chavvy catch-phrase monger whose Well Good Show has become a BBC3 hit. Now the South London geeza takes his banter to the live stage where it all works best. Brodkin has appeared as Nelson in a host of TV programmes including Al Murray's sketch show Al Murray's…

Paul Carroll's Music Hall Tavern

Music, dance and comedy.

Sun 26 Feb

Purple Rain

A live celebration of the life, legacy and music of Prince.

Sun 16 Apr

£24.10–£54.20 / 0113 243 0808

Richard and Adam

The Welsh sibling duo, as seen on Britain's Got Talent, performs classical crossover and easy listening favourites.

Sat 25 Mar

£21.50 / 0113 243 0808

Richard Herring: The Best

A 'best of' compilation from the comedian as he picks the best jokes from his last 12 shows.

Fri 14 Apr

The Searchers

The Searchers have survived multiple line-up changes as well as a schism of People's Front of Judea-style bitterness, the echoes of which twang across the internet to this day. Longest-lasting original member John McNally leads the band that gave us 'Needles and Pins' and 'Sweets for my Sweet', with Frank Allen, Spencer…

Fri 31 Mar

£21.60 / 0113 243 0808

Simon Amstell: To Be Free

Stand-up and former Buzzcocks presenter with his acerbic, self-deprecating humour taking on freedom, suffering, forgiveness and other cheery topics.

Sincerely Yours - The Vera Lynn Story

A comprehensive review of the career of the legendary singer from 1940s, with her songs performed by Lorrie Brown, backed by a live swing band. The compere for the show is Mr Braithwaite.

Fri 24 Mar

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..

Sat 17 Jun

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 0113 243 0808

Tommy Fleming

This singer, who was born in Aclare, Sligo, performs his own choice of pop and folk music.

Sun 26 Mar

£20 / 0113 243 0808

The Unthanks

Eccentric Geordie folk sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank.

Thu 11 May

£21.50 / 0113 243 0808

Fri 12 May

£21.50 / 0113 243 0808

Welcome to the Carnevil

The Circus of Horrors present the story of a young girl who runs away to join the circus but finds herself in a big top ruled by the undead. Set in Victorian London when Jack The Ripper was at large and the Freakshow was all the rage the show features killer clowns, sword swallowers, demon dwarfs and death deifying…

Mon 20 Mar

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