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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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

Andy Zaltzman: Satirist For Hire

Political satire from the writer and radio regular.

Sat 4 Feb

The Blues Band

The Blues Band line-up of Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Rob Townsend, Gary Fletcher and Tom McGuiness continues to pay tribute to the blues and R&B boom which inspired them to pick up their instruments in the first place.

Fri 3 Feb

£22.60–£51.20 / 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

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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.

Cirque Du Hilarious: Comedy Explosion

Father and son, Clive Webb and Danny Adams, take to the stage for an afternoon of madcap mayhem for all the family to enjoy.

Danny Baker: Cradle to the Stage

Stories and comedy from the veteran broadcaster.

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

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Fairport Convention

The veteran collective who originally formed in 1967 presents its classic folk-rock renditions with founding member Simon Nicol still at the helm on guitar and vocals. Support Sally Barker.

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

Gary Delaney: There's Something About Gary

The something about Gary is that he has a lot of opinions on jokes and is going to let you hear them (and hopefully some jokes) on his latest tour.

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

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Henning Wehn: Westphalia Is Not An Option

New show from the German Comedy Ambassador.

Fri 24 Feb

Sat 25 Feb

Jimeoin: Renonsense Man

Refining a lost art of the commonplace, Jimeoin is a comic with a delightful sense of the absurd and a uniquely low-key style.

Wed 15 Feb

Joe Stilgoe: Songs On Film

After two sell-out years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and entertainer Joe Stilgoe finally takes his smash hit show on tour.

Sat 18 Feb

Jonathan Pie: Live

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The comic reveals the truth behind recent news events both home and abroad.

Thu 16 Feb

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…

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Lip Service: Mr Darcy Loses The Plot

The award-winning comedy duo Lip Service present another silly celebration of Jane Austen as they explore the world of women writers, scribbling in secret or under pseudonyms and squeezing in their writing amongst other activities.

Sat 28 Jan

Martha Wainwright

Sister of Rufus and daughter of Loudon and Kate McGarrigle performs her own cathartic singer-songwriter material including tracks from her latest album Come Home to Mama.

Fri 27 Jan

£25.10–£30.10 / 0113 243 0808

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Soft rock meets Americana and country courtesy of the New Jersey-born songstress and Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame inductee. With special guest Bella Hardy.

Tue 31 Jan

£35.10–£40.10 / 0113 243 0808

Miles Jupp: Songs Of Freedom

The actor, stand-up and host of The News Quiz muses on modern life.

Tue 7 Feb

Music Hall Tavern

Music, dance and comedy.

Sun 26 Feb

£25 / 0113 243 0808

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Paul Foot: Tis a Pity She's a Piglet

Surreal and chaotic humour from the 2013 Sydney Comedy Award-winning stand-up.

The Pitmen Poets

Songs, jokes and stories from North-East England's coalmining tradition.

Sat 21 Jan

£19.10 / 0113 243 0808

Purple Rain

A tribute to Prince.

Sun 16 Apr

£24.10–£54.20 / 0113 243 0808

Ramin And The Broadgrass Band

Iranian-Canadian actor and singer Ramin Karimloo fronts the collective in a performance that combines bluegrass and country.

Mon 23 Jan

Richard & Adam

The Johnson brothers, who competed in season seven of Britain's Got Talent, perform their crossover classical and easy listening material.

Sat 25 Mar

£21.50 / 0113 243 0808

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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'.

Fri 31 Mar

£21.60 / 0113 243 0808

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 Snake Davis Band

Mainstream jazz, soul, funk and pop by the well-travelled saxophonist and band.

Fri 10 Feb

£20.10 / 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..

Sat 17 Jun

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

Stephen K Amos: World Famous

Amos, now a well-known face on that there telly, present his latest show of well-spoken funnies.

Mon 6 Feb

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

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