West Yorkshire Playhouse

West Yorkshire Playhouse
Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7UP
  • Box office 0113 213 7700
  • Bar open 5.30pm–late.
  • Food served Mon–Sat 9am–5pm (until 7pm on performance days).
  • Email
  • Website www.wyp.org.uk
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West Yorkshire Playhouse

West Yorkshire Playhouse is one of the leading producing theatres in the North of England. It was established in 1990 when its predecessor, Leeds Playhouse, relocated as part of the regeneration of the Quarry Hill area. The theatre regularly stages original shows as well as receiving touring productions, and several of its own have transferred to the West End.

Besides its theatre work, West Yorkshire Playhouse also functions as a music venue and maintains a thriving outreach programme with initiatives such as the Playhouse Youth Theatre; First Floor, its city centre venue for young people; and school and college workshops.

A substantial development will commence in 2018 to create a 100 seat studio theatre built into a rock void underneath the current box office, to be called the Bramall Rock Void. The overall project will include a broader building renovation as well.

Performances at the theatre will continue in a pop up space.

The rejuvenated venue is expected to fully re-open in late 2019.

West Yorkshire Playhouse has unveiled plans to create a new 100-seat studio space in the theatre.

This will be part of a £14 million redevelopment, which will modernise the building, improve access and build a new city centre-facing entrance.

Built into a rock void that sits beneath the theatre’s box office, the studio space, which will have approximately 100 seats, will be used for the development of new artists and for the theatre’s creative engagement programme.

The studio has been confirmed following a £1 million donation from the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, which is already a supporter of the theatre’s young people and artistic development programmes.

Managed by Leeds City Council, the project has a total budget of £14 million. Anticipated funding is made up of £6.6 million from Arts Council England, £4.34 million from Leeds City Council and a £3 million injection from the Playhouse’s own resources and fundraising.

Construction work will begin from summer 2018, continuing through to autumn 2019. The theatre will remain open during the redevelopment works, presenting a season of shows in a new pop-up theatre on-site.

West Yorkshire Playhouse artistic director James Brining said: “The new Bramall Rock Void space will help us to develop the Playhouse’s reputation as an innovative and nurturing organisation that works hard to retain Yorkshire-born and based talent in the region.”

  • Provides: Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Open since: 1990

Events at this venue

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Birdsong

Birdsong Productions, in association with Original Theatre, presents Rachel Wagstaff's adaptation of Sebastian Faulks's novel of war-torn romance, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Directed by Alastair Whatley with Charlotte Peters.

Tue 13 Feb

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:30

Wed 14 Feb

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:30

Thu 15 Feb

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

  • 13:30
  • 19:30
…and 2 more dates until 17 Feb

Black Men Walking

  • Directed by: Dawn Walton
  • Written by: Testament

Three men take their usual Saturday walk along hazardous terrain and unexpectedly trek through more than 500 years of Black British history in a timely drama written by Testament. A co-production between Eclipse Theatre Company and Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre, directed by Dawn Walton.

Wed 21 Feb

£12.50 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:00

Thu 22 Feb

£12.50 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:00

Fri 23 Feb

£12.50 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:00

Sat 24 Feb

£12.50 / 0113 213 7700

  • 13:30
  • 19:00

Blank Tiles

Scrabble world champion, Austin Michaels (played by Dylan Cole) knew over 200,000 words. Then he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Since then Austin has been in a race against time to document his memories, his greatest achievements, before they fade from his mind forever. Let Austin tell you his story… if he can…

Wed 28 Feb

£12.50 / 0113 213 7700

  • 16:00
  • 19:00

Bridget Christie: What Now?

Acute social and political humour from the award-winning feminist stand-up, who repeatedly pokes fun at her own righteous anger.

Sun 20 May

£18 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:45

Mon 21 May

£18 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:45

The Damned United

Red Ladder, in a co-production with West Yorkshire Playhouse and Unity Theatre, present an adaptation of David Pearce's novel, inspired by Brian Clough's ill-fated tenure as manager at Leeds United in 1974, a team he openly despised and criticised previously.

Tue 27 Mar

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:45

Wed 28 Mar

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:45

Thu 29 Mar

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:45
…and 7 more dates until 7 Apr

The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

Historical romantic drama.

Tue 20 Mar

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:45 – 21:15

Wed 21 Mar

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:45 – 21:15

Thu 22 Mar

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:45 – 21:15
…and 2 more dates until 24 Mar

The Garden

Spare Tyre presents an interactive, multisensory performance for people with dementia, bringing the outdoors in.

Thu 8 Mar

£5 / 0113 213 7700

  • 11:00

Fri 9 Mar

£5 / 0113 213 7700

  • 11:00

George's Marvellous Medicine

  • Directed by: Graeme Messer
  • Written by: David Wood (adaptation), Roald Dahl

The Birmingham Stage Company brings to life the classic Roald Dahl story of George and his ingenious potion.

Tue 13 Mar

£13.50–£25 / 0113 213 7700

  • 18:30

Wed 14 Mar

£13.50–£25 / 0113 213 7700

  • 10:30
  • 18:30

Thu 15 Mar

£13.50–£25 / 0113 213 7700

  • 10:30
  • 18:30
…and 2 more dates until 17 Mar

George's Marvellous Medicine

Roald Dahl’s treasured tale brought to life in Curve’s new co-production with Rose Theatre Kingston.

Tue 13 Mar

Times to be confirmed / 0113 213 7700

Wed 14 Mar

Times to be confirmed / £13.50–£25 / 0113 213 7700

Thu 15 Mar

Times to be confirmed / £13.50–£25 / 0113 213 7700

…and 2 more dates until 17 Mar

The Girl on the Train

Adaptation of Paula Hawkins' phenomenally successful novel.

Sat 12 May

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

  • 14:00 – 16:30
  • 19:45 – 23:00

Tue 15 May

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:45 – 23:00

Wed 16 May

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:45 – 23:00
…and 18 more dates until 9 Jun

Hannah Peel

Northern Irish singer/composer who has won huge acclaim for her 2017 album Mary Casio: Journey To Cassiopeia. A seven-movement suite charting an imagined octogenarian's odyssey from Barnsley to outer space

Sat 10 Mar

£13.50–£20 / 0113 213 7700

  • 21:00

Leeds & Harrogate IVC Meetup Group

Welcome to the Meetup page of Leeds & Harrogate IVC, a social and activity Club of about 200 members. We are a self-run, friendly informal club offering a wide variety of social events and activities, such as meals, walks, pub nights, theatre and weekends away. We run Clubnights in Leeds and Harrogate where you…

Wed 7 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0113 213 7700

Phoenix Dance - Windrush

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Thu 8 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0113 213 7700

Theatre Windrush

  • 19:30

Thu 15 Feb

Prices to be confirmed / 0113 213 7700

Theatre

  • 19:30 – 21:00
…and 7 more dates until 8 Apr

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe

Elliott & Harper Productions and Catherine Schreiber presents a stage adaptation of CS Lewis's fantasy adventure, which follows Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund as they discover a gateway to another world at the back of an old wardrobe. Directed by Sally Cookson.

Thu 18 Jan

Quarry Theatre

£14–£40 / 0113 213 7700

  • 13:30
  • 19:00

Fri 19 Jan

Quarry Theatre

£14–£40 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:00

Sat 20 Jan

Quarry Theatre

£14–£40 / 0113 213 7700

  • 13:30
  • 19:00
…and 7 more dates until 27 Jan

Mark Thomas: Showtime from the Frontline

The comedian shares his experiences of performing in the West Bank town of Jenin.

Thu 15 Mar

£15–£20 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:45

Fri 16 Mar

£15–£20 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:45

Sat 17 Mar

£15–£20 / 0113 213 7700

  • 14:30
  • 19:45

The Nature of Forgetting

A theatre work inspired by the experiences of people with dementia.

Tue 6 Mar

£13.50–£20 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:45

Wed 7 Mar

£13.50–£20 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:45

Thu 8 Mar

£13.50–£20 / 0113 213 7700

  • 14:00
  • 19:45

Fri 9 Mar

£13.50–£20 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:45

Penguins

Delightful new theatre and dance production based on a true story reported in the New York Times.

Thu 15 Feb

£8–£10 / 0113 213 7700

Fri 16 Mar

£8–£10 / 0113 213 7700

Sat 17 Mar

£8–£10 / 0113 213 7700

Penguins

A unique and engaging show for children about friendship, fun, identity and the ever-changing meaning of family, directed by Paul Bosco McEneaney.

Thu 15 Feb

£8–£10 / 0113 213 7700

  • 16:30

Fri 16 Feb

£8–£10 / 0113 213 7700

  • 10:30
  • 13:30

Sat 17 Feb

£8–£10 / 0113 213 7700

  • 10:30
  • 13:30

Ruby Wax: Frazzled

The American author and comedian performs her critically-acclaimed one-woman show, based on the bestselling book, A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled.

Sun 8 Apr

£20 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:30

Still Alice

This new adaptation of the award-winning novel truthfully acknowledges life with a progressive disease, its conflicts and burden, and its small, priceless victories. Featuring British actress Sharon Small as Alice.

Fri 9 Feb

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:45

Sat 10 Feb

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

  • 14:30
  • 19:45

Mon 12 Feb

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:45
…and 17 more dates until 3 Mar

Sunshine on Leith

The songs of the Proclaimers featured in a story about love and war. Directed by James Brining.

Fri 20 Apr

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

Sat 21 Apr

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

Mon 23 Apr

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

…and 23 more dates until 19 May

Teletubbies

Everyone’s favourite colourful characters, Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po, take to the stage for their first live show in celebration of their 20th anniversary.

Tue 27 Mar

£12–£19 / 0113 213 7700

  • 10:00
  • 13:00

Wed 28 Mar

£12–£19 / 0113 213 7700

  • 10:00
  • 13:00

This House

  • Directed by: Jeremy Herrin
  • Written by: James Graham

Jeremy Herrin directs a revival of James Graham's acutely observed political drama set in the halls of Westminster in 1974, when the UK faces economic crisis and a hung parliament.

Fri 23 Feb

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 0113 213 7700

Sat 24 Feb

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 0113 213 7700

Sun 25 Feb

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 0113 213 7700

…and 13 more dates until 10 Mar

The Turn of The Screw

Made In Colchester along with Dermot McLaughlin Productions, present their version of the Henry James' horror story about the governess and the ghosts.

Tue 20 Mar

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:30

Wed 21 Mar

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

  • 19:30

Thu 22 Mar

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

  • 13:30
  • 19:30
…and 2 more dates until 24 Mar

What If I Told You?

  • Directed by: Chris Goode
  • Written by: Pauline Mayer

Carefully balancing dance and theatre, What If I Told You immerses us in Pauline Mayers's world as she invites us to pause, breathe and reconsider the stories we tell about our past and the history on which we build our futures.

Tue 13 Feb

£12.50 / 0113 213 7700

  • 20:00

Wed 14 Feb

£12.50 / 0113 213 7700

  • 20:00

Thu 15 Feb

£12.50 / 0113 213 7700

  • 20:00
…and 2 more dates until 17 Feb

Windrush: Movement of the People

Phoenix Dance Theatre presents a major new dance production for 2018 as part of their 2018 Mixed Programme. A lively celebration of the rise of multicultural Britain, Windrush spans the spirit, history and heritage of British Caribbean culture, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the arrival of SS Empire Windrush that…

Wed 7 Feb

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

Thu 8 Feb

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

Fri 9 Feb

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

Sat 10 Feb

£13.50–£31 / 0113 213 7700

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