Thursday 8th of October 2015
1. Leeds Grand Theatre
Leeds Grand Theatre was built in 1878 and it certainly lives up to its name, with stunning architecture and an impressive line-up of shows and events throughout the year. West End hits plot the Leeds Grand on their touring list year after year with both Wicked and Shrek playing in the theatre in recent years.
Leeds Grand Theatre also welcomes in the ballet, opera and even famous stand-up comedians. It is a much-loved landmark for locals and it stands out as one of the finest venues Leeds has and if you’re in the area it’s certainly worth booking a show in advance.
2. Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds
The Carriageworks Theatre offers something alternative to the arts and culture scene and is run by Leeds City Council. It has two separate theatre spaces, a larger 350-seater space where family-friendly shows and classic literary drama are staged and a smaller 70-seater studio where more intimate and experimental productions took place.
The school holidays sees the Carriageworks come alive with a family-orientated schedule which is affordable and popular with visitors as well as locals. If you’re visiting Leeds with the family then parking up your hire car at your hotel and then seeing what’s going on at the Carriageworks is bound to keep the little ones occupied.
3. West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
A newer addition to the Leeds theatre scene, when you compare it to Victorian venues like the Grand, the West Yorkshire Playhouse opened up in 1990 bringing together two theatres in one venue. They stand out amongst other playhouses in Leeds because they produce as well as stage a wide range of different plays.
They create their own unique shows at the theatre and then take them on tour, often across West Yorkshire but also further afield with some making it to the West End.
4. Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
Often described as the jewel in the crown of the city of Bradford, the Alhambra Theatre is a stylish celebration of the Edwardian music hall era. It stands centrally within the city and was originally built in 1914 with a refurbishment in 1986 delivering stunning results and a venue that Bradford is rightfully proud of. Even if you’re not staying in Bradford it is worth driving into the city to see the Alhambra and a show if you’re in the mood.
The Alhambra is regarded as a premier touring venue in the North, hosting some of the biggest large scale shows and entertainment including ballet, opera, variety shows, dance, drama and musicals.
5. St George’s Hall, Bradford
A Grade II Listed Victorian Building which has always been used as a concert hall, St George’s Hall saw its foundation stone laid in 1851. It has had many world renowned performers walking its boards, including Charles Dickens, the Halle Orchestra and musicians including David Bowie and Genesis.
The opening of Sheffield Arena means that less musicians play there these days but it still has plenty of live shows every year, with every kind of performance, with upcoming shows including the Dresden Symphony Orchestra, Dave Spikey and The Nutcracker as performed by the Moscow Ballet La Classique.