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City Varieties Music Hall is currently closed to allow for a well-deserved refurbishment and work is due to be completed by the summer of 2011

The City Varieties, one of the few remaining music halls in the country, normally provides traditional music hall entertainment twice a year in April and October. The theatre also puts on a range of traditional and contemporary entertainment, including rock'n'roll musicals, light operas, folk music, hypnotists, clairvoyance shows and comedy. In fact very much the same type of entertainment that people were enjoying there in the heyday of music hall-the 'Good Old Days.'

The Carriageworks Theatre

The Carriageworks is a thriving theatre at the heart of Leeds’ Millennium Square. It showcases the best in new national and international performance work, with a dynamic programme of theatre, dance, comedy and film. At the same time it offers support for emerging and professional theatre makers at various different stages of their careers.

The venue gives opportunities for members of the local community to take part in a variety of high quality participatory arts activities, including becoming involved in amateur productions through the Leeds Civic Arts Guild and extensive work with young people. The Carriageworks also offers high quality facilities for events, festivals and conferences to organisations looking for an inspiring and centrally located setting for their event.

There are two performance spaces. The Main Auditorium is a proscenium arch theatre with a capacity of 350, and caters for larger-scale productions. Upstairs@thecarriageworks is an intimate and flexible studio space with a maximum capacity of 65, and hosts an innovative selection of fresh and exciting new work.

The Carriageworks is located on the first floor level of the Electric Press Development on Millennium Square, Leeds. Stansfield Chambers (Grade II listed) which was built in 1848 and housed the West Riding Carriage Manufactory, from which theatre takes its name; and Portland Chambers which was built towards the end of the last century. The Electric Press Development also incorporates The Electric Press building (Grade II listed) which was built in 1894 and was used by Chorley and Pickersgill as a printing works.

Grand Theatre

Extensive refurbishment has restored the theatre to its former glory, 125 years after it first opened in 1878. Opera North now have Autumn, Winter and Spring seasons there. There are also shows, and performances by the Northern Ballet Theatre, and other ballet companies like the Moscow City Ballet which is due to perform there in November 2003.

The West Yorkshire Playhouse.

The theatre continues to stage both traditional and new drama, in the Courtyard and the Quarry theatre. It is now 50% self-funded, the rest of its income coming from Yorkshire Arts, Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Grants.

The West Yorkshire Playhouse is not just a theatre; it also runs the Arts Development Unit which provides arts education and activities for both adults and children. Their Community Network supports inner-city community groups, and the Playhouse’s Schools Theatre works in partnership with local schools.



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City Varieties, 1999
City Varieties, 1999
The Carriageworks
The Carriageworks
The Grand Theatre
The Grand Theatre
West Yorkshire Playhouse
West Yorkshire Playhouse




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