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City Varieties Music Hall

Swan Street, LEEDS, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LW
0113 243 0808

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Transport

Leeds station is a 15 minute walk from the venue.

Parking

Secure public parking is available at various nearby car parks, including The Light (via Great George Street) and the St John's and Merrion Centre shopping malls. Park and Ride is available from Elland Road. A limited amount of on street parking is available and there are disabled badge holder spaces on The Headrow, Wormald Row and Mark Lane.

Bar

Our Circle Bar opens 1 hour before the show. Interval drinks: To avoid queues pre-order your interval drinks before the show.

Access Info

For detailed access information please visit the theatre's access page: cityvarieties.co.uk/Online/article/CVaccess

A hidden gem. Leeds’ oldest working theatre and the Guinness World Record holder for the nation’s longest running music hall. Not bad for a once smoke-filled room above a pub, where the working class of Leeds would drink and be merry, shout vulgarities at performers and sing-along to pithy ditties.

Established in 1865, The Varieties is a living, breathing homage to the music hall era. You can feel it, touch it, smell it.

If you stop, take a breath and listen, she’ll tell you the story of the stars who have performed on her stage, from Houdini to Russell Crowe; the prince who hid in her balcony to secretly court a music hall queen; the baby that was born during pantomime and gifted free admission for life; the schoolchildren who would fire pea-shooters at the striptease acts; the renditions of Down at the Old Bull and Bush to close BBC TV’s The Good Old Days; the funny man from Liverpool with his tickling stick; and the army of volunteers who have welcomed the people of Leeds through her front doors for over 155 years.

And still the stories are being made. Barring a pandemic in 2020-21, and much-needed facelift in 2009-11, The Varieties has never closed her doors. Audiences from far and wide still flock to see the brightest stars from comedy, music, variety and pantomime perform on her stage, indeed Mr Dara O’Briain said she is: “Steeped in history… still regarded as the best venue for stand-up in the nation.”

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