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Our co-production with Opera North starring Dame Josephine Barstow is back by popular demand. A chance meeting between ex-lovers sparks a game of romantic musical chairs over a weekend in the country, as hopelessly mismatched couples find themselves confronted by their own vanities and deceptions. Glistening with wit and romance, composer Sondheim’s tantalising tale flirts with musical theatre and opera, and includes the classic song Send in the Clowns. Featuring members of the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North, and directed by the Playhouse’s Artistic Director James Brining, expect a glorious evening that is heart-warming and heartbreaking in equal measure. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim | Book by Hugh WheelerOriginal orchestrations by Jonathan TunickSuggested by a film by Ingmar Bergman | Originally Produced and Directed on Broadway by Harold PrincePerformed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited
The production sees Josephine Barstow starring excluding performances at 7:30 on Saturday 9 July and on Wednesday 13 July.Quarry Theatre, Leeds PlayhouseDuration: Approx. 3 hours (including 25 minute interval)A selection of our shows are accessible with audio description, captions, BSL and socially distanced shows. Please see our 'A Little Night Music' booking page for further information.
Peppa Pig is excited to be going on a special day out with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig – it’s going to be her best day ever! Get ready for a road-trip full of fun adventures. From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs and ice-creams to muddy puddles – there is something for all of the family and their friends to enjoy, including Miss Rabbit, Mr Bull, Suzy Sheep, Gerald Giraffe and more! Prepare for the brand new Peppa Pig live show packed full of songs, games and laughter, it really is the best day ever for Peppa Pig fans!
Quarry Theatre, Leeds PlayhouseThere is no required age guidance.
Join reggae icons, legendary singer Freddie McGregor and pioneer DJ Dennis Alcapone, the roof-raising 17-piece Jazz Jamaica All Stars’ History of Trojan spectacular featuring Brinsley Forde (Aswad), Noel McKoy and vocal trio Dem Three along with the Out of Many Community Choir led by Paulette Morris and choreographed by Donald Edwards. Plus a National Dance Theatre of Jamaica digital performance for the ultimate Jamaica 60 celebration.Road to Trojan is staged as part of the Jamaica Society Leeds’ Out of Many Festival, an extensive Leeds-based festival to celebrate 60 years of Jamaican independence.
A Leeds Playhouse, ETT and Rose Theatre Kingston co-production Oscar Wilde’s genius humour meets contemporary culture in a theatrical rollercoaster packed with shade, wit and plenty of gags.? Denzel Westley-Sanderson, winner of 2021 Sir Peter Hall Directors Award, breathes fresh new life into Wilde’s sharpest and wittiest comedy: The Importance of Being Earnest.?? This is a classic satire, vibrantly retold about dysfunctional families, class, gender and sexuality.
Age Guidance: 12+ Selected performances of The Importance of Being Earnest have accessibility features including BSL, captions, audio description and a post show discussion. Please see our event page for further information on specific performances.
A Leeds Playhouse and Nottingham Playhouse co-productionDirected by Amanda HuxtableHow do we remember the people we love? When Gloria’s time comes, her family celebrate their revered mother with the traditional Jamaican Nine Night Wake – a touching yet testing multi-generational gathering packed with music, food, laughter and tears. Natasha Gordon’s remarkable award-winning debut play, which was originally commissioned by and played at the National Theatre ahead of a successful West End run, holds a mirror up to family life – and loss – reflecting the heartfelt comedy and deep sorrow that occurs when they gather together to share memories, good food and grievances older than Gloria’s well-loved dining table. Inherently funny and intensely moving, Nine Night is a family celebration of life you won’t want to miss. Nine Night is part of Jamaica Society Leeds’ Out of Many Festival, an extensive Leeds-based festival to celebrate 60 years of Jamaican independence
Age Guidance: 12+Selected performances of Nine Night include accessibility features including BSL, captions, audio description and a post show discussion. Please see our event details for further information about specific performances.
A Sheffield Theatres and Ramps On The Moon Production By William Shakespeare ‘I do love nothing in the world so well as you. Is not that strange?’ Besotted young couple Claudio and Hero have fallen fast and are quickly engaged. Not everyone finds romance so straightforward – Benedick balks at the very thought of it and Beatrice agrees with him, on that if nothing else. But somewhere in this world, there’s someone for everyone, even if they’re right under your nose. Shakespeare’s raucous comedy is presented by Sheffield Theatres in association with Ramps on the Moon, the pioneering initiative committed to putting deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their work. Every performance features the use of integrated creative sign language, audio description and captioning.
All performances are BSL/Captioned/Audio Described
Come and join Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends at In the Night Garden Live in their hit new show Igglepiggle’s Busy Day – where Igglepiggle looks for his friends and follows their funny sounds until he finds them all.You’ll see all your favourite characters beautifully brought to life with full-size costumes, magical puppets, and enchanting music. And be amazed as the world’s only real-life flying Pinky Ponk takes off and flies above you!Now in its 13th year, In the Night Garden Live is one of the UK’s favourite family events. Over 1.2 million people have seen it so far and it gets 4.8 out of 5 stars based on 13,558 parents’ reviews.There are other shows for young children, but as The Independent wrote, “there’s nothing quite like In the Night Garden Live.”Pip-pip, onk-onk!Don’t miss it, book now before it’s too late!
Quarry TheatreDuration: 1 hour
When temperatures drop and cold snaps come, that means only one thing: Jack Frost is here! Jack Frost is a mischievous young boy with a frozen touch. His magic transforms the landscape and brings the colours of autumn and the chill of cold winter. He freezes the orange and red leaves and covers the trees and ground with a glistening blanket of ice and snow. But this year when winter comes around the snow begins to melt and along with-it Jack’s extraordinary magic fades. With his powers lost he becomes just an ordinary boy. In this wintery tale, Jack and his newfound friend, search for winter and attempt to restore Jack’s special gift. Circling the globe, they meet characters who share their own special shimmering seasonal winter magic, but will Jack’s magic return? Join tutti frutti for this enchanting new play by poet and playwright Joseph Coelho with important environmental themes, a touch of wintery fun and original live music.
Duration: 1 hour (no interval)Age Guidance: 3+
A Leeds Playhouse and Opera North production Orpheus is alone, playing tunes in his record shop. After an old friend visits, strange things start to happen and music, myth and reality collide. Together with Orpheus we go in search of something ancient, contemporary and hopeful. Back by popular demand, acclaimed rapper and playwright Testament (Black Men Walking, The Beatboxer, WOKE) takes inspiration from the Greek myth of Orpheus, in a show that fuses spoken word and beatboxing with classical music, featuring members of the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North.
1 hour (no interval)Age Guidance: 12+
Icons of Black British culture come together for one historic night showcasing reggae music as the soundtrack to 1970s and 80s Black Leeds and Britain.Live performance from Brinsley Forde (Aswad) and Dennis Bovell (dub producer and lovers rock creator) provide the dub soundtrack to 80s activism and uprisal whilst ‘Queens of Lovers Rock’ Janet Kay and Carroll Thompson sing the era’s anthems of love and women’s empowerment.Inspired by sound system classics of the era in which they came together, O.P.D. (Original Phoenix Dance) founders of the pioneering Phoenix Dance Company will perform their first joint original dance creation in over 30 years.Revered Leeds designer Clyde Sheriffe’s Gabiccis & Pleats will also depict Black British style of the times. Hosted by actors and UK Black comedy legends, Eddie Nestor and Robbie Gee, the evening will be set against Leeds community imagery. Powerful, moving and joyful this will be a night to remember.
A Leeds Conservatoire Production presented in partnership with Leeds PlayhouseThe warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland – but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts. Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign.Both this and the Twelfth Night Leeds Conservatoire Shakespeare productions can be booked by schools in Leeds and the surrounding areas for an exclusive performance and associated Shakespeare workshop.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesAge Guidance: 12+
A Leeds Conservatoire Production presented in partnership with Leeds Playhouse Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land.? So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love.? Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible.Both this and the Macbeth Leeds Conservatoire Shakespeare productions can be booked by schools in Leeds and the surrounding areas for an exclusive performance and associated Shakespeare workshop
Back to Back Theatre co-presented by Leeds Playhouse and TransformJoin us this autumn for a rare opportunity to watch award-winning, Australian theatre company Back to Back here in Leeds. Internationally acclaimed, Back to Back Theatre’s ensemble of artists with disabilities weaves the personal, the political and cosmic – their stories challenging the notion of what is possible in theatre. The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes is a sly theatrical revelation inspired by mistakes, mis-readings, mis-leadings and misunderstandings, SHADOW reminds us that none of us is self-sufficient and all of us are responsible and poses the question: how do we come together to make decisions that are in the best interest of a civic society? This is a play about individual and collective responsibility.
Duration: 1 hour (no interval)
Created by and starring Poppy Jay and Rubina Pabani Fierce, funny, and wonderfully frank, Poppy and Rubina have sex and they aren’t ashamed to talk about it. Their critically acclaimed podcast Brown Girls Do It Too (‘Best Podcast of the Year’ British Podcast Awards 2020, Asian Media 2021), explores messy realities, fantasies, and navigating life and relationships as British Asian women.Two seasons in, they have amassed fans who love their honesty and openness and faced enormous backlash online for breaking the silence on sex in Asian communities.Bringing their characteristic candour, quick wit and infectious personalities to the stage, Poppy and Rubina reflect on the seminal moments from their lives from first orgasms and loves, to racism and family politics. Expect songs, sketches, and some very graphic content!
Age Guidance: 16+
‘Who can take a sunrise, sprinkle it with dew, cover it with chocolate and a miracle or two?’ Charlie and The Chocolate Factory – The Musical features memorable songs from the iconic 1970s film as well as a host of sensational new tastebud-tickling toe-tappers. When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s a chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets they’ve always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible and edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems. This dazzling reinvention of the successful West End and Broadway musical transports the show to mouth-watering new heights. Take a journey choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses for a festive family adventure more satisfying than a Whipple-Scrumptious Fudge Mallow Delight. Don’t miss out, grab your GOLDEN Ticket now!
Quarry Theatre, Leeds PlayhouseDuration: 2 hours 30 minutes (TBC)Age Guidance: 7+A selection of our shows are accessible with audio description, captions, BSL and relaxed performance shows. Please see our 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' booking page for further information.Based on the novel by Roald Dahl and the Warner Bros. film.
Dunstan Bruce, ex-frontman with chart-topping band Chumbawamba, performs his new 1-hour play; a rollercoaster of despair, anger, love and ultimately hope. In this personal and irreverent 1-man show Dunstan takes the audience on an existential voyage told through poetry, prose, music and projection. Am I Invisible Yet? is no cosy fireside chat reminiscing about his Tubthumping past – it’s a vital blast of angst, anger and despair. It is Theatre du Coeur, a love letter to hope, humanity and the haphazard heart. Join him on this riotous journey that will resonate with anyone who once thought they could change the world, and is still determined to get back up again.
Duration: 50 minutes (no interval) Age Guidance: 14+
Touching, funny and utterly original, Freckle Productions’ delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s? Stick Man? is coming to Leeds for the festive season! ?What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch with him, a swan builds a nest with him, and he even ends up on a fire! How will Stick Man ever get back to the family tree? This award-winning production, from the team behind ?Zog and the Flying Doctors, Zog, Tiddler and other Terrific Tales, and?Tabby McTat features a trio of top actors and is packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves. Presented by Freckle ProductionsPhotography by Mark SeniorStick Man © 2008 Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Published by Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic Children’s Books.
Duration: 55 minutes (no interval)Age Guidance: 2+ Courtyard Theatre, Leeds PlayhouseA selection of the shows are accessible with BSL and a relaxed performance. Please see our 'Stick Man' booking page for further information.
Leeds City Railway Station is approximately a 20 minute walk away or 5 minute taxi ride.Leeds City Bus Station is also just across the road from us.
There is extensive parking at Victoria Leeds (only 5 minutes walk from the Playhouse). Parking between 5pm and 6am is only £3 and it is open 24 hours.
Our Front Room Café is open Monday to Friday from 830am - 6pm on non-show days and open until the start of performances on show days. The Front Room café breakfast, lunch and dinner including sandwiches, paninis, coffee and cake for sit in or take away.
Join us for some delicious food at the Playhouse Kitchen. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am – 2.30pm. The Playhouse Kitchen serves brunch from 11am - 2:30pm and is serving its evening menu from 12pm - 2:30pm for matinee performances, and 5pm Tuesday to Saturday for evening performances.
Our bars are open pre-show and during the interval for all performances. We have a wide selection of wines, beers and spirits from around the world including some local specialties.
For detailed access information please visit the theatre's access page: leedsplayhouse.org.uk/visiting-the-playhouse/accessibility/
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