Leeds Playhouse has just revealed its exciting summer programme.  The programme features exciting collaborations, and a range of local artists and companies, offering a host of opportunities for audiences to share in the excitement of live theatre between June and September. It has also revealed that it will be taking audiences on a magical adventure to Neverland this Christmas with its spectacular family show WENDY & PETER PAN.

Among the highlights are:

  • THE PROMISE OF A GARDEN, a pioneering partnership and deeply-rooted collaboration, showcasing performance, dance, music and storytelling by older artists, and reflecting Leeds Playhouse’s strong working relationship with diverse communities across the city
  • collaborations with local companies that will retell and reinvigorate familiar stories, including the Sondheim classic A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC with Opera North, and new play THE NOT SO UGLY SISTERS with Wrongsemble and Red Ladder Theatre Company
  • West End star Jenna Russell (pictured above) will light up the stage showcasing the legendary Edith Piaf in a co-production with Nottingham Playhouse
  • WENDY & PETER PAN for Christmas 2021, which will see the Quarry theatre transformed into Neverland for Ella Hickson’s exciting reimagining of the classic family favourite


“This is an important moment for us and for the cultural life of the city as we announce an exciting and inspiring season of work, which adds to the energising buzz around the Leeds City Region as it begins to reopen with a reinvigorated sense of determination and drive,” said James Brining, Artistic Director of Leeds Playhouse.


“We are looking forward to re-opening our wonderful building, safely and creatively and to welcoming back audiences to experience the joy of performance by outstanding artists as well as local companies including Red Ladder Theatre Company, Wrongsemble and Opera North.

This season highlights the Playhouse’s intrinsic collaborative nature, and I am particularly proud that once again we will be working with Alan Lyddiard, co-producing THE PROMISE OF A GARDEN with Leeds 2023, The Performance Ensemble and Leeds Older People’s Forum. This project has emerged out of lockdown and highlights how artist development and creative engagement can work cohesively to form truly reflective work that creatively responds to the world around us.

“We’re also looking ahead to Christmas and our staging of WENDY & PETER PAN, which will undoubtedly be a big draw for families and friends to enjoy celebrating being together after long months of separation.”



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