Leeds Playhouse will reopen this October following a major redevelopment that will enable the city’s pioneering theatre to be fully accessible to everyone for the first time.

Open to the public from 3 October, the Playhouse is inviting audiences, artists and participants back to the building for a celebratory Open Weekend, Friday 11 – Sunday 13 October, to explore the striking new entrance, new restaurant, café and bars and improved public spaces, and get a first glimpse into the new theatre spaces, taking full advantage of the new routes into the theatre and ease of access throughout the building.

Leeds Playhouse Executive Director Robin Hawkes said: “When we began redeveloping the building, October 2019 felt a very long time away. Now this incredible moment has finally arrived and we can’t wait to throw open our doors and see the building alive and thriving again. The contractors, BAM, are making finishing touches, preparing the building to present an eclectic reopening programme, with shows and activities welcoming back everyone to the building.

“Our Open Weekend will be a real celebration, welcoming audiences old and new back into the building with open arms. We’re running family-friendly workshops, building tours and hosting a programme of performances, and we can’t wait to see the people of Leeds back in our building again.”

The first show to be performed in the new Leeds Playhouse is Trojan Horse by LUNG Theatre in association with Leeds Playhouse, an award-winning docu-drama developed through the Playhouse’s artist development programme Furnace. (pictured above)


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