Leeds Playhouse has today announced an exciting season of productions and exhibitions to celebrate its milestone 50th anniversary as it looks forward to welcoming audiences back to the building safely in May. Leeds Playhouse was created by and for the people of Leeds, so it seems only fitting that they are now at the centre of the celebrations 50 years later.

“Our 50th anniversary celebrations are a welcome back gift for us to share with the city. Whether we’re live in the theatre, across neighbourhoods or in people’s home, this is our time to celebrate together; to look back on what we’ve achieved and to look forward to all the wonderful adventures to come,” said James Brining, Artistic Director of Leeds Playhouse.

“After everything we’ve been through in the last year, it feels more important than ever to take a moment to reflect on what has made – and continues to make – our city and our theatre so special.”

Leeds Playhouse is confident it can welcome audiences safely and efficiently back into its theatres in May as it had the chance to test and perfect its covid procedures when it temporarily reopened last October. It will continue to abide by national guidelines and will keep audiences informed about its ongoing covid safety measures as it reopens.

This April, will also see Leeds Playhouse and Opera North’s co-production of ORPHEUS IN THE RECORD SHOP by acclaimed writer and beatboxer Testament’s releases as part of BBC Lights Up, an unprecedented season of plays for BBC TV and radio produced in partnership with theatres across the UK and continuing BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine initiative. The production will air on iPlayer and BBC Four from 21 April.

Highlights include: –


Live at the Playhouse Wednesday 19 – Saturday 29 May

Available online At Home Monday 24 May – Saturday 5 June

Six characters, six new plays, six directors, six compelling stories from the heart of Yorkshire.

Commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Leeds Playhouse, from writers with strong links to the theatre, these new monologues feature characters firmly rooted in the North telling stories set in each of the decades.

Powerful and insightful with biting Yorkshire wit, these are tales that reflect the spirit of the people, the city and the region, showing us who we are and how our lives have been shaped by the place we call home.

Decades: Stories from the City will be an unmissable event that can be enjoyed live in the Courtyard Theatre at the Playhouse or online At Home.

Booking is open from 20th April



From 21 May, Monday to Saturday, 10am – 3pm

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Leeds Playhouse, and marking its re-opening, an exciting new exhibition will be displayed in the foyer areas of the theatre this summer.

Drawing on the Playhouse’s archive, the exhibition will celebrate the story of this remarkable theatre. From its beginnings, when it was set up by the people of Leeds, to the present day as one of the country’s leading producing theatres, displays will highlight the people, the places, the shows, celebrating memorable events and our links with the community.

Come and celebrate why the Playhouse has been at the heart of Leeds for half a century.

The 50th Anniversary Exhibition will be on view at Leeds Playhouse from 21 May, Monday to Saturday between 10am and 3pm. Entry is free; however, to manage numbers and keep everyone safe, please book a timed entry ticket in advance via the website.



From Thursday 27 May

Playhouse Square plus Community Tour

“Maybe the tables have turned and it’s fairies who need to believe in humans now”

Something magical is happening. In a street near you.

Gather round as Henderson, Brown and Wallis, a trio of rambunctious travelling players, tumble out of a van with a tall tale to tell. With music, magic and very (very) bad jokes, let them transport you to the deep dark woods, where an 800-year-old forgotten fairy and a brave(ish) child called Freddy try to save spring from the freezing clutches of a naughty ghost.

Hilarious and a tiny bit spooky for scaredy-parents (a lion roars softly more than once), why not join Fairy Poppins, Freddy – and three very silly storytellers – on this magical, meaningful adventure.


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