Dance, theatre, comedy and film fill out a busy calendar at the city’s third largest theatre
The third largest stage in the city centre, Carriageworks Theatre doesn’t allow itself to be overshadowed by the more famous West Yorkshire Playhouse or Leeds Grand. The forward-thinking venue nurtures local playwrights and actors, while also showcasing some of the best touring productions in the UK and Europe, meaning there is always something to see. Dance, theatre, comedy and film fill out a busy calendar, and tickets average £15 for adults with usually a few pounds discounted for students or under 16s and free tickets for babies under one year old.
The theatre is located right in the heart of the action in Millennium Square, making it an ideal destination for those who want to combine dramatic arts with plenty of drinking and eating options. Housed in the trendy Electric Press building, Carriageworks is both contemporary performance space and family-friendly hub, with pantomimes, puppetry and activity days offering engaging entertainment to trump a cinema trip or soft plays. Many family shows also offer a discounted group ticket for four (max two adults), which must be booked over the phone or in person. While booster seats are provided to ensure even little eyes have a good view, children are often seated on mats in front of the stage to have them as close to the action as possible.
The venue also gives the local community opportunities to take part as much as possible in the craft of theatre, hosting popular arts activities, from the Carriageworks Youth Theatre to the Leeds Civic Arts Guild. Two performance spaces mean that all manner of dramatic recitals can be staged, benefitting from the intimacy of the 75-seat Upstairs @ The Carriageworks, or the larger main auditorium, which has a capacity of 350 and caters for the larger-scale productions. A sloped and tiered seating design in the larger room is ideally designed for everyone to have a good view.
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