Leeds Grand Theatre

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Leeds Grand Theatre (Leeds Grand Theatre. Photograph Tony O’Connell)
Leeds Grand Theatre. Photograph Tony O’Connell
 (Leeds Grand Theatre. Photograph Tony O’Connell)
Leeds Grand Theatre. Photograph Tony O’Connell
 (Leeds Grand Theatre. Photograph Tony O’Connell)
Leeds Grand Theatre. Photograph Tony O’Connell

Huge, traditionally styled theatre staging everything from opera and ballet to modern plays and panto

The largest city in Yorkshire has a duty to roll out entertainment every night of the week, and the theatre is just one of the best ways to spend an evening. One of the two big stages in the city, Leeds Grand theatre lives up to its name with ornate ceilings, an enormous, glittering chandelier, sweeping staircases and seating levels stretching up high into the clouds. As traditional as the Playhouse is modern, the Grand is the stage on which opera voices reverberate, ballet dancers pirouette, and panto villains shout ‘oh no he didn’t!’ with theatrical gusto. It’s the kind of destination that makes visitors want to don furs and pearls, or pinstripes and waistcoats as they sashay across carpeted floors and park their bottoms on those ruby red, velvety, fold-down seats.

The bar is limited in choice and stingingly expensive, and the top seats are vertigo-inducingly high and packed together, and the old architecture means the room can become very hot during busy shows. Nevertheless, the Grand is a key venue for local performance companies Opera North and Northern Ballet, which regularly hold recitals of classic, avant-garde or lesser-known productions, showcasing world-class talent.

Plenty of restaurants in the city offer discounts or special perks on the production of a valid ticket for the same day’s show, and the theatre is suitably central to make access a breeze on public transport or by taxi (parking is a slight issue). A dream to visit at all times of year, the Grand like most theatres is busiest during the Christmas period thanks to swarms of children heading for the pantomime or ballet production.

By: Lauren James


Venue name: Leeds Grand Theatre
Address: 46 New Briggate
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