Leeds Grand Theatre

    Built in 1878, reportedly following an off-the-cuff remark by Prince Albert that Leeds needed a good theatre as “nothing was more calculated to promote culture and raise the tone of the people”, Leeds Grand Theatre, or the ‘Grand Old Lady of Leeds’ (as she is fondly known among the locals), is the most magnificent of leading ladies.

    Dressed head to toe in her finest Victorian velvet, gold leaf, ornate plasterwork, and crowned with a Waterford Crystal chandelier boasting 6389 crystals, she has welcomed the very best actors and entertainers to her (notoriously steep) stage since the directors of the company gathered the workforce in the orchestra pit on 28 May 1878 to raise a mug of beer, meat pie and three cheers to her success!

    Like every titular character she has not been without her troubles, including a planned demolition in 1969 to make way for new office blocks and a multi-million pound restoration of her roof in 2016 following structural issues. But thanks to the backing and financial investment of Leeds City Council, Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, she is now the magnificent home to all types of performances (and several ghosts), including resident companies Opera North and Northern Ballet, the best of the West End and other touring productions, including world premieres of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s, The Girls (2015), and Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends The Musical (2017) and Band of Gold (2019), plus world-famous music and stand-up.

    Grand by name, Grand by nature.

    Upcoming events at Leeds Grand Theatre

    Ross Noble

    Jibber Jabber Jamboree stand-up show

    Leeds Grand Theatre

    17 Mar 2024

    Ross Noble has announced a new 53-date stand-up tour Jibber Jabber Jamboree.

    Life of Pi

    Lolita Chakrabarti’s dazzling Olivier Award winning stage adaption of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel .

    Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House

    2 Jul 2024 - 13 Jul 2024

    After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, there are five survivors stranded on a lifeboat - a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a Royal Bengal tiger, and a sixteen year-old boy named Pi. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive?

    Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)

    Direct from its triumph in the West End where it won the Laurence Olivier Award

    Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House

    24 Apr 2023 - 29 Apr 2023

    Direct from its triumph in the West End where it won the Laurence Olivier Award, Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) is a unique and audacious retelling of Jane Austen’s most iconic love story.

    The Commitments

    A guaranteed fabulously-fun night out you will simply never forget.

    Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House

    19 Jun 2023 - 24 Jun 2023

    The Commitments is a fantastically feel good celebration of soul. Returning to tour the UK...

    The Nutcracker | Northern Ballet

    Christmas isn’t complete until you’ve experienced the wonder of Northern Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

    Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House

    20 Nov 2022 - 7 Jan 2023

    Performed to Tchaikovsky’s enduring score, played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, The Nutcracker awakens childlike imagination in us all.

    Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

    JAMIE IS COMING BACK!

    Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House

    14 Nov 2023 - 19 Nov 2023

    Following a record-breaking three-year West End residency, sold-out UK & Ireland Tour and Amazon studios...

    Sister Act The Musical

    Hallelujah SISTER ACT is back!

    Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House

    21 Mar 2023 - 1 Apr 2023

    Based on the iconic movie, this sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, sisterhood...

    Strictly Ballroom the Musical

    Strictly Ballroom the Musical, based on the award-winning world-wide film phenomenon, is heading out to tour the UK and Ireland!

    Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House

    3 Jul 2023 - 8 Jul 2023

    With direction from dancer, choreographer, theatre director and Britain’s favourite TV Judge, Craig Revel Horwood,...

    Mamma Mia! UK Tour

    Whatever age you are, you can’t help but have the time of your life at MAMMA MIA!

    Leeds Grand Theatre

    4 May 2023 - 15 May 2023

    Following its record-breaking, sell-out run, the ultimate feel-good show MAMMA MIA! returns to The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham in...
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