West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
Since opening in 1990 the West Yorkshire Playhouse has established a reputation as one of the most exciting producing theatres outside of London.
In March 1964, the Arts Council was informed by Doreen Newlyn of a new committee in Leeds of 13 people who were beginning a campaign for promoting a professional civic theatre in Leeds. The committee sought to address the absence of a professional producing theatre within the large conurbation of West Yorkshire. In September 1969 the foundation stone of a Playhouse was laid on the southern edge of the university campus and Leeds Playhouse opened in September 1970.
The Playhouse has two theatres, the Quarry with 750 seats and the smaller, more flexible Courtyard with 350 seats. However its reach goes far beyond those two spaces; over the 2015 autumn season its work will be seen in over 60 venues from village halls (Beryl on tour) to Wales Millennium Centre (Sweeney Todd). In recent years plays have been taken out into the local community with Little Sure Shot and Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads being presented in community centres around the city.
42 The Calls and the West Yorkshire Playhouse
42 The Calls is a luxury boutique hotel in the centre of Leeds, and is only around a 12 minute walk from the West Yorkshire Playhouse. There are lots of shows put on throughout the year, so you will have plenty of options.