Teenage pregnancies and a spell in a women’s refuge are not the traditional Oxbridge routes into British drama, but that’s what made Andrea Dunbar such a one off writer.
When Tony Walsh got up to read his poem, This Is The Place, in the hours after a madman had murdered 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert he had no idea that his 720 words would help bring a grieving community together.
It’s fair to say that on any given day Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will playing in a theatre somewhere across the globe.
Now Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s timeless classic based on the biblical tale of a slave turned monarch is making its way to Leeds Grand Theatre from Tuesday 4th June , with former boyband star Jaymi Hensley following in the footsteps of Donny Osmond, Lee Mead, Jason Donovan and even Philip Schofield who have all donned the Dreamcoat.
When Leeds Playhouse closed its doors for a long overdue refurb of its main space it created a pop up theatre to be the home for an ensemble of actors a modern rep company and they are about to finish their year long journey in Amanda Whittington’s Be My Baby.
When Joe McFadden and his partner Katya Jones lifted the coveted Strictly Glitterball they pulled off one of the show’s biggest upsets but the likeable actor is now back doing his day job as The House on Cold Hill comes to Leeds Grand Theatre.
When the weavers of Halifax built the historic Piece Hall to flog their wares they could never have dreamed that one day it would be invaded by a seven metre high baby and some tanks.
Our Yorkshire editor Paul Clarke previews the Transform Festival which opens in Leeds on 26th April.
One of the most exhilarating theatrical experiences I have ever had was huddling in a bitterly cold car park in Leeds city centre watching RashDash perform The Darkest Corners tackling violence against women as part of the city’s Transform festival which is back from 26th April.
During the Second World War over 75 000 women joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service playing a vital, if often unsung, part in defeating Hitler.
When Around the World in 80 Days won the Best Picture Oscar in 1957 it was filmed in 13 different countries on countless locations and now Leeds Playhouse is taking on this epic tale of derring-do on just one stage.
John Partridge certainly qualifies as a British musical theatre legend but he is really stretching his acting chops in Tom Stoppard’s rarely performed Rough Crossing.
The hard working former Eastender comes to Leeds Grand Theatre leading a cast in a new version of a demanding play that began life in the National Theatre and has had only one previous national tour in 1987.
Paula Lane made her name as feisty but doomed Kylie on Coronation Street and makes her musical theatre debut in the stage version of cult movie Kinky Boots which is on its way to Leeds Grand Theatre.
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