Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, is dropping into Leeds Playhouse for a preview of the results of a £15.8m redevelopment at the iconic city centre powerhouse.

During her morning visit on Tuesday 24th September, Princess Anne will meet some of the people who take part in its award-winning Creative Engagement programme. The Princess Royal will see a community workshop and a rehearsal for a young people’s production.

She will also be given a guided tour of the Playhouse exploring the revamped performance spaces, including the new Bramall Rock Void space for smaller scale productions, which will give audiences, participants and artists the chance to create and experience world class theatre at the heart of the city.

“We are delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness to Leeds Playhouse,” says Leeds Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining. “This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the city, in which the newly redeveloped Playhouse will play a crucial role.

“Leeds is a city with culture and sport at its heart. Investment in these areas continues to have a hugely positive impact across the region, and we look forward to contributing to Leeds City Region’s further development as a powerhouse for the North, transforming lives through our Creative Programme and strengthening our sense of place and community cohesion.”

Leeds Playhouse will open officially its doors to the public on 30th September with a full season of productions in all three auditoria.

They begin with Trojan Horse by LUNG Theatre (3rd – 5th October), an award-winning docu-drama developed through Furnace, the Playhouse’s artist development programme.

They will stage a new production, Mushy: Lyrically Speaking, about Educating Yorkshire’s Mushar Anghar’s hard-fought journey to find his voice (8th – 12th October,)

On the weekend of 11th – 13th October, the Playhouse team are inviting the whole city to drop in to its Open Weekend to explore the transformed building and enjoy pop-up performances and fun-filled family activities. https://leedsplayhouse.org.uk/