The Local Theatre And You

Posted on March 19, 2013

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A Doctor Faustus promotional picture at the West Yorkshire Playhouse

This morning I came across a poll on Twitter titled ‘When was the last time you visited your local theatre?’. When I clicked on the link the pessimist in me wasn’t expecting too many people to answer that they had visited recently. But the poll, conducted by The Stage, showed 80% of people surveyed had been to the theatre within the last month and only 2% have never been previously.

During a visit to West Yorkshire Playhouse recently I went to catch a showing of Doctor Faustus. The theatre was packed with people who were there to catch a showing of either Doctor Faustus or Refugee Boy. It was great to see the theatre is still very much alive and that people are still supporting these brilliant artists by handing over their hard-earned cash. If you’re a regular Leeds theatre goer, take a look at my rundown on what’s on at our local theatre at the moment.

What’s on 

At the West Yorkshire Playhouse many productions light up the stage this spring, including Refugee Boy which runs from 9 to 30 March. “A story about arriving, belonging and finding home”, Refugee Boy is a play adapted form Benjamin Zephaniah’s 2001 novel under the same name.

Also showing soon at the West Yorkshire Playhouse is Rutherford & Son; a portrayal of an industrial Edwardian family set in Northern England 1912. Sherlock Holmes – The Best Kept Secret looks set to be fantastic and will run from 18 May to 8 June.

Transform Festival returns to the playhouse for another year on 16 April, showcasing many local artists in Leeds. The aim of this year’s Transform is to “examine the city through a theatrical lens”. The festival will focus on the work of companies, directors, writers and theatre artists and will hopefully discover some real local talent.

From opera to ballet, The Grand theatre is providing us with some cracking shows at the moment. The recent success of brilliant shows such as The Great Gatsby and Otello have showcased the diversity and talent of shows produced here.

Spring 2013 promises a great lineup at The Grand. Upcoming shows to watch out for include The Ladykillers which runs from 1 to 6 April; and Blood Brothers, showing from 20 to 25 May. There’s still tickets available for this week’s showing of The Sound Of Music, which closes 23 March.

Currently showing until 23 March at The Carriageworks is Leeds Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s The Sorcerer. The sorcerer has all the ingredients of a classic play – comedy, tragedy and even a little bit of magic. Oh, and lots of tea.

Another upcoming show to look out for is Phillip Pullman’s I Was A Rat! After its success at Birmingham’s Old Rep, this dark comic story comes to City Varieties on the 22 May. The story promises to be a deeply moving adventure with fantasy elements (after all, it is based on one of the most famous fairy tales of all time), and it is described as a show for all ages.

Check out the full programme listings below:

City Varieties 

The Carriageworks  

West Yorkshire Playhouse 

The grand

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