Searching for the Heart of Leeds

In a collision of music, movement, and the words of over 200 Leeds residents, two lost Loiners search for the one thing that makes Leeds Leeds.

The Playhouse’s very own Community Company, made up of 60 talented individuals onstage and off, will perform real stories gathered from our brilliant city and share their take on where to find the heart of Leeds.

Searching for the Heart of Leeds is choreographed by the internationally renowned Phoenix Dance Theatre, features a live community band and hosts community groups from across the city. From the award-winning director Alexander Ferris and written by BAFTA-nominated Mark Catley.

Talking Heads

Six of Alan Bennett’s iconic monologues are presented at the Playhouse in a celebration of one of Leeds’ best-loved playwrights. Graham, Peggy & Muriel and Susan, Doris & Irene are standalone events; audiences can enjoy one or both, and in any order. An iconic collection of witty, poignant and insightful reflections,Talking Heads is the uplifting and heart-warming finale to the current season on our Courtyard stage.

Aladdin

Festive fun for all the family as Writer/Director Richard Gauntlett returns to star alongside Ben Langley.
Genie’s magical offer: Bands A – D £3 off if paid before the end of February 2018. Applies to all performances on top of published discounts.

Grease

It’s 1959 and the teenagers of Rydell High are back at school after their summer break. The duck-tailed, hot-rodding boys, and the gum-snapping, hip-shaking girls conjure up the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical.
Head greaser Danny and good girl Sandy try to relive the Summer Lovin’ of their holiday romance, whilst the rest of the gang sing and dance their way through You’re The One That I Want, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy, Greased Lightnin’ and more.
Grease is one of the most popular musicals ever written and is given a new production here by the members of Norwich Theatre Royal’s Youth Theatre Company for the start of the summer holidays. Suitable 8+

Miss Littlewood | Sam Kenyon

Joan Littlewood was the anarchic revolutionary of 20th century theatre. Born into poverty, she raged her way to have a lasting influence on British culture. Anti-establishment, communist, visionary, rude and glorious, Joan fired the imagination of a generation. Her unique Theatre Workshop was responsible for a raft of successes including Oh What A Lovely War!, and breathed new life into the Theatre Royal Stratford East.

This new musical of Joan’s life story, told with her own uncompromising candour, reveals a mighty love story at its heart.

Macbeth | William Shakespeare

Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder.

Our contemporary production of Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the company.

Shrek

Following a record-breaking UK and Ireland Tour, the smash hit blockbuster is back – and larger than life!
Based on the story and characters from the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy.
Join Shrek, our unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from her tower, guarded by a fire-breathing love-sick dragon. Add the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance, guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages!
(5 stars) Shrek-tacular (Sunday Telegraph)
(5 stars) The perfect family musical (Herald Scotland)
(5 stars) Slick, inventive, colourful (Birmingham Mail)
(5 stars) A musical extravaganza (Bristol Post)
A Monster hit (Sunday Telegraph)

Miss Saigon

Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schonberg’s legendary musical Miss Saigon is embarking on a major UK Tour. A recent smash hit in the West End and currently playing on Broadway, this epic production with a company of 60 lands in Norwich, August 2018.

In the last days of the Vietnam War, 17 year-old Kim is forced to work in a Saigon bar run by a notorious character known as the Engineer. There she meets and falls in love with an American GI named Chris but they are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. For 3 years Kim goes on an epic journey of survival to find her way back to Chris, who has no idea he’s fathered a son.