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SHOW TIME RETURNS: Leeds entertainment venues set to re-open with live performances

SHOW TIME RETURNS: Leeds entertainment venues set to re-open with live performances

Images: City Varieties Music Hall

With the government roadmap allowing covid restrictions to ease from the 17th May, entertainment venues across Leeds are set to re-open this summer.

Leeds Heritage Theatres is pleased to announce that City Varieties Music Hall will reopen from Monday 17 May, welcoming back audiences with its first live performance since March 2020, and an exciting new film programme presented in collaboration with sister venue Hyde Park Picture House.

Judy & Liza, a dazzling production telling the turbulent tale of Hollywood’s biggest stars against the backdrop of their infamous 1964 London Palladium concert, will run for one socially distanced performance only on Thursday 20 May, alongside some of the best live and as-live theatre performances as part of The Picture House’s On The Road programme. Upcoming highlights include:

  • Nomadland: an exquisitely told story full of authenticity and humanity, and winner of this year's Best Picture Oscar, alongside Best Director and Best Actress wins for Chloé Zhao and Frances McDormand respectively
  • Sound of Metal: During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. Utilising startling, innovative sound design techniques, director Darius Marder takes audiences inside Ruben’s experience to vividly recreate his journey into a rarely examined world
  • Wolfwalkers: The Oscar-nominated animation studio behind The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea returns with a magical masterpiece about an unlikely friendship between two girls in 17th-century Ireland

Leeds Grand Theatre will reopen on 17 June with a socially distanced run of resident company Northern Ballet’s Swan Lake - they will follow this in November with Merlin, originally set to run over Christmas 2020 as part of their 50th year anniversary celebrations.

Fellow residents, Opera North, will also return in the autumn with a season of work, including Bizet’s Carmen and Verdi’s Rigoletto, plus Bernstein’s West Side Story Symphonic Dances in collaboration with Leeds-based Phoenix Dance Theatre.

Also, whilst some of the blockbuster musicals from this year, including The Book of Mormon and Les Misérables, have had to be moved to 2022, West End hits Heathers The Musical and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie will run alongside newly announced Priscilla Queen of the Desert and My Best Friend’s Wedding (starring Alexandre Burke) to name a few.

Tickets are available: Here

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