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THEATRE: Leeds Playhouse celebrates 50th anniversary with exciting new season of entertainment!

THEATRE: Leeds Playhouse celebrates 50th anniversary with exciting new season of entertainment!

Image: Decades, Leeds Playhouse

Leeds Playhouse has announced an exciting season of productions and exhibitions to celebrate its milestone 50th anniversary as it looks forward to welcoming audiences back to the building safely in May.

Leeds Playhouse was created by and for the people of Leeds, so it seems only fitting that they are now at the centre of the celebrations 50 years later.

Leeds Playhouse will be welcoming audiences back into the building for the first time since November this May, safely reintroducing them to live theatre with six new monologues written by six writers, each with a strong connection to the Playhouse, and each with their own perspectives on Leeds and the region.

The writers – Simon Armitage, Leanna Benjamin, Kamal Kaan, Alice Nutter, Maxine Peake, and Stan Owens, who have each taken a particular decade from across the Playhouse’s lifespan covering the 1970s to the 2020s as their inspiration, creating a diverse collection of stories firmly rooted in the North.

The productions will be staged in the Courtyard Theatre and available online via Playhouse: At Home. All performances will include creative audio description.

Fairy Poppins And The Naughty Winter Ghost is a new family show by Robert Alan Evans, commissioned by Leeds Playhouse to mark its 50th anniversary, which will open in Playhouse Square in late spring before embarking on a community tour.

The production, directed by Leeds Playhouse Associate Director Creative Engagement Alexander Ferris, will visit neighbourhoods and non-traditional venues throughout Leeds, bringing the joy and excitement of live theatre on the back of a truck.

Families will be able to enjoy this magical adventure in their own neighbourhood as a trio of rambunctious players transport them to the deep dark woods to meet an 800-year-old forgotten fairy. The show is sponsored by local insurance brokers J M Glendinning as part of their longstanding support for the Playhouse.

“Our 50th anniversary celebrations are a welcome back gift for us to share with the city. Whether we’re live in the theatre, across neighbourhoods or in people’s home, this is our time to celebrate together; to look back on what we’ve achieved and to look forward to all the wonderful adventures to come,”said James Brining, Artistic Director of Leeds Playhouse.

“After everything we’ve been through in the last year, it feels more important than ever to take a moment to reflect on what has made – and continues to make – our city and our theatre so special.”

Leeds Playhouse is confident it can welcome audiences safely and efficiently back into its theatres in May as it had the chance to test and perfect its covid procedures when it temporarily reopened last October. It will continue to abide by national guidelines and will keep audiences informed about its ongoing covid safety measures as it reopens.

There are a range of stories and activities to explore as part of the Playhouse's new season - to view their website: Click Here

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