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West Yorkshire Playhouse

West Yorkshire Playhouse is a leading producing theatre complex in Leeds, with a well-established national reputation. It operates a mixed programme including some of the best contemporary touring companies. A community, education and outreach programme underpins the theatre's activities and the company supports the development of new writers.

The Playhouse has developed  ‘First Floor’, which is a multi-disciplinary participatory arts space for young people in and outside formal education.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £1,497,950
  • 2013-2014: £1,533,901
  • 2014-2015: £1,573,782

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The Threepenny Opera

West Yorkshire Playhouse, Graeae Theatre Company, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company present The Threepenny Opera By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill English translation of the dialogue by Robert David MacDonald. English translation of the lyrics by Jeremy Sams. Original German text based on Elisabeth Hauptmann's German Translation of John Gay's THE BEGGAR'S OPERA

Refugee Boy vox pops Feb 14

Vox pops from the production of West Yorkshire Playhouse' production of Refugee Boy shortly before it embarked on a National Tour

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Spring Awakening Trailer

Breathing fresh life into this classic text Spring Awakening is co-produced with the Nuffield Theatre as well as Headlong, the ground breaking British company, whose remarkable sell-out version of 1984 was recently seen at the Playhouse. Anya Reiss is the winner of both the Evening Standard and the Critics' Circle Awards for Most Promising Playwright.

Interview with Selina Thompson

Guided by hosts from the Playhouse to a secret location, It Burns It All Clean takes you on a safari through the social landscape of theUK. Fuelled by fakery and frustration, this is a journey into the unemployment system - a very modern hell. Check out this great interview with Selina Thompson

Transform 14 trailer

Join us for Transform 14 - a feast of performance and events, exploding into every nook and cranny of the Playhouse and beyond.

Of Mice And Men

Of Mice And Men in rehearsal featuring Director Mark Rosenblatt, Composer Heather Christian and the rest of the cast.

Refugee Boy Vox Pops

Audience reactions to Benjamin Zephaniah's Refugee Boy, adapted for the stage by Lemn Sissay

Refugee Boy

West Yorkshire Playhouse's production of Refugee Boy is on a National Tour in 2014

Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas trailer

Video trailer for stage adaptation of Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas, produced by West Yorkshire Playhouse, Lyric Hammersmith and Pins And Needles. 6 Dec-11 Jan, WYP.

THE JUNGLE BOOK video trailer

Show footage for The Jungle Book at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Reviews trailer: Sweeney Todd

Footage and reviews from Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, directed by James Brining

My Generation

Writer Alice Nutter and musician Harry Hamer on new Leeds-set play My Generation

The Making Of Sweeney Todd: video diary with Niamh Perry

We take a peek into rehearsals with Niamh Perry as she prepares to take to the stage as Johanna in Sweeney Todd

The making of Sweeney Todd: video diary with Colin Richmond

Designer Colin Richmond tells us about his set and costume designs for this spine-chilling contemporary Sweeney Todd

Video Trailer: Sweeney Todd

The Demon Barber is in business. Make an appointment with Sweeney Todd, coming soon.

The making of Sweeney Todd: Video diary

Director James Brining tells us about his contemporary staging of Sondheim's thrilling musical Sweeney Todd West Yorkshire Playhouse and Royal Exchange Theatre present, in a co-production with Wesh National Opera and Wales Millenium Centre

West Yorkshire Playhouse Season Launch Video

Artistic Director James Brining tells us about the exciting season of work ahead and also gives us a short tour of the building.

Girls Like That - trailer

Girls Like That West Yorkshire Playhouse Youth Theatre 18 - 20 July 2013 What would you do if a naked photograph of you went viral and you couldn't stop it, rumours went wild and everyone formed an opinion? In Girls Like That, Scarlett becomes the centre of attention but for all the wrong reasons and she chooses to stay silent. By Evan Placey Directed by Gemma Woffinden Trailer - WYP Music by Andrew Potterton - @andrewpotterton

Sherlock Holmes EPK - Tour Version

The fantastic Sherlock Holmes - The Best Kept Secret leaves the Playhouse after a great 3 week run and heads out on tour visiting Woking, Swansea and Manchester.

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Contact details

West Yorkshire Playhouse
Playhouse Square

53.797981, -1.53275

  • 53.797981 -1.53275

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