We all know and love our local theatre as the West Yorkshire Playhouse. In a rather exciting plot twist, the venue has been rebranded the Leeds Playhouse.
It’s certainly more location-descriptive, though it seems a bit of a demotion from the almighty theatre of West Yorkshire. The theatre does so much more for the community outside of Leeds, though making this a figurehead theatre for the city is a smart move.
The move somehow puts the theatre in-line with Leeds Grand Theatre, making the two simultaneously cohesive yet competitive. If you’re looking for touring musicals, head to the Grand. Gritty plays and new, vibrant works? Look to the Playhouse. It brings the two together in synergy, which will hopefully help bring even more people to the city to see some awesome shows.
While the theatre is undergoing a huge refurbishment, the Leeds Playhouse will develop performances at a new Pop-Up theatre as well as across partner venues for the next year or so. The shows include co-productions with Opera North, The Leeds Library, BBC Radio Leeds and Leeds College of Music.
Leeds Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining said: “For all our audiences we remain the same theatre, in the same location. Our name change enables us to clarify where we are to the outside world and help spread the name of this great city further afield.
I’m so excited for audiences to experience the Pop-Up theatre and of course, our newly refreshed building in Autumn 2019.”
I can’t wait to share with you further news about the upcoming shows. What do you hope is coming up? Visit the new Leeds Playhouse site for all the info.
Photography credited to Page Park