We’re absolutely and totally spoilt here in Yorkshire. Our theatres are beautiful, and it’s a delight to go and visit any one of them. Here are my Yorkshire favourites…
1. Bradford Alhambra – winner
Shortlisted as one of the most welcoming theatres, Bradford Alhambra holds a special place in my heart – it’s one of the first theatres I visited and it’s certainly my most-visited venue. The beautiful theatre is at the heart of Bradford, shining over the city with its luxurious entrance. The seats are super comfy and raked so it doesn’t really matter where you sit – you always get a superb view. The restaurant is lovely, but I have to dock a few points since they got rid of the jacket potato option a year or so ago – light bites are always the perfect pre-theatre treat.
2. York Theatre Royal – runner up
I’m fairly new to the York theatre scene, but this venue blows me away with its class and prestige. The foyer is really spacious (and serves awesome pre-theatre food and brownies) and, once inside the auditorium, it doesn’t really matter where you sit because its so unusually built it’s a great view from all angles. I prefer being in the dress circles for the almost panoramic view, but I’m equally happy snuggled in the stalls.
3. City Varieties – highly commended
This intimate theatre gets all its points for historical prestige. Home to The Good Old Days, thousands of famous faces have appeared on this stage. You can feel the history as you walk in – its nostalgic, old-fashioned vibe is truly unique.
Which theatres are your favourite?
With Leeds Playhouse being extensively refurbished in time for a grand opening next year, I’m sure the new venue will make Leeds extremely proud indeed. Are there any gorgeous venues I haven’t visited? Let me know!
Image credited to Tony O’Connell