Its little sibling City Varieties has been delighting Leeds audiences for many years, bringing great comedians and variety acts to the stage. Now Leeds Grand is stepping up and stepping in to provide a bigger venue for acts that would sell-out the Varieties in moments.
First up on 3rd March and 5th May is Adam Kay, award-winning comedian who shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor. It’s a quirky mix of stand-up and music that will have you in tears of sadness and laughter throughout the evening. His book, This is Going to Hurt, is being turned into an eight-part BBC series so if you’re a fan of his work or want an intellectual and thought-provoking evening of laughs this one’s for you.
The Solid Silver 60s show is coming up on 24th March. It’s a show packed full of 60s favourites – a great way to time travel and get groovy.
Rhod Gilbert: The Book of John is hitting Leeds on 31st March. The Welsh comedian has had a six year break from stand-up. And now he’s back. In a show that promises to be as funny as ever, but like never before, this brutally honest show is bound to be a treat for Rhod Gilbert fans everywhere.
Out of every show on the line-up, I’m particularly excited to see Russell Kane coming to Leeds on 2nd June. His ‘The Fast and the Curious’ tour is going to be another energetic performance all about family life. He’s such a genuinely energetic, exciting performer to watch and I’d recommend him to anyone.
I haven’t had chance to see James Acaster live yet, but 28th July might just be my chance. Here’s why you should see the show, written by James himself, and I honestly can’t add any more to it…
“One time I bought a lasagne from the supermarket, heated it up in the oven and ate a bit of it and it wasn’t very nice so I put it in the fridge because it felt wrong to dump a whole lasagne in the bin and then later on I ate a spoonful of the cold lasagne because I was drunk and it was absolutely delicious. It was 4am. I then changed the name of a WhatsApp I was a part of to COLD LASAGNE HATE MYSELF 1999 because I had been thinking a lot about how 1999 was the best year of my life and also about how much I hate myself sometimes. The next day I was asked to name my new show. Come along.”
Jane Mcdonald’s back doing the rounds again on 1st September with her new show. Sure, it’ll be light-hearted laughs and a cute little sing-along.
Sixties Gold returns to Leeds on 15th December. Herman Hermits, The Merseybeats, Steve Ellis, Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders and The Marmalade are all on the list. So if you fancy seeing any of them, now’s your chance.
Catch all the shows at Leeds Grand Theatre.