Imelda Staunton and Maxine Peake are coming to Leeds!

If you enjoyed the recent TV broadcast of Alan Benett’s Talking Heads, then you’re in for a treat.

Imelda Staunton stars in in A Lady of Letters directed by Jonathan Kent, while Maxine Peake stars in Miss Fozzard Finds Her Feet directed by Sarah Frankcom. The monologues will be performed in a double bill at Sheffield Theatres and Leeds Playhouse this November.

In a lovely display of support for the arts, Alan Bennett has generously waived his royalty. It’s a wonderful opportunity for local people to see live theatre again.

Artistic Director Robert Hastie said: “One positive consequence of the pandemic has been greater collaboration and a powerful sense of our interconnectivity as theatres and theatre-makers. I’m thrilled that thanks to the staunch support of Alan Bennett and our friends at The Bridge, and a commitment by two of Britain’s finest and best-loved performers to playing theatres outside London, Sheffield audiences returning to the Crucible this autumn will be able to enjoy these timeless monologues by one of Yorkshire’s greats.”

Artistic Director James Brining said: “It is wonderful that these highly acclaimed actors are willing to support regional theatre in this way ­– bringing their talent to the Playhouse stage and their support to our cities.  Imelda and Maxine’s are cherished throughout the country and their performances will bring joy and excitement after the long months of closure.  Alan Bennett is of course, a Leeds icon and we are grateful to him and the Bridge Theatre for enabling these very special performances to take place.”     

For more information about the double bill performances, happening in November, visit the Leeds Playhouse website.

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