Leeds Grand Theatre is officially reopen!

Leeds Grand Theatre first opened in 1878 with a playbill declaring it would ‘Positively Open’, and everyone is now delighted to hear the venue is now Positively Reopen!

After 15 months stood closed, Leeds Grand Theatre is now reopening with a socially distanced run of Northern Ballet’s Swan Lake.

Despite the ongoing challenges and extended restrictions, the theatre is gearing up to open fully in the next few months with a range of West End and Broadway musicals, dramas and much more.

Leeds locals are encouraged to get behind the heritage venue and buy tickets in advance to upcoming shows. Here’s what’s coming up in the next few months…

Heathers The Musical: 28 Jul-14 Aug

Heathers The Musical, the black comedy rock musical based on the much-loved 1988 film, is heading out on its first national tour. Westerberg High’s Veronica Sawyer is just another nobody dreaming of a better day. But when she joins the beautiful and impossibly cruel Heathers and her dreams of popularity may finally come true, mysterious teen rebel JD teaches her that it might kill to be a nobody… but it’s murder being a somebody.

Magic Goes Wrong: 30 Aug-4 Sept

I am SO excited for this! Back with their biggest comedy catastrophe to date, multi award-winning Mischief (The Play That Goes Wrong, BBC One’s The Goes Wrong Show) return to the stage with their hilarious new show created with magic legends, Penn & Teller. A hapless gang of magicians are staging an evening of grand illusion to raise cash for charity. But as the magic turns to mayhem, accidents spiral out of control and so does their fundraising target! This is going to be seriously amazing, and I imagine it’ll be a definite sell-out.

Peter James’ Looking Good Dead: 6-11 Sept

Starring award-winning actor and EastEnders icon, Adam Woodyatt, and star of stage and screen Gaynor Faye, this world premiere stage adaptation tells the story of Tom Bryce (Woodyatt), who, after finding a discarded USB memory stick, inadvertently becomes a witness to a vicious murder. When Detective Superintendent Roy Grace becomes involved, he has his own demons to contend with, while he tries to crack the case in time to save the Bryce family’s lives. I’m not personally a huge fan of this style of show but it is great to see plays on the line-up as they’re so popular with many people.

Waitress: 14-18 Sept

After what seems like a forever wait, it’s incredible to see this hit musical coming to Leeds. Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of some happiness in her life. When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love, and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness. The show will star Lucie Jones (Les Misérables, Legally Blonde), with score by Grammy award-winning Sara Bareilles.

Twelve Angry Men: 23-27 Nov

Reginald Rose’s gripping courtroom thriller has been hailed as the ‘classiest, most intelligent drama in the West End’. It brings the 1957 three-time Academy Award nominated film to the stage. A jury has murder on their minds and a life in their hands as they decide the fate of a young delinquent accused of killing his father. But what appears to be an open and shut case soon becomes a huge dilemma as prejudices and preconceived ideas about the accused, the trial and each other turn the tables every which way, until the nail-biting climax…

Bedknobs and Broomsticks: 8 Dec-9 Jan

Enter a world of magic and fantasy as Disney’s classic movie makes its world premiere as an exciting new stage musical. With the original songs by the legendary Sherman Brothers, including The Age Of Not Believing and The Beautiful Briny. When the three orphaned Rawlins children are reluctantly evacuated from wartime London to live with the mysterious Eglantine Price, they have no idea what adventures lie ahead. Upon discovering Eglantine to be a trainee witch, they join forces to search for a secret spell that will defeat the enemy once and for all.

Make sure you visit the Leeds Grand Theatre website to book your tickets. I’m so excited to see big musicals back up and running in the next couple of months – the end of our theatre drought seems to be in sight!

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