Leeds Theatres and Festivals
For theatre, opera, live music, film and festivals Leeds ranks among the best of the UK cities. Offering a host of venues including theatres, independent and mainstream cinema and concert hall space, Leeds is a hub for theatre breaks, film festival jaunts and classical and jazz music days during the annual Leeds Concert season. Leeds is a city with great theatres. The ornate Victorian Grand Theatre plays host to big musicals often from the West End and Broadway.
Move to the West Yorkshire Playhouse for dynamic hard hitting drama, as well as dance, comedy and regular modern interpretations of works by Shakespeare, Dostoevsky and Sondheim. Likewise the Carriageworks Theatre on Millennium Square plays host to regular performances of Shakespeare and the best of drama.
The city hosts a number of festivals annually including one of the country’s most popular music festivals with rock roots – the Leeds Music Festival across the August bank holiday at Bramham Park. Leeds International Film festival bursts into life every November with numerous film screenings, talks and workshops at main venues the Leeds Arts Cinema centre – the Hyde Park Picture House and at the Carriageworks on Millennium Square.
The North’s premier National Ballet are based here in Leeds, and you’ll find them performing regularly at the historic Grand Theatre Leeds and the West Yorkshire Playhouse. The best of northern opera is based here in Leeds too. Opera North perform regularly at the Leeds Grand Theatre, constantly pushing the boundaries of opera and attracting new audiences.
Leeds Opera, Dance & Concert Season
Based at the Leeds Grand Theatre, Opera North is the UK’s national opera company in the North. With numerous awards under its belt, Opera North is renowned for pushing the boundaries of opera offering unique and individual performances of favourite opera by the likes of Verdi and Benjamin Britten. The magnificent Leeds Town Hall is the main setting for the Leeds International Concert season, alongside more intimate concert hall – The Venue.
Leeds Cinema & Leeds International Film Festival
The Leeds International Film Festival annually in November hosts events and film showings in Leeds’ superb choice of cinemas and other venues. Main hub venues for film screens are the two Vue cinemas in Leeds – one at The Light on the Headrow and the other on Kirkstall Road. Other big venues during the festival include The Carriageworks on Millennium Square and slightly out of the centre the superb Leeds independent cinema mecca – The Hyde Park Picture House off the A660 towards Headingly.
Leeds Music Festival
Leeds Music Festival at Bramham Park, Wetherby, West Yorkshire is one of the most popular annual music festivals in the UK, and retains some of it’s historical ‘rock’ edge. Bramham Park is spacious, with campsites spread out so you don’t feel too cramped! Easily accessed just off the A64 eastbound, the park site includes a choice of bars, cash points, first aid points, food and other stalls including funky and cheap clothing stalls, general information tents, left luggage, a meeting point and market stalls.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.