City Varieties Music Hall Auditorium

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Leeds is a hotbed of creative cultural talent, and it enjoys a reputation for producing spectacular and innovative shows.

Thoughout the year you'll find popular performers of stage and screen in a variety of venues across the city, such as The Grand Theatre and Opera House, and the adjacent Howard Assembly Room, home to Opera North.

Dance has always been an essential part of Leeds life, and we are lucky enough to have both the classical Northern Ballet company and the contemporary Phoenix Dance Theatre based here in the city. 

The Leeds International Film Festival is a major event on the world cinema stage with hundreds of screenings and events taking place over 17 days in November.

Enjoying amazing performances doesn't have to be expensive either. There are great discounts at the West Yorkshire Playhouse during the week, and annual free events such as Light Night offer everyone a chance to enjoy great entertainment.

The iconic Leeds Town Hall has an exciting calender of events happening throughout the year including concerts, film screenings, hilarious stand up comedians, educational events and more.

Located in the heart of the city centre, first direct Arena, plays host to an impressive line up of world class acts an events from live music and comedy to entertainment shows and sporting events.

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  • Le Cose Belle at Hyde Park Picture HouseTue 5 May 2015Part social realism, part companion piece to Boyhood, this Nastro d'Argento Best Documentary winner, set in Naples, provides us with an intimate insight into what adult life in Naples really means...
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  • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Yeadon Town HallTue 12 - Sat 16 May 2015Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.
    Carousel at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseWed 13 - Sat 23 May 2015Carousel is a story of love, loss and the possibility of redemption. Fairground barker Billy Bigelow is quick to anger, but he is loved by a woman, Julie Jordan, who keeps faith with him despite his flaws.
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  • Pretty Woman Film Night at Harvey NicholsFri 15 May 2015For 2015, Harvey Nichols Leeds Film Nights will be focusing on all things Stylish in film. For May they will be showing Pretty Woman in celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary
    The Virtues of Things at Howard Assembly RoomFri 15 May 2015A long-established family prop-making business struggles to adapt to modern pressures and time only sees its problems multiply.
    The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Yeadon Town HallTue 12 - Sat 16 May 2015Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.
    Carousel at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseWed 13 - Sat 23 May 2015Carousel is a story of love, loss and the possibility of redemption. Fairground barker Billy Bigelow is quick to anger, but he is loved by a woman, Julie Jordan, who keeps faith with him despite his flaws.
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  • Carousel at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseWed 13 - Sat 23 May 2015Carousel is a story of love, loss and the possibility of redemption. Fairground barker Billy Bigelow is quick to anger, but he is loved by a woman, Julie Jordan, who keeps faith with him despite his flaws.
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  • Carousel at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseWed 13 - Sat 23 May 2015Carousel is a story of love, loss and the possibility of redemption. Fairground barker Billy Bigelow is quick to anger, but he is loved by a woman, Julie Jordan, who keeps faith with him despite his flaws.
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  • Carousel at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseWed 13 - Sat 23 May 2015Carousel is a story of love, loss and the possibility of redemption. Fairground barker Billy Bigelow is quick to anger, but he is loved by a woman, Julie Jordan, who keeps faith with him despite his flaws.
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  • The King's Speech at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseTue 26 - Sat 30 May 2015The West End play which inspired the Oscar-winning film. This is a prestigious co-production between Birmingham Rep and Chichester Festival Theatre.
    Casablanca at Howard Assembly RoomSat 30 May 2015(Dir. Michael Curtiz, USA 1942. 103 mins. Cert PG) Classic American melodrama Casablanca epitomises the golden-age in Hollywood cinema. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid.
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05 May 2015 to 05 May 2015

Le Cose Belle at Hyde Park Picture HouseTue 5 May 2015Part social realism, part companion piece to Boyhood, this Nastro d'Argento Best Documentary winner, set in Naples, provides us with an intimate insight into what adult life in Naples really means...

09 May 2015 to 09 May 2015

Richard Herring: Lord Of The Dance Settee at City Varieties Music HallSat 9 May 2015After covering weighty issues like death, love, religion and spam javelins, ‘The King of Edinburgh’ (List) is in a frivolous mood with this show about daftness.

09 May 2015 to 09 May 2015

Vamos Theatre's Nursing Lives at Carriageworks TheatreSat 9 May 2015Nursing Lives is theatre show performed entirely in full mask.

09 May 2015 to 09 May 2015

Nursing Lives at Carriageworks TheatreSat 9 May 2015Presented by Vamos Theatre

10 May 2015 to 10 May 2015

Reduced Shakespeare at City Varieties Music HallSun 10 May 2015They’ve skewered history, the Bible and the world’s most celebrated playwright, now the Company tackles the subject it was born to reduce

14 May 2015 to 14 May 2015

Sitting Room Comedy Club at Belgrave Music Hall and CanteenThu 14 May 2015Critically acclaimed comedy night with four of the circuit's best comedians: Tom Wrigglesworth, Seymour Mace, Pete Otway and Harriet Dyer

14 May 2015 to 14 May 2015

Peripherals | Life on the Modern Margins at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GalleryThu 14 May 2015Museums at Night: Peripherals | Life on the Modern Margins

15 May 2015 to 15 May 2015

Pretty Woman Film Night at Harvey NicholsFri 15 May 2015For 2015, Harvey Nichols Leeds Film Nights will be focusing on all things Stylish in film. For May they will be showing Pretty Woman in celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary

15 May 2015 to 15 May 2015

The Virtues of Things at Howard Assembly RoomFri 15 May 2015A long-established family prop-making business struggles to adapt to modern pressures and time only sees its problems multiply.

16 May 2015 to 16 May 2015

Peripherals | Life on the Modern Margins at The Stanley and Audrey Burton GallerySat 16 May 2015Museums at Night: Peripherals | Life on the Modern Margins

12 May 2015 to 16 May 2015

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Yeadon Town HallTue 12 - Sat 16 May 2015Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

20 May 2015 to 20 May 2015

Tim Vine at City Varieties Music HallWed 20 May 2015In his first stand-up tour in 4 years, the punslinger returns with lots of new jokes, silly songs and twitchy dancing.

21 May 2015 to 21 May 2015

Tim Vine at City Varieties Music HallThu 21 May 2015In his first stand-up tour in 4 years, the punslinger returns with lots of new jokes, silly songs and twitchy dancing.

21 May 2015 to 21 May 2015

Different is Dangerous at Carriageworks TheatreThu 21 May 2015Presented by Two's Company

22 May 2015 to 22 May 2015

Katherine Ryan - Glam Role Model at City Varieties Music HallFri 22 May 2015Katherine Ryan embarks on her second UK stand-up tour. The fresh, often dangerously fierce, pop-culture obsessed Canadian was unaffected by publicized death threats and survived the world's first crack smoking mayor.

13 May 2015 to 23 May 2015

Carousel at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseWed 13 - Sat 23 May 2015Carousel is a story of love, loss and the possibility of redemption. Fairground barker Billy Bigelow is quick to anger, but he is loved by a woman, Julie Jordan, who keeps faith with him despite his flaws.

20 May 2015 to 23 May 2015

Ladykillers at Carriageworks TheatreWed 20 - Sat 23 May 2015Presented by Cosmopolitan Players

24 May 2015 to 24 May 2015

Milton Jones - and the Temple of Daft at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSun 24 May 2015An evening in the company of comedian Milton Jones, well known for his appearances on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and multiple series on Radio 4.

26 May 2015 to 26 May 2015

Little Howard's Big Show For Kids at Carriageworks TheatreTue 26 May 2015Presented by Makin Projects Age 6+

28 May 2015 to 28 May 2015

Comedy Cask at Crowd of FavoursThu 28 May 2015Free stand-up comedy in the Basement at The Crowd of Favours. Once a month on the Last Thursday with 3 acts performing.

29 May 2015 to 29 May 2015

Jeremy Hardy at City Varieties Music HallFri 29 May 2015Jeremy Hardy will perform at City Varieties in May as he begins his 4th decade as a stand-up

29 May 2015 to 29 May 2015

Ruby Flew Too! at Carriageworks TheatreFri 29 May 2015Presented by Topsy Turvy Theatre Age 2+

26 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

The King's Speech at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseTue 26 - Sat 30 May 2015The West End play which inspired the Oscar-winning film. This is a prestigious co-production between Birmingham Rep and Chichester Festival Theatre.

30 May 2015 to 30 May 2015

Casablanca at Howard Assembly RoomSat 30 May 2015(Dir. Michael Curtiz, USA 1942. 103 mins. Cert PG) Classic American melodrama Casablanca epitomises the golden-age in Hollywood cinema. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid.