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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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  • Sing-a-long-a-Frozen at City Varieties Music HallSun 2 Nov 2014Following on from the success of Singalonga Grease earlier this year, Singalonga Productions will bring their new show Singalonga Frozen to City Varieties Music Hall in November!
    Peppa Pig's Big Splash at West Yorkshire PlayhouseThu 30 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014Peppa Pig and her friends return for another all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles! The nursery roof is leaking and Peppa and her friends need to fix it-quick!
    Suspiria with live score by GOBLIN at Kings Hall and Winter GardensSun 2 Nov 2014This critically acclaimed horror classic will be accompanied live by the original soundtrack composers, Italian progressive rock band Goblin, making a rare appearance. Dir by Dario Argento, Italy, 1977. Running time 98 mins. Cert, 18.
    Not For Rental at The Carriageworks Theatre Tue 9 Sep - Mon 17 Nov 2014Love cinema? Under 25? Then you’re in for a treat. For a few special dates between June and November, Carriageworks Theatre is being transformed into a cinema in the heart of the city.
    La Traviata at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love. But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life.
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  • Marcus Brigstocke at City Varieties Music HallMon 3 Nov 2014Podium dancer, oil rig worker, food addict, musical theatre enthusiast, posh, eco-hypocrite, ex-Goth, muppet fan, award winning comedian and chief beverages operator at the Little Chef – screw politics! Let’s talk about me.
    The Kite Runner at West Yorkshire PlayhouseMon 3 - Sat 8 Nov 2014This haunting tale of friendship spans cultures and continents and follows one man's journey to confront his past and find redemption.
    Not For Rental at The Carriageworks Theatre Tue 9 Sep - Mon 17 Nov 2014Love cinema? Under 25? Then you’re in for a treat. For a few special dates between June and November, Carriageworks Theatre is being transformed into a cinema in the heart of the city.
    La Traviata at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love. But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life.
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  • The Kite Runner at West Yorkshire PlayhouseMon 3 - Sat 8 Nov 2014This haunting tale of friendship spans cultures and continents and follows one man's journey to confront his past and find redemption.
    One Man Two Guvnors at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseTue 4 - Sat 8 Nov 2014Award-winning comedy One Man Two Guvnors is a true celebration of British comedy; satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners.
    Shakespeare’s Schools Festival at The Carriageworks Theatre Tue 4 - Sat 8 Nov 2014It’s Shakespeare’s 450th and Carriageworks Theatre is celebrating with the largest Shakespeare Schools Festival to date. Joining in with the UK wide event hundreds of school children will be performing at The City Varieties in Oct/Nov.
    Pigeon at The Carriageworks Theatre Sat 8 Nov 2014First there was an egg and in that egg was a tiny little pigeon. Soon the call came. This young bird was growing in a time of terrible war. Every man was needed to fight, and every pigeon was needed too.
    Aspects of Love at West Yorkshire PlayhouseFri 7 - Sat 15 Nov 2014Set to one of Lloyd Webber's most stunning scores, Aspects of Love tells a compelling story of story of passion, love, life and loss across three generations of a family and their companions over 17 years
    Not For Rental at The Carriageworks Theatre Tue 9 Sep - Mon 17 Nov 2014Love cinema? Under 25? Then you’re in for a treat. For a few special dates between June and November, Carriageworks Theatre is being transformed into a cinema in the heart of the city.
    La Traviata at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love. But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life.
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  • Aspects of Love at West Yorkshire PlayhouseFri 7 - Sat 15 Nov 2014Set to one of Lloyd Webber's most stunning scores, Aspects of Love tells a compelling story of story of passion, love, life and loss across three generations of a family and their companions over 17 years
    Not For Rental at The Carriageworks Theatre Tue 9 Sep - Mon 17 Nov 2014Love cinema? Under 25? Then you’re in for a treat. For a few special dates between June and November, Carriageworks Theatre is being transformed into a cinema in the heart of the city.
    La Traviata at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love. But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life.
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  • Aspects of Love at West Yorkshire PlayhouseFri 7 - Sat 15 Nov 2014Set to one of Lloyd Webber's most stunning scores, Aspects of Love tells a compelling story of story of passion, love, life and loss across three generations of a family and their companions over 17 years
    Not For Rental at The Carriageworks Theatre Tue 9 Sep - Mon 17 Nov 2014Love cinema? Under 25? Then you’re in for a treat. For a few special dates between June and November, Carriageworks Theatre is being transformed into a cinema in the heart of the city.
    La Traviata at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love. But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life.
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  • Tony Law at City Varieties Music HallTue 11 Nov 2014Dive into the zone of Tone for a brand new show of life-affirming, life-changing comedy from the multi award-winning nonsense-maker.
    Aspects of Love at West Yorkshire PlayhouseFri 7 - Sat 15 Nov 2014Set to one of Lloyd Webber's most stunning scores, Aspects of Love tells a compelling story of story of passion, love, life and loss across three generations of a family and their companions over 17 years
    Little Women at Yeadon Town HallTue 11 - Sat 15 Nov 2014Little Women embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit. Brought to you by BrassNeck Theatre
    Not For Rental at The Carriageworks Theatre Tue 9 Sep - Mon 17 Nov 2014Love cinema? Under 25? Then you’re in for a treat. For a few special dates between June and November, Carriageworks Theatre is being transformed into a cinema in the heart of the city.
    Dirty Dancing at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseTue 11 Nov - Sat 6 Dec 2014An unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing.
    La Traviata at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love. But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life.
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  • Aspects of Love at West Yorkshire PlayhouseFri 7 - Sat 15 Nov 2014Set to one of Lloyd Webber's most stunning scores, Aspects of Love tells a compelling story of story of passion, love, life and loss across three generations of a family and their companions over 17 years
    The Railway Children at The Carriageworks Theatre Wed 12 - Sat 15 Nov 2014Roberta (Bobby), Phyllis and Peter look back on the year they became the Railway Children after their father is mysteriously called away from home and the family are forced to move north to Yorkshire.
    Little Women at Yeadon Town HallTue 11 - Sat 15 Nov 2014Little Women embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit. Brought to you by BrassNeck Theatre
    Not For Rental at The Carriageworks Theatre Tue 9 Sep - Mon 17 Nov 2014Love cinema? Under 25? Then you’re in for a treat. For a few special dates between June and November, Carriageworks Theatre is being transformed into a cinema in the heart of the city.
    Dirty Dancing at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseTue 11 Nov - Sat 6 Dec 2014An unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing.
    La Traviata at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love. But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life.
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  • John Shuttleworth in A Wee Ken To Remember at City Varieties Music HallThu 13 Nov 2014Versatile singer/organist, John Shuttleworth, wants to share fond memories of his favourite past weekends. However, a typo on the poster means John is obliged to spend the evening paying homage to his next-door neighbour and sole agent, Ken
    John Bishop at First Direct ArenaThu 13 Nov 2014Comedian John Bishop has announced he will be coming to the first direct arena next November, as part of new tour Supersonic.
    Aspects of Love at West Yorkshire PlayhouseFri 7 - Sat 15 Nov 2014Set to one of Lloyd Webber's most stunning scores, Aspects of Love tells a compelling story of story of passion, love, life and loss across three generations of a family and their companions over 17 years
    The Railway Children at The Carriageworks Theatre Wed 12 - Sat 15 Nov 2014Roberta (Bobby), Phyllis and Peter look back on the year they became the Railway Children after their father is mysteriously called away from home and the family are forced to move north to Yorkshire.
    Little Women at Yeadon Town HallTue 11 - Sat 15 Nov 2014Little Women embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit. Brought to you by BrassNeck Theatre
    Not For Rental at The Carriageworks Theatre Tue 9 Sep - Mon 17 Nov 2014Love cinema? Under 25? Then you’re in for a treat. For a few special dates between June and November, Carriageworks Theatre is being transformed into a cinema in the heart of the city.
    Dirty Dancing at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseTue 11 Nov - Sat 6 Dec 2014An unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing.
    La Traviata at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love. But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life.
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  • Blind at The Carriageworks Theatre Fri 14 Nov 2014A beat-boxing theatre show unlike any other; UK beat-boxing champion Grace Savage explores what young people are hearing in the world today, from motherly advice to what we learn in the school playground and the music charts.
    Aspects of Love at West Yorkshire PlayhouseFri 7 - Sat 15 Nov 2014Set to one of Lloyd Webber's most stunning scores, Aspects of Love tells a compelling story of story of passion, love, life and loss across three generations of a family and their companions over 17 years
    The Railway Children at The Carriageworks Theatre Wed 12 - Sat 15 Nov 2014Roberta (Bobby), Phyllis and Peter look back on the year they became the Railway Children after their father is mysteriously called away from home and the family are forced to move north to Yorkshire.
    Little Women at Yeadon Town HallTue 11 - Sat 15 Nov 2014Little Women embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit. Brought to you by BrassNeck Theatre
    Not For Rental at The Carriageworks Theatre Tue 9 Sep - Mon 17 Nov 2014Love cinema? Under 25? Then you’re in for a treat. For a few special dates between June and November, Carriageworks Theatre is being transformed into a cinema in the heart of the city.
    Dirty Dancing at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseTue 11 Nov - Sat 6 Dec 2014An unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing.
    La Traviata at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love. But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life.
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01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Paul Foot: Hovercraft Symphony in Gammon # Major at City Varieties Music HallSat 1 Nov 2014Comedian Paul Foot will be playing City Varieties Music Hall in November with his new show Hovercraft Symphony in Gammon # Major. Paul’s previous tours have been showered with 5 star reviews and nominations.

28 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

She Stoops to Conquer at West Yorkshire PlayhouseTue 28 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014A delightful romantic romp filled with ludicrous misunderstanding, mischief and mayhem, She Stoops To Conquer is the latest in a string of comedy hits from director Conrad Nelson.

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

England, Arise! at The Carriageworks Theatre Sat 1 Nov 2014The uplifting and powerful story of the young men and women of Huddersfield who believed passionately in a better world. Inspired by the revolutionary art, music and literature of the times.

01 November 2014 to 01 November 2014

Bugsy Malone at Kings Hall and Winter GardensSat 1 Nov 2014Ilkley Amateur Operatic Society is proud to present Bugsy Malone, the fun loving musical comedy. Set in 1920's America during the prohibition era, it follows the exploits of rival gangsters.

27 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Elves & the Shoemaker at Stanley & Audrey Burton TheatreMon 27 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014Northern Ballet is delighted to present their latest ballet for children, Elves & the Shoemaker.

30 October 2014 to 01 November 2014

Northern Youth Theatre Company - Love Me Do at The Riley TheatreThu 30 Oct - Sat 1 Nov 2014A theatrical journey of discovery and enlightenment inspired by the music of The Beatles and the unique bond of love between a daughter and her mother.

02 November 2014 to 02 November 2014

Sing-a-long-a-Frozen at City Varieties Music HallSun 2 Nov 2014Following on from the success of Singalonga Grease earlier this year, Singalonga Productions will bring their new show Singalonga Frozen to City Varieties Music Hall in November!

30 October 2014 to 02 November 2014

Peppa Pig's Big Splash at West Yorkshire PlayhouseThu 30 Oct - Sun 2 Nov 2014Peppa Pig and her friends return for another all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles! The nursery roof is leaking and Peppa and her friends need to fix it-quick!

02 November 2014 to 02 November 2014

Suspiria with live score by GOBLIN at Kings Hall and Winter GardensSun 2 Nov 2014This critically acclaimed horror classic will be accompanied live by the original soundtrack composers, Italian progressive rock band Goblin, making a rare appearance. Dir by Dario Argento, Italy, 1977. Running time 98 mins. Cert, 18.

03 November 2014 to 03 November 2014

Marcus Brigstocke at City Varieties Music HallMon 3 Nov 2014Podium dancer, oil rig worker, food addict, musical theatre enthusiast, posh, eco-hypocrite, ex-Goth, muppet fan, award winning comedian and chief beverages operator at the Little Chef – screw politics! Let’s talk about me.

04 November 2014 to 04 November 2014

Woodbine Willie... Poet and Padre at Leeds MinsterTue 4 Nov 2014On Tuesday 4 November we welcome back “Woodbine Willie” to Leeds Minster in a theatrical performance by the Searchlight Theatre Company.

06 November 2014 to 06 November 2014

Small Plans at The Carriageworks Theatre Thu 6 Nov 2014How do you go about your life when you’re not entirely sure what it means anymore? Katy Carr discovers at twenty-seven that she has to re-evaluate her life.

06 November 2014 to 06 November 2014

John Bishop at First Direct ArenaThu 6 Nov 2014Comedian John Bishop has announced he will be coming to the first direct arena next November, as part of new tour Supersonic.

06 November 2014 to 07 November 2014

Henning Wehn: Ein Zwei Diy at City Varieties Music HallThu 6 - Fri 7 Nov 2014Expect an evening-long crash course in personal accountability and have a right old laugh at the same time!

07 November 2014 to 07 November 2014

Where the White Stops at The Carriageworks Theatre Fri 7 Nov 2014No-one’s been into the White before, except Crab. Battling icy blizzards and mythical beasts, Crab leaves the safety of her village to journey across a desolate frozen landscape. She’s searching for something else… where the White Stops.

03 November 2014 to 08 November 2014

The Kite Runner at West Yorkshire PlayhouseMon 3 - Sat 8 Nov 2014This haunting tale of friendship spans cultures and continents and follows one man's journey to confront his past and find redemption.

04 November 2014 to 08 November 2014

One Man Two Guvnors at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseTue 4 - Sat 8 Nov 2014Award-winning comedy One Man Two Guvnors is a true celebration of British comedy; satire, songs, slapstick and glittering one-liners.

04 November 2014 to 08 November 2014

Shakespeare’s Schools Festival at The Carriageworks Theatre Tue 4 - Sat 8 Nov 2014It’s Shakespeare’s 450th and Carriageworks Theatre is celebrating with the largest Shakespeare Schools Festival to date. Joining in with the UK wide event hundreds of school children will be performing at The City Varieties in Oct/Nov.

08 November 2014 to 08 November 2014

Pigeon at The Carriageworks Theatre Sat 8 Nov 2014First there was an egg and in that egg was a tiny little pigeon. Soon the call came. This young bird was growing in a time of terrible war. Every man was needed to fight, and every pigeon was needed too.

11 November 2014 to 11 November 2014

Tony Law at City Varieties Music HallTue 11 Nov 2014Dive into the zone of Tone for a brand new show of life-affirming, life-changing comedy from the multi award-winning nonsense-maker.

13 November 2014 to 13 November 2014

John Shuttleworth in A Wee Ken To Remember at City Varieties Music HallThu 13 Nov 2014Versatile singer/organist, John Shuttleworth, wants to share fond memories of his favourite past weekends. However, a typo on the poster means John is obliged to spend the evening paying homage to his next-door neighbour and sole agent, Ken

13 November 2014 to 13 November 2014

John Bishop at First Direct ArenaThu 13 Nov 2014Comedian John Bishop has announced he will be coming to the first direct arena next November, as part of new tour Supersonic.

14 November 2014 to 14 November 2014

Blind at The Carriageworks Theatre Fri 14 Nov 2014A beat-boxing theatre show unlike any other; UK beat-boxing champion Grace Savage explores what young people are hearing in the world today, from motherly advice to what we learn in the school playground and the music charts.

15 November 2014 to 15 November 2014

Andrew Newton at City Varieties Music HallSat 15 Nov 2014World famous hypnotist Andrew Newton returns to City Varieties Music Hall in his hilarious one man show.

07 November 2014 to 15 November 2014

Aspects of Love at West Yorkshire PlayhouseFri 7 - Sat 15 Nov 2014Set to one of Lloyd Webber's most stunning scores, Aspects of Love tells a compelling story of story of passion, love, life and loss across three generations of a family and their companions over 17 years

12 November 2014 to 15 November 2014

The Railway Children at The Carriageworks Theatre Wed 12 - Sat 15 Nov 2014Roberta (Bobby), Phyllis and Peter look back on the year they became the Railway Children after their father is mysteriously called away from home and the family are forced to move north to Yorkshire.

15 November 2014 to 15 November 2014

Blind at The Carriageworks Theatre Sat 15 Nov 2014A beat-boxing theatre show unlike any other; UK beat-boxing champion Grace Savage explores what young people are hearing in the world today, from motherly advice to what we learn in the school playground and the music charts.

11 November 2014 to 15 November 2014

Little Women at Yeadon Town HallTue 11 - Sat 15 Nov 2014Little Women embodies the complete theatrical experience, guaranteeing a night filled with laughter, tears, and a lifting of the spirit. Brought to you by BrassNeck Theatre

09 September 2014 to 17 November 2014

Not For Rental at The Carriageworks Theatre Tue 9 Sep - Mon 17 Nov 2014Love cinema? Under 25? Then you’re in for a treat. For a few special dates between June and November, Carriageworks Theatre is being transformed into a cinema in the heart of the city.

21 November 2014 to 21 November 2014

Fascinating Aïda: Charm Offensive at Leeds Town HallFri 21 Nov 2014Expect topical new songs hot off the press, plus some outrageous old favourites, as Fascinating Aïda continue to grow old disgracefully!

22 November 2014 to 22 November 2014

Kings of England at West Yorkshire PlayhouseSat 22 Nov 2014Where We Live & What We Live For is a tentative and nostalgic performance, performed by Simon (the son) and Peter (the father). In this tender performance, father and son recount key moments in life that can often be overlooked.

21 November 2014 to 22 November 2014

Cinderella at The Carriageworks Theatre Fri 21 - Sat 22 Nov 2014From the pen of pantomime supremo Chris Fox comes Cinderella. Packed with all the elements of traditional family pantomime – comedy, song, dance and bags of audience participation, it’s a show to enthral the young & not so young at heart.

23 November 2014 to 23 November 2014

Forced Entertainment: That Night Follows Day at Howard Assembly RoomSun 23 Nov 2014Written by Forced Entertainment’s Tim Etchells, this rehearsed reading explores ways in which adults and words shape and influence young people’s lives.

15 November 2014 to 29 November 2014

27 November 2014 to 29 November 2014

Scrooge – The Musical at The Carriageworks Theatre Thu 27 - Sat 29 Nov 2014Scrooge is a musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ short story A Christmas Carol and is based on the film musical of the same name. A musical treat for all the family!

11 November 2014 to 06 December 2014

Dirty Dancing at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseTue 11 Nov - Sat 6 Dec 2014An unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing.

22 November 2014 to 03 January 2015

Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas at West Yorkshire PlayhouseSat 22 Nov 2014 - Sat 3 Jan 2015After its huge success last year Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas returns, don't miss this warm and funny show packed full of fun and giggles.

29 November 2014 to 11 January 2015

Dick Whittington: The Rock 'N' Roll Panto at City Varieties Music HallSat 29 Nov 2014 - Sun 11 Jan 2015The Rock’n’Roll Panto returns to City Varieties in December 2014 with Peter Rowe’s Dick Whittington. Tickets go on general sale 1 February at 10am.

24 November 2014 to 17 January 2015

White Christmas at West Yorkshire PlayhouseMon 24 Nov 2014 - Sat 17 Jan 2015Enjoy a spectacular celebration of family and friendship this Christmas as the Playhouse present a brand-new production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas.

20 September 2014 to 26 February 2015

La Traviata at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera HouseSat 20 Sep 2014 - Thu 26 Feb 2015Violetta is a courtesan who is enjoying the Parisian high-life when, to her surprise, she falls in love. But she cannot escape the consequences of her past life.