SPECTACULAR SHOWS

Although some of our theatres and venues are still closed, the show must go on – and we’ve got some spectacular shows lined up for our winter season! 

LEEDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Tuesday 3 – Thursday 19 November
Leeds International Film Festival are thrilled to be able to present a programme this year in venues and on their new streaming platform Leeds Film Player. Their regular programme sections for new films – Official Selection, Cinema Versa, Fanomenon, and Leeds Short Film Awards – return with the same dedication to diverse filmmaking from the UK and around the world. Leeds International Film Festival have worked very closely with venue partners – Leeds Town Hall, Vue Cinemas and City Varieties in partnership with Hyde Park Picture House – to provide a safe LIFF 2020 experience and they are launching Leeds Film Player for anyone to view films from home anywhere in the UK.
Check out the programme here.

NINE LIVES
Wednesday 4 and Tuesday 5 November, Leeds Playhouse
Fleeing from his home where a fresh wave of homophobia threatens his life, Ishmael has sought sanctuary in the UK. Dispersed to Leeds, Ishmael waits to hear his fate, he waits for a new life to begin amongst strangers. But not everyone is bad… can he find a place to call home again? More information

THE ORCHESTRA OF OPERA NORTH, LUNCHTIME CHAMBER CONCERT
Friday 6 & Friday 13 November
Details TBC. More information

TALKING HEADS – THE OUTSIDE DOG
Saturday 7 November, Leeds Playhouse
Marjory hates her husband Stuart’s dog, Tina. He likes to take the dog out late, arriving home at midnight, clothes straight in the wash, then comes naked to bed and makes insistent demands on her. Meanwhile, there’s a killer on the loose, and the police arrive. More information

OPERA NORTH DOUBLE BILL: ACIS AND GALATEA, SEVEN DEADLY SINS
Wednesday 11 – Saturday 21 November, Leeds Playhouse
One of the UK’s most exciting choreographers and contemporary dance artists, Gary Clarke (Street Scene, 2020) returns to direct and choreograph Brecht and Weill’s acerbic ‘sung ballet’, Seven Deadly Sins.
Directed by rising young British theatre director Anna Pool and conducted by Anthony Kraus, Handel’s pastoral opera, Acis and Galatea,  will feature a cast including Nicholas Watts (Peter Quint, The Turn of the Screw, 2020) as Acis, Amy Freston (Valencienne, The Merry Widow, 2018) as Galatea, Warren Gillespie as Damon and Matthew Stiff as Polyphemus. More information

TALKING HEADS – DOUBLE BILL – MISS FOZZARD FINDS HER FEET/A LADY OF LETTERS
Thursday 12 – Saturday 14 November, Leeds Playhouse
Following the television broadcast in June this year, and an up-coming run at the Bridge Theatre, two of Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads monologues will be performed in a double bill. More information

Opera North, As You Are - photography credit Matt Davis

(Opera North’s As You Are)

AS YOU ARE, A LEEDS SOUNDWALK
14 November – 9 January. 12 time slots a day, Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Mondays and 20 – 28 December. Leeds City Centre.
It’s time to reflect and explore Leeds, our home city, in a very different way…
Composer and musician Abel Selaocoe has taken inspiration from his South African heritage, performing alongside the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North as well as guest artists to create beautiful music that embraces the healing power of walking. Pick up a pair of headphones and meander on a musical adventure through the city as your sound pack triggers new musical chapters to accompany you on a transformative journey, taking in Leeds’ most recognisable landmarks. More information

LE PETITE BOHEME
Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 November, Leeds Corn Exchange, University of Leeds Campus, Leeds Playhouse Gardens, Leeds City Centre
Be transported to a crisp, winter evening in Paris with this animated re-imagining of Act III of Puccini’s best-loved opera La bohème. This dramatic and intensely moving 20 minute short film features a soundtrack newly recorded by the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North and guest soloists. Book a slot, wrap up warm, grab a pair of headphones supplied by Opera North and allow yourself to be immersed in this magical outdoor experience. More information

THE NOT SO UGLY SISTERS
Wednesday 18 – Saturday 21 November, Leeds Playhouse
A brand new musical re-telling of Cinderella from the perspective of the ‘Not So’ Ugly Sisters.
Dolly rests on her broom counting the passers-by outside the salon window, whilst her sister Barb watches the phone that never rings. It’s the morning of Cindy and Prince Smarming’s big royal wedding – but Dolly and Barb are not invited! Hell hath no fury like a hairdresser scorned! More information

OPERA NORTH’S WHISTLE STOP OPERA; CINDERELLA
Saturday 21 November at Slung Low. Sunday 29 November at City Varieties Music Hall
Cinderella spends her days scrubbing the floors, dreaming of a better life. The prince spends his looking out of the palace windows, dreaming of the perfect companion. Until fate intervenes, the two meet and the rest is history… More information

 

Performers in Opera North's Whistle Stop Opera - credit Tom Arber

(Opera North’s Whistle Stop Opera)

 

MY VOICE WAS HEARD BUT I WAS IGNORED
Thursday 26 – Saturday 28 November, Leeds Playhouse
15 year-old Reece is roughly accosted by the police outside M&S. His young, Black teacher Gillian witnesses it all – but she doesn’t question or intervene in the disturbing scene that plays out. More information

OPERA NORTH’S FIDELIO
Dates TBC December, Leeds Town Hall. More information

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Thursday 3 December – Wednesday 9 January, Leeds Playhouse
Transforming the Quarry Theatre into Victorian England will be Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. Full of festive cheer and music, with all the joys of a timeless Christmas family story, the Playhouse is reinventing their magical production from the Pop-Up Season in 2018. More information

G4 CHRISTMAS 2020
Tuesday 15th December, Leeds Town Hall
Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting. After sell-out tours for the last 3 years, G4 return in 2020 with their biggest and best Christmas tour to date! More information

BRUTUS GOLD’S LOVE TRAIN XMAS DISCO BALL
Saturday 19 December, O2 Academy
Details TBC. More information

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