Leeds has a packed programme of spectacular and dazzling performance on offer for all ages this Winter Season.
Michael Spicer-The Room Next Door Tour. 2nd Nov. City Varieties.
Join Michael Spicer, creator of internet sensation The Room Next Door, as he talks about his life making comedy under the radar, his viral hits of the past and of course, brand new The Room Next Door sketches on his highly anticipated first live tour – The Room Next Tour.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. 2nd – 7th Nov. Leeds Grand Theatre
The smash hit musical comes to Leeds. Jamie New is sixteen and lives on a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified about the future. Jamie is going to be a sensation. Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.
(Everybody’s Talking About Jamie)
Andrew Newton- The Hypnotist. 3rd Nov. City Varieties>.
World famous hypnotist Andrew Newton returns to the Varieties with his hilarious one man show.
Jason Byrne- Audience Precipitation.4th Nov. City Varieties
He’s back, with his brand-new show, that most people can’t pronounce. Featuring all sorts of hilarious stories from this unusual past year. From a quiz show in his toilet, river dancing in his living room, to getting banned from TikTok.
Ralph McTell – Hill of Beans Tour. 5th Nov. City Varieties
Ralph McTell is touring his new album Hill of Beans. Produced by the legendary Tony Visconti, it is Ralph’s first album of original material for 9 years. The performance will feature plenty of songs from his 50+ year career in addition to showcasing some of his most recent work.
Rutherford & Fry Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything. 7th Nov. City Varieties
They have promised you the guide to everything with a book, now they must follow this up to show you in person how much they really know!
An Evening With Seth Lakeman- Freedom Fields 15th Anniversary. 8th Nov. City Varieties
West Country folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005 for Kitty Jay. It catapulted Lakeman into the forefront of the new British folk movement and his follow up was the gold-selling Freedom Fields which was released twice in 2006 and went on to become Seth’s first of six UK Top 40 albums.
Northern Ballet’s Merlin. 9th -20th Nov. Leeds Grand Theatre.
Discover how the world’s most famous sorcerer mastered his magic to unite a warring kingdom.
Inspired by the story of the mythical wizard, Northern Ballet’s Merlin will take you on a sweeping epic adventure of heartbreak, hope and more than a little magic.
(Northern Ballet’s Merlin)
Sophia & Cinza- The Girls Bathroom Live. 9th Nov. City Varieties.
This show is the live version of our podcast, The Girls Bathroom, where we try and help you guys out with your love lives, friendships and dilemmas – and have some real fun girl chat! Come share your evening with us. Let’s talk it all through and find a way to make it right.
Ward Thomas. 10th Nov. City Varieties
Following the release of their acclaimed UK top 10 album, Restless Minds, and being awarded the prestigious Global Artist Award at the CMA Awards earlier this year, country-pop duo Ward Thomas have announced an intimate acoustic tour for 2021.
The Gavin Bryars Ensemble. 10th Nov. The Howard Assembly Rooms.
The seminal British composer Gavin Bryars brings his Ensemble back to the Howard Assembly Room for a programme built around two of his greatest works.
My Voice Was Heard But I Was Ignored. 11th-13th Nov. Leeds Playhouse
A Red Ladder Theatre Company production with support from Leeds Playhouse and 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.
Gavin Norcott – I Blame The Parents. 11th Nov. City Varieties.
I Blame the Parents is the fourth national tour for Geoff Norcott, following on the back of Conswervative, Traditionalism and Taking Liberties. This time Geoff talks less politics (alright, there will probably be a bit), and this brand new show will mostly explore personal responsibility, parenting and who should take the blame when things go wrong.
Paul foot – Swan Power. 12th Nov. City Varieties.
The multi-award winning comedian presents his brand new show. Tired of the goose? Swan Power is here. Paul opens his beak and explores topics including Nanna on the rack, murdering Santas and interfering ambulance drivers (self-appointed busybodies!) Plus Billy Zane’s Valuable Diamond (c/o RMS Titanic). Live by the swan, fly by the swan.
Hello Again – A Tribute to Neil Diamond. 13th Nov. City Varieties.
Evocative imagery, video and narration enhance the magic as the show takes you on a musical journey through Neil Diamond’s glittering 50 year career.
Day at Night – The Doris Day Songbook. 14th Nov. City Varieties.
Featuring award–winning singer Lynda Radford and the Day At Night band, plus images and projection from her glittering career, this show is a celebration of the life and music of the Hollywood legend, TV and recording artist Doris Day.
All The Beds I Have Slept In. 16th Nov. Leeds Playhouse
A charpai on my roof in Afghanistan. A dirty bunk in a hostel in Milan. A sleeping bag in a tent going camping with my college. Under a bridge in Liverpool Street on my first day in England A bed that wasn’t a bed. A brand new play by this company of performers with lived experience of forced migration, exploring the seam of kindness and care that lies within their experience of leaving their homelands to seek asylum
Peter Pan and Wendy. 22nd Nov -22nd Jan. The Quarry Theatre, Leeds Playhouse.
With Peter Pan, fairy Tink and Tiger Lily as unlikely allies, Wendy gives the Lost Boys a run for their money, takes on the dastardly Captain Hook and ultimately learns what a great adventure life can be. Packed with theatrical magic, beautiful designs, flying and plenty of laughs, it promises to be an unforgettable journey for all the family.
So it’s second star on the right and straight on to Leeds Playhouse this Christmas.
The Cat and The Canary. 23-27 Nov. Leeds Grand Theatre.
Twenty years after the death of Mr. West, his descendants gather to learn who will inherit his vast wealth and the hidden family jewels. Within moments, the heritage hunters turn into prey. Walls crack open, shadows loom, and dark secrets are revealed. Who is The Cat? His movements soundless, unnoticeable, and his vengeance swift! Who will feel his horrible grasp next?
Twilight Concert: Appalachian Spring -The Opera North Orchestra. 24th Nov. The Howard Assembly Rooms.
Written for the dancer and choreographer Martha Graham, Aaron Copland’s 1944 masterpiece Appalachian Spring radiates an earthy American pioneer spirit that resonated with a nation emerging from the trauma of the Second World War.
Aladdin. 26th Nov – 9th Jan. Carriageworks Theatre.
Follow Aladdin on the journey of a lifetime as he soars through the skies in his quest for fortune and true love. Don’t miss this GENIE-us production full of singalong tunes, spectacular dance routines, dazzling costumes and laugh-out-loud jokes guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles, whether you’re three… or ninety-three!
Beauty and the Beast (Rock and Roll panto). 26th Nov – 9th Jan. Leeds City Varieties.
You’ll be wowed by this breath-taking production which mixes traditional elements of audience participation and corny gags with a jukebox full of classic rock anthems and chart-toppers, all performed live on stage by our ultra-talented cast of actor-musicians. Be sure to keep your wits about you though, as there might be a surprise or two this year! ‘Dramatic panto warning’ – our Rock ’n’ Roll Panto‘s contain loud music, smoke effects, flashing lights and possibly a few squirts too, plus loud bangs from the explosive action on-stage (we did warn you about the corny gags!).
(Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto. Photo Ant Robling)
Grease The Musical. 29th Nov – 4th Dec. Leeds Grand Theatre.
The world’s best-loved musical is back! Grittier and more glamorous than ever before.
After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and girl-next-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and tribulations of teenage life and find true love once more?
Gweneth Ann Rand & Simon Lepper. An Imperfect Tapestry. 1st Dec. The Howard Assembly Rooms.
Acclaimed British soprano Gweneth Ann Rand returns to the Howard Assembly Room with her regular collaborator, pianist Simon Lepper, and a hand-picked programme which she describes as “a personal reflection of Black voices”.
Open For Christmas! Produced by Alive & Kicking. FREE child friendly Christmas performance at Leeds Kirkgate Market.Thursday 2nd Dec (4pm & 6.30pm). Saturday 11th, 18th, Sunday 19th & Thursday 23rd Dec (12.30pm & 2.30pm)
Phoenix Dance, 40th Birthday Celebration Gala. 3rd Dec. Leeds Playhouse.
The celebratory evening will feature short new works and company repertoire as well as the debut of a new collaborative work, choreographed by the company founder David Hamilton MBE and Artistic Director Dane Hurst. Audiences can expect to look forward to a host of special guest performances from celebrated and award-winning artists and companies from around the UK. Don’t miss this extraordinary celebration of one of the UK’s most prestigious and trailblazing companies.
Manchester Collective – Heavy Metal. 5th Dec. The Howard Assembly rooms
Manchester Collective make their Howard Assembly Room debut with big percussion, live electronics, and amplified strings. “This is a noisy show”, they say: “It’s not going to be a meditative listening experience. Sometimes, we all just need to scream into a pillow…”
Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks. 8th Dec – 9th Jan. Leeds Grand Theatre.
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. Armed with an enchanted bedknob, a bewitched broomstick and a magical flying bed, they encounter surprising new friendships on their journey from Portobello Road to the depths of the beautiful briny sea.
(Bedknobs and Broomsticks, photo Johan Persson)
Brodsky Quartet with Laura van Heijden. 9th Dec. The Howard Assembly Rooms
The Brodsky Quartet returns to the Howard Assembly Room with a programme of Bach, Shostakovich, and Schubert’s Quintet featuring the outstanding young cellist and former BBC Young Musician of the Year Laura van der Heijden.
The Tallis Singers- Hymns to the Virgin. 16th Dec. The Howard Assembly Rooms.
The Virgin Mary has inspired composers since the earliest days of sacred music as an art form. In this concert the Tallis Scholars present a selection of such inspirations, from both the Catholic and Orthodox traditions, ranging from Josquin to Stravinsky.
The Lord Mayors Carol Concert. 16th Dec. Leeds Minster.
Celebrate Christmas with Leeds International Concert Season’s annual family carol concerts, taking place this year at Leeds Minster. After the concert there will be a collection for the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal: Leeds Hospitals Charity.
Winter Solstice. 21st Dec. The Howard Assembly Rooms.
Opera North and South Asian Arts-uk come together for a special celebration of Winter Solstice and the Northern Lights in music and visuals.
Northern Ballet: The Nutcracker & I. 22nd – 23rd Dec. The Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre.
Get the family into the Christmas spirit with ground-breaking multi-media performance The Nutcracker and I. With one pianist, one ballerina and an exquisite spectacle of digital projections, Clara’s festive story is brought to life in a way never seen before. Watch musician, dancer and hand-drawn animations combine into a performance so magical you’ll feel part of the story too.