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Catch a Show

With live music, comedy, theatre, ballet and opera, Leeds is a city well known for its culture. So whether you’re after a mosh pit or a musical, you’re sure to find a show you’ll love in Leeds.
Kiss Me Kate 2015 Opera North photo credit Richard Moran



Leeds Grand Theatre has attracted some major productions over the years, with everyone from Morecambe & Wise to Shrek treading the boards. It’s also home to Opera North, who have toured the globe with their work, and premiered numerous operas rarely seen in Britain.

City Varieties has welcomed legendary entertainers such as Charlie Chaplin and Houdini on their stage over the years, making it one of Leeds’ most iconic theatres. Now it’s the place to see comedians, pantomimes and live music – less death defying, but no less thrilling.



Carriageworks Theatre is a modern venue located in the Electric Press on Millennium Square programming a wide variety of theatre and film with a focus on events for the whole family.

Leeds Playhouse runs huge shows alongside local talent, including work by Alan Bennett.

Just across the road is Northern Ballet. Regularly performing in Leeds’ theatres, they’re considered one of the best dance companies in the world. Dedicated to introducing new audiences to their work, they’ve toured the world with their unique productions.

Guiliano Contadini and Hannah Bateman and Northern Ballet dancers in The Great Gatsby- Bill Cooper
O2 Academy Leeds - Credit Intermarketing

Live Music

You haven’t lived until you’ve been to a gig in Leeds and there are plenty of venues to choose from.

Brudenell Social Club is a famous venue with a regular roster of up and coming (and surprisingly huge) bands and O2 Academy Leeds has seen everyone from Johnny Marr to Ellie Goulding performing since it opened in 2008.

But it’s Belgrave Music Hall that’s quickly becoming one of the most popular venues in the city. With Royal Blood and Charlie XCX playing gigs there in the past, it’s the place to see the biggest bands first.


 Proof that we’re always game for a laugh, some of the biggest comedians in the country got their start at a comedy club in Leeds, including Russell Howard and Alan Carr. 

HiFi Club run The Comedy Sessions every Saturday, attracting top tier talent like Katherine Ryan and Rob Rouse, while Jongleurs host up and coming comedians from across the globe every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Pryzm is home to the Jason Manford Comedy Club, with comedians performing twice a week. Leeds Town Hall and City Varieties are also great destinations for a laugh, with Jimmy Carr, Ross Noble and Jason Byrne hitting their stages whenever they get the chance.

Jason Byrne
first direct arena - Credit Populous

first direct arena

Opened in 2013 with a legendary gig by Bruce Springsteen, first direct arena was voted the Best New Venue in The World in 2014 and has seen some amazing acts pass through its doors, including Lionel Ritchie, Miley Cyrus and Prince, with the arena doused in purple light especially for the occasion. 

Its unique 13,000-seat ampitheatre auditorium means that you  will have a great view regardless of where you are seated.   The Arena is so much more than a music venue; it’s recently made history hosting the Tour De France Grand Depart and the Sports Personality of the Year Awards in 2014.

Attracting huge acts from across the world, first direct arena is a shining jewel in Leeds’ crown.