Playhouse Square | Leeds LS2 7UP
Phone: 0113 213 7700
From the outside, the West Yorkshire Playhouse theatre, set just beyond the city bus station on a modernist style estate, looks like a brick monolith; yet inside it houses one of the most exciting and fearless performance venues in the North.
Leeds has an incredible reputation for giving young, developing performers a stage on which to hone their skills, and this is due in part to the work by the West Yorkshire Playhouse. From scratch nights featuring fledgling plays and performance artists to internationally renowned touring productions, it smoothly combines the sometimes-odd bedfellows of mainstream theatre and fringe productions, making it one of the most well-rounded theatres in Leeds.
The West Yorkshire Playhouse also offers a wide range of workshops and skills sessions for all ages, making it one to note for any theatre or performance students looking for work experience. With a varied smorgasbord of big budget touring companies, critically acclaimed performances and developing works, the Playhouse is a well-loved site on the Leeds cultural landscape. [Edy Hurst]