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Leeds Playhouse announces first season following £16 million refurbishment

Artist's impression of what the Leeds Playhouse will look like. Photo: Page Park

Leeds Playhouse has announced its first season for when the venue reopens following a £16 million refurbishment.

Charley Miles’ There are No Beginnings will run in the theatre’s new studio space, the Bramall Rock Void, from October 11 to November 2.

Directed by Amy Leach, the production will include integrated audio description for all performances.

Other highlights include the return of Leeds Playhouse’s Furnace Festival in November, offering a first look at two projects in development; Jim Cartwright’s new play Northern Soul and Tess Seddon’s Amateur Politician.

Leeds Playhouse artistic director James Brining will direct The Wizard of Oz, which runs from November 20 to January 25, while Robert Alan Evans’ The Night Before Christmas, directed by Leach, will run from November 30 to December 28.

The theatre will hold an Open Weekend event on October 11 to 13, inviting members of the public to explore the redeveloped building.

Yorkshire-based company Lung Theatre will begin the national tour of Trojan horse in October at Leeds Playhouse, where the production originated.

The first ever live broadcast from Leeds Playhouse to cinemas around the world will take place on Halloween with Northern Ballet’s version of Dracula, which visits the theatre from October 29 to November 2.

Brining said: “The transformed Leeds Playhouse marks the most exciting new chapter in our history for decades and we can’t wait to welcome everyone to enjoy and explore. The new building will allow us to offer the magic of theatre to everyone, all under one roof.

“I’m so excited for all three of our venues to function together and it’s our hope that the autumn/winter programme will give a taste of what we’re about: a theatre that is rooted in its local community, producing work of national and international significance and supporting and developing artists at all stages of their career.”

Season at a glance:

Trojan Horse by Helen Monks and Matt Woodhead

October 3 to 5
Courtyard Theatre

There are No Beginnings by Charley Miles

October 11 to November 2
Bramall Rock Void

Dracula by Northern Ballet

October 29 to November 2
Quarry Theatre

Furnace Festival

November 13 to 16
Bramall Rock Void

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg

November 20 to January 25
Quarry Theatre

The Night Before Christmas by Robert Alan Evans

November 30 to December 28
Courtyard Theatre