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Performing Arts in Yorkshire

Home to the Northern Ballet and Opera North and Yorkshire Young Sinfonia, Yorkshire has to be the northern capital of world-class performing arts.

With leading regional theatres, arts organisations, ballet, opera, contemporary dance acts and award-winning productions, make your choice, sit back and enjoy one of Yorkshire's legendary shows.

Leeds and surrounds

Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House seats 1,550 at full capacity and Opera North and Northern Ballet Theatre have their residencies here.

West Yorkshire Play House opened in Leeds in 1990 and has since earned the reputation both nationally and internationally as one of the UK’s most exciting producing theatres.

Leeds Town Hall offers an annual music programme under the banner of Leeds International Concert Season in this Grade I listed building.

Alhambra Theatre in the heart of Bradford is a stunning Edwardian style music hall with regular performances from touring companies.

Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds is a new arts hub for the north - a special place where special things happen. With a diverse and far reaching programme, it is curated by award winning Opera North.

Theatre Royal Wakefield - Theatre Royal Wakefield is famous for giving its visitors some of the best nights out in town.

Leeds Youth Opera (LYO) provides performance, development and musical education opportunities for young people in Leeds and beyond. This involves staging two performances per year at the Carriageworks, one in February and one in July.

Otley Courthouse is a unique development, run by local people, in Otley, West Yorkshire. After an eight year development period they have transformed a redundant nineteenth century magistrates court into a unique ‘arts and resource centre’ for the community

On the coast

The Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough is home to Alan Ayckbourn, the world's most performed living playwright and boasts two auditoria: The Round and The McCarthy, which also doubles as a cinema.

Welcome to Yorkshire's Open Air Theatre, Scarborough - Europe's largest open air theatre is now open. The historic site situated on the Yorkshire coast in the beautiful town of Scarborough, will once again see the finest national and international line-up of acts performing. Featuring live music, opera, sporting events, family productions, comedy and much, much more. 

Spotlight Theatre in Bridlington is run by volunteers with the aim of bringing high quality theatrical productions to the town for the entertainment of both locals and visitors. Once a dairy, then a fish filleting shop and finally a printer’s, the Spotlight is now an attractive and authentic little theatre, much-loved by its loyal audience.

More Yorkshire Theatres

The Milton Rooms, Malton, aims to collaborate with established and emerging artists, to make Malton a hub of excellence for the arts, in all creative fields.

Esk Valley Theate, Set amid the beautiful scenery of the North York Moors, they offer professional theatre in an unusual location. Enjoy a local pre-theatre lunch or dinner, drinks on the lawn, and be assured of a warm welcome at this delightful venue.

York Theatre Royal offers some of the most exciting theatre set in a 260 year old building. This Theatre is also famed for its annual pantomimes and central location.

The Grand Opera House York offers a great mix of entertainment from West End musicals to stand up comedians, live bands to family shows.

Sheffield Theatres comprises three distinctive performance venues; The Crucible, Lyceum and Studio Theatres. Together they form the largest regional theatre complex outside London and provide a wide variety of live entertainment.

The National Centre for Early Music, York situated in St Margaret's Church York, is the home of the internationally renowned York Early Music Festival and the Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival. The Centre also attracts some of the world's finest artists in the fields of jazz, folk and world music.

Helmsley Arts Centre - Offering a regular, rich and varied programme throughout the year of live music, theatre, dance, talks, art exhibitions, cinema, workshops and classes. Also available for hire.

The Civic, Barnsley - like to showcase great performances and exhibitions, and they don't let their location or size stop them! They are proudly situated in Barnsley town centre and feel its important that they bring to Barnsley performances and exhibitions that make a stop in South Yorkshire whilst touring larger towns and cities across the UK and the world.

Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond - Built by actor/manager Samuel Butler in 1788 this is the oldest theatre in the UK, surviving in its original form. After a 1.6 million restoration project the theatre is now open year round for tours and has a full theatre programme of shows and events.