Amazing Arts

Amazing arts

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

The Leeds Playhouse in Leeds has earned a reputation both nationally and internationally as one of the UK’s most exciting producing theatres. It produces 16 of its own shows each year in its two auditoria and stages over 1000 performances, workshops, readings and community events, watched by over 250,000 people.

The Alhambra Theatre is regarded as the North's premier receiving venue and hosts the best in large scale entertainment from international dance to musicals, drama and Yorkshire's biggest pantomime. It has also recently been voted by the public as the 'most welcoming theatre in Yorkshire and The Humber'.

Theatre Royal Wakefield is one of the smallest remaining auditoriums designed by world-renowned architect Frank Matcham and is located in the heart of Wakefield City Centre. The new Centre for Creativity is a major extension to the venue and offers a flexible café/bar space and studio theatre. Theatre Royal Wakefield has a programme which is engaging and accessible to all members of our local community, and which maintains our reputation as a leading producing and receiving house.

Scarborough’s local theatre with an international reputation, the Stephen Joseph Theatre is a cultural icon of the Yorkshire region, providing the highest possible standard of theatrical experience for audiences worldwide. Widely known for its world premieres of almost all of Alan Ayckbourn’s 75 plus plays, it shows a year-round programme of drama, music, comedy, dance, poetry and more.

Over the last few years, Scarborough Open Air Theatre has played host to some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Elton John, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Status Quo and McFly to name a few. Europe’s largest open air theatre is situated on the Yorkshire Coast and each year sees the finest national and international line-up of acts performing. Featuring live music, opera, sporting events, family productions and comedy, a venue offering something for eveyone to enjoy.

The Grand Theatre in Leeds seats approximately 1550 at full capacity, with the auditorium providing a home for performances of all types. An enormous range of notable dance, drama, comedy and music productions have been seen at The Grand and critically acclaimed companies, Opera North and Northern Ballet have their residencies there.

Set in a 260 year old building, the York Theatre Royal is famed for its annual performances and offers some of the most exciting theatre. With a mix of entertainment from West End musicals to stand-up comedians, and live bands to family shows, The Grand Opera House in York offers a great mix of entertainment.

South Yorkshire’s 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. Once a dairy, then a fish filleting shop and finally a printers, the Spotlight Theatre in Bridlington is now an intimate, attractive and authentic little theatre, much-loved by its loyal audience. The Civic, a mutli-purpose theatre and art gallery based in Barnsley, presents world-class accessible performances and exhibitions throughout the year, to audiences in the heart of South Yorkshire.