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

The West Yorkshire 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'.

The smallest theatre designed by architect Frank Matcham, the Theatre Royal Wakefield was built in 1894 and is not only an architectural gem, it is one of few Matcham Theatres now open for its original purpose. The beautiful auditorium is very intimate and whichever of the 499 seats you sit in, you’re guaranteed a great night!

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. Britain’s most complete Georgian playhouse, the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond was originally built in 1788. After a restoration project, the theatre is now open all year round for tours and has a full theatre programme of shows and events. 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.

With an aim of collaborating with both established and emerging artists, The Milton Rooms in Malton is a hub of excellence for the arts, in all creative fields. The main hall boasts the largest sprung dancefloor in North Yorkshire, and with a fully equipped forty seat studio performance space, acoustic music room and bar; the Milton Rooms offers a superb venue for visiting productions, music and community events.