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Overview & description

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.

The venue seats 1,400 people and is a popular choice for major touring companies including Northern Ballet, Disney, the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures and Cameron Mackintosh.

It has staged major West End shows including The Lion King, War Horse, Billy Elliot, Wicked and Mary Poppins. It is a member of The Dance Consortium, a group of theatres who work together to bring the best in international dance to the UK.

The venue also boasts a spacious front of house and areas where customers can enjoy food and drink before the show and at the interval. Located on the Upper Circle level, with views over Bradford City Park and a seasonal menu full of tempting dishes, Restaurant 1914 is the perfect spot for a pre-show bite to eat.

Alternatively, for something quick and light, there’s also the Circle Café. For the full VIP experience, theatre goers can upgrade their tickets to access the venue’s luxurious Laidler Lounge VIP Bar, which features private restroom facilities and customers receive a glass of champagne and programme upon arrival.
The Alhambra Theatre was the vision of Francis Laidler, a local impresario. Laidler had the idea and vision to build a brand new theatre in 1912 and it was two years later that his dream was realised.

The Alhambra Theatre was officially opened at 2pm on 18 March 1914. Five days later, it opened its doors to the general public on 23 March for a Variety show, which ran for a week.

In 2014, the Alhambra Theatre celebrated its 100th Anniversary with a year of theatrical treats, such as Disney's The Lion King; closely followed by the National Theatre's War Horse; and their very own unique A Night of Variety to acknowledge this magnificent milestone.

Through the golden age of variety, the 1980’s refurbishment and up to the present day, the Alhambra Theatre has had a wonderful and varied history. It remains an iconic venue, attracting the very best in star names and live entertainment to the city of Bradford.

The Alhambra Theatre is one of four venues which sits under Bradford Theatres umbrella. Bradford Theatres also programmes a wide variety of live performances and events for The Studio, a flexible and modern space next to the Alhambra Theatre; St George's Hall, a Victorian concert hall renowned for exceptional acoustics and an intimate atmosphere (currently temporarily closed for refurbishment); and King’s Hall & Winter Garden, located in the heart of the picturesque town of Ilkley.

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Facilities available at Alhambra Theatre

  • Disabled Access
  • Wi-Fi
  • Child Friendly
  • Indoor
  • Card Payment
  • Annual Pass
  • Booking Essential