Overview & description

There has been a Playhouse in Leeds for almost 50 years; from 1968 to 1990 as Leeds Playhouse and then with the opening of a brand new theatre on its current Quarry Hill site it became West Yorkshire Playhouse.

West Yorkshire Playhouse is a leading UK producing theatre; a cultural hub, a place where people gather to tell and share stories and to engage in world class theatre. We make work which is pioneering and relevant, seeking out the best companies and artists to create inspirational theatre in the heart of Yorkshire. From large scale spectacle, to intimate performance we develop and make work for our stages, for found spaces, for touring, for schools and community centres. We create work to entertain and inspire.

As dedicated collaborators, we work regularly with other theatres from across the UK, independent producers, and some of the most distinctive, original voices in theatre today. We develop work with established practitioners and find, nurture and support new voices that ought to be heard. We cultivate new talent by providing creative space for new writers, emerging directors, companies and individual theatre makers to refine their practice.

Alongside our work for the stage we are dedicated to providing creative engagement opportunities that excite and stimulate. We build, run and sustain projects which reach out to everyone from refugee communities, to young people and students, to older communities and people with learning disabilities. At the Playhouse there is always a way to get involved.

West Yorkshire Playhouse – Vital theatre. 



0113 213 7700

Monday to Saturday from 9am until 6pm for bookings and enquiries.

Summer opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9am until 6pm for bookings and enquiries.


0113 213 7800

Monday to friday 9am until 6pm


Monday to Saturday   9am – 4.00pm


Monday to Saturday  9am – 11:30am


Monday to Saturday   12am – 2.30pm


Monday to Saturday   5.00pm – 7.30pm

 * On performance days only, last orders 45 minutes before the performance is due to start.


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Facilities available at West Yorkshire Playhouse

  • On-Site Parking