Leeds City Council set to pump £5m into £14m West Yorkshire Playhouse revamp

West Yorkshire Playhouse was branded 'dated, dull and impenetrable'
West Yorkshire Playhouse was branded 'dated, dull and impenetrable'
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multi-million pound plans have been drawn up to transform the “dated, dull and impenetrable” West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Theatre bosses want to create a striking new entrance facing the city centre, along with new performance and community spaces.

In a bid to boost Leeds’s hopes of being named European Capital of Culture for 2023, the new-look venue could also be renamed ‘Leeds Playhouse’.

A report to Leeds City Council’s executive board said: “The feedback from audiences, city leaders and other cultural organisations is that the current building is dated, impenetrable and dull, likened to a leisure centre.”

It added: “The redevelopment of the theatre would be at the heart of the regeneration of the east of the city, creating a landmark building and a stunning cultural destination.”

The Playhouse has undergone few changes since it moved to the Quarry Hill site in 1990.

The executive board is being asked to agree to £4.9m in council funding to add to £6.6m from Arts Council England and £2.5m from theatre funds.