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Leeds’s West Yorkshire Playhouse revamp cost to rise by £2m

AN ambitious project to revamp the West Yorkshire Playhouse is to cost almost £2m more than envisaged, according to a new report.

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There's an exciting line-up of shows headed to Leeds in 2019

Leeds Grand theatre announces first wave of shows for 2019

Theatre-goers have plenty to get excited about as Leeds Grand Theatre announces its first line-up of shows for 2019.

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Backing Harrogate  - Renowned actor-director Reece Dinsdale inside Harrogate Theatre.

Award-winning actor is new Harrogate Theatre patron

Harrogate Theatre bosses say they're delighted to have gained the support of a new official patron - a renowned Yorkshire-born actor whose CV stretches far and wide..
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Progressive rapper Lence who headlines at Harrogate's North Bar on Friday, June 15.

Harrogate gig for rapper Lence at North Bar

One of the north’s most progressive rappers has been talking about his headlining slot tomorrow, Friday in a special Hip Hop night upstairs at Harrogate’s North Bar.
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The community cast are under the direction of Alex Ferris. (Pictures: Nick Singleton).

The heart and soul of a city at the Playhouse

The final production at West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Quarry Theatre before it undergoes a major redevelopment is a celebration of Leeds and its community. Chris Bond reports.

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Sting in his native Newcastle. (Pamela Raith).

Sting - The Ship sails in

As Sting’s musical The Ship sails to York this month, Theatre correspondent Nick Ahad caught up with the global superstar.

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Amy Ross plays Elphaba in Wicked the Musical which comes to Leeds Grand Theatre this week.

Wickedly magical musical flies in to Leeds this week

Wicked the musical sells itself.

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Mind the Gap works in partnership with learning-disabled artists in an effort to give them a voice and create more opportunities in the arts

Leading Yorkshire theatre company championing learning disability arts 30 years on

Europe's leading learning disability theatre company is gearing up for a stellar year of performances and new productions in celebration of its 30th year.

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The cover of David Bowie's classic album Ziggy Stardust.

Bowie legend coming to Harrogate bar

A music legend will be mentioning The Beatles in Harrogate tomorrow night but his main focus will be on another act he produced - David Bowie.
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Jill Halfpenn in The Girl On The Train. Photo Credit : The Other Richard

Jill Halfpenny: ‘I’d love to tell you I’ve got a masterplan but I don’t’

Jill Halfpenny is starring in The Girl on the Train at West Yorkshire Playhouse, she takes time out to talk to Chris Bond about her career and her passion for acting.

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Author Brian Daniels was inspired by his friend's story; click on the links for free tickets.

Real-life stories inspire hard-hitting play about dementia

A free play based on patients’ real experiences will shed a spotlight on the truth behind dementia

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Jersey Boy is currently at Bradford Alhambra.

Musical magic - the Jukebox Musicals heading to Yorkshire

The combination of a good story and chart-topping music is an irresistible mix. Theatre correspondent Nick Ahad reports.

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Lead dancers with the Northern Ballet Abigail Prudames and Joseph Taylor at Harewood House, as Northern Ballet announces, it is to premiere Victoria, a ballet by Cathy Marston in spring 2019.

In her bicentenary year, Victoria’s life becomes a ballet, with Yorkshire premiere

Her name is synonymous with an era of social and sexual restraint, so whether Queen Victoria would have been amused to be the subject of an exuberant ballet, we shall never know.

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Angus Deayton with Radio Active co-stars Helen Atkinson Wood, Michael Fenton Stevens (left) and Philip Pope. Picture: Steve Ullathorne

Comedy review: Radio Active, City Varieties, Leeds

Not many radio shows are as funny, or funnier, several decades after they were committed to tape. Hancock is one exception; the surviving recordings of the Salford comedian and part-time sausage-maker Al Read another – and, it turns out, Radio Active, the 1980s spoof by Angus Deayton and the late Geoffrey Perkins, a third.

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19 May 2018. Dress rehearsals for Opera North's production of Kiss Me Kate at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Kiss Me Kate to be staged at Leeds Grand Theatre

DRESS rehearsals are taking place ahead of Cole Porter’s classic Broadway musical Kiss Me Kate being performed in Leeds.

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Jill Halfpenny stars in The Girl on the Train. (Richard Davenport).

Review: The Girl on the Train - West Yorkshire Playhouse

It’s just three years since Paula Hawkins’ novel The Girl on the Train became a literary sensation practically overnight.

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Lead role: Jill Halfpenny in The Girl on the Train. (Picture: Richard Davenport).

The Girl on the Train arrives at West Yorkshire Playhouse

It’s a bestseller that became a Hollywood movie and now a stage play. Theatre correspondent Nick Ahad on West Yorkshire Playhouse’s The Girl on the Train.

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Janie Dee in rehearsals for Monogamy by Torben Betts. (Picture: Simon Annand).

Janie Dee heads to York for new play Monogamy

Janie Dee’s latest role is in the new play Monogamy opening at York Theatre Royal next week. She spoke to Phil Penfold.

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Tommy Cannon (left) with Billy Pearce (right) in Seriously Dead. The play is coming to Rotherham later this month.

Big interview: Tommy Cannon on going it alone for new role

Tommy Cannon is fired up for a new challenge, to tour in the stage comedy Seriously Dead, after over 50 years in showbiz.

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Harrogate Theatre's chief executive David Bown launches the Centre Stage fundraising initiative.

Panto for Harrogate patients in groundbreaking project

In what is believed to be the first partnership of its kind in Yorkshire, patients at Harrogate and Ripon Hospital are to get Harrogate Theatre's phenomenaly successful panto beamed live to them.
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