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Julie Hesmondhalgh confirmed for There Are No Beginnings at Leeds Playhouse

A bold new play interrogating the fears and anxieties of the Yorkshire Ripper will be the first production in the Bramall Rock Void space.

Julie Hesmondhalgh at Leeds Playhouse.
Julie Hesmondhalgh at Leeds Playhouse.

The world premiere of Charley Miles’ There Are No Beginnings will star Julie Hesmondhalgh – best known for her multi-award-winning role as Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street, and her powerful performance alongside Olivia Colman and David Tennant in Broadchurch.

The play follows the lives of four women living in Leeds across the five years when Peter Sutcliffe dominated news headlines. It highlights female fear, strength and survival, exploring women’s experiences during the late 1970s and shining a light on solidarity and activism born from the time, particularly the Reclaim the Night movement.

Hesmondhalgh will be joined by a cast of Northern voices, including Tessa Parr as Sharon (previously playing Hamlet in Leeds Playhouse’s last season). Natalie Gavin joins fresh from roles in television roles in Ackley Bridge, Line of Duty and Gentleman Jack. Newcomer Jesse Jones completes the cast as Fiona, recently graduating from East 15 Acting School.

Directed by Amy Leach, There Are No Beginnings will be the first production in the Bramall Rock Void – an intimate new theatre space created as part of the Playhouse’s capital redevelopment.

There Are No Beginnings is at Leeds Playhouse from Friday 11th October to Saturday 2nd November. Book online at or call the Box office on 0113 213 7700.


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