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Renovated Leeds Playhouse set for grand reopening this October

The open weekend celebration will feature two powerful plays.

LUNG Theatre's Trojan Horse arrives in October. Credit: Leeds Playhouse and LUNG Theatre.
LUNG Theatre's Trojan Horse arrives in October. Credit: Leeds Playhouse and LUNG Theatre.

Following an extensive redevelopment project, Leeds Playhouse is ready to reopen its doors from 3rd October.

As part of the beginning of a new era for the North’s major producing theatre, the Playhouse is inviting audiences, artists and participants back to the building for a celebratory Open Weekend from Friday 11th October.

“When we began redeveloping the building, October 2019 felt a very long time away,” explains Leeds Playhouse Executive Director Robin Hawkes.

“Now this incredible moment has finally arrived and we can’t wait to throw open our doors and see the building alive and thriving again.”

“Our Open Weekend will be a real celebration, welcoming audiences old and new back into the building with open arms. We’re running family-friendly workshops, building tours and hosting a programme of performances, and we can’t wait to see the people of Leeds back in our building again.”

The first show to be performed in the new Leeds Playhouse is Trojan Horse by LUNG Theatre in association with Leeds Playhouse, an award-winning docu-drama developed through the Playhouse’s artist development programme Furnace.

Trojan Horse is a local story that hit the national press, accusing ‘hardline’ Muslim teachers and governors of plotting extremism in Birmingham schools. Adapted from real-life testimonies, this critically acclaimed show examines what really happened.

“We’re thrilled to be reopening with such a powerful piece of theatre, developed right here through our industry-leading artist development programme Furnace,” adds Leeds Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining.

“The month of October will be a truly special moment in Playhouse history, we invite all of Leeds and West Yorkshire to share it with us.”

Trojan Horse will be performed in the renovated Courtyard Theatre 3rd – 5th October. Mushy: Lyrically Speaking, will also play in the Courtyard Theatre 8th – 12th October. Book online at leedsplayhouse.org.uk or call the Box office on 0113 213 7700.

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