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10 shows in Leeds you shouldn’t have missed in 2019

A look back at 10 of the best shows that played the region.

The Wizard of Oz at Leeds Playhouse. Photography by The Other Richard
The Wizard of Oz at Leeds Playhouse. Photography by The Other Richard

Incredible to think we’re not only coming to the end of the year, but also the big finale of another decade.

As 2019 draws to a close and the nation is caught up in election fever, let’s look back at 10 of the best shows which played in Leeds this year including a few that you can still catch either in the region or on tour.

Hamlet

 

 

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Simona Bitmate (Ophelia) and Tessa Parr (Hamlet) in Hamlet at Leeds Playhouse. Photography by David Lindsay

Simona Bitmate (Ophelia) and Tessa Parr (Hamlet) in Hamlet at Leeds Playhouse. Photography by David Lindsay

Around the World in 80 Days

There Are No Beginnings

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Julie Hesmondhalgh in There Are No Beginnings at Leeds Playhouse. Credit: Zoe Martin.

Julie Hesmondhalgh in There Are No Beginnings at Leeds Playhouse. Credit: Zoe Martin.

The Wizard of Oz

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Red Riding Hood The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto

 

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Simon Nock returns to the Rock 'n' Roll Pantomime. Credit: Ant Robling.

Simon Nock returns to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Pantomime. Credit: Ant Robling.

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Kay Mellor’s Band of Gold

It may not be perfect, but Kay Mellor’s gutsy adaptation of her hit television drama about prostitution is full of memorable performances and sparkling dialogue.

Band of Gold is  

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Kieron Richardson and Gaynor Faye in Band of Gold. Rollem Productions

Kieron Richardson and Gaynor Faye in Band of Gold. Credit: Ant Robling and Rollem Productions.

Random

 

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The King and I

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Superb stagecraft in The King and I. Credit: Annalene Beechey and the youth company. Credit: Matthew Murphy.

Superb stagecraft in The King and I. Credit: Annalene Beechey and the youth company. Credit: Matthew Murphy.

The Rocky Horror Show

Richard O’Brien’s bonkers musical is now over 45 years old and has evolved into its own monster. Part celebration, part panto, it feels like a ceremony celebrating its own extravagance and free-spiritedness.

This touring version captured much of the show’s original lustre and lust for life, and whilst there’s little new from the versions that have landed recently, the uplifting choreography and thumping musical numbers continue to score highly.

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