LEEDS CITY MAGAZINE TEAM UP WITH THE PEOPLE AT WELCOME TO YORKSHIRE, BRINGING YOU THE BEST OF PERFORMING ARTS FROM AROUND THE COUNTY
Yorkshire has provided the perfect backdrop for a wide variety of film and television productions across many genres over the years, but there’s even more on offer for people who like to be close to the action! With leading regional theatres, art organisations, ballet, opera, contemporary dance acts, stand-up comedy and a whole host of award-winning musical delights, there’s something for everyone.
Leeds is home to the award- winning Opera North, one of the leading arts companies in Europe, which prides itself on a fresh approach to opera and musical performance thanks to regular collaborations with innovative artists and a range of creative companies. It’s joined forces with Leeds- based Phoenix Dance Theatre, the UK’s longest standing contemporary dance company outside London, to present an exciting collision of opera and dance, The Rite of Spring, later this year.
One of the UK’s leading ballet companies, Northern Ballet, is also based in Leeds! It’s the widest touring ballet company in the UK and dedicated to bringing world-class ballet to as many people and places as possible, including multiple venues across Yorkshire. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, a special 14 month-long programme of events will be announced later in the year.
Down South, Sheffield Theatres is the largest theatre complex outside London – the Lyceum, the Crucible and the Crucible Studio offer a huge variety of home-grown and touring productions, as well as a thriving programme of events and activities. The Full Monty film was set in Sheffield and will be “home” at the Lyceum in May.
The oldest theatre in the UK can be found in the vibrant market town of Richmond in North Yorkshire. Built in 1788, the Georgian Theatre Royalhas undergone a significant restoration project and is now open all year round for tours, as well as having a full programme of shows and events.
Over in the east, the newBonus Arena opened in Hull last year and has already hosted a whole host of world-class performers, from musicians to comedians, with lots more to come this year including Catfish and the Bottlemen, Peter Andre, Diversity, James Acaster, Rhod Gilbert, Olls Murs and Boyzone.
The Scarborough Open Air Theatre will be graced by the presence of Kylie Minogue and Sir Cliff Richard in 2019, following Britney’s specular performance last year. The historic site situated on the Yorkshire coast in the beautiful seaside town of Scarborough is the largest open-air theatre in Europe.
For lots more information and inspiration, visit Yorkshire.com.