City Varieties Music Hall

About City Varieties Music Hall

The Leeds City Varieties is a Grade II* listed hall in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. It currently hosts a number of top music and comedy gigs and has a capacity of 467.

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From Wikipedia:
It was built in 1865 as an adjunct to the White Swan Inn (dating from 1748) in Swan Street and the original interior is largely unaltered. Along with Hoxton Hall and Wilton’s Music Hall (both in London), it is a rare surviving example of the Victorian era music halls of the 1850s/1860s. The interior is a long rectangle, with boxes separated by cast-iron columns along the sides at circle level.

The theatre was founded by local pub landlord and benefactor Charles Thornton and was originally called ‘Thornton’s New Music Hall and Fashionable Lounge’. This followed from a ‘Singing Room’ above the inn. The name subsequently changed to the White Swan Varieties and then Stansfield’s Varieties before becoming the City Palace of Varieties. Charlie Chaplin, Marie Lloyd and Houdini are among the artists who performed there.

Between 1953 and 1983, the theatre achieved national fame as the venue for the BBC television programme The Good Old Days, a recreation of old-time music hall featuring Leonard Sachs as the alliterative Chairman and many well-known and less-well-known performers. The venue still presents live “Good Old Days” music hall events over runs of 3 weekends in the spring and 4 in the autumn, as well as pantomime and a regular programme of stand-up comedy and music concerts.

The City Varieties was granted Heritage Lottery funds to help with major refurbishment and restoration.[2] The theatre closed for refurbishment in January 2009, and re-opened in September 2011. The theatre now seats 467, and the sides of the balcony are closed to the public, now giving space to additional lighting.

Upcoming Events

Music

ALBERT LEE AND BAND

Undoubtedly one of the finest guitarists the world has ever seen, Double Grammy Award Winner Albert Lee is also an...

Sat 18 May, 7:30 pm
City Varieties Music Hall  | from £22.00

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Education

AN AUDIENCE WITH MARK “BILLY” BILLINGHAM

Join TV's most experienced, highest ranking and most decorated SAS leader and sniper - Mark 'Billy' Billingham (as seen on...

Sun 19 May, 7:30 pm
City Varieties Music Hall  | from £24.60

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Education

ROSS EDGLEY – THE WORLD’S FITTEST LIVE SHOW

Ross Edgley made history in 2018 by doing what no man has ever done before, with his historic 2,000 mile...

Mon 20 May, 8:00 pm
City Varieties Music Hall  | from £28.10

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Comedy

AN EVENING WITH ANDY HAMILTON

Following the success of his sell-out tour “Change Management”, award-winning writer and comedian Andy Hamilton is back with a new...

Tue 21 May, 7:30 pm
City Varieties Music Hall  | from £21.60

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Education

Simon Weston CBE

He was a soldier serving in the British Army at the time of the Falklands War in 1982 when two...

Tue 21 May, 7:30 pm
City Varieties Music Hall  | From £21.60

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Alternative

THEA GILMORE

Thea Gilmore releases Small World Turning on May 17 - her first new collection of songs since 2017’s The Counterweight...

Fri 24 May, 7:30 pm
City Varieties Music Hall  | from £21.60

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Musicals & Dance

MATTHEW BOURNE’S SWAN LAKE – DELAYED SCREENING

The legendary and award-winning dance production; Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, comes to City Varieties Music Hall. Matthew Bourne commented: “I’m...

Sat 25 May, 2:00 pm
City Varieties Music Hall  | from £15

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Comedy

AL MURRAY: LANDLORD OF HOPE & GLORY

Citizens of Hope and Glory! Our new tomorrow beckons. A new tomorrow that smells reassuringly of yesterday, but with wifi....

Sun 26 May, Various Times
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Location

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Swan Street, Leeds, LS1 6LW
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Contact

http://www.cityvarieties.co.uk


0113 243 0808
boxoffice@cityvarieties.co.uk