City Varieties Music Hall

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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

Children's Shows

Little Shop Of Horrors

City Varieties Youth Theatre presentsLITTLE SHOP OF HORRORSwith music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.Director: Lizi Patch Musical Director:...

Fri 26 Jul - Sat 27 Jul, Various Times
City Varieties Music Hall  | From Adults £15 / Children £9

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Theatre

Youth Theatre Taster Day – Ages 7-17

Ever wanted to know what goes on at City Varieties Youth Theatre? Come join our incredible creative team for a...

Mon 12 Aug, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
City Varieties Music Hall  | £25

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Comedy

Kojo Anim Presents The Taxi Tour

“One of the funniest comedians” Kevin Hart “What he’s doing in the UK is ground-breaking” Dave Chappelle “Brilliantly FUNNY” David...

Thu 12 Mar, 7:30 pm
City Varieties Music Hall  | From £19.50

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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