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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

Theatre

CIRCUS OF HORRORS

Circus of Horrors is touring throughout the world with a brand new show, featuring unbelievable sword swallowers, hairculian women swinging...

Sun 24 Mar, Various Times
City Varieties Music Hall  | From £27.00

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Comedy

JASON MANFORD: MUDDLE CLASS

He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of...

Tue 26 Mar, 7:30 pm
City Varieties Music Hall  | From £29.10

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Music

FOSTER & ALLEN

Mick Foster and Tony Allen have been touring for over 40 years yet the popularity of this enduring Irish folk...

Wed 27 Mar, 7:30 pm
City Varieties Music Hall  | From £25.60

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Music

THE JIVE ACES: BIG BEAT REVUE

The UK’s No.1 and worlds’ busiest swing and jive band, The Jive Aces present their biggest theatre show to date,...

Thu 28 Mar, 7:30 pm
City Varieties Music Hall  | From £19

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Comedy

SHAPPI KHORSANDI: SKITTISH WARRIOR… CONFESSIONS OF A CLUB COMIC

Comedian, author, cultural icon and - most recently - idiot who agreed to be tortured on 'I'm A Celebrity Get...

Fri 29 Mar, 7:30 pm
City Varieties Music Hall  | From £16.60

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Comedy

ANDREW NEWTON – THE HYPNOTIST LIVE!

World famous Hypnotist Andrew Newton returns by Public Demand AN EVENING OF MISCHIEF AND ABSURDITY “Andrew Newton has a love...

Sat 30 Mar, 8:00 pm
City Varieties Music Hall  | From £14

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Film

SINGALONGA: THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

Singalonga Productions, producers of Singalonga Sound of Music and Singalonga GREASE brings you their newest show, the smash hit film...

Sun 31 Mar, Various Times
City Varieties Music Hall  | From £13.60

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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