Leeds Grand Theatre

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Home of Opera North and regularly visited by Northern Ballet, as well as hosting touring productions, musicians and comedians, Leeds Grand Theatre has a vibrant and varied roster of events waiting for you on your visit.

Leeds Grand Theatre

Previously known as Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House, the Grand Theatre has been putting on a show for over 130 years.

Originally opened in 1878, the theatre was established in a backlash to the music hall entertainment which was thought to be lowering the tone of the city.

With big productions, like The Phantom Of The Opera and Wicked, and such theatre greats as Julie Andrews and Laurence Olivier having trod the boards, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained at Leeds Grand Theatre.


Essential information

With its gothic spires and clustered columns, how can you make the most of this historic venue?

With a choice of seats across five floors – the Stalls, Dress Circle, Upper Circle, the Balcony and Upper Balcony – you’ll find the perfect view at the Grand Theatre. You can see seating plans on the theatre’s website.

The Grand Theatre is an old venue so, although they do everything to offer access, there’s no lift to the Upper Balcony and some areas have steep stairs. If you’re worried, check with the Box Office before buying your ticket.


Eating and drinking

You’ll have no trouble finding places to eat or drink near the Grand Theatre.

Fancy a quick drink or snack before the show or in the interval? There are bars on each floor ready to serve you from one hour before the performance begins.

If you're looking from somewhere nearby to have a meal before showtime head to Roots & Fruits for delicious vegetarian cooking or Zaap Thai for quick and tasty street food. After the curtain comes down, top your night off with a cocktail at Rum & Reason.


Getting to Leeds Grand Theatre

Situated in the heart of the city, Leeds Grand Theatre is easy to get to.

By car
There are a small number of on street parking spaces near the Theatre, but these fill up quickly. Instead take your pick from the nearby car parks on Edward Street/Templar Street, St John's and at the Merrion Centre shopping mall.

By bus
Hop on any bus heading to Leeds city centre and you’ll only have a short walk to the Theatre. The main bus station is just 10 minutes’ walk.

By train
Jump off the train at Leeds City Station and it’s just 15 minutes’ walk through the city to the Theatre.


Looking for a hotel in Leeds?

From the city centre to its leafy suburbs and beautiful surrounding countryside, you'll find lots of great hotels in Leeds. If you need to be central, try the First Direct Arena Hotel and Trinity Leeds Hotel, or Leeds City West for Elland Road. For those jetting in, check out Leeds/Bradford Airport hotel.