Leeds Playhouse

Calverley Street,
Leeds, LS2 3AJ

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Located close-by Leeds University at the top of Claverley Street. The Leeds Playhouse was opened on 16th September 1970 with the World Premiere of Alan Plater’s “Simon Says”. The theatre was ‘officially’ opened by Prince Charles in December 1970, when he attended the World Premiere of “Oh Glorious Jubilee”.

Leeds Playhouse was built by the city council and was designed by architect Bill Houghton-Evans. The modern style theatre had seating on three sides of the auditorium all on a single stepped tier, in a classic ‘Greek’ theatre style, with a thrust stage.

The theatre was equipped to screen films, and was used on Sunday’s by the Leeds Film Society. The first film presented was Harold Lloyd in "The Kid Brother" (1928), on 27th September 1970.

Leeds Playhouse was closed on 20th January 1990 when the new West Yorkshire Playhouse opened. The building was taken over by the university for lectures and performances. The projection equipment remains in the building.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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