Know your theatre:

The home of Opera North, Leeds Grand combines being a self-produ-cing opera house, a main base for Northern Ballet Theatre and a receiving house for big touring shows.

It was opened in 1878, and £32 million was spent bringing it completely up to date in the Naughties without losing the wonderful atmosphere of an ornate, four-tier Victorian theatre. You can still see the railings up in the ‘gods’ where the hoi polloi would take their positions in the standing-only section.

Today the theatre has remarkably good sight lines for a 1,550-seat auditorium on a restricted floorplan, and though the pit isn’t really big enough for a Wagnerian orchestra, Opera North does amazing things by using every square foot of space, with musicians sometimes occupying the stage-side boxes.

And a word to the wise: the front of the Upper Circle can give a better view, often less expensively, than the back of the Dress Circle...

Currently Opera North is about to spend around £18 million to take over shop units next to theatre to provide a new restaurant, bar and separate entrance to the 300-seat Howard Assembly Room, which acts as a second, smaller space to the main house.



Grand Theatre, 46 New Briggate, Leeds LS1 6NZ

Box office 0844 848 2700. Groups of 10+ call 0113 297 7040. General inquiries 0113 245 6014.


As a mid-Victorian theatre in a city centre, the Grand doesn't major in facilities beyond bars and foyers - hence the plan to add a restaurant and new entrance (see here for current local pre-and post-show dining). A lift can take patrons to most levels of the theatre, but those with poor mobility should check with the box office to avoid steep steps.


Parking is available at nearby car parks, including Edward Street/Templar Street  and  St John's,  The Light and Merrion Centre shopping malls. Limited street parking is available near the theatre. 

Online box office:

Go here and follow the booking route to your show choice