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New Leeds Playhouse spring and summer season


New Dolly Parton show Here You Come Again - at Leeds this spring

The touching and hilarious UK premiere of musical Here You Come Again using the music of icon Dolly Parton and a thrilling world premiere of Paranormal Activity: A New Haunting Live on Stage, written by Levi Holloway, join the previously-announced co-production with Opera North of My Fair Lady (see here) in Leeds Playhouse's new spring and summer season.

For the first time all of Dolly Parton’s biggest hits can be experienced together in a joyous new musical comedy. Here You Come Again is packed with songs such as Jolene, 9 to 5, Islands in the Stream, I Will Always Love You, and many more.

The show tells the story of a diehard fan whose fantasy version of Dolly Parton gets him through trying times. With wit, humour and charm, Dolly teaches him a lot about life, love and how to pull yourself up by your bootstraps.

After success across America, Here You Come Again (May 11-June 8) is written by two-time Emmy award-winning comedy and songwriter Bruce Vilanch with Gabriel Barre (who also directs) and Tricia Paoluccio (who plays Dolly). The show has been adapted for the UK by acclaimed British playwright Jonathan Harvey, and opens in Leed before a major UK tour and West End run.

In July the theatre offers a very different show: Paranormal Activity: A New Haunting Live on Stage directed by Felix Barrett, artistic director of Punchdrunk Theatre.

"Unfolding on stage for the first time will be a theatrical experience that will haunt you long after the lights go out," says the theatre. Be afraid, be very afraid, in the Courtyard Theatre from July 4-August 3.

The Playhouse has several other entertainments, as well as the co-production with Opera North of award-winning musical My Fair Lady (May 31-June 29).

The theatre will reunite with imitating the dog to co-produce a thrilling new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s iconic Gothic tale Frankenstein, premiering from February 15- 24 ahead of a UK tour.

Originally part of 1001 Stories, a groundbreaking collaboration between The Performance Ensemble, Leeds Playhouse, Leeds Museums & Galleries and Leeds Older People’s Forum for LEEDS 2023, Sinfonia returns to the Playhouse ahead of a UK tour. Combining moments of joy, humour and stories from older Leds residents, it's an uplifting and unique celebration of local lives (February 26-27).

Leeds-based Fidget Theatre return to the Playhouse with family show Robyn Hood (May 29-30 and community performances TBA). Written and directed by Fidget co-artistic directors Ruth Cooper and Andrea Heaton and following the success of their family show Football Freddie, the show tells the story of eight-year-old Robyn Hood, a little girl in a big city.

In March the Playhouse will restage director Amy Leach and designer Hayley Grindle’s critically-acclaimed Macbeth, which premiered with great success in 2022 and was seen by thoisands of students.

This time the Playhouse has created a new run of performances to allow even more schools to see the play (March 5-23)

The Playhouse is welcoming a host of incredible touring shows across its Spring/Summer 24 season, from a new Phoenix Dance Theatre triple bill to Blackeyed Theatre's 60th anniversary production of Oh What a Lovely War (March 26-27.

Full details of these and many more touring shows and one-night stands on the Playhouse website.


More info and tickets here

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