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City Varieties Music Hall

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Swan Street, Leeds LS1 6LW, England
+44 845 644 1881
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Amazing Hidden Gem

Wow! This is an amazing hidden gem and inside is absolutely amazing. The staff were really helpful... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2018
HAAllred1970
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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I have, in the past, seen The City Varieties, when it was hosting the old time music hall show on... read more

Reviewed 4 January 2018
Lindagreenacre
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York, United Kingdom
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Built in 1865 above the White Swan public house in Swan Street Leeds. Most famous for hosting BBC's The Good Old Days for 30 years. The City Varieties Music Hall has a varied programme of Comedy, Music, Variety, Family shows and Pantomime
  • Excellent75%
  • Very good20%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Swan Street, Leeds LS1 6LW, England
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+44 845 644 1881
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"good old days"
in 34 reviews
"rock and roll panto"
in 16 reviews
"sleeping beauty"
in 7 reviews
"small theatre"
in 8 reviews
"great cast"
in 4 reviews
"audience participation"
in 6 reviews
"leeds city"
in 14 reviews
"front of house"
in 6 reviews
"lovely venue"
in 7 reviews
"plenty of leg room"
in 6 reviews
"front row"
in 7 reviews
"lovely evening"
in 5 reviews
"like stepping back in time"
in 5 reviews
"john bishop"
in 4 reviews
"old style"
in 6 reviews
"great theatre"
in 4 reviews
"dress circle"
in 4 reviews
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Reviewed 27 February 2018

Wow! This is an amazing hidden gem and inside is absolutely amazing. The staff were really helpful (had to pick up tickets before the event). The entire building is accessible as there is a lift - unusual for such an old building. The character of...More

Thank HAAllred1970
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

I have, in the past, seen The City Varieties, when it was hosting the old time music hall show on TV, but never actually been until yesterday. The theatre is tucked away and could easily be missed, but obviously many of us found our way...More

Thank Lindagreenacre
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

Not been back to this theatre for quite a long time and it was pleasing to see the friendliness of staff bringing the quality of the experience. The pantomime so was a little removed from the normal all thePerformers were incredibly talented and not a...More

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Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

This is the worst panto we have ever seen.no one was professional I think they got them of the street. The dame was crude and rude not funny. In fact terrible. Nothing in this so called panto was for children no atmosphere no happiness. Nothing...More

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Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

We have been visiting 4 years in a row now for the rock & roll panto and it is fast becoming a family tradition. Our latest visit to see Aladdin was excellent and it was very funny, I particularly liked Mrs Washy(??) who really made...More

Thank FrenchPerson
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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

First time we have been to this venue, what a lovely little theatre. Friendly staff and value for money prices, i.e. Programmes £2, drinks at bar and ice cream reasonable. The panto itself was excellent. The cast were good musicians and singers who worked very...More

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Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

Fantastic performance went with my daughter granddaughter and greatgrandaughter and loved every minute off the pantomime aladin well worth every penny spent would defenatley RECOMEND well done to all the proformers you put on a fantastic show.x

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Reviewed 19 December 2017

Travelling to Leeds to visit friends in December! Quite cold but worth visit this beautiful city of Yorkshire! And then we got as a gift tickets for a variety music hall! The were playing Aladin in a rock and funny way! We enjoyed very much...More

Thank margod995
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Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

Went to see panto here last year. Loved it so booked again this year. Left it a bit late to book so didn't get stalls but still thoroughly enjoyed it. Great fun for all ages. Definitely recommended!!!!

Thank Pamela G
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

We were treated to an evening with Foster & Alan at the theatre,wonderful evening,brilliant show. The city varieties has had a recent upgrade,sympathetically done as befits a building of this age. There is now quite a large lift installed,a great improvement,especially if you are seated...More

Thank patricia f
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Dawn G
25 August 2017|
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Hi you are close to the stage and need to look up if you are in the front few rows so you may prefer to sit in the circle or further back in the stalls
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geoffwest47
25 February 2017|
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Response from GrandTheatreLS1 | Property representative |
Secure public parking is available at various nearby car parks, including The Light (via Great George Street) and the St John's and Merrion Centre shopping malls. Park and Ride is available from Elland Road. A limited amount... More
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Response from DaveJDR | Reviewed this property |
The only restriction to your view will be a tiny section of the back of the stage on your side of the stage. Though as this is only a tiny stage, you will probably not be able to see about a 4 foot square area, any... More
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