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Address: Swan Street, Leeds LS1 6LW, England
Phone Number: 0845 644 1881
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Built in 1865 above the White Swan public house in Swan Street Leeds. Most...

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

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Rock and roll panto, Robin Hood and babes in the woods

This is our 3rd year going to the city varieties panto. I love this theatre and the panto is always fantastic. This years was probably the best. Plenty of leg room too. Highly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Helen W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is our 3rd year going to the city varieties panto. I love this theatre and the panto is always fantastic. This years was probably the best. Plenty of leg room too. Highly recommended with or without children. The cast do the acting and music too

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Thank Helen W
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely old building but the entrance is down an ally but the inside is beautiful, friendly staff, good shows, convenient location for nearby restaurants.

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Thank Maddy N
Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

first time i went with work - lovelt atmosphere, i am not a theatre fan. The location is hidden between the alley in leeds town. No nearby car park but have to walk distance

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Thank Zara E
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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172 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Always wanted to visit this theatre since I saw it on the television show "the good old days " and was not disappointed. Beautiful old theatre and friendly welcoming staff

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Thank Dave P
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

The Rock n roll pantomime was a fantastic family night out. 3 children aged 6, 9 and 12 thoroughly enjoyed the show and us two adults loved it too. It is so much better than a "normal" pantomime. Superb skill and quality acting, brilliant singing with a fabulous array of multi-instrumentalist, singing and acting by the entire cast. A proper... More 

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Thank Alison B
Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

We visited this afternoon for the Rock and Roll panto Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood. So lovely to see many of the talented cast returning again to entertain once more. A fantastic afternoon of entertainment and let's not forget the bolders! The cast are each outstandingly talented but big shouts must go to the narrator and numbskull.... More 

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Thank Bob S
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

What a beautiful little theatre!! With stalls, dress circle, upper circle & side seating it's a delight to be there!! The staff are really friendly too! We went to see the Panto - Robin Hood & the Babes in the Wood. Its not a "traditional" Panto, but my word - what a show!! The extremely talented cast are not ony... More 

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Thank R Kay M
Leeds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

Another visit to this beautiful building for the Xmas panto. Love this place its old world charm only adds to the magic. Thoroughly enjoyed panto again this year music,banter , boulders can't wait for next year

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

The venue is quite small so you get a good view of the act but not so good as you get nearer the back. In n effort to squeeze more people in there are seats along the side of the main seating and as these are a single rose they are not so good and you get bumped and barraged... More 

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Reigate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

If you only see one panto this year make it the Leeds City Variety Theatre's Robin Hood and the Babes in the Woods Rock 'n' Roll Panto. It has everything from corny gags to slapstick to many covers of music including Springsteen, Aretha Franklyn, Meatloaf, Shania Twain, The Clash and Elvis Presley. All the actors are involved with singing and... More 

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