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City Varieties Music Hall

Swan Street, Leeds LS1 6LW, England
+44 845 644 1881
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Cute but uncomfy

General building looks beautiful inside. Seats are extremely uncomfortable compared to other... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amy-Elizabeth S
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Cirque du hilarious

I went 1 or 2 years ago to see cirque du hilarious it was funny there was cracking jokes he was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
liv J
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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
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • 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
"leeds city"
in 14 reviews
"front of house"
in 6 reviews
"lovely venue"
in 7 reviews
"front row"
in 7 reviews
"lovely evening"
in 5 reviews
"upper circle"
in 4 reviews
"john bishop"
in 4 reviews
"dress circle"
in 4 reviews
"last night"
in 7 reviews
"pantomime"
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"comedian"
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"audience"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

General building looks beautiful inside. Seats are extremely uncomfortable compared to other theatres. Staff are cheerful. Can bring in drinks from the pub next door. Came to perform on stage last year with G4 and were looked after well as well as a recent singalong...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went 1 or 2 years ago to see cirque du hilarious it was funny there was cracking jokes he was taking the mick of of his dad clive webb there a bold man in the rain lalallal and his head look like his bum...More

Thank liv J
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Went to see Lee Nelson. A compact theatre ideal for a single entertainer. We were in the upper circle and the sound could have been better.

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Reviewed April 28, 2018

Wonderful old venue where we have seen a few concerts, comedians etc. Lot of atmosphere and very helpful staff. Only drawback is that it gets very hot inside. I imagine it is impossible to put aircon in a building of that age. However, there is...More

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Reviewed February 27, 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

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Reviewed January 4, 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

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Reviewed January 2, 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 December 29, 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 December 28, 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 December 24, 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

1  Thank 604CarolM
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Dawn G
August 25, 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
February 25, 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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