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“Great productions, nice staff, mixed facilities - choose your seat carefully” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of West Yorkshire Playhouse

West Yorkshire Playhouse
Ranked #22 of 149 things to do in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great productions, nice staff, mixed facilities - choose your seat carefully”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2012

Took some time in the afternoon to see a great production of Godot (which I won't review here, but it was great). I thought I'd get some lunch first, but have to say that the chicken & chips was pretty dire - unseasoned, dull chicken and flaccid chips. Still, the people serving were very helpful and cheerful despite it being very busy and there being a couple of confused customers clogging the place up.

My seat was in the gallery of the Courtyard Theatre - terrible, terrible design. There's one row of seats, and if your seat is on either side then you are at right angles to the stage, and have to twist in your seat for the entire performance, some of which is obscured. Also, there isn't adequate space for people to move along the row (which is crazy, given the fat there's only one row), so each time someone came in, the whole row had to stand up - less than ideal for the elderly audience that were taking advantage of the afternoon performance.

Strangely, the sound-proofing was not that great - there was a performance with musical numbers in the other theatre, and the sound bleeding through the walls took some of the power out of silences between the actors on our stage. It is probably as annoying for the actors as the audience.

Obviously this only applies to where I was sitting, but I'd strongly recommend avoiding the gallery wings if you're going. It really doesn't feel like a space designed by a theatre-goer.

Visited February 2012
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Saff City
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34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Night Out”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2012

The pre theatre dinner and the actual playhouse building as I haven't been before. The play was a poor choice but that was all that was on at the time.

Visited March 2012
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Thank Slink
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leeds
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“performing arts student's joy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2012

I love to visit regular as part of my course and have gained much from each visit. Thank you

Visited September 2011
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“A Leed's treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2012

fantastic performances of contemporary and more traditional theatre. Never fails to deliver.

Visited February 2012
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leeds
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“Eat, drink and see a play.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2012

Two theater spaces in the same building and a very wide range of shows. I probably get to go there about six times a year on average and clearly the plays vary to cater for all tastes but the staging is always first rate. There's a good bar (frequented by the cast after the performance) and a self-service cafe serving wholesome and relatively cheap food before the show. I've been known to drop in just for a drink if I'm up that end of town towards closing time as you're unlikely to get involved in a punch-up.

Visited January 2012
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