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“ENTERTAINING PLAY IN WELL-PLANNED MODERN THEATRE”

West Yorkshire Playhouse
Ranked #22 of 167 things to do in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

The theatre at Quarry Hill is shaped like a Roman amphitheatre with a very low stage such that everybody has a first class view. We were in seats D46 and 47 which were just across the aisle from the more expensive central seats but with an equally good view. The play was interesting and powerfully performed, particularly by the central character. It was fairly expensive (£22 each) but well worth seeing.

Thank John D
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

Have watched several plays here and really enjoyed them all. The seating is rather uncomfortable but apart from that, the staff are friendly enough and the building is pleasant.

Thank ian369
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Reviewed March 28, 2013

Refugee Boy was a funny, well acted play. The Refugee Boy, called Alem, was acted by an adult. So to be able to behave and act like a teen is quite special. All the actors were adult. Refugee boy was an 14 year old Eritrean. He goes on what he thinks is a holiday in England. His English isn't all that good so he is a very entertaining chap to listen to.

The set was an interesting one with loads of suitcases, and this one set represented more than five locations! The overall performance was superb. It is suitable but it does have some bad language. It is also a sad story but the humor covers that. I would recommend it to everyone 10 and over, I'd even recommend it to adults. By the way we were the only kids there and most of the adults really liked it. I am 11 and I really enjoyed it, and i hope you do to.

Thank katwas2
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

First experience of the Playhouse, great atmosphere and wonderful production with original staging. Took school group told it was ok for 14/15 year olds, but some of the action was adult, has more impact in the flesh. They got a great deal out of it.

Thank Peter_Dawes
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

We gave up going to WYP because of the arrogant way that the directors treat their audiences.

Doesn't anyone realise that, in the pursuit of a younger audience theatres are losing their traditional market?

We;ve previously had 14 members of the cast smoking in Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, despite Leeds City Council signs saying there is no smoking allowed anywhere in the building.

We weakened...and decided that a classic play like Marlowe's Dr Faustus could not be messed with...could it?

This was pretentious garbage...quite awful. Apparently some of the play was originally written by another playwright so WYP decided to do their own rewrite and update it.

We've become quite used to modern dress productions. New York Met's recent "Brat Pack" Rigoletto was stunning. But this,,,this...was appalling.

The star was a computer geek. The production was laced with foul and abusive language. The President of the US and Marilyn Monroe put in an appearance and the middle 20 minutes or so was a grotesque Las Vegas Vaudeville Act.

Mephistopheles became a woman with a bizarre Eastern European monotone voice and Faustus ended up sharing his flabby fat naked backside with us as he copulated with a transvestite.

The only mistake we made was not to leave at half-time through a misguided belief that we should get full value from our ticket.

Most of the more expensive seats were empty...hundreds of them...looking as if the middle of the auditorium had been cordoned off. At this rate it will be completely empty by mid-summer.

We made a terrible mistake giving this emporium of dross another chance. We won't be back. Frankly, Ilkley Little Theatre is better and sticks to the script.

Come back Jude Kelly...please...

5  Thank rougepierretc
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