03/06/2015 12:00 AM


City Varieties Music Hall 150th Birthday Celebrations

It may be 150 years old but it still looks beautiful. Happy Birthday to our city's famous Music Hall. 150 years of entertaining the people of Leeds - and everyone is invited to the party.
 
The theatre will throw open its doors and welcome Leeds to celebrate; there'll be street performers, piano players, sneaky peeks behind the scenes, performances on stage, classic Victorian parlour games and of course birthday cake. No booking necessary just turn up and join in the fun.
 
City Varieties Music Hall holds the record for being the longest running Music Hall in the country. Hidden up a cobbled side street (Swan Street) just off Briggate, it began life as a room above a pub for the working people of Leeds to be entertained; its affluent sister venue The Grand Theatre was meant only for the higher classes.
 
In its early years the Varieties welcomed many weird and wonderful acts including the world-renowned escapologist Harry Houdini and a woman who hypnotised alligators.
 
Learn more about the theatre - its past, its present, its stars and its oddities. Weather permitting, the activities will spill out on to the cobbles - but not to worry if the British summer lets us down, there's plenty going on indoors too.
 
The party starts at 12noon and the cutting of the special birthday cake will take place at 12.30pm.
 
Events taking place throughout the afternoon:
 
Craft activities
Dressing up corner
Self-guided tours and trails around the building
Lighting demos
Exhibition showcases
Classic Victorian parlour games
Street performers on Swan Street and in auditorium
Tea and cake in the bar
Pianist
Visual artist
Performances from City Varieties Youth Theatre
A BBQ courtesy of the theatre's Leeds Brewery neighbours, The White Swan
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