Leeds Grand Theatre reaches new milestone

Leeds Grand Theatre, commonly known as The Grand Old Lady, celebrated it’s 140th birthday this week. 

By George Webb

Leeds Grand Theatre, which first opened its doors in 1878

Leeds Grand Theatre, which first opened its doors in 1878

Two week’s worth of celebrations commenced last night with a red carpet event, playing host to dozens of famous faces from both the stage and screen.

Guests at last nights event were treated to a special performance of popular Broadway show Jersey Boys. Other elements of the celebrations include an exhibition at the Victoria Quarter, and the biggest names included Michelle Hardwick and Leeds’ very own soap star Gaynor Faye.

The theatre’s chief executive, Chris Blythe, said that there was “a huge buzz” throughout the evening and stated that it was “a night that everyone who attended is sure to remember”.

The series of events will end with an afternoon tea session for past and present staff.

Jersey Boys will continue to be showed at the theatre until the 1st December.


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