It is with a heavy heart that we have learned of the passing of our good friend Kay Mellor. Leeds born and bred, Kay was a pioneer of northern drama and real-life stories, going where no other female writer, director, or actor had gone before. We’re deeply proud and humbled to have been chosen as the home venue for her two stage premieres, Fat Friends The Musical (2017) and Band of Gold (2019) – both of which were huge success stories, as was everything that Kay turned her hand to. The hearts and thoughts of our theatre family are with her family, who we are also blessed to call friends of our theatres.

An audience giving a standing ovation in the Leeds Grand Theatre auditorium.

About our new blog: News, Views and Stories

Welcome to our new blog. Here you will find a wide range of posts – from factual news content and interviews, to image-led stories and videos – covering five main topics: Buildings, Heritage, Learning, People and Shows.

Written by Kelly Scotney.

Every week we will bring you posts written by ourselves, the cast and crew of visiting companies, partners, suppliers, and members of our Youth Theatre and Leeds Actors In Training, plus friends from the regions’ arts and culture sector, and wider industries. We will also share press reviews and social media comments from you, our audience!

Our hope is to raise the curtain on our world and provide an insight into our past, present and future.

Posts to look forward to include:

A look back at when BBC’s Peaky Blinders filmed at The Varieties (to coincide with the new series launch on Sunday 27 February)

An insight into apprenticeships at Leeds Heritage Theatres, featuring interviews with past apprentices

An interview with Northern Ballet’s Prima Ballerina, Abigail Prudames, as we celebrate International Women’s Day and Northern Ballet’s return to The Grand with Casanova

A staff-led whodunnit murder mystery ahead of CLUEDO’s visit in March

An update from The Picture House Project – see our beautiful cinema mid-renovation

Of course, everything is better when we work collaboratively. This blog is for you; we actively encourage and welcome your input. If there is any part of our world that you are particularly interested in learning more about, then please let us know by emailing info@leedsheritagetheatres.com with the subject line ‘Blog’.