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.

A black and white photo of Wigs Manager Harriet Rogers puts on dancer Minju Kang's wig.

International Wig Day

As it’s International Wig Day, we thought we’d share an insight into the beautiful wigs featured in Northern Ballet’s Casanova, with us at Leeds Grand Theatre until Saturday 19 March.

Written by Ellen Carnazza.

Wigs Manager Harriet Rogers is in charge of all things wigs at Northern Ballet, including making sure they look perfect for performances. Simon Lee captured these shots of her in action behind the scenes of Casanova.

Black and white photo of Wigs Manager Harriet Rogers putting on dancer Javier Torres' wig in front of a mirror surrounded by bulbs

Wigs Manager Harriet Rogers puts on dancer Javier Torres' wig. Credit Simon Lee

Black and white photo of Wigs Manager Harriet Rogers putting on dancer Mlindi Kulashe's wig

Wigs Manager Harriet Rogers puts on dancer Mlindi Kulashe's wig. Credit Simon Lee

Black and white photo of Wigs Manager Harriet Rogers putting on dancer Ayami Miyata's wig

Wigs Manager Harriet Rogers puts on dancer Ayami Miyata's wig. Credit Simon Lee