City Varieties Music Hall




Built in 1865, this much loved venue, hidden in the heart of Leeds city centre, has survived virtually unchanged across three centuries while most other Victorian Music Halls have passed into history. Many of the world’s greatest entertainers have trodden the boards here including, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harry Houdini, Lilly Langtry, Harry Lauder and Mickey Rooney. 

Following our closure in early 2009, the Varieties has undergone an amazing amount of work including a complete demolition and then reconstruction of the backstage areas, painstaking ceiling and plasterwork repairs, new carpeting and seating throughout the auditorium and major excavations to re-establish the ancient cellar network.

Over the last 20 years, City Varieties has established an unrivalled reputation for presenting the very best in live music, variety and comedy as well as hugely popular annual pantomimes which have entertained Leeds’ families for generations.

Upcoming Events

21/11/2017 - 21/01/2018
19:30 - 22:00
The Transports
Join some of Britain’s leading folk musicians for a timely re-telling of Peter Bellamy’s legendary folk ballads THE TRANSPORTS. Here is a...
18/01/2018
19:00 - 22:00
National Theatre Live: Follies
Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to venues. New York, 1971....