Leeds Grand Theatre
The Leeds Grand Theatre is situated on New Briggate, Leeds.
If you are arriving by car, you can be dropped off in front of the theatre. There is car parking at the St John’s Centre which is approximately 10 minutes walk from the theatre. There’s a flat rate of £3 payable after 5pm. The car park is manned, and you can pay either at one of the machines which give change – or at a kiosk. Blue badge holders can park free of charge in any council car park except Woodhouse Lane multi-storey car park.
If you are coming by bus please contact the theatre for detailed directions.
Leeds City Railway Station is approximately 15 minutes walk from the theatre. After passing through the ticket barrier, the main entrance of the station is approximately 50 metres ahead. It has automatic glass doors. Through these doors, to the left, is a taxi rank.
The entrance to the Theatre Box Office is on New Briggate – to the right of the theatre’s main entrance. There’s an external door which is always open. Straight ahead are three ticket booths.
Please note that the Box Office is small and gets very crowded prior to a performance. Therefore, if you are attending the touch tour, we would advise you to collect your tickets beforehand.
The entrance from the Box Office to the main theatre foyer is to the left of the ticket booths. There are seven steps up and the handrail is on the left. At the top of the steps is a door which may be closed if the weather is bad. This door opens towards you.
If you enter the main foyer from the street, four steps lead up to the main doors. Once through the main doors, there are a further three steps up into the foyer. Straight ahead of you is a refreshment kiosk and on either side are stairs up to the dress circle level and beyond. You can collect your headsets here, together with Braille and large print cast lists. If you would like to listen to the introductory notes, you will need your headset in good time to take your seat 15 minutes before the start of the performance.
There’s also a lift which takes you to all the levels – to get to the lift turn right after entering through the main doors into the foyer. Go through a set of double doors which will be pinned open, and turn to your left. The lift is about 6 metres in front of you.
To the left of the main foyer is a door leading to the Ladies and Gents toilets and to Accessible toilets. This door also takes you to the stalls seating, as well as to the Stalls bar and the Yorkshire Post Bar.
If you wish to order interval drinks, it’s advisable to do this on arrival as the bars can get quite crowded, particularly during the interval. Your drinks will then be ready for you on a dedicated table in the Yorkshire Post Bar on the stalls level.
The theatre was built in 1878 and seats approximately 1600 people on five levels, Stalls, Dress Circle, Upper Circle, Balcony and Upper Balcony. For an opera performance it holds slightly fewer as the first four rows of stalls seats are taken out for the orchestra pit. The seats are flip up and restoration works have ensured extra leg-room and an air cooling system has also been installed.
The auditorium is horseshoe shaped. The ceiling has an ornate ceiling rose, from which hangs a chandelier. The floor is raked – in the stalls the floor slopes down towards the stage, but on the all the other levels there are steps between the rows.
In the stalls there are 2 aisles, one on either side of the seating block. To get to the stalls seating, go through the door to the left of the main foyer, and turn right along the stalls corridor. There are two entrances into the stalls, depending on where your seats are. Staff will be available to direct you. Please note that one of the entrances has three steps down into the auditorium.
This information has been supplied by the venue and although every effort has been made to check details, you may still have some queries. In this case, we would ask you to contact the theatre direct for clarification.
Additional Useful information and contact numbers
At the Grand Theatre Leeds, Guide dogs are welcome in the auditorium, or can be looked after during the performance. If you are bringing a guide dog, you will probably have informed the theatre on making your booking. However, if you have not, or if you have any other queries, could you please call Stefanie Davis on 0113 223 3524. You can contact her between the hours of 10am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.