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10:00 AM 17th March 2020

Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House Ltd. To Close To Help Slow The Spread Of Coronavirus

The following is a statement from Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House Ltd.

Leeds Grand Theatre auditorium. Photo by Simon HulmeLeeds Grand Theatre auditorium. Photo by Simon Hulme

Following official government advice issued on Monday 16 March, which stipulates that people should avoid public buildings, including theatres, we regret to announce that Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House Ltd. will close from today to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

Our three venues – Leeds Grand Theatre, City Varieties Music Hall and Hyde Park Picture House - will remain closed until further notice and will re-open as soon as possible - following government recommendations.

Chris Blythe, Chief Executive, said: “We are extremely grateful to all of our audiences who have continued to support us for as long as they can, and to our staff who have worked tirelessly in recent weeks to ensure the safety and enjoyment of audiences.

“These are unprecedented times – combined we have been open for over 400 years - and closing our venues is not a decision that has been taken lightly. In truth, this will have a severe impact on the future of Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House Ltd. - our future is now uncertain - but the safety of our visitors and staff has always been our priority.

“We will continue to follow advice from the Government and work closely with the touring Companies and artists that are due to visit our venues over the coming months and hope that we will be able to open our doors again very soon.

“We thank everyone for their continued support and loyalty.”


Audience members for a performance/screening that has been cancelled will be contacted in due course by Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House Ltd. staff. All customers are entitled to a refund, however, as Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House Ltd. is a charitable enterprise, those who can afford to are encouraged to donate the cost of their ticket to show support for the future of our venues.

Over the coming weeks we will continue to provide regular updates. Ticketholders are asked to bear in mind that our customer service teams are extremely busy, and we would appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding at this time.