Region: Yorkshire

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House, 46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NZ

Contact: 0113 297 7042



Leeds Grand Theatre
From the day the doors first opened with a performance of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing on 18th November 1878, audiences have kept returning to Leeds Grand Theatre to enjoy West End shows, world class plays, comedy and one night extravaganzas in this beautiful Grade II* listed building. Now beautiful original features sit side by side with state of the art technology in this remarkable Victorian theatre.

City Varieties Music Hall
From a music room above a pub, to the world-famous home of 'The Good Old Days', the City Varieties has welcomed the very best comedians, musicians and performers over more than 150 years. Singers, dancers and comedians have taken to the stage, alongside more unusual and daring performances such as contortionists, male impersonators and even dancing bears. The music hall, one of only four surviving in the UK, has now been restored to its former Victorian glory, bringing this magnificent building to life for a new generation.

Schools Partnership Programme
Delivering the best outcomes for children and young people, our Schools Partnership Programme offers Leeds schools the opportunity to build a meaningful partnership with the city’s historic and much-loved theatres.

Engage pupils across the curriculum
Our programme uses the rich resource of our beautiful heritage theatres to engage learners across the curriculum and support key priorities such as literacy, attendance and raising aspirations.

Discover how maths is used everyday at the theatre, learn how the science of light and sound helps create the fantastic effects you see on stage or explore the Victorian design of our auditorium and be inspired to design your own.

World of Work
Our practical, hands-on workshops ask pupils to consider the range of job roles and the skills needed in the sector. We also offer useful tips when applying for jobs or further education opportunities.

Real world challenges
Our programme uses drama exercises and practical, engaging activities to inspire learning across the curriculum. Our sessions challenge students to take on real-world situations and think creatively. For example, by calculating profits made from ice-cream sales or measuring the dimensions of the stage pupils learn how maths is relevant to everyday life.

A personalised programme

Partner Schools benefit from a personalised, creative programme of engaging, curriculum-focused activities. The Learning Team will support teaching staff to plan projects and lesson plans, ensuring the maximum benefit for your pupils. Sessions can be delivered at school or at the theatre and can be tailored to best meet the needs of your pupils

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?
Our Schools Partnership Programme offers children and young people the opportunity to immerse themselves in our beautiful historic buildings. Using our magnificent auditorium as a starting point, a visit to our venues will inspire learning across the curriculum.

Using drama exercises and practical, engaging activities, we encourage students to consider how maths, science and technology are used everyday in our venues. Our workshops challenge students to take on real world challenges, such as calculating profit from ice-cream sales, and demonstrate the practical application of their classroom learning. Using drama throughout our Programme builds self-confidence, enables young people to better express themselves and raises aspirations.

All activities can be tailored to meet your school’s curriculum focus and the needs of your students.

What does a typical educational visit include?
Our cross-curricular Learning Programme covers a range of key stages and curriculum areas. A selection of our most popular sessions are listed below, however, we are happy to work with teachers to create a bespoke programme to suit your needs. Please contact the Learning Team to discuss your requirements.

Primary Schools – All workshops include a theatre tour
Production Uncovered Workshop – Enhance your visit to a show at the theatre with a practical drama session exploring the themes and characters in an imaginative and engaging way
Grand Totals Workshop – Explore how maths is used everyday in the theatre
Spotlights and Sound Effects Workshop – Explore the world of light and sound using real workplace examples
Grand Structures Workshop – Use creativity, knowledge and problem-solving to explore technology used in the theatre

Victorian Workshop – Explore the Victorian history of our venues and the colourful characters from our past
Auditorium Art Workshop – Discover the theatre’s rich history and be inspired by our beautiful Victorian design

Secondary Schools and Colleges – All workshops include a theatre tour
Production Uncovered Workshop – Enhance your visit to a show at the theatre with a practical drama session exploring the themes and characters in an imaginative and engaging way
Theatre Masterclass – Theatrical workshops focusing on performative aspects including devising, physical theatre, theatre practitioners, text analysis and music in theatre
World of Work Workshop – Explore the range of job roles at the theatre and how our Victorian venues operate as a modern business

Applying for Jobs in the Arts – A practical session guiding students through the recruitment process, offering tips to better promote themselves at application and interview stage

What group sizes do you cater for?
Our standard workshops cater for up to 30 students, however, we can accommodate groups of any size. Please contact the Learning Team to discuss your requirements

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
We run schools projects throughout the year, targeting priorities such as Yr6 Transition or Raising Aspirations. Speak to the Learning Team for more information.

A Student Resource Pack and standard risk assessment can be downloaded from our website.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Groups are welcome to take photos and videos of the buildings, including the auditorium, however, we ask that no photos are taken of the set and scenery as these are covered by copyright.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
A standard risk assessment can be downloaded from our website. Please contact the Learning Team to arrange a visit to complete your own risk assessment.

Does your venue have an education officer?
The Learning Team work across Leeds Grand Theatre and City Varieties and can be contacted on 0113 2977 042 or email

What is the cost of the visit?
Our standard 2hrs workshops costs £100, for up to 30 students
Bespoke and Production: Uncovered workshops cost £150, for up to 30 students
Theatre tours, lasting 1hr, cost £3 per student, accompanying teachers free of charge

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
All members of the Learning Team are first aid trained, as well as several other key members of staff, including Duty Managers, Team Leaders and Stage Door Keepers

Please list facilities available.
There is no on-site shop or canteen. Merchandise is often available to purchase during productions, prices vary.
We can provide facilities to eat packed lunches. Please speak to the Learning Team for details.

What are your disabled facilities?
Our historic buildings are accessible for wheelchair users and those with limited mobility. Our workshops can be adapted to suit children with learning disabilities and additional needs. Please contact the Learning Team ahead of your visit to discuss the individual needs of your students and how we can best support.

What are your opening days and hours?
School visits can be arranged throughout the year.

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
“I enjoyed going to the theatre because I have never experienced going before and it was really fun. The project wasn’t just about acting as we did lots of different things.”
Year 7 student

“The project was inspirational and aspirational. Exposing the kids to positive experiences like this will have a real impact on their aspirations in future.
Year 6 teacher

“Providing a positive outlet for her energy and skills has given her a way to express herself, improved her behaviour in class and her relationships with other pupils. We’ve also noticed an increase in her attainment as a result of the project.”
Year 6 teacher

“Excellence and enjoyment through creative learning are central to our provisions and I cannot speak too highly of the staff who led this project and secured brilliant learning opportunities for our children.”

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
We are now recruiting primary and secondary schools for our 2017/18 Schools Partnership Programme. We have a limited number of funded places to work with schools in target areas.

To discuss how your school could get involved, contact the Learning Team on 0113 2977 042 or email

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Historical Heritage Storytelling Theatres

Curriculum Topics Covered: Design and Technology Drama English History Mathematics Music Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September

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