City Varieties Music Hall was built in 1865, in the heart of Leeds city centre and has survived virtually unchanged across three centuries. Many of the world’s greatest entertainers have trodden the boards there including, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harry Houdini, Lilly Langtry, Harry Lauder and Mickey Rooney. It has played a key role in the careers of the likes of Frankie Vaughan, Ken Dodd, Roy Hudd and Barry Cryer. For thirty years, City Varieties was home of BBC TV’s record breaking The Good Old Days, which first broadcast in 1953 and was screened around the world. City Varieties has established an unrivalled reputation for presenting the very best in live music, variety and comedy.
Recently, the Varieties has undergone a huge upgrade, including a complete demolition and 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.