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Those Were The Days

Those Were The Days
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11 Nov 2017 7pm

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City Varieties

Swan Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LW

It is somewhat fitting that on Remembrance Day this year, the City Varieties Music Hall will welcome a production that commemorates both Armistice and the theatre’s own starring role during World War 1.

Those Were The Days takes a look at both the dark days of the war and the joys of live performance and Yorkshire spirit that went alongside it. Performed by actors ranging from aged 6 to 60, the production brings together history, entertainment and theatrical style with humour, emotion and a large dollop of Leeds.

Written and directed by Leeds writer Liz Coggins this show celebrates music hall entertainment introducing you to the stars of the time;  Marie Lloyd, Vesta Tilley, Florrie Ford, Charlie Chaplin and Leeds lass Vesta Victoria each make an appearance, buoyed by the songs and comedy sketches of the era. Live music will support the cast in songs including The Marrow Song, Yes! We Have No Bananas, It’s A Long Way To Tipperary and many more.

The Leeds characters that introduce the production and take the audience on their journey may well be fictitious, but their tales are based on real life stories; the story of the famous 15th Service Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment - better known as The Leeds Pals - is honoured in the second half and is based on the accounts of a Leeds Pal called Harry – the writer’s own Grandfather.

The City Varieties began its life in 1865 as a room above a pub and went on to entertain the people of Leeds through two world wars before becoming world-famous for hosting the BBC programme The Good Old Days, which ran every weekend for 30 years from 1953. As other such venues closed, the City Varieties continued and today is the longest running music hall in the country.

The younger cast members are students at On Stage Academy, a drama class based in Leeds city centre. 

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£19.60 including booking fee

Wheelchair Access

Please contact Box Office for further information and to talk about any specific requirements. 

  • Family friendly
  • Wheelchair access
  • Commemorating WWI
  • Concert
  • Music
  • Performance
  • Show
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