Brecht and Bennett amongst highlights at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Date Posted: 02/01/2014

This Spring/Summer West Yorkshire Playhouse presents a bustling programme of work which charges across the vast plains of Steinbeck’s America, through the twisted landscapes of Brecht and Wedekind’s Europe and right back home to Alan Bennett’s Leeds.

Additionally, West Yorkshire Playhouse’s designated youth arts centre FIRST FLOOR celebrates its fifth birthday this month.

The arts centre provides a wide range of drama, music and art activities and accredited courses for school groups of students aged between 11 and 19 (and ages 14 to 25 with learning disabilities).

Highlights from the forthcoming season include:

Of Mice and Men, running from 28th February to 29th March, has been reimagined for the stage by Mark Rosenblatt in collaboration with Mississippi-born musician Heather Christian and designer Max Jones. The novel by Steinbeck is rarely off the curriculum.

The Threepenny Opera brings Brecht’s beggars classic bang up to date, from 24th April to 10th May.

An Alan Bennett Season includes a diverse range of his work beginning with Enjoy on 19th May to 7th June; Untold Stories from 2nd to 21st June; and Talking Heads from 23rd to 28th June.

For further school trip information visit

School Travel Organiser's Guide