Leeds Arts Centre is a prestigious amateur theatre group which presents a wide variety of plays at the Carriageworks Theatre on Millennium Square in Leeds.

We offer opportunities to all who are interested in becoming involved with any aspect of drama, including acting, directing, stage management, props, design, costumes, lighting, sound, publicity and front of house.

Escaped Alone
by Caryl Churchilldirected by Rachel Vernelle
Various Times • Wednesday 1st – Saturday 4th May 2024
The Carriageworks Studio

“Only I am escaped alone to tell thee” – Book of Job

Three old friends and a neighbour. A summer of afternoons in the garden, sipping tea and shooting the breeze. They discuss their families, favourite TV shows, dentistry, the magic of mobile phones and particle physics. But something darker is simmering under the tea and biscuits, with premonitions of catastrophe and man-made disaster.

Caryl Churchill defies convention with her characteristic wry humour: Sally, Vi and Lena chat, reveal crippling anxieties and debate the difference between gannets and cormorants, while Mrs J delivers bleak missives from humankind’s downfall.

Sugar anyone?

Tickets are available from the Leeds Ticket Hub and, before performances, from the Carriageworks Box Office in the Electric Press building on Millennium Square. Please book your tickets online, or by telephoning 0113 376 0318 between 12 noon and 5pm, Wednesday to Saturday.

Get involved

Whether your interests in theatre lie on-stage or off, or even just in the audience, there are opportunities to get involved with Leeds Arts Centre.

In addition to acting roles, our members carry out all of the backstage tasks in our productions. Alongside the main productions, we also organise regular play readings, workshops and social events – and even stage the occasional ‘green room’ production just for fun.

We’re an open group with no auditions to join, and have members from a wide range of backgrounds. New members are always welcome, and you don’t need any past experience in the theatre. If you would like to meet up with us at one of our activities, contact us!

From the archives

In October 2000 we produced Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by R. L. Stevenson, adapted by Malcolm Brown. The production, directed by Malcolm Brown, took place in The Civic Theatre. You can find more details – including cast, crew, photos, set design and archive documents – in our archive.

This is just one of the plays that Leeds Arts Centre has staged in our city since the 1940s – memories of many others can also be found in our production archive.

Costume hire

Leeds Arts Centre has an extensive mens’ and womens’ wardrobe, which incudes period and character costumes, suits and evening dress, military uniforms and accessories.

All of these are all available for hire at competitive rates: check our costume hire information if you would like to know more.

The design pictured here was created for Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime in May 2007.

Production photos

The picture at the top of this page is from Now and Then in October 2021.

Pictures of many of our past productions can be found in our photo gallery.