When Joe McFadden and his partner Katya Jones lifted the coveted Strictly Glitterball they pulled off one of the show’s biggest upsets but the likeable actor is now back doing his day job as The House on Cold Hill comes to Leeds Grand Theatre.

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When the weavers of Halifax built the historic Piece Hall to flog their wares they could never have dreamed that one day it would be invaded by a seven metre high baby and some tanks.

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Our Yorkshire editor Paul Clarke previews the Transform Festival which opens in Leeds on 26th April.

One of the most exhilarating theatrical experiences I have ever had was huddling in a bitterly cold car park in Leeds city centre watching RashDash perform The Darkest Corners tackling violence against women as part of the city’s Transform festival which is back from 26th April.

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During the Second World War over 75 000 women joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service playing a vital, if often unsung, part in defeating Hitler.

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When Around the World in 80 Days won the Best Picture Oscar in 1957 it was filmed in 13 different countries on countless locations and now Leeds Playhouse is taking on this epic tale of derring-do on just one stage.

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John Partridge certainly qualifies as a British musical theatre legend but he is really stretching his acting chops in Tom Stoppard’s rarely performed Rough Crossing.

The hard working former Eastender comes to Leeds Grand Theatre leading a cast in a new version of a demanding play that began life in the National Theatre and has had only one previous national tour in 1987.

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Paula Lane made her name as feisty but doomed Kylie on Coronation Street and makes her musical theatre debut in the stage version of cult movie Kinky Boots which is on its way to Leeds Grand Theatre.

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When Barrie Rutter left Northern Broadsides the company that he founded to do work in a defiantly northern voice his long-time collaborator Conrad Nelson was the obvious choice to step in to keep things going.

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Britain’s Chinese community is the longest standing in Europe and a new touring production of the site specific From Shore to Shore will showcase the cream of their acting talent.

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Sometimes the law of unintended consequences applies even in theatreland and the closure of Leeds Playhouse for a year-long refurb has allowed audiences to see what repertory theatre used to look like.

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