City Varieties Music Hall
- In 1941, a baby was born in the auditorium during a performance of ‘Babes in the Wood’. He was named Robin, after the main character in the show
- The decorative gold leafing on the balcony fronts and ceiling is real 23 carat gold
- When City Varieties first opened, there were no toilets, so instead sawdust was put on the floor
- Some famous names that have performed at City Varieties over the years include; Charlie Chaplin, Marie Lloyd, Vesta Tilley, Lily Langtry and more recently Michael McIntyre, John Bishop and Sooty!
- Madame Paula ‘The Reptile Queen’ brought her act of hypnotized alligators and snakes to City Varieties in 1897.
Leeds Grand Theatre
- The Grand sells more than 33,000 tubs of ice cream a year
- The Grand remained open during both World Wars. In WW2 the cellars were used as air raid shelters
- The first performance at The Grand in November 1878 was ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ by William Shakespeare
- George Corson, architect of The Grand, also designed the Central library and art gallery in Leeds
- You could fit 5 double-decker buses on top of each other on stage