The Alhambra

Theatres in Bradford

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

Bradford has a rich history in the theatrical arts, as the city that inspired and encouraged novelist and playwright J.B. Priestly and with centuries-old legacy of bringing large touring shows to the North. It’s therefore only fitting that there is no shortage of theatres in Bradford. Recently, the city has been made a producing hub. This influx of opportunity and life into Bradford’s live performance scene is designed to turn the city into a creative oasis where live performance is continually being generated.

At the centre of Bradford’s theatre scene is the monumental Alhambra. This centuries old auditorium is unlike anything else in Yorkshire. It is the only place where you’ll find West End shows, international touring dance and re-imaginings of thespian classics under one roof. The anticipation and excitement you feel when walking through the doors of the Alhambra reflects the special energy of live performance, which can’t be replicated through a screen.

Bradford is a city with a wealth of Asian culture, from music to dance and contemporary theatre. Kala Sangam is bringing traditional art forms into contemporary relevance as well as supporting and commissioning a new generation of artists. If you’re sticking around Bradford they also offer dance and music lessons for those wanting to get into performing.

For something a little more fringe, Theatre in the Mill is a must. This small but experimental space is the place to go to catch Edinburgh previews, shows in development and touring new work. Whatever you end up watching, you can expect to be challenged, charmed and made to ask questions.

For more local talent, try the Bradford Playhouse: this medium-sized venue in the middle of the city centre hosts a mixture of professional and amateur productions ranging from pantomime to gritty kitchen sink drama and beyond. Finally, although it isn’t strictly a theatre, St George’s Hall is a great place to catch stand-up in Bradford. As an interchangeable venue, the intimacy of the space is really made use of when a comedian is trying to whip up an atmosphere.

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Discover our top picks

  • 1. The Alhambra Theatre

    The Alhambra
    Courtesy of Bradford Theatres

    The Alhambra Theatre, Morley Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1AJ - Visit now

    Every big name in live entertainment will know of The Alhambra Theatre; whether you’re looking for a West End show, international dance or large scale theatre, you can be sure to find it here. 

  • 2. Theatre in the Mill

    Image courtesy of Theatre in the Mill

    Theatre in the Mill, Off Shearbridge Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD7 1NX - Visit now

    As the place to go for original and fringe theatre in Bradford, Theatre in the Mill is a hive of emerging talent and exciting new works. 

  • 3. Bradford Playhouse

    Courtesy of Bradford Playhouse

    Bradford Playhouse, 4 Chapel Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 5DL - Visit now

    Bradford Playhouse is a beautiful Art Deco theatre with a vintage bar situated in the heart of Little Germany, Bradford’s cultural quarter. 

  • 4. Kala Sangam

    Things to do in Bradford: Kala Sangam
    Courtesy of Kala Sangam

    Kala Sangam, St. Peter’s House, 1 Forster Square, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 4TY - Visit now

    Kala Sangam is an intercultural arts hub based in the heart of Bradford city centre which reflects the diversity of contemporary Britain through the work it presents, the artists it supports and the communities it engages.

  • 5. St George’s Hall, Bradford

    St George's Hall
    Courtesy of Bradford Theatres

    St George’s Hall, Bradford, Bridge Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD1 1JT - Visit now

    Bradfords flagship music venue, St Georges Hall has been bringing the best touring talent to Bradford since the 19th century. 

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