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Theatres in Leicester

As the birthplace of celebrated playwrights Joe Orton and David Campton and Shakespearean actor Colin Hurley, Leicester has a rich and colourful theatre history to be proud of.

In keeping with this history, Leicester has not one but two truly historic theatres in The Y Theatre and The Little Theatre – which boasts patronage from Sir Anthony Hopkins and the late local great Lord Richard Attenborough, who was the theatre’s Honorary Life President.

It’s not all about the historic though, as Leicester is also home to the ultra-modern, state-of-the-art Curve Theatre which has become one of the UK’s leading producing theatres and often stages world premieres and shows straight from the West End.

Find out more about all of the theatres in Leicester below, and keep up to date with discounts and deals by signing up on the right…


Curve Theatre

Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB
tel: 0116 242 3560

Curve is perhaps the most popular and most unique theatre in Leicester – a spectacular building hosting some of the best shows in town. Curve produce a lot of their own big-budget shows, as well as hosting the occasional touring West End production – making it a must-visit for theatre-lovers. Find out more about Curve Theatre in Leicester.

Curve Leicester


De Montfort Hall

Granville Road, Leicester LE1 7RU
tel: 0116 233 3111

De Montfort Hall is the biggest entertainment venue in Leicester, boasting a capacity of 2,200. It’s an extremely versatile venue and can be laid out in a variety of ways: all standing, tiered seating, cabaret, dance floor – which has helped it become a popular venue for all sorts of different events since it was built way back in 1913.

De Montfort Hall Leicester


The Little Theatre

Dover Street, Leicester LE1 6PW
tel: 0116 255 1302

The Little Theatre is a voluntary-run theatre that is steeped in local history and significance. It has been running for almost 100 years and is the home of the Leicester Drama Society and boasts high profile patrons like Sir Anthony Hopkins and the Honorary Life President Lord Richard Attenborough – who used to act at The Little Theatre.

Little Theatre Leicester


The Y Theatre

7 East Street, Leicester LE1 6EY
tel: 0116 255 7066

The Y, which is part of the Leicester YMCA, is Leicester’s oldest surviving theatre, as it was built in 1900. It hosts an eclectic programme of shows and events which includes comedy, dance, theatre, music and spoken-word.

Y Theatre Leicester