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The Playhouse is conveniently located in the centre of Ilkley and has a well established season of productions. The Playhouse is also used as a venue for events throughout the year, including the popular Ilkley Literature Festival.

The theatre has been presented with a blue plaque from Ilkley Civic Society, unveiled by the actor Timothy West, putting the building on the town tourist trail.

There are two performance spaces within the theatre building: the Wharfeside Theatre, a traditional stage with auditorium seating and the Wildman Studio, a flexible space with no fixed seating.

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Tuesday, 7th February 2023 - Saturday, 11th February 2023

Three mothers in a line walking away.Three MothersSet in present day and post World War 2. The audience is immersed in the personal lives and dilemmas facing three female characters.
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Saturday, 18th February 2023 - Saturday, 18th February 2023

Band on stage with various instruments including a violin and guitars.Jon Palmer Acoustic BandFollowing a stunning debut performance in 2022, this high energy “folk, roots and rock & roll” 5 or 6 piece band is back
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Wednesday, 22nd February 2023 - Wednesday, 29th March 2023

Modern Art Course.History of Modern Art - A Six Week CourseThis course at Ilkley Playhouse offers a selective introduction to the history of modern art. Eschewing household names, it focuses on major artists who are less well-known.
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Thursday, 2nd March 2023 - Saturday, 4th March 2023

(Circle Dreams Around) The Terrible, Terrible Past(Circle Dreams Around) The Terrible, Terrible PastA piece of brand new, specially commissioned writing, it is a dream play at the Ilkley Playhouse. It explores the expectations that we have of life and the way human existence goes forever on in circles. This play contains some strong language. Advisory age:14+
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Wednesday, 8th March 2023 - Wednesday, 8th March 2023

An Evening In Buenos AiresAn Evening In Buenos AiresArgentine Tango dancers Celeste Cimino and Luciano Millaqueo will be making an appearance at the Ilkley Playthouse in March in “An Evening in Buenos Aires”.
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Thursday, 9th March 2023 - Saturday, 18th March 2023

Saturday, 11th March 2023 - Saturday, 11th March 2023

Revlon Girl reflection of lips in a mirror.The Revlon GirlFour women struggle to move on after the Aberfan disaster of 1966. They meet every week to talk, cry and laugh without feeling guilty.
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Thursday, 23rd March 2023 - Saturday, 25th March 2023

Flying VisitsFlying VisitsAn Ilkley Playhouse Fringe Production. Hilarious and Heartbreaking, this play contains some strong language. Advisory age 14+
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Friday, 31st March 2023 - Friday, 31st March 2023

The Roy Orbison ExperienceThe Roy Orbison ExperienceA celebration of the music of Roy Orbison, with the amazing Oliver Harris at Ilkley Playhouse.
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Saturday, 1st April 2023 - Saturday, 1st April 2023

Skeleton with a microphone.Stagefright Comedy ClubLive stand-up on stage at the Ilkley Playhouse. Strictly 16+ Acts are subject to change. Refunds only available if the event is cancelled.
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Thursday, 20th April 2023 - Saturday, 29th April 2023

Saturday, 22nd April 2023 - Saturday, 22nd April 2023

Laced up corsetNell GwynnAn exhilarating play with music; raunchy, saucy, vulgar, and vibrant. It’s Ilkley on a Saturday night! Or the bawdy streets and royal intrigues of London, 1660.
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Monday, 8th May 2023 - Saturday, 13th May 2023

Painted picture of a couple under an umbrella.,A History of Falling ThingsThis is a truly original play that premiered in April 2009 and there’s a film in the making. Humorous, touching, thought provoking and hugely entertaining, it’s a 21st century love story from one of the country’s finest writers.
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Friday, 19th May 2023 - Friday, 19th May 2023

Chris wearing a cowboy hat and holding a guitar.Chris Bannister Performs the Music of John DenverChris will be performing many of John's worldwide hits such as Annie’s Song, Take Me Home Country Roads, Calypso and Leaving On A Jet Plane.
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Saturday, 20th May 2023 - Saturday, 20th May 2023

A Night Of The StarsA Night Of The StarsA stylish celebration of music from some of the most legendary artistes of all time. From Shirley Bassey and Tom Jones, Cilla Black and Dusty Springfield, Barbara Streisand, and Elaine Paige right up to Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and many more, each track is handpicked to ‘wow ‘and entertain you.
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Friday, 26th May 2023 - Friday, 26th May 2023

Brotherhood Of TroubadoursBrotherhood Of TroubadoursThree acclaimed singer songwriters share the stage at the Ilkley Playthouse.
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Saturday, 27th May 2023 - Saturday, 27th May 2023

Skeleton with a microphone.Stagefright Comedy ClubLive stand-up on stage at the Ilkley Playhouse. Strictly 16+ Acts are subject to change. Refunds only available if the event is cancelled.
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Thursday, 8th June 2023 - Saturday, 17th June 2023

Saturday, 10th June 2023 - Saturday, 10th June 2023

A ghostly figure in candlelight.Blithe SpiritThis is a play which needs no introduction. The sumptuous, witty dialogue of Noel Coward is delivered in a crazy and chaotic set of ghostly circumstances.
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Friday, 23rd June 2023 - Friday, 23rd June 2023

Laurel Canyon UnionLaurel Canyon UnionLaurel Canyon Union + Support - Waiting for Wednesday at the Ilkley Playhouse. The music is inspired by the American West Coast singer-songwriter movement of the 1960s and early 1970s.
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Saturday, 24th June 2023 - Saturday, 24th June 2023

Skeleton with a microphone.Stagefright Comedy ClubLive stand-up on stage at the Ilkley Playhouse. Strictly 16+ Acts are subject to change. Refunds only available if the event is cancelled.
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Thursday, 6th July 2023 - Saturday, 15th July 2023

Saturday, 8th July 2023 - Saturday, 8th July 2023

Black and White Heart Print.LovesongIf you are, or have been in love, this one's for you: whatever your age, this play is for you. It is the story of one couple, told from two different points in their lives - as young lovers in their twenties and as worldly companions looking back on their relationship.
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Ilkley Playhouse


Weston Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8HB
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