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Announcing GLORY – our co-production with The Dukes, Lancaster

GLORY – a new play written by Yorkshire writer Nick Ahad delves into the larger-than-life world of British wrestling, to grapple with identity and race in contemporary multicultural Britain. Set in the eccentric world of British wrestling, GLORY – a new play by writer and broadcaster Nick Ahad (Partition, The Chef Show) – will premiere at The Dukes, Lancaster […]


The Damned United Trailer!

Our new trailer for our co-production of The Damned United with the Leeds Playhouse is out! Featuring authentic footage of Elland Road from the 1970’s, taken from the West Yorkshire Police, mixed with some contemporary footage today featuring the brilliant Luke Dickson as Old Big ‘Ead himself. Give it a watch!


Audition for Mother Courage!

This October we are celebrating Red Ladder’s 50th birthday with a production of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and her Children, starring Pauline McLynn (Father Ted, Eastenders, Shameless, East is East, Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days….) We need a community chorus who can sing well in character and move the audience along with the action. We want it […]


Red Ladder at 50: Exhibition

To mark our 50th year, the story of Red Ladder Theatre Company is being told in an exhibition at Central Library Leeds throughout June. We’re marking this milestone by reflecting on five decades as one of the UK’s longest running radical theatre companies. Co-curated by artistic director Rod Dixon and Fiona Gell, RED LADDER THEATRE […]


An Audience With Pauline McLynn

As part of the Leeds Library’s 250th anniversary programme, join Rod Dixon, Red Ladder Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, in conversation with esteemed Irish actor and author Pauline McLynn, most famous for her comic role as ‘Mrs Doyle’ in the Channel 4 series Father Ted. Pauline will chat with Rod about her upcoming role in Brecht’s […]


PAULINE MCLYNN TO PLAY MOTHER COURAGE IN RED LADDER’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION

Pauline McLynn will take the lead role in Red Ladder’s 50th anniversary production MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, we’re thrilled to announce. An immersive production of Bertolt Brecht’s anti-war play will be staged from 27th September – 20th October at Albion Electric warehouse, Leeds – where we mounted our acclaimed production The Shed Crew. Performing […]


Leeds Rhinos’ Jamie Jones-Buchanan joins the board of Red Ladder – and is set to tread the boards in Playing The Joker

Leeds Rhinos’ Jamie Jones-Buchanan is joining the board of Red Ladder Theatre Company as it begins its 50th year. He’s also performing as Doorman Dave in Playing The Joker, a comic play by Anthony Clavane about rugby league commentator Eddie Waring, which Red Ladder will be touring from February. Tickets are on sale NOW. What will […]


The Damned United returns to West Yorkshire Playhouse

The stage adaptation of THE DAMNED UNITED is returning to West Yorkshire Playhouse following its sell-out world premiere at the venue in 2016.Red Ladder and West Yorkshire Playhouse are teaming-up again to bring this critically acclaimed play by Anders Lustgarten, adapted from David Peace’s best-selling novel, back onto the Courtyard stage for two weeks from […]


Red Ladder Awarded PHF Funding

Red Ladder Theatre Company has been awarded £36,000 from Paul Hamlyn Foundation to further its Northern Social Circuit programme, addressing under representation in theatre for people from working class backgrounds. The grant from Paul Hamlyn Foundation supports its development over two years – and follows funding from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund to originate […]


Meet The Shed Crew!

With THE SHED CREW’s run cruising along at Albion Electric’s warehouse in Leeds,LS10, we introduce some of the stellar cast bringing this much needed story to life. We have now sold out all evening performances (tickets remain for the three matinees only)!But fear not,due to popular demand we have added an additional performance on Sunday […]