13th June 2013
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited Leeds and Prince Albert remarked that Leeds needed a “Grand theatre” for the upper classes to be entertained. As a result, local businessmen grouped together and raised the £62,000 needed to build such a theatre.
The Grand Theatre was opened, 1 year 1 month later, in November 1878
The stairs leading up to the dress circle are extra wide to accommodate the 2 metre wide dresses which were fashionable at the time, unfortunately the doors are just standard width!