Thursday, May 30

Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show opens at Leeds Playhouse

imitating the dog and Leeds Playhouse are joining forces once again for the première of the raucous and dark Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show.

This show is part of Leeds Playhouse’s reopening season to safely reintroduce audiences to the live theatre experience.

Directed and written by imitating the dog’s Co-artistic Directors Andrew Quick and Pete Brooks they open outside on Playhouse Square from the 7th – 8th October and tour until 24th October.

imitating the dog bring all their theatrical and technical acumen to this unique outdoor live theatre experience creating a tale of mischief and immorality, drawing on classic horror movies and the traditions of carnival and medicine shows. It’s set in a mythical ‘North’ as Dr Blood and his motley crew tell a tale of the price paid for pursuing ambition, hypocrisy and greed.

“It’s a strange time to be making a new show but we are really looking forward to meeting the new challenges of creating work in the present conditions,” notes Andrew Quick.

“We felt it was important to keep going and create a piece that was not only magical and entertaining but will abide by social distancing guidance and be COVID-19 safe. It will be a challenge to make but it is a hugely entertaining production that is scary in parts but also full of fun, with some deep and dark themes running through it.

“We’ll be using screen and camera technologies for which we are known and I just can’t wait to share with audiences and venues like Leeds Playhouse that have supported us over the last decade and for us all to come together and experience all the joys of live theatre outdoors.”

Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show will premiere in Leeds and then tour to The Courtyard, Piece Hall, Halifax (9th – 10th October), The Lowry, Salford (17th October), Lancaster Square, Lancaster Arts and Dukes Lancaster (20th– 21st October) and Belgrade Square, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry (23rd – 24th October) with other dates to be announced.

In line with current government guidelines, audiences will be limited and social distancing will be in place. All ticket proceeds from the tour will go to support the tour venues during lockdown.

Dr Blood’s Old Travelling Show, Playhouse Square Leeds Playhouse

7th – 8th October. (Please arrive 30-45 minutes before the performance time) 

Book online  Box office 0113 213 7700.