News Published 6 December 2012

West Yorkshire Playhouse Announces New Season

Including a Doctor Faustus update and a new case for Sherlock Holmes.

John Murphy

The new Artistic Director of West Yorkshire Playhouse, James Brining, has unveiled the details of his spring and summer season for 2013.

In February the theatre presents a modern-day  Doctor Faustus. Marlowe’s play will be staged in a co-production with Glasgow’s Citizen Theatre and directed by Dominic Hill. Casting has yet to be announced.

Following Faustus is Refugee Boy, Limn Sissay’s adaptation of Benjamin Zephaniah’s acclaimed novel, a tale of a teenage boy fleeing from his war-torn home country to a B&B in Berkshire. This is the first time it has been adapted for the stage and the production will coincide with a series of projects in collaboration with local schools and charities to raise awareness of the plight of asylum seekers.

Brining is continuing the long standing tradition of the West Yorkshire Playhouse to work closely with the local community; 2013’s Transform Festival of new work will see the theatre working with local talent in the region to create new, exciting productions both inside and outside the Playhouse with the aim of persuading locals to take a fresh look at their city.

The season closes with a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, a brand new case for the Baker Street detective. Sherlock Holmes: The Best Kept Secret is a new thriller featuring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic characters, written by Leeds playwright Mark Catley and directed by Nikolai Foster. Set two years after the events of The Reichenbach Falls, The Best Kept Secret will see Holmes and Watson battling to save his brother Mycroft’s life. With the upturn in popularity in all things Sherlock recently, this should be one of the theatre’s most popular productions next year.

For tickets and further information, visit the West Yorkshire Playhouse website.


John Murphy

John is the former editor of, and current contributor to, musicOMH. He lives in Sheffield, in the shadow of the famous Crucible and Lyceum theatres, and also reviews in nearby Leeds and Manchester. John is also a huge fan of stand-up comedy, and can be often be found in one of Sheffield's comedy clubs, laughing like a madman.