The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

The North's premier receiving venue

About the Alhambra Theatre

The Alhambra Theatre is regarded as the North's premier receiving venue and hosts the best in large scale entertainment from international dance to musicals, drama and Yorkshire's biggest panto.

The venue seats 1,400 people and is a popular choice for major touring companies including Northern Ballet, Disney, the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures and Cameron Mackintosh. It has staged major West End shows including The Lion King, War Horse, Billy Elliot, Wicked and Mary Poppins. It is a member of The Dance Consortium, a group of theatres who work together to bring the best in international dance to the UK.

The Alhambra Theatre, the jewel in Bradford’s crown, was the vision of Francis Laidler, a local impresario. Laidler had the idea and vision to build a brand new theatre in 1912 and it was two years later that his dream was realised. The Alhambra Theatre was officially opened at 2pm on 18 March 1914. Five days later, it opened its doors to the general public on 23 March for a Variety show, which ran for a week.

Through the golden age of variety, the 1980’s refurbishment and up to the present day, the Alhambra Theatre has had a wonderful and varied history. It remains an iconic venue, attracting the very best in star names and live entertainment to the city of Bradford.

You can read more about the Alhambra Theatre's history and the 100th year celebrations here.

At A Glance

  • Opened in 1914
  • City centre location
  • Restaurant 1914, Circle Cafe, The Laidler Lounge
  • Family friendly
  • 1,400 capacity
  • Popular with major touring companies and West End Shows


You can download a PDF seating plan by clicking here or on the image opposite.


Bradford Theatres and Bradford Council are committed to ensuring all customers can participate and enjoy Bradford Theatres events equally. For customers who need someone to be with them to access the service or facility at Bradford Theatres, there is now an Access & Carer Membership Scheme in operation. Membership is free and valid for a period of three years, click here for more information. 

Bradford Theatres have won the Theatrical Management Association (TMA) Award (now UK Theatre) for Most Welcoming Theatre in recent years and have been shortlisted on several other occasions. Bradford Theatres have also been a White Rose Tourism nominee in the 'Access For All' category.

At Bradford Theatres we aim to make our venues fully accessible and we offer an extensive range of access facilities to ensure an easy and enjoyable experience for all our customers.

Bradford Theatres have been assessed and accredited by DisabledGo.


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How To Find Us


The Alhambra Theatre
Morley Street


The Alhambra Theatre is in the centre of Bradford, on Morley Street.

It is a ten minute walk from the Interchange and from Forster Square train station.

It is a five minute walk from bus stops on Centenary Square. It is across from the National Media Museum and down from Bradford College and University.

For driving directions, put our postcode BD7 1AJ into your Satellite Navigation (Sat Nav), or into a route planner on the web at RAC Route Planner or the AA Route Finder.


There are many car parks located in Bradford City Centre.