Culture in Leicester


Cinemas and Theatres

From the latest releases and blockbusters to the best in world and independent cinema and Bollywood, Leicester has a venue to cater for every type of film-goer.  

Phoenix is an independent cinema, art centre and café bar, and is the home of digital arts in Leicester. A registered charity, Phoenix aims to engage audiences and practitioners in the creation, understanding, and appreciation of digital art and the creative possibilities of new technologies. Phoenix hosts a programme of exhibitions, courses and events in its Cube Gallery and across the venue.

The city is also home to an Odeon cinema, a Showcase cinema situated in Highcross shopping complex and Piccadilly Bollywood cinema.

Theatre fans can enjoy exceptional shows direct from the West End and world class productions as well as community theatre and dance performaces in the city.

At the heart of Leicester's Cultural Quarter is the ultra-modern Curve, designed by international architect Rafael Vinoly. Curve has a growing reputation and is now one of the country's leading producing theatres, including world premieres alongside shows direct from the West End.

De Montfort Hall is Leicester's largest entertainment venue and has been serving the city with quality live acts since 1913. The programme ranges from jazz, ballet, comedy and opera to world and roots music and West End musicals.

The Little Theatre established itself as home of the Leicester Drama Society (LDS), having run for 90 years in the heart of the city centre. Proudly boasting patrons such as Sir Anthony Hopkins and Honorary Life President Lord Richard Attenborough, the society produces twelve main-house shows each year and a consistently popular pantomime.

Upstairs at the Western is Leicester’s first pub theatre, situated near Narborough Road and Bede Park.

The Y Theatre is a bustling live performance venue in Leicester city centre. The eclectic programme includes music, comedy, theatre, dance and spoken word. The 300-seat theatre also comfortably hosts candle-lit cabaret style events and standing gigs. Built in 1900, The Y is the oldest surviving theatre in Leicester.

Situated in the heart of Leicester, just minutes from the city centre, Peepul Enterprise is a unique and inspirational multi-purpose venue offering excellent facilities, including theatre space which can be hired. 


Museums & Art Galleries

Leicester City Museums offer a rich resource for every interest; the collections cover a large number of objects and artefacts across a wide range of subjects and disciplines. From the internationally famous Charnia fossil to rare Victorian beam steam engines, the five museums across the city offer something for everyone.

Attenborough Arts Centre is University of Leicester’s multi-use inclusive arts centre, with a programme of fine art and craft exhibitions and an active events programme. The centre has also now opened an exciting new gallery space to showcase the best in contemporary visual art and sculpture.

Leicester’s thriving Cultural Quarter is home to a selection of the city’s many artistic spaces. The LCB Depot exhibition space provides a platform for emerging and professional artists to showcase their work and Makers’ Yard offers studio space for professional artists and designer-makers. Phoenix is the home of digital arts whilst the neighbouring Two Queens is an artist-led gallery and studio complex, showcasing a programme of contemporary art exhibitions and events.

Leicester Print Workshop provides artists in the region with printmaking facilities and offers a range of exhibitions, commissions and learning opportunities for artists, schools and colleges. The print workshop has moved to a new flagship site for printmaking in Leicester’s Cultural Quarter.