The Theatrical Life of Tate Wilkinson

My article for the Secret Library Leeds blog is out now!

The Secret Library | Leeds Libraries Heritage Blog

On the Secret Library this week we have a article from guest writer Dominique Trigg, the creator of Some Sources Say, who has written about the fascinating  life of Tate Wilkinson, an Eighteenth Century pioneer of Leeds Theatre. If you would like to read more excellent articles from Dominique then you should visit Some Sources Say.

Tate Wilkinson (1739-1803) had an important role to play in the history of Leeds.

Tate Wilkinson (1739-1803) had an important role to play in the history of Leeds.

In 1771 he opened the first theatre in the city, known as ‘The Theatre’ located on Hunslet Lane. This was the start of a theatrical movement in the city, with modern day Leeds now enjoying many wonderful venues including the City Varieties, Slung Low’s HUB and Leeds Playhouse.

Plan of the Theatre 1847 By kind permission of Leeds Libraries, www.leodis.net

But who was Tate Wilkinson?

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