Costume Sale

25 + 26 May 2024

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Turn the drama up to the max in your wardrobe by bagging a bargain at our first Costume Sale in almost 20 years.

For two days only, fashionistas can rummage through a treasure trove of period costumes and vintage clothing from the last three decades of staged productions, including Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Verdi’s Don Carlos, Britten’s Gloriana and Janáček’s Jenůfa and Katya Kabanova. Take your pick from kimonos, wedding dresses and evening gowns to frock coats, uniforms and even a panda costume.

With costumes on offer from over 40 operas and prices from as little as £1, there’s bound to be a gem that catches your eye. New costumes will hit the rails each day so whenever you join us there will be a fantastic array of costumes.

Opera North is a registered charity. All funds raised through the Costume Sale will help us continue our work inspiring each generation and enhancing people’s wellbeing through music.

Entry is free and you can simply turn up on the day, but if you register in advance to let us know you’re coming, you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a meal for four at our restaurant Kino plus tickets to Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Terms and conditions apply.

Free entry | Register in advance to enter our prize draw

10.30am – 4.30pm

Additional information
A queue for entry may operate during busy times. Please bring your own bags for purchases as we will not be able to supply shopping bags for customers. Card payments only.

Getting here

The Costume Sale will be held in the Howard Opera Centre, adjacent to Leeds Grand Theatre:

Howard Opera Centre
8 Harrison Street

A one-way system will be in operation, with entry to the building directly from Harrison Street. Our friendly team will be outside to help direct you.

Please note that there is no parking available on site or on the streets surrounding the Howard Opera Centre.

Plan your visit in advance with more information on our Getting here page.


Once you enter the building there are 10 steps down to the Linacre Studio, where the Costume Sale will be held.

If you have access requirements or need wheelchair access, please speak to a member or staff who will be on hand to show you the way. A lift will be available to reach the Linacre Studio if needed.

Costume Sale

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