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“We are so lucky to have this theatre in Harrogate - it’s small enough to feel really intimate, but big enough to stage some really fantastic productions.” TripAdvisor review

MAGAZINE Beyond the stage at Harrogate Theatre


- we interview a board member, staff member and volunteer


- hear the story of Harrogate Theatre since it opened in 1900


- we talk to pantomime cast regular Katy Dean about her roles and favourite bits


- our Head of Education explains our vibrant programme for young people


- we reveal more about our work with artists and our collaborative projects in the community

Cover image by Barcelona-based theatre company ATRESBANDES from the show All In

Welcome A warm welcome to issue two of Harrogate Theatre’s very own magazine. Since our last issue, there has been much to celebrate. In December 2016, Harrogate Theatre was named by UK Theatre as the 26th best performing subsidised theatre in England and 3rd top in Yorkshire. The following month the much-loved annual pantomime, Dick Whittington, was a record breaker, ending its run in January 2017 as the largest grossing show in the theatre’s history. In January we also celebrated Harrogate Theatre’s 117th birthday, moved quickly in to one of the busiest and most vibrant spring/summer seasons to date, and we presented The Emperor’s New Clothes – a new Easter family show brought to the Harrogate stage by the same creative team behind that record breaking panto. In June 2017 Harrogate Theatre was the only northern tour date for ‘groundbreaking’ Golem by 1927 - an extraordinary production which began its journey at Harrogate Theatre as work-indevelopment back in 2014. Finally, we are delighted that in July 2017 Harrogate Theatre was confirmed as one of the 831 organisations selected to receive continued Arts Council funding across 2018-2022 via their National Portfolio (NPO) scheme. We’re obviously thrilled to have the ongoing support of Arts Council England

HT Magazine is produced annually by the Harrogate Theatre Marketing Department. Content:


Rachel Auty Jo Thompson Linzi Tate Natalie Rawel Jo Thompson

NPO funding, and it’s great news for Harrogate. However, as a charity working in an increasingly challenging industry we know we must not rest on these laurels. We understand that public funding is reducing alongside an ever-increasing landscape of incredible art and artists. As we strive to make Harrogate Theatre a more self-sufficient entity, it’s important for us to recognise the contribution our patrons, supporters and investors make to not only our survival but our on going evolution and development. With enough support we can continue to champion the arts in the town, support artists - locally and beyond - and to deliver quality creative experiences and live entertainment to our local community and visitors. In autumn 2017 we will host our nineth annual Harrogate Comedy Festival, alongside working on significant refurbishment plans for the medium term. We will also deliver a heavyweight autumn/winter season whilst we work on putting the finishing touches to our spring/summer 2018 programme. This magazine is designed to tell you a little bit more about our story and the work we do ‘beyond the stage’. I hope you enjoy the read and do join us at Harrogate Theatre soon.

David Bown Chief Executive

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The scores on the doors for 2016/17 370 performances across four venues

132,265 tickets sold

by Box Office for our four venues

Harrogate is an outstanding tourist destination, and we are delighted to contribute in a tangible way to local economy and community:

£17 million

Estimated local economic impact

70% capacity

of all seats filled in our four venues


total money taken in ticket sales


Estimated secondary audience spend in Harrogate



of these bookings were made online

Estimated secondary visiting companies spend in Harrogate


of everyone booking through Harrogate Theatre Box Office live in Harrogate Where our bookers come from geographically: 53% Harrogate 17% Leeds 7% York 5% Bradford

3% Dales 3% Wakefield 2% Doncaster 12% Other*

12% 53%

2% 2% 3% 5% 7%


(*all other places equated to <1% each)


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Katy Dean is a familiar face when

it comes to Harrogate Theatre’s muchloved pantomime. Over the years she’s played many roles and has been both a goodie and baddie. She tells us more about her favourite bits, and reveals what it is about Harrogate that keeps her coming back.

Katy, which has been your favourite panto to perform in your time at Harrogate Theatre so far and why? Tough one, as they all hold different memories for me. Probably Jack and the Beanstalk (2012). I had great songs, a huge fight scene and a ridiculously big beanstalk that had a mind of its own. I remember laughing a lot that year. You’ve played just about every character role in our pantomime, but when it comes down to it, do you prefer to play a goodie or a baddie? Both have plus points but I would say a goody just about wins. When you’re a baddy you’re always on stage left on your own and don’t get to mix too much with the rest of the company. Although it’s great fun being bad and hearing the audience scream and boo you. You have the most fantastic singing voice and always end up with some cracking songs on stage but if you were to put your own pop medley together, what songs would you include?



Wow that’s difficult. I don’t envy the brilliant Nick Lacey (our Musical Director) putting this together every year! I would start – or maybe finish – with something like “Happy“ by Pharrell Williams to get the crowd going. Maybe a snippet of “Time of my life“ from the film Dirty Dancing (with the iconic lift and everything) for the Dame and love interest (just so I could watch Phil Stewart attempting the lift!) And of course a really complicated rap song for Tim Stedman as he loves to learn these! (mwahahaha) Playing a part in a pantomime is no picnic with approximately 70 shows in 6 weeks, what are the highs and lows of a such a feat? Highs - going onstage each day and playing. It’s such a good job. Seeing the look on the children’s faces when they are watching the show is very fulfilling. A huge highlight for me is the Relaxed Performance where we get to meet all the lovely children afterwards. Lows - Most definitely the run up to Christmas, we usually do a two week stint with two shows a day. By the time Christmas Day comes you’re exhausted. I once fell asleep at the dinner table at my brothers on Christmas Day!

With Jack and the Beanstalk (2012) being your favourite panto to date, is there an outstanding memory attached to that show? There are so many but we had a beanstalk that usually grew spectacularly from the floor all the way to the roof. On one occasion I came out of Jacks house expecting to see the huge beanstalk and instead saw what looked like a tiny weed. My line was “phew and wow in equal measure“ In shock I still said the line and then looked at the audience whilst trying not to laugh. The whole audience erupted into laughter and so did I! You’ve spent a fair bit of time in Harrogate over Christmas, what is it about our lovely town that keeps bringing you back? Harrogate is so pretty at Christmas, it’s a very special place for me. Phil Lowe (our panto director) took me under his wing all those years ago and keeps asking me to return. I’m incredibly grateful and the whole team are like my family now. Having worked in many theatres including the west end, I can honestly say that Harrogate Theatre treats you the best. We are so looked after here.

It’s also where I fell in love with my partner Phil Stewart - who will return with me this year to play the Dame. We got engaged in Harrogate last year - he surprised me in between shows and I then had to go on stage and play a baddy when all I wanted to do was smile from ear to ear.

Katy Dean returns to Harrogate Theatre for Christmas 2017 and will be playing Mona Lisa in Beauty and the Beast.

Left to right: Beauty and the Beast 2011 Jack and the Beanstalk 2012 Sleeping Beauty 2013

Left to right: Cinderella 2014 Aladdin 2015 Dick Whittington 2016


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A step back in time A brief history of Harrogate Theatre Built just before the turn of the century, Harrogate Theatre opened on 11 January 1900 with a charity gala in aid of British soldiers fighting the Boer War in South Africa. This was followed on 13 January 1900 by Mr J Tully’s pantomime, Dick Whittington. Known as The Grand Opera House, the theatre was designed by architect, Frank Tugwell, who also designed the Futurist Theatre in Scarborough and the Savoy Theatre in London. The theatre was lavishly decorated with gilded plasterwork mouldings and boasted hot and cold running water in the dressing rooms and electric lighting. The carved frieze in the foyer was not part of the original décor - sculpted by Frances Darlington, it depicts themes from drama and literature and is thought to have been added shortly before 1911.

William Peacock was the Managing Director of the Grand Opera House from it’s opening in 1900 through to the mid 1930s when his wife and daughter took over. The theatre operated as a touring venue up to the early 1930s when the growing popularity of cinema and radio saw a decline in theatre audiences. As an answer to the problem, William Peacock formed a repertory company, The White Rose Players (one of the first weekly rep companies in the country) and the theatre became a producing venue. The White Rose Players performed around forty-five plays a year and continued through to the mid 1950s when once again the theatre experienced a decline in audience numbers, this time due to the growing popularity of television and in 1955 Harrogate Opera House closed. In 1958 the theatre reopened, this time as Harrogate Theatre and soon after, a non-profit making charitable

trust was set up to run it. Harrogate Borough Council bought the building and became the theatre’s landlord, which they still are today. The theatre continued through the 1960s and in the early 1970s underwent a programme of refurbishment and alteration. At this time the seating capacity in the auditorium was reduced to 481 from 800 (the original capacity had been 1300), the balcony was reduced to the two rows we still have today, the apron and Juliet stages were added either side of the stage and the maze of corridors and small cafes and bars were opened out to form the current stalls and circle bars. The theatre continued to run through the seventies and eighties despite a funding crisis in the mid-eighties which resulted in it closing for a period of reorganisation, reopening in 1987.

Harrogate Theatre pictured in the mid-nineties



On 26 October 2007 the theatre revealed the culmination of thirteen weeks of intensive refurbishment and restoration with a grand unveiling of their Main Auditorium. This major facelift completed the first phase of a planned building wide refurbishment. In Summer 2008 the second phase of refurbishment took place which saw the Stalls Bar, Box Office and remaining public stairwells completely transformed. In Summer 2009, the third phase of refurbishment took place which saw the Circle Bar completely renovated and many of its original features restored.

The future of Harrogate Theatre Harrogate Theatre is now looking to raise significant funds to embark on a major restoration, refurbishment and development project. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s early days in the process but our goal is to transform the theatre building in to a vibrant cultural facility fit for the 21st Century. In order to achieve this we are intending to submit a large scale capital bid to secure investment from Arts Council England. However, even at a best case outcome this will not provide all the funds we need and we will have to seek further investment and financial support to make this happen. Please follow our latest refurbishment project at


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Our Supporters Since 1960 the Friends of Harrogate Theatre have supported Harrogate Theatre, through their subscriptions, attendance and volunteering. Alongside the Friends, another group of volunteers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the Fundraising Committee â&#x20AC;&#x201C; have devoted significant time, effort and enthusiasm towards organising fundraising events (such as the Big T and a Night at the Opera). Both groups have contributed to essential equipment and major projects at the Theatre. In September 2015 the Friends of Harrogate Theatre and Fundraising Committee were united under one identity as the Harrogate Theatre Supporters. Join us today and your membership will include exclusive invitations, behind-thescenes experiences, talks, tours and VIP receptions. Regular newsletters, updates and competitions. Opportunities to attend social events organised for the supporters and get involved with fundraising for Harrogate Theatre. Play your part in making our future as vital as our history.

Harrogate Theatre Scenic Services In 2016/17 HTSS built 40 commercial sets for 14 national touring shows. Including Shirley Valentine, Brideshead Revisited, The Octonauts and Little Shop of Horrors. 3 of those sets were for Hull Truck Theatre and 4 for Newcastle Live Theatre. Internationally, HTSS has built for the United States tour of The Gruffalo and have shipped complete builds as far as Dubai.

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Joyce Branagh Harrogate Theatre Board Member @HGTHEATRE

In the hot seat We quizzed three people all about how they are involved with the theatre and what their role entails:

Derick England Volunteer

Kerry Maddison Box Office Manager

Joyce Branagh Board Member

What’s your role at Harrogate Theatre and what does it involve? I am the Honorary President of the Harrogate Theatre Supporters Club. In this role I attend committee meetings, give support to the current committee and pass on my knowledge of Harrogate Theatre.

What’s your role at Harrogate Theatre and what does it involve? I am Head of Box Office for Harrogate Theatres. I look after the Box Offices for Harrogate Theatre, The Royal Hall, Harrogate Convention Centre and numerous other satellite venues. I am directly responsible for all of the Box Office staff as their Line Manager from recruitment onwards. I currently create the majority of shows that go on sale at a rapid rate. My responsibilities are quite broad and if it affects ticket sales it will touch me and Box Office in some way. I also spend a lot of time reviewing and managing feedback and complaints (not many thankfully).

What's your role at Harrogate Theatre and what does it involve? I am a member of the Harrogate Theatre Board of Non-executive Directors. A good board is made up of individuals from different walks of life with varying skills and experience to offer. I am involved as a Theatre Director and I bring knowledge of theatre from around the region. I work closely with the Chief Executive offering additional artistic experience. I also suggest people I feel would be beneficial for Harrogate Theatre to work with and I offer links to key contacts where I can.

For over 30 years I have been a volunteer usher at Harrogate Theatre. Another role I have is selling Pantomime merchandise in the foyer at Christmas. Having done this for many years now, some people come up to me and say their parents had given them pantomine items as a child and they were buying for their own children. What was the last thing you saw at Harrogate Theatre and what did you think of it? I believe the last play I saw in the main theatre was Magic Circle, the content of which had been well researched and the acting was superb. I enjoy seeing new plays in the Studio, this is a very intimate space. This must be very challenging to the actors, being so close to the audience. Tell us an interesting fact about Harrogate Theatre that people may not know. I have done so many different things over the years including, for one night only, playing the back end of a camel because the person who should have been there was late arriving. The Front of House Manager at the time said “Derick will do it”. What makes Harrogate Theatre special? First of all it has to be the people who work in the building. Even after over 30 years I still enjoy coming and working at the theatre. I introduced the Drama Festival for many years when it was held at Harrogate Theatre. I have been placed in many different roles over the years, so now if I am asked to do something out of my normal range I will give it a try.


What was the last thing you saw at Harrogate Theatre and what did you think of it? The last thing I saw at Harrogate Theatre was Golem by 1927. I thought it was wonderful, I had hoped it would be before I saw it but it surpassed my expectations. I always go with my best friend and use her as a barometer, she loved it too. Visually it is steam punk meets 1920’s silent movies. They are so clever combining music and projection and acting. Just the best thing to see in a darkened auditorium. Tell us an interesting fact about Harrogate Theatre that people may not know. Harrogate Theatre’s annual pantomime really does take 11 months to create. As soon as one finishes the artistic team start developing the next. What makes Harrogate Theatre special? Harrogate Theatre is a brilliant combination of a local theatre with national aspirations. We attract some really big names in the theatre and the comedy world as well as producing extremely high quality in house productions. We have a thriving Youth Theatre that produces some wonderful work and teaches to the highest of standards. The breath of our cultural offering is fantastic. All of this is combined with a friendly atmosphere in a beautiful building.

What was the last thing you saw at Harrogate Theatre and what did you think of it? Well, I very nearly got to see Golem in June 2017…. But my car broke down on the way there! I never did get to see it in the end and I heard it was fantastic. The last thing I actually saw was the 2016/17 pantomime, Dick Whittington. I’m a pantomime nerd and I tend to see six or seven shows over a festive season – I thought Harrogate’s pantomime was brilliant. I love panto! Tell us an interesting fact about Harrogate Theatre that people may not know. Harrogate Theatre Scenic Services – based in Starbeck - make theatre sets not only for Harrogate Theatre but for other theatres nationally and internationally. They are an amazingly talented team and are very well thought of in the industry. What makes Harrogate Theatre special? There are people who have been working backstage, in the offices and on the board who have been there a long time. These people are not ‘just passing through’ and what you get is this sense of loyalty and commitment. The staff and volunteers see Harrogate Theatre as something that is part of them and belongs to the people of Harrogate. There’s a really solid core team there and it makes a difference.

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A young personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game Hannah Draper is Head of Education at Harrogate Theatre and a board member of the National Association of Youth Theatres. Here she tells us more about the theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vibrant programme for young people.

Harrogate Theatre offers a programme of creative weekly workshops, with Harrogate Youth Theatre sessions for ages 3-18. Find out more:



What does Harrogate Theatre offer young people? We offer drama-based workshops for young people aged 3 – 18 years. This is made up of three strands; youth theatre, singing and playwriting. The workshops all take place in our dedicated education space next door to the theatre, Hive. We also have a varied programme of productions to engage young people in theatre. What is the aim of the Harrogate Youth workshop series? To offer young people a place to enjoy theatre-based activities in a place where we make and host theatre every day. How do teaching methods change for each age bracket? We tailor teaching to each age band. Our 3-5s have primarily child-led learning, they have different stories each week and will become different characters. They also might do some art activities – like creating Peter Pan’s shadow. It’s very much focused on enjoying stories and imaginative play and they are led by a brilliant early years specialist. As they get older we teach basic theatre skills and develop their team work skills through short performances. The 12-14s and 15+ are skills led with themed terms to develop more advanced skills in areas such as physical theatre, immersive theatre and script work. What makes Harrogate Youth Theatre unique? We are based at a beautiful 117 year old theatre and we make the most of that. Each group has an opportunity to perform in the Studio theatre each year in performances designed to challenge and inspire our members. We also have regular opportunities to perform on the main stage and often get a professional actor to take part in that show too so our members have someone to look up to and learn from within the cast. Our

senior youth theatre members assist in our younger groups to develop their leadership skills and give our youngest members someone closer to their age to learn from. What type of things do Youth Theatre members go on to do when they ‘graduate’? A whole range of things. Everything from studying performance or working backstage to studying medicine, history or languages. They do everything. We’re not trying to churn out ‘stars’ we just want our members to enjoy live performance and take the skills we teach them; public speaking, creative thinking, team work, empathy, into their future wherever that takes them. What’s your fondest memory of Harrogate Youth Theatre? There’s so many! One memory triggers another, it’s like dominoes. Seeing one of our longest serving members nail an epic sword fight with Tim Stedman in Who Shot The Sheriff on the main stage. A former member of HYT came back to become one of our freelance members of staff. Putting on Wind in the Willows in the Valley Gardens and it started to rain but all the audience remained still and simply put up their umbrellas wanting to see the show through. I think one of the best things which will sound odd is when people leave at 18 and it’s a wrench for them to go. They’ve made so many memories and friends over the years that they don’t want to leave. You know how special our programme and our team is when that happens. What advice would you give to young people wanting a career in the arts today? If you can’t imagine being happy doing anything else, then just go for it. You’ll work hard for something you love. Also join a good youth theatre! You’ll learn so many different skills and meet a whole host of brilliant, creative people you’ll never forget.

DID YOU KNOW...? The visitors we welcome through our doors aren’t always here to just see shows. We have hosted 14 children’s parties, worked with 6 work experience students and run 37 backstage tours for a total of 653 people. 502 young people have had the opportunity to perform on stage through our education team’s efforts and they have taken workshops out of the building to a further 960 young people in schools and the local community.


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Left to right: Black Toffee - Parallel Thunder Road - The Invisible Man Tom Adams - Elephant and Castle 1927 - Golem Odd Doll - The Worried Walrus



Our Associates Here at Harrogate Theatres we aim to present a varied and inspiring programme of quality work from all genres of performance, celebrating diversity and the richness of British and world cultures. We pride ourselves on supporting challenging, new work and the emerging companies producing the kind of exciting work that our audiences want to see. This year is no different and our associate artists have a fantastic programme of work at every stage of development. This year we hosted Thunder Road, who spent time developing The Invisible Man – adapted from the original text by H.G. Wells and premiered the show in April 2017. That show is now going on to tour nationally in autumn 2018. Two of our esteemed artists, Rachel Halliwell and Michael Sabbaton are in the midst of the creative process, and we are privileged to be showcasing early drafts of their new work in our Studio Shorts series. The artists will be putting their new script ‘on it’s feet’ and inviting you, the audience, to tell us what you think. This is a unique opportunity to help shape the final piece. Adam Robinson returns to us with his sell-out show The Book of Darkness & Light for Christmas 2017 as well as bringing us a brand new evening of ghosts and monsters with Shivers for 2018. Odd Doll create puppetry theatre for adults and children using experimental visuals, live music and collected stories as well as making fantastical and beautiful puppets for projects across Yorkshire. More recently they made a fleet of puppets for Knaresborough’s Wind in the Willows (summer 2016) and are bringing us their latest show Seaside Terror in autumn 2017, promising a mind-boggling collection of hysterical horrors, ice cream chills and evil seagulls. This is only the tip of the associates iceberg. For more information please check our website where you will find links to all of our associate artists and details of their upcoming creative projects. associate-artists-partners


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Polaris – Madness or Mystique?

Polaris, an original adaptation devised and performed by Michael Sabbaton and directed by Sylvia Vickers, follows H.P Lovecraft’s chilling short story ‘Epic Tale of Fragmented Reality’. It is the fourth in Sabbaton’s ‘The Lovecraft Collection’ and is a must see for any cult-literature enthusiast.

Here are two outstanding examples of reviews from previous Young Reviewers Scheme participants:

Polaris’ complex plot leaves audiences questioning. Its stylised design portrays twisted realities in the juxtaposition of dreams, memories and the ever-blurring truth. It shadows one man’s struggle with torn identities and increasingly fragile sanity: Bathed in the aurora of the pole star Polaris, it challenges the audience’s concepts of fear, the supernatural and our place on this Earth. Sabbaton has audiences transfixed, hanging on his every word and questioning to the end. His characterisation is impeccable, even down to the facial tics! His ability to maintain an air of mystery and hold audience attention single-handedly is worthy of great merit. The intimate Studio at Harrogate Theatre lent itself perfectly to this minimalist production. The stripped back set allowed the imagination to conjure an individual image of the world painted in Sabbaton’s performance. The technology of this production provides the perfect platform for Sabbaton to deliver this haunting soliloquy. Layers of dissonant sound create an air of confusion and build an unrelenting tension. The unique soundtrack, produced by Sabbaton, emphasises changes of setting in the characters mind and personifies external factors to create a fully immersive sensory experience. The atmosphere was further enhanced by evocative lighting throughout, aiding the establishment of the characters state of mind drawing the audience deeper into his ever dwindling reality. Caitlin Nix Harrogate High School Polaris by Michael Sabbaton was at Harrogate Theatre in January 2017.


Must See: Molly's Marvellous Moustache

The theatrical adaptation of Andrea Heaton's original storybook is a perfect half term treat for three-seven year olds! The commitment and energy the cast brings to the performance is infectious, engaging all members of the audience, regardless of age. Despite the target audience being small children, the performance does contain many humorous moments for parents, resulting in almost as much adult laughter echoing around the studio as that of the children. Whilst 4 year old Molly provides most of the comedy for the children, the adult characters, particularly Clemmy P the artist and Hans the engineer, are incredibly funny to older audience members. It is unusual that a performance aimed solely at children would have such high quality comedy for adults, but Molly's Marvellous Moustache most certainly does. Molly invites the children to help her fulfil her adult dreams. From discovering Malcolm the monkey, to conducting an experiment in which the children experience the most audience participation I have ever seen, there really is no opportunity for a child to even consider yawning at any point during the fifty five minute performance. The set, designed by Emma Williams, is meticulously crafted to not only look very appealing and colourful, but to provide different dimensions to the performance, allowing characters to use different parts of the set to enter and exit the stage. This keeps the children guessing where the next character or prop will appear from, adding another subtle level of engagement. Fun for all the family from the beginning to the end, this production is one you don’t want to miss.

Millie Gibson St. Aidens Molly’s Marvellous Moustache by Fidget Theatre was at Harrogate Theatre in February 2017.


Young Reviewers Scheme Each year Harrogate Theatre, in association with the Harrogate Advertiser, run a Young Reviewers scheme. One representative from each local secondary school is nominated by school to review four selected performances at Harrogate Theatre. The representative has a week to write a 300 word review of the performance and they receive personalised feedback from Rachel Auty, Harrogate Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Head of Marketing, on how to improve their writing. Following a further week to submit amends, the best written review is published by the Harrogate Advertiser either in print or online. All reviews are published on Harrogate Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website (and sometimes even in this very magazine!). Representatives must be aged 16 or over to take part. Get in touch with our Head of Education Hannah Draper, if your school would like to participate: hannah.draper@


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Workshops in our dedicated education space Hive are awesome opportunities to make friends, build confidence, learn new skills, work with theatre professionals and above all, have a top notch, brilliant time doing it. We run weekly sessions in Youth Theatre, singing and playwriting each school term. Sessions are available for young people aged 3 years up to 18 years, costing ÂŁ60 per term per activity. Concessionary rates are available. Sign up online or get in touch with the education team:


Did you know? Our education team have had a busy year: 431 workshops for HYT, HYP and HYS 544 people came to see our youth theatre perform 33 one-off workshops for a total of 725 young people We hosted 13 primary schools for our After School Club scheme with a total of 235 children participating and putting on 28 performances in our studio theatre


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With a little help from our friends We try to work with our neighbours and local organisations as much as possible. It’s important to us to build relationships and look for opportunities to offer support. In addition, we are always looking for new ways to engage people in what we do here at Harrogate Theatre. By taking our work out in to the community and everyday social spaces we can engage more new people in what we do and in the arts in general. There’s a vibrant social scene in Harrogate, and for 2017 we’ve partnered up with a number of local independent bars for Harrogate Comedy Festival. They help us market the festival, offer discounts during the festival for ticketholders and we promote the bars in our marketing materials.

In September 2017 we provided exhibition space in our Circle Bar to display work by the Henshaws Art Makers and in turn launch their new Etsy online shop. We believe that collaboration is positive not only for the local arts scene but also for the local economy and community. Other partners include RedHouse Originals Gallery, Harrogate Advertiser, and Stray FM, and we are always looking to develop more exciting partnerships and initiatives over the coming months. If you would like to discuss how your business can get involved with Harrogate Theatre, get in touch with our Head of Marketing, Rachel Auty rachel.auty@

Ahead of Rita Sue and Bob Too coming to the stage in September 2017 we partnered with North Bar Harrogate to offer a series of three original film screenings in their upstairs room. Creating new conversations around the play, and delivering a unique and enjoyable experience to those who joined us. In August 2017 we took our monthly live music showcase Circle Live on tour to the urban beach at Henshaws Arts & Craft Centre in Knaresborough.


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Pre théâtre 2 courses £14.95 À la carte and Children’s menu available

Prix fixe lunch 1 / 2 / 3 courses £9.95 / £11.95 / £13.95

Great value, provincial French cooking served in our relaxed and friendly bistrot

Cover image by Barcelona-based theatre company ATRESBANDES from the show All In

- we reveal more about our work with artists and our collaborative projects in the community


- our Head of Education explains our vibrant programme for young people


- we talk to pantomime cast regular Katy Dean about her roles and favourite bits


- hear the story of Harrogate Theatre since it opened in 1900


- we interview a board member, staff member and volunteer




Beyond the stage at Harrogate Theatre


TripAdvisor review

“We are so lucky to have this theatre in Harrogate - it’s small enough to feel really intimate, but big enough to stage some really fantastic productions.”

Harrogate Theatre Magazine 2017  

Beyond the Stage at Harrogate Theatre

Harrogate Theatre Magazine 2017  

Beyond the Stage at Harrogate Theatre