Harrogate Theatre secures Arts Council England funding for next 4 years
As part of Arts Council England’s announcements this week, Harrogate Theatre has been confirmed as one of the 831 organisations selected to receive funding across 2018-2022 via their National Portfolio (NPO) scheme.
Harrogate Theatre has enjoyed a remarkable past 12-months: In 2016 the much-loved annual pantomime, Dick Whittington, was a record breaker, ending its run as the largest grossing show in the theatre’s history. In December, UK Theatre produced a league table of the best performing subsidised theatres in England, in which Harrogate Theatre was listed 26th overall and 3rd top in Yorkshire.
2017 kicked off with the theatre’s 117th birthday party, moved quickly in to one of the busiest and most vibrant spring/ summer seasons to date, and saw the delivery of The Emperor’s New Clothes – a new Easter family show brought to the Harrogate stage by the creative team behind that record breaking panto.
Just last week, 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-in-development back in 2014. 1927 have themselves been confirmed as a brand new National Portfolio Organisation this week.
Chief Executive David Bown said “We're obviously thrilled to have the ongoing support of Arts Council England NPO funding, and it’s great news for Harrogate!
This means we can continue to champion the arts in the town, support artists - locally and beyond - and deliver quality creative experiences and live entertainment to our local community and visitors.
It’s an exciting time for us as we prepare to launch our heavyweight autumn/ winter season and our 9th annual Harrogate Comedy Festival, alongside working on significant refurbishment plans for the medium term. This NPO funding holds us in a strong position. With the continued support of the Arts Council, our supporters and patrons and the people of Harrogate, the future looks bright.”