At Harrogate Theatre, we're continuing to
swim against the tide with less dark nights and more shows of real imagination. Whatever your taste, we've got something to engage ears, eyes, brain and heart in our forthcoming spring season.
Fans of Tim Burton, silent movies and/or graphic
novels will be delighted by 1927’s
wickedly twisted tale of social paranoia, The
Animals And Children Took To The Streets (Harrogate Theatre, Wednesday
13 and Thursday 14 March), which blends live performance and animation to
Ballet makes its debut at Harrogate Theatre on Saturday
6 April with its first ever production especially for little ones, The Ugly Duckling. Taglined ‘a ballet for children’, this
retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale is a smart introduction to
ballet for kids of all ages.
A Leeds-based national touring company with a
socio-political agenda, Red Ladder
has been making people sit up and take notice for 44 years now. Its latest production, The Thing About Psychopaths (Harrogate
Theatre, Wednesday 10 April),
asks vital questions about power and empathy in Britain today. More innovative and exciting theatre comes
from Les Enfants Terribles, courtesy
of The Trench, its tale of a man
trapped in a collapsed tunnel beneath the battlefields of France during World
War I (Harrogate Theatre, Thursday 25 to Saturday 27 April).
Balloon brings much-discussed Edinburgh Fringe hit The Agony And The Ecstasy Of Steve Jobs
to Harrogate Theatre on Tuesday 14 May. Penned by Mike Daisey, this one-man show
shines a light on our love affair with expensive devices, and the real cost of
A sneak peek at summer reveals two massive hitters
making their mark in Harrogate, courtesy of Bill Kenwright. First up, The Official Agatha Christie Theatre
Company presents the queen of crime’s classic Go Back For M
Theatre, Monday 17 to Saturday 22
Suspects, secrets, red
herrings and a yet-to-be-confirmed stellar cast abound in this
production. The National Theatre and Live
Theatre’s huge hit The Pitmen
Painters spends a week at Harrogate
Theatre in July (Monday 15 to
Saturday 20 July). Written by Lee
Hall (Billy Elliot), this
award-winning look at art, class and politics follows a group of Ashington
miners who take up art to great success.
AND UP-CLOSE EXPERIENCES
Remarkable talent Laura Mugridge first began work on her latest theatrical tale, The Watery Journey Of Nereus Pike, at
Harrogate Theatre in January. A regime
of workshopping and a baby later, Mugridge brings her charming and curious tale
fully-formed back to Harrogate Theatre
Studio (Thursday 21 to Saturday 23
Following on the huge success of this year’s The Hound Of The Baskervilles, Harrogate Theatre once again teams up
with Oldham Coliseum for a revival
of one of Alan Ayckbourn’s most
challenging plays, Sugar Daddies (Harrogate Theatre, Thursday 28 February to Saturday 9 March). Directing doyen Robin Herford (The Woman In
Black) takes the reigns for this exploration of self-delusion, which is
also being revived by Ayckbourn himself, who directs a version in the US later
Theatre Company (an associate company) pay two visits to Harrogate Theatre Studio this season,
first with Robert Farquhar’s take on
faith and football, God’s Official (Tuesday 5 to Saturday 16 March), then
with Nick Lane’s gorgeous look at
father-son relationships, Me & Me
Dad (Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 April).
A smashing young duo tackling classic texts, and
one of our associate companies, Thunder
Road Theatre Company made a great impression with its debut, Hyde, based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde,
and is back with another strip-backed, story-focused, multi-role production, The Count Of Monte Cristo (Harrogate Studio Theatre, Wednesday 1 to Saturday 11 May).
June sees the return of ‘Harrogate’s perfectly
formed festival of small’ (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian), Two’s Company (Thursday 6 to
Saturday 8 June, various Harrogate Theatre venues), a cherry-picked
selection of outstanding shows that challenge the audience to indulge its
curiosity, dive in and get involved.
Expect slapstick puppetry (Invisible
Thread’s Les Hommes Vides), performance animation (J. Fergus Evans’ My Heart Is Hitchhiking Down Peach St), a chance
to fly through the air with the greatest of ease as one of The Great Spavaldos (Il
Pixel Rosso) and a guide to apologising (Chris Thorpe’s This Is Just To Say).
Theatre also plays host to a range of exciting and unusual performances,
including Gramophones Theatre Company’s
adventure End To End (Thursday 23 May), based on the trio’s
real journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats, made possible only by
resourcefulness and the kindness of strangers.
Fringe hit Daniel Bye presents
his performance lecture about value, The
Price Of Everything (Friday 24 May),
and Show And Tell warms the cockles
with its exploration of love and fear, My
Robot Heart (Saturday 25 May).
BIG LAUGHS AND BIG TUNES
Guthrie is the first big name, coming to Harrogate Theatre courtesy of Woody Sez (Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 February), a heartfelt biopic of the
dustbowl troubadour’s life told through 25 of his songs.
Blues legend Robert
Cray and his band get the Royal Hall
rocking on Saturday 2 March, and
rock’n’roll heroes The Hollies look
set to continue his good work on Saturday
16 March. Take a nose behind the
music in two very special events in May: on Sunday 19 May, Noddy Holder
is in conversation with Mark Radcliffe at Harrogate Theatre, spilling the Slade beans and charting his rise from shouty skinhead stomper to
international glam-rock star, and on Monday
20 May, Madness frontman Suggs shares tales from his personal
back catalogue in Suggs: My Life Story (Harrogate
Murray provide belly laughs with Posturing Delivery (Harrogate Theatre, Friday 15 February)
Murray: The Only Way Is Epic (Royal
Hall, Tuesday 19 February) respectively.
More spring season laughs come courtesy of Richard Herring (Talking Cock at Harrogate Theatre on Monday
11 March), one-liner whiz Milton
Jones (Royal Hall, Thursday 21 March), Irish gem Roisin Conaty (Harrogate Studio Theatre, Friday
22 March), titillating Everyman Dave
Spikey (Harrogate Theatre, Thursday 28 March), smart young buck Chris Ramsey (Harrogate Theatre, Monday 13
May), brilliantly dour Yorkshireman Alun
Cochrane (Harrogate Studio Theatre,
Tuesday 14 May) and tip-top
Yorkshire double-act Peacock &
Gamble (Harrogate Studio Theatre,
Friday 17 May). All that before the monthly Hyena Comedy Club gets in on the act.
What’s more, that’s not even all of it.
Have a nose at our online brochure
to be up-to-date with everything we've got going on.
Tickets for all these events can be booked securely
online at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk or through the
Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502116.