Harrogate Theatre was built in 1900 and is located in central Harrogate. It has two performance spaces (one mid-scale and one studio), which allow for producing and presenting theatre, dance, music and comedy. The organisation runs a vibrant education and outreach department that delivers throughout the District. In addition, Harrogate Theatre Scenic Services, operated by Harrogate Theatre, builds sets for companies all over the country including Sheffield Theatres, Opera North, Hampstead Theatre amongst many others.
The Theatre has undergone considerable artistic development in the past 10 years that has seen the organisation establish itself as a significant influence in the region, with a growing national profile. As well as producing an annual pantomime and a repertory company, the theatre supports artists to make their own work. Recent supported artists include Adam Robinson, 1927 Productions, Kill the Beast, Fidget Theatre and Square Peg Theatre.
“This theatre is doing more than punching above its weight, it has adopted a striking new profile.” – The Stage
Since 2012 the Trust has acquired programming responsibilities for the Royal Hall (a Victorian music hall) and in 2014 the Harrogate Convention Centre (a modern arena), allowing for internationally renowned companies and artists to be part of the eclectic artistic programme.