Built in 1900 and run today by Harrogate (White Rose) Theatre Trust Ltd, Harrogate Theatre is a typical example of a late Victorian proscenium arch venue built over five floors. The building has undergone several refurbishments, the last major one being between 2007-2011.
“One of the country’s most innovative and bold theatres, producing work at the fringes of theatrical innovation” – Yorkshire Post
Harrogate Theatre is located on Oxford Street in central Harrogate and has two performance spaces (a main auditorium that seats 500 and a studio space that seats 60), which allow for producing and presenting theatre, dance, music and comedy. It is also home to a number of community groups that regularly perform musicals and plays throughout the year. The organisation also runs a vibrant education and outreach department that delivers throughout the District from an adjacent building called Hive. 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.
Over the past three years the Trust has acquired programming responsibilities for the Royal Hall (1,000 seats) and Harrogate Convention Centre (2,000 seats), allowing for internationally renowned companies andartists to be part of the eclectic artistic programme.
Collectively known as ‘Harrogate Theatres’ the mission statement for the group of venues is as follows:
“Harrogate Theatres produce and present a programme of quality drama, dance, comedy, music and festivals that celebrate the diversity and richness of British and world cultures, whilst identifying opportunities to work closely with artists and practitioners that challenge and excite audiences.
Harrogate Theatres works with all stakeholders to generate educational activities that encourage an appreciation of the arts as participants or audience members.
Harrogate Theatres acknowledge that activity within the arts sector contributes to the buoyancy of the local economy and therefore seeks to collaborate with other venues, cultural providers, funders and business partners.”
In addition Harrogate Theatre Scenic Services is operated by Harrogate Theatre, which sees the workshop construct and deliver sets for venues and companies all over the country including Sheffield Theatres, Opera North, Hampstead Theatre amongst many others.
“This theatre is doing more than punching above its weight, it has adopted a striking new profile.” – The Stage