Artist Development

Harrogate Theatre's Artistic Policy

Harrogate Theatre was built in 1900 and is located in central Harrogate.  It 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. 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.  

“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 (1,000 seats) and in 2014 the Harrogate Convention Centre (2,000 seats), allowing for internationally renowned companies and artists to be part of the eclectic artistic programme.

Our Mission Statement 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.”

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