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August 17, 2023

Announcing our Autumn Season

If you can believe it – autumn is just around the corner and the Harrogate Theatre team has been curating a brilliant season. 

The jam-packed programme is bursting with not-to-be-missed shows! From the annual Comedy Festival and pantomime, to music, aerial circus, drama and more! With 65 shows to choose from and 76 performances of Dick Whittington, there is sure to be something for everyone. 

The season opens with Cirque: The Greatest Show (Wed 13 Sep) where musical theatre meets circus, closely followed by Gyles Brandreth (Tue 26 Sep) and Kinder (Fri 29 – Sat 30) – inspired by the real life historical events of the Czech Kindertransport.

Included in the season is the 14th annual Harrogate Comedy Festival! Included in the lineup is Yippee Ki Yay: The Die Hard Parody (Mon 02 Oct)  Bridget Christie (Sat 07 Oct), Ross Noble (Thu 26 Oct), John Robins (Wed 11 Oct), Miriam Margoyles (Sun 15 Oct), Adrian Edmondson (Sat 21 Oct),  Jimeoin (Fri 27 Oct), Fasciating Aïda (Sun 29 Oct) and much more!

As usual there is a brilliant selection of music shows for all the music fans. To name a few, Alfie Boe (Sat 30 Sep), Jools Holland (Sun 12 Nov) and The Bootleg Beatles (Fri 08 Dec) return as always to a delighted Harrogate crowd and guaranteed to have audiences up on their feet are Radio Gaga: The Ultimate Tribute to Queen (Fri 06 Oct), Gareth Gates as Frankie Valli (Sun 08 Oct), The Magic of Motown (Thu 12 Oct) and The Wonder of Stevie (Sun 22 Oct). 

For all the thrill seekers and adventure lovers, BANFF Mountain Film Festival (Tue 10 Oct) and Simon Reeve (FRI 24 NOV) will both be making very welcome returns and Billy Billingham (Wed 08 Nov) will be wowing audiences as he shares his incredible, inspirational story from being in the SAS to a bodyguard for Hollywood celebrities.  

To get you in the Christmas spirit, after sell out performances last year, Cracked Nuts: Camper than Christmas (Mon 11 – Tue 12 Dec) will be coming back to Harrogate with their cabaret remake of the family classic, ‘The Nutcracker’. Down for the Count Orchestra will Swing Into Christmas (Sat 16 Dec) recreating the music of Nat ‘King’ Cole, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and many more. Robert Lloyd Parry will also be bringing his usual selection of ghost stories in Gravest Fears: Two Ghost Stories by M R James (Fri 15 – Sat 16 Dec) at the Wesley Centre. 

Each year Harrogate Theatre supports a range of artists creating new work. This year companies were invited to pitch ideas which would be suitable for non-traditional theatre spaces. Among those selected and performing this season are Michael Pinchbeck with Another Way of Telling (Tue 26 – Thu 28 Sep) at the Mercer Art Gallery, exploring the relationship between performance and photography and Brave Words will present Mutton (Fri 24 Nov) at West Park United Reformed Church, telling the story of Mary Bateman, Leeds’ most famous witch and con-woman.   

For the children and families there is of course Dick Whittington, this year’s pantomime (Wed 22 Nov – Sun 14 Jan). Also for kids this season is Tell Tale Twit (Sat 07 Oct), part of the Comedy Festival and suitable for ages 7+. The show is full of nonsense and roaring chaos as childhood tales are turned upside down to find out what they’re really about.  For younger children, The Stars in the Sky (Sat 21 Oct) is a beautiful shadow puppet show for ages 3+.

As always there is a wonderful selection of shows brought to you by Harrogate Theatre’s fabulous community companies. The Harrogate Dramatic Society will present the stage adaptation of the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love (Thu 19 – Sat 21 Oct) and Harrogate St. Andrews Players presents the smash hit musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Wed 25 – Sat 28 Oct).

To view the whole programme and find out more about access shows please visit the What’s On page on our website, view our digital guide here or pick up a brochure from the box office.


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