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January 26, 2024

Harrogate Theatre’s pantomime season has been a huge success

Almost 32,000 visitors enjoyed Dick Whittington this year and our next pantomime, Beauty and the Beast is now on sale with over 30% of tickets already sold.

Audiences loved the joy that filled the auditorium every day, “We come every year, Christmas would not be the same without this fantastic pantomime.” (Audience member)

Dick Whittington also attracted rave reviews from press with the Harrogate Advertiser saying “the best just got better” alongside the Yorkshire Post declaring “Harrogate Theatre pulled out all the stops this year…”  Whilst Always Time for Theatre gave it 5 stars.

We welcomed 64 schools with 6,876 school children enjoying subsidised tickets to experience the magic of live theatre. We were also proud to offer the opportunity for 12 local dancers to take part in the performances giving them professional work experience and memories and friendships to cherish for a lifetime. Access performances were well attended, in particular on our audio described shows where audiences benefited from investment in updated equipment to improve comfort and sound quality. Our relaxed performances welcomed schools and the public who benefited from reduced sound levels and actor introductions to ease anxiety.

All this is only possible with the extraordinary talent and dedication of the staff team on and off stage, who go above and beyond in every aspect. Our talented cast gave their all onstage and behind the scenes visiting Harrogate Youth Theatre, Harrogate Library’s Storytime and opening Harrogate’s Christmas Market.

Finally, our volunteer ushers do an amazing job and give over 4,100 hours at panto to welcome and care for audiences. We’re so grateful to them and in awe of those who volunteer over 20 times on the show.

As we wave a fond farewell to Dick Whittington we look ahead with excitement to the rest of the year. The spring brochure is now out and Harrogate Theatre will be delivering its usual eclectic range of work from across the performing arts in our various town centre venues.

There’s some great comedy from Stewart Lee, Frankie Boyle, Sophie McCartney and John Bishop. Blackeyed Theatre will be bringing their 60th anniversary production of Oh What A Lovely War. There will be Opera with Carmen and La Boheme at the Royal Hall. Two very exciting contemporary dance shows in Tap Factory and the ever-popular Diversity. February will see the return of our Little Stages Festival, introducing theatre, storytelling, puppetry, ballet, music and much more to young people. Don’t forget if you are interested in taking part in theatre then there are still places in our many youth theatre groups for all ages.

Next year’s pantomime Beauty and the Beast kindly sponsored by VetDentist is now on sale. With 30% of tickets already sold across the run and Christmas Eve almost sold out, we’re seeing higher demand than ever for Harrogate’s favourite festive experience. The early bird offer sees ticket prices frozen until 29 February so get in quick for the best value seats on your preferred date.

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