Celebrate 100 years of votes for women with us

2018 marks 100 years since women got the right to vote. With that in mind we wanted to highlight some of the shows we have this season that celebrate and champion the achievements and success of women.

To kick off the season, We Are The Lions, Mr Manager, (5-10 FEB) tells the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike. She turned the dispute into a national movement for human rights and dignity inspiring future generations.

Next we have Alaska (1 MAR) is a funny, magical trip to the moon, with singing and dancing thrown in: one woman’s extraordinary story of how she survived growing up with severe depression. It is inspired by writer-performer Cheryl Martin’s poetry collection, longlisted for the 2015 Polari Prize. This one woman show is performed by Cheryl herself and is followed by our first theatre club of the season where audiences get chance to talk about the show and sometimes meet the artist.

2018 also marks 200 years since the birth of Emily Bronte and we have a great line up of Bronte inspired shows to celebrate:

LipService – Britain’s favourite literary lunatics, - are back with their cult spoof Withering Looks (1-2 MAR). The show won a Manchester Evening News Theatre Award and the Critics’ award for Comedy at the Edinburgh Festival. 'It's a joy - very, very funny' The Guardian.

To add to the comedy, We Are Brontë (29-30 MAY) is no ordinary Brontë adaptation. Taking the real and fictitious worlds of the Brontë’s as their inspiration, two performers combine rigorous physical theatre with anarchic comedy to deconstruct not only gothic themes of love, madness and revenge, but also themselves.

★★★★★ show, Jane Eyre: An Autobiography (13 MAR) is described as “hands down the best adaptation of Jane Eyre, in any medium.” Told through Jane’s eyes, gothic subversion of fairy-tale romance is now distilled for the stage.

It’s not just theatre we are celebrating. We also have some renowned female musicians lined up. Rejoice in the music of Carol King at You’ve Got A Friend (7 FEB), celebrate one of our generations finest singer-songwriters, at Someone Like You a tribute to Adele (3 MAY) and go on a rollercoaster ride through three decades of classic Whitney hits in Queen of the Night (27 APR).

Menopause the Musical (26 APR) will take to the Royal Hall stage with an all-female cast with an instantly recognisable soundtrack of comedy parody versions of pop classics. Not to mention we have Ruby Tuner (6 JUL), Caro Emerald (6 OCT) and Sarah Millican (3 OCT) gracing the Harrogate stage later this year.

On February 6th 1918, with the coming into force of the Representation of the People Act, women were by law first given the vote in this country.

We are proud to celebrate this centenary year by championing talented and inspirational creative women. We hope you’ll join us.