Harrogate Theatre really is the home of Variety

The last couple of weeks at Harrogate Theatre has witnessed a rich diverse programme of shows that has literally demonstrated the variety of we do.

We are very proud of our community groups and the use they make of the building. Recently there have been visits from Phoenix Players with the musical Fame and Harrogate Grammar. I really enjoyed Fame, it’s a tough piece to pull off and darker than the 80’s TV series. Phoenix did a terrific job. This is the second time that The Grammar has come to us with their school production. Three years ago, they performed the spectacular Les Miserable and this year was no less ambitious with the very popular Sound of Music. As before, what a joy it was to have them at the theatre. Everywhere I went around the building there were members of staff gently singing the songs. Well done to the brilliant young cast and all the teachers involved in yet another spectacular production.

It’s an honour to host our local schools and if it’s something that interests your school then do not hesitate to get in touch.

Whilst Fame was performing in the main house Alexis Gregory was in the studio with Riot Act. A one man show assembled from interviews of Stonewall survivors that charts six decades of gay history. I was front of house as the audience departed on the Friday night and there were people in tears due to how moving and uplifting (in equal measure) it was.

The main stage the following week witnessed two more sold out and returning shows, which put a huge nostalgic smile on the many faces that attended. There was The Simon and Garfunkel Story and Ian Ashpitel and Jonty Stephens as Eric and Ern. The latter is pure joy and I encourage everyone to see their act. I grew up with The Morecambe and Wise Show and it was always the highlight of the week. My abiding memory is the whole family huddled round the TV and my parents laughing together - there’s no better sound or memory.

Since then we have had David Baddiel and Steve Harley with a drama compliment of Matt Miller’s Fitting, described as ‘a genderqueer glamour fest, sprinkled with magic’... That’s quite a range, just in that small snapshot, so do check out the season ahead and I promise that there will be something for everyone.