Happy birthday to us! We’ve launched a new campaign to sign up 120 new White Rose Members by the end of March to mark our 120thyear.
Our White Rose Membership Scheme provides a vital source of income for Harrogate (White Rose) Theatre Trust. White Rose Members benefit from a range of exclusive perks including access to pre-sales of main drama, big names, and pantomime; season ‘sneak preview’ emails; invitations to special behind the scenes member events; and a shiny enamel badge.
Why not join and help us secure another 120 years of Harrogate Theatre? Membership starts at just £30 for the year.
This month Harrogate Theatre celebrates 120 years of being at the heart of Harrogate’s town centre, cultural offer, and community.
To mark the occasion, here’s 8 things you might not know:
- The first ever pantomime was Dick Whittington, starting in January 1900 just after Harrogate Theatre opened for the first time.
- Originally known as The Grand Opera House, the theatre was designed by architect, Frank Tugwell, who also designed the Futurist Theatre in Scarborough and the Savoy Theatre in London.
- The carved frieze in the foyer was not part of the original décor. Sculpted by Frances Darlington, it depicts themes from drama and literature and is thought to have been added shortly before 1911.
- The theatre has closed twice in its history; first In the mid 1950's due to a decline in audience numbers due to the growing popularity of television and in 1955 Harrogate Opera House closed for 3 years. Secondly in the mid-eighties - due to a funding crisis - the theatre closed for a period of reorganisation, reopening in 1987.
- Harrogate (White Rose) Theatre Trust is a charity. The theatre reopened after the first closure in 1958 as Harrogate Theatre and soon after a non-profit making charitable trust was set up to run it. Harrogate Borough Council bought the building and became the theatre's landlord, which they still are today.
- In the early 1970s Harrogate Theatre underwent a programme of refurbishment and alteration. At this time the seating capacity in the auditorium was reduced to 481 from 800 (the original capacity had been 1300) the balcony was reduced to the two rows we still have today and the maze of corridors and small cafes and bars were opened out to form the current stalls and circle bars.
- Harrogate Theatre is said to have its own ghost, named Alice. The victim of a terrible love affair, she is said to haunt the stalls and linked to reports of orbs of hovering light, sudden chills, ghostly spirits, and the lingering scent of peppermint.
- Harrogate Theatre is one of only a handful of theatres in the UK still operating as a hemp house.
Happy birthday to us! We’ve launched a campaign to sign up 120 new White Rose Members by the end of March to mark our 120th year. Why not join us and support another 120 years? Membership starts at just £30 for the year.
More information and how to join HERE.