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Upcoming Theatre Events in Harrogate & District

The Harrogate District has a wealth of theatre events in a wide variety of venues throughout the year.

From events that are part of the many festivals that feature in the district’s cultural programme, through to professional touring and in-house productions, or one of our high quality amateur dramatics groups, the range of theatre performances on offer means there is something for everyone.

The fully restored late Victorian Harrogate Theatre boasts a main auditorium seating over 500 and more intimate studio theatre with a full programme throughout the year.

Elsewhere the smaller Frazer Theatre in Knaresborough, the Pateley Bridge Playhouse and Masham Town Hall all boast varied theatrical programmes from the touring companies that visit our village halls to their own acclaimed productions, often exploring local history and themes.

Check out the full programme of Festivals that take place, many of which feature theatrical events. 

During the summer you will find outdoor productions at some of our famous attractions such as RHS Harlow Carr or Knaresborough Castle.  You can get comfortable with a picnic under the summer evening sky, or enjoy an alternative way of exploring the property as you follow the roving production through various locations in the grounds.

There is a very strong amateur dramatic offering with productions on both the main auditorium stage and the more intimate studio at Harrogate Theatre as well as smaller venues throughout the District.

It is easy to see why Harrogate was voted the happiest place to live for three years in a row with annual comedy festivals in both Harrogate and Knaresborough and a number of popular comedy clubs that run during the year.

The Harrogate district enjoys the very best from the UK comedy circuit for both established TV and radio comedy stars as well as up and coming names.

For those who like music with their drama all our venues feature opera and musical theatre and of course Harrogate hosts the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival every August when everything goes a little topsy-turvy.

With new events being added every week there’s always something dramatic to catch your eye when you visit the Harrogate district.

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  1. Magic Circle

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    Magic Circle

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Presented by Brother Wolf
    In collaboration with Harrogate Theatre
    Written by Kim Newman
    Produced by James Hyland
    Directed by Phil Lowe
    Music by Chris Warner
    Costume Design by Charlene Braniff

    Circa 1970,– the Dawn of the Age of Ophiuchus, as faddish mysticism becomes something more dangerous. In a...

    Dates

    From:
    25 Jul 2017 To 28 Jul 2017
  2. Harrogate Music Festival -  Alex Mendham & His Orchestra

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    Harrogate Music Festival - Alex Mendham & His Orchestra

    Type

    Cultural

    Harrogate

    Grab your dancing shoes and get ready for an exhilarating evening of vintage Hollywood.

    Formed under the youthful direction of Alex Mendham, the Orchestra authentically performs hot jazz and dance band music from the Art Deco era.

    No corner is cut – from their original instruments to the...

    Dates

    From:
    28 Jul 2017 To 28 Jul 2017
  3. Open Air Theatre: Pride and Prejudice

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    Open Air Theatre: Pride and Prejudice

    Type

    Performance

    Knaresborough

    Chapterhouse Theatre Company Presents... Open Air Theatre: Pride and Prejudice Take a step back in time to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen's most loveable heroine in the beautiful setting of Knaresborough Castle.  When Elizabeth meets the rude and abrupt Mr Darcy, she loathes him at first...

    Venue

    Knaresborough Castle & Museum, Knaresborough

    Dates

    From:
    29 Jul 2017 To 29 Jul 2017
  4. Harrogate Music Festival -  Sir Bryn Terfel in Recital

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    Harrogate Music Festival - Sir Bryn Terfel in Recital

    Type

    Cultural

    Harrogate

    Pianist: Malcolm Martineau

    Bringing 2017’s Festival to a memorable close, it is with great pleasure that we welcome multi-award winning bass-baritone, Sir Bryn Terfel to perform in a rare and intimate recital at the beautiful Royal Hall. Famed for his stunning performances on the operatic...

    Dates

    From:
    29 Jul 2017 To 29 Jul 2017
  5. Civil War in Knaresborough

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    Civil War in Knaresborough

    Type

    Participatory Event

    Knaresborough

    A spectacular experience from the days of the English Civil War, as re-enactors from the Sir Thomas Glemham's Regiment of the Sealed Knot Society create a living history village with cameos of 17th century life.

    Let us transport you back to a time when the sights and sounds of cannon, musket...

    Venue

    Knaresborough Castle & Museum, Knaresborough

    Dates

    From:
    12 Aug 2017 To 12 Aug 2017
  6. Madam Butterfly

    Madam Butterfly

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    One of the most colourful & exotic operas.
    Music by G. Puccini. Sung in Italian with English Surtitles.
    Featuring live Orchestra with over 30 musicians.

    After sold-out performances of Madama Butterfly and Carmen last year, Russian State Opera is back to delight you with exquisite production, its...

    Dates

    From:
    30 Aug 2017 To 30 Aug 2017
  7. Madam Butterfly 2017 Russian State Opera

    Madam Butterfly 2017 Russian State Opera

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Madam Butterfly – one of the most colourful & exotic operas
    Featuring incredible live Orchestra with over 30 musicians

    Set in Japan at the turn of the century, Madam Butterfly is among the most colourful and exotic of all operas, and from its theme of noble self-sacrifice spring melodies that...

    Dates

    From:
    30 Aug 2017 To 30 Aug 2017
  8. Tosca by Russian State Opera

    Tosca by Russian State Opera

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    The world’s best loved opera

    Music by G. Puccini. Sung in Italian with English Surtitles.

    After a successful tour with Carmen and Madama Butterfly last year, Russian State Opera is back with another beautiful production of the greatest opera classic – Tosca. Featuring an impressive cast and...

    Dates

    From:
    31 Aug 2017 To 31 Aug 2017
  9. Tosca 2017 Russian State Opera

    Tosca 2017 Russian State Opera

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Premiere of Tosca Opera – Dramatic masterpiece where love, politics and murder takes place at the highest level.

    Music by G.Puccini

    Libretto by G.Giacosa and L.Illica
    Sung in Italian with English Surtitles
    Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a large live Orchestra with over 30...

    Dates

    From:
    31 Aug 2017 To 31 Aug 2017
  10. An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson

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    An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson celebrates the life and career of a man who has interviewed over 2000 of the most important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.

    In conversation with his son Mike and showing highlights from the Parkinson archive, An Evening with Sir Michael...

    Dates

    From:
    8 Sep 2017 To 8 Sep 2017
    From:
    8 Sep 2017 To 8 Sep 2017
  11. Studio Shorts - An Evening with Michael Sabbaton

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    Studio Shorts - An Evening with Michael Sabbaton

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    For the last seven years, Michael Sabbaton has established himself as a performer, writer and producer of dark, cult theatre. Concentrating on bringing the works of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft to the stage, he has developed a style both intimate and epic, leading his audience down an ever-deeper...

    Dates

    From:
    15 Sep 2017 To 15 Sep 2017
  12. Studio Shorts with Rachael Halliwell

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    Studio Shorts with Rachael Halliwell

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    A showcase of three new short works: Undercover, 286 and Resistance. Inspired by newspaper articles and the alternative facts culture that we are now living in, these shorts handle themes of truth, identity and perception.

    Rachael is collaborating with local musicians Martin Rose and Rufus Beckett...

    Dates

    From:
    16 Sep 2017 To 16 Sep 2017
  13. The Weir

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    The Weir

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Winner of the 1997 Olivier Award for Best New Play, Conor McPherson’s chilling, modern classic The Weir embarks on a UK tour this autumn to mark its 20th Anniversary year.

    In a small Irish town, the locals exchange stories round the crackling fire of Brendan’s pub to while away the hours one...

    Dates

    From:
    19 Sep 2017 To 23 Sep 2017
    From:
    23 Sep 2017 To 23 Sep 2017
  14. Apple Day

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    Apple Day

    Type

    Family Event

    Harrogate

    Sunday 24th September sees Apple Day return to Newby Hall. This is the last day of the season with lots and lots of apple based fun, games and activities. Central to Apple Day is the hotly contested Apple Throwing Championships whereby whoever throws an Apple the furthest over the River Ure wins...

    Venue

    Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon

    Dates

    From:
    24 Sep 2017 To 24 Sep 2017
  15. Rita, Sue and Bob Too

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    Rita, Sue and Bob Too

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    'As long as you're alive that's all that matters'

    Best friends Rita and Sue get a lift home from married Bob after babysitting his kids. When he takes the scenic route and offers them a bit of fun, the three start a fling they each think they control.

    Andrea Dunbar’s semi-autobiographical play...

    Dates

    From:
    26 Sep 2017 To 30 Sep 2017
    From:
    30 Sep 2017 To 30 Sep 2017
  16. Troupers

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    Troupers

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    Award-winning poet and former Coronation Street and comedy writer Keith Hutson presents Troupers, a celebration of the Music Hall artistes, the routines that made a nation love them, and the tough, strange, remarkable lives they led.

    Keith pays tribute to not only legendary performers like Vesta...

    Dates

    From:
    28 Sep 2017 To 28 Sep 2017
  17. Marching On Embers

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    Marching On Embers

    Type

    Theatre

    Harrogate

    One family. One cause. Two paths...

    With a fragile peace hanging over their community, the rifts of the past begin to tear apart the foundations of a prominent Republican family when one of them re-joins the struggle against ‘the age old enemy of the Irish people’.

    Why are so many young men...

    Dates

    From:
    29 Sep 2017 To 30 Sep 2017
  18. Harrogate Comedy Festival

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    Harrogate Comedy Festival

    Type

    Festival

    Harrogate

    The 8th annual Harrogate Comedy Festival (1st-16th Oct 2016) features handpicked acts from across the globe to the town. With acts from Australia, America, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and Europe it’s a comedy festival with an exciting international twist.

    The 2016 line-up includes Ross Noble,...

    Venue

    Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

    Dates

    From:
    2 Oct 2017 To 14 Oct 2017
  19. Greg Davies You Magnificent Beast

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    Greg Davies You Magnificent Beast

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    NEW DATE ADDED

    Greg Davies, BAFTA nominated star of Cuckoo, Man Down, The Inbetweeners and Taskmaster, is back with his first stand up show in four years.

    Join 'undoubtedly one of the kingpins of British comedy' (Evening Standard) on his biggest ever tour.

    Come witness the magnificent beast that...

    Dates

    From:
    6 Oct 2017 To 7 Oct 2017
  20. Milton Jones is Out There

    Milton Jones is Out There

    Type

    Comedy

    Harrogate

    Milton Jones is Out There. No, really out there and this time he hasn't just forgotten his keys. He's holding up the mirror of truth to society, and he can see right through it, which means its probably just a window. In his brand new show he'll be putting his foot down and lifting the lid on the...

    Dates

    From:
    22 Oct 2017 To 22 Oct 2017

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